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08-09-2015 03:43 PM
danakscully64 Luckily my apartment is in charge of clearing the snow for us I will need snow tires for sure (and my car is front wheel drive). Mine are new, but not made for snow.



08-09-2015 01:00 PM
Gita The tornado was in Adams County, and hit a couple of barns. Ames is in the center of Iowa right above Des Moines. (Pronounced Duh-moin).

Gosh Ice and snow. Once you get above Arkansas that is kind of the reality for much of the US. Excluding maybe the California/Washington coast line. The great thing about winter up there is that they know how to deal with it. The bad news is you have to dig yourself out of it. Buy a snow blower. Get it when it is on sale. You should have no problems. All weather tiers is another good investment. And a front or all wheel drive. If you have a back wheel drive vehicle like a little datsun truck, you will be in danger on the roads.
08-05-2015 08:29 AM
danakscully64
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Welcome to the Midwest I've never lived in Iowa, but spent a good chunk of my life in Missouri and now live in east-central Illinois. Lots of cornfields here, too. Our apartment had cornfields on two sides of it, then we moved to our house ... which backs to more cornfields. We also have Casey's Pizza here, although I haven't tried it yet. Unfortunately, there's no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods without a road trip. I miss them both! Is Iowa super-flat like central Illinois? We were very surprised by how crazy windy it was here without the windbreak of hills and trees. Great in the summer, brutal in the winter. The lack of hills did make the snow and ice easier, though. No sliding through red lights on icy hills. I hope you enjoy married life and your new place!
Iowa is pretty flat. I'm used to some mountain ranges around me I lived in So Cal before where it was windy often (and we have the Santa Ana winds), so this isn't much different. I haven't experienced a winter yet, I'm worried.

Thank you! So far so good!

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Did I hear on the news that Iowa just had a tornado? [emoji33]


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Not Central, I think in the SW.



08-04-2015 07:28 PM
karenlovessnow Did I hear on the news that Iowa just had a tornado? [emoji33]


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08-04-2015 06:50 PM
Jinga Welcome to the Midwest I've never lived in Iowa, but spent a good chunk of my life in Missouri and now live in east-central Illinois. Lots of cornfields here, too. Our apartment had cornfields on two sides of it, then we moved to our house ... which backs to more cornfields. We also have Casey's Pizza here, although I haven't tried it yet. Unfortunately, there's no Trader Joe's or Whole Foods without a road trip. I miss them both! Is Iowa super-flat like central Illinois? We were very surprised by how crazy windy it was here without the windbreak of hills and trees. Great in the summer, brutal in the winter. The lack of hills did make the snow and ice easier, though. No sliding through red lights on icy hills. I hope you enjoy married life and your new place!
08-04-2015 02:51 PM
danakscully64
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I used to live in Council Bluffs, IA which is over the Missouri River bridge from Omaha, NE. They have about 3 Hy-Vees in Ames? Hy-Vee has a pretty good vegan/vegetarian section. Ames has the Wheatsfield Cooperative. I wonder how Vegan friendly? I never had much problems finding anything I wanted in those states. They may have Indian, Asian markets as well.

What I have to rely on now living in a tiny town in NM is an over-priced natural foods store and Amazon's free shipping, which I think is a great deal considering I need to buy quite a lot from them. They neighbors probably think I am running a business out of my home, as many UPS trucks that come by my house.

I love that area, and will be moving back to "near" there. Kansas City, MO because I want to take classes at the Kansas City Art Academy.
I think we have 2 Hy-Vees. I've been to Wheatsfield, it's okay. They had Field Roast, which is awesome. I've found some oddball items there too like Gardein BBQ pockets and some Cookie Butter vegan ice cream.

I love Amazon



08-04-2015 12:43 PM
Gita I used to live in Council Bluffs, IA which is over the Missouri River bridge from Omaha, NE. They have about 3 Hy-Vees in Ames? Hy-Vee has a pretty good vegan/vegetarian section. Ames has the Wheatsfield Cooperative. I wonder how Vegan friendly? I never had much problems finding anything I wanted in those states. They may have Indian, Asian markets as well.

What I have to rely on now living in a tiny town in NM is an over-priced natural foods store and Amazon's free shipping, which I think is a great deal considering I need to buy quite a lot from them. They neighbors probably think I am running a business out of my home, as many UPS trucks that come by my house.

I love that area, and will be moving back to "near" there. Kansas City, MO because I want to take classes at the Kansas City Art Academy.
07-15-2015 11:26 AM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by Dave in MPLS View Post
If memory serves, I took the bus. At least I think that's where my memories of walking a half mile to the bus stop when it was 20 below come from.
"Sorry boss, I quit!"



07-15-2015 09:29 AM
Dave in MPLS
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Does that mean you didn't have to go to work for the whole week?
If memory serves, I took the bus. At least I think that's where my memories of walking a half mile to the bus stop when it was 20 below come from.
07-15-2015 08:34 AM
danakscully64
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It gets a little monotonous when we go several days without cracking a degree, but that doesn't happen too often.

And cold? Worse I've seen was a stretch in the late 90s, when the gas pedal on my car actually froze to the floor for close to a week.


I'm a lifetime resident of these parts and I've never had a touchdown closer than a mile away. From 74-79 my family was in north Iowa, and going in the basement was dang near a weekly occurrence. Scary, yes. But not much more than that.
Does that mean you didn't have to go to work for the whole week?

We don't have a basement. Apparently they're not in every home around here. Is that a good sign?

According a website: "Ames, IA is a Moderate Risk area for tornados. According to records, the largest tornado in the Ames area was an F5 in 1976 that caused 9 injuries and 0 deaths."

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I understand Iowa is prone to being struck by meteorites too! Actually, the good news is, as long as it's below freezing, there will be no tornadoes....
Meteorites? Neat! But hopefully they just hit crops

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Every once in awhile you'll get thundersnow, but that's cool. A lightening storm crossed with a snowstorm ...
We got a thunderstorm on our first or second night. I like thunderstorms! The cats aren't too sure about them though.



07-14-2015 12:38 PM
Dave in MPLS Every once in awhile you'll get thundersnow, but that's cool. A lightening storm crossed with a snowstorm ...
07-14-2015 10:34 AM
Capstan I understand Iowa is prone to being struck by meteorites too! Actually, the good news is, as long as it's below freezing, there will be no tornadoes....
07-14-2015 10:02 AM
Dave in MPLS
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It gets below zero here, that's not really cold?
It gets a little monotonous when we go several days without cracking a degree, but that doesn't happen too often.

And cold? Worse I've seen was a stretch in the late 90s, when the gas pedal on my car actually froze to the floor for close to a week.

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I worry about tornadoes, but I know when people move to CA they worry about earthquakes (when they're not so bad). According to people around here, tornadoes aren't a huge issue here (not like OK).
I'm a lifetime resident of these parts and I've never had a touchdown closer than a mile away. From 74-79 my family was in north Iowa, and going in the basement was dang near a weekly occurrence. Scary, yes. But not much more than that.
07-14-2015 07:16 AM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by Dave in MPLS View Post
You're relatively far south for the really cold stuff. Winter will probably be pretty OK for you.

So .... have any experience with tornadoes?
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Ignore him, he's from MN. His brain is probably still frozen. Winter will suck.

Tornadoes suck as well.


It gets below zero here, that's not really cold?

I worry about tornadoes, but I know when people move to CA they worry about earthquakes (when they're not so bad). According to people around here, tornadoes aren't a huge issue here (not like OK).



07-13-2015 06:58 PM
Wolfie Ignore him, he's from MN. His brain is probably still frozen. Winter will suck.

Tornadoes suck as well.
07-13-2015 06:17 PM
Dave in MPLS You're relatively far south for the really cold stuff. Winter will probably be pretty OK for you.

So .... have any experience with tornadoes?
07-13-2015 05:31 PM
Wolfie You will survive, but it sucks.
07-10-2015 02:39 PM
danakscully64
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Wait until winter and let me know if you still like it.
I'm worried. I've never been in temperatures below 0. The coldest place I've ever been was 14 degrees (Sweden).



07-09-2015 06:02 PM
Wolfie Wait until winter and let me know if you still like it.
07-09-2015 10:56 AM
danakscully64
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so random, i am from california. ventura county!
And you moved to Iowa willingly?



07-09-2015 10:52 AM
melimomTARDIS so random, i am from california. ventura county!
07-09-2015 08:16 AM
danakscully64
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Iowa is a weird place. good weird, but weird nonetheless. some of the deeply rural restaurants make me long for a gas station's fare. LOL.

People love deep fried pork tenderloin sandwiches and made-rite loose meat hamburgers down were I am. If the resturaunt specializes in either of those items, I know I'm going to have an interesting time trying to find something on the menu for myself.

Sometimes you gotta make do with a pint of budwiser, an order of fries, and a crunchy iceberg salad. Oh well, I like beer.
If you lived in Des Moines or Ames, I think you'd be happier with Iowa

California can be the same way though. People love bacon there. I've had to go hungry many times before.

Beer? I don't see beer in anything you just listed. I read water, fries, and salad. Budweiser is water, isn't it?



07-08-2015 06:43 PM
melimomTARDIS Iowa is a weird place. good weird, but weird nonetheless. some of the deeply rural restaurants make me long for a gas station's fare. LOL.

People love deep fried pork tenderloin sandwiches and made-rite loose meat hamburgers down were I am. If the resturaunt specializes in either of those items, I know I'm going to have an interesting time trying to find something on the menu for myself.

Sometimes you gotta make do with a pint of budwiser, an order of fries, and a crunchy iceberg salad. Oh well, I like beer.
07-08-2015 09:57 AM
danakscully64
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I know its weird, but Casey's general store/gas station makes really nice pizzas for order. they also make donuts and subs in stores as well.

They handmake the dough for the pizza, donuts, and sandwiches, in store. I highly recommend it
I'll check it out! Apparently Kum and Go has a kitchen for sandwiches in the morning? That's what the commercial said. That's just weird. I'm used to gross gas station convenient stores I will miss the crunch ice of AMPM (which I rarely got anyway, it's like Sonic's ice)


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This makes me want to move to Iowa!


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Come on over, it's nice here! It snows though, and rains. It's weird, stuff comes from the sky other than sun



07-07-2015 05:52 PM
karenlovessnow This makes me want to move to Iowa!


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07-07-2015 05:45 PM
melimomTARDIS I know its weird, but Casey's general store/gas station makes really nice pizzas for order. they also make donuts and subs in stores as well.

They handmake the dough for the pizza, donuts, and sandwiches, in store. I highly recommend it
07-07-2015 10:14 AM
danakscully64
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when is dinner?
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tonight I am having a cheeseless pizza from the local caseys, I'd be willing to share, or at least trade, for a bowl of vegan mac!
Dinner is at 5

Casey's.... General store? You can get real pizzas from general stores? Not just the little microwave burritos and such?

A box is a whole serving, but I may be able to send you a few bites your way



07-07-2015 08:01 AM
melimomTARDIS tonight I am having a cheeseless pizza from the local caseys, I'd be willing to share, or at least trade, for a bowl of vegan mac!
07-07-2015 08:00 AM
melimomTARDIS when is dinner?
07-07-2015 07:27 AM
danakscully64
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I dont know what I would do if I had access to a whole foods store! I would probably walk out with a cart full of all those cool vegan foods the bloggers eat.
That's what I did! I spent $120 on 3 bags of groceries. Here are some of the vegan items I picked up:






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