#Living

Dakota Handcrafters: LeeAnn Greff

Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your specialty handcraft? Paper crafting & stamping through greeting cards, scrapbooking, home decor and gifts. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? A group of friends were meeting monthly and since I’ve always been ...

VEEDER: I write it down

As a writer who documents my life weekly, the gift I get in exchange for the deadlines is a chance to look back on previous versions of myself. Because sometimes I feel compelled to look back, like I did last night as I tried to quiet the worries that come with full-blown adulthood — a ...

A recipe for growing a garden

Growing a garden is like baking a cake or a batch of cookies. The right amount of nutrients in the soil will produce the most useable garden produce. This is the same as a recipe. If you follow the recipe, the end product will be what you set out to bake. But, if you add too much of one ...

Simple Strategies for a larger tomato harvest

Nothing is more frustrating than investing time, money and energy in planting and growing tomatoes only to watch them succumb to disease. We can’t change the weather conditions that support disease problems, but we can tweak our growing strategies to reduce this risk. Select and grow the ...

Veeder: I am the mother of daughters

I am the mother of two young daughters. I am the mother of girls. I am a full-grown woman with almost half my life behind me and they are children, so young and fresh, running wild down the gravel road in rain boots in search of mud puddles. I look at them, the 1-year-old’s cheek ...

Fixing winter lawn and tree damage

With the snow all melted, we are seeing the effects of moisture and rodents on our lawns, trees and shrubs. In some instances they will recover with some help from us. But in others, damage may be extension and require considerable effort and maybe expense to repair. Voles are small, ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Kathleen Kittleson

Current Hometown: Bottineau How would you describe your specialty handcraft? Crocheting What or who inspired you to become involved in it? I picked up a book on how to crochet in the ‘70s. My neighbor lady asked me to finish a cape her mother had started. I was able to figure out the ...

5 tips on what to do with unwanted stuff

NEW YORK (AP) — World-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo is sparking joy among shoppers feeling the urge to clean out their homes. But once you master the Japanese organizing expert’s novel approach to de-cluttering, what do you do with all the stuff you don’t want? Charitable ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Sandy Blanes

Current Hometown: Butte How would you describe your specialty handcraft? Specialty doll design, handcrafted with a purpose. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? One of my books, “Where’s MY Grandma?” led me to handcraft some dolls to use as props when reading to ...

VEEDER: How to go sledding with 2 toddlers in only 20 steps

So you want to go sledding with two toddlers? Here’s how to do it in only 20 steps. Step 1: Check the weather. Declare to the entire house that it is now above zero and you are all going outside. Step 2: Tell the 3-year-old to go find her snow gear while you attempt to wipe all the syrup ...

From Garden to Bouquet: Growing your own cut flowers

Keep your flower vases filled all summer long with beautiful blossoms picked right from your own garden and containers. Growing seeds, plants and tender bulbs that can double as cut flowers makes it easy to create casual, fresh-cut bouquets for your dinner table, guest room or to share with ...

Quilts and More: Minot Prairie Quilt Festival opens March 21

Creative, colorful quilts of all kinds will be on display during the 26th Annual Minot Prairie Quilt Festival set for March 21-24. This year’s festival, themed “Unique Techniques” is being held at the Clarion Hotel at 2200 E. Burdick Expy. in Minot. The festival includes a quilt show ...

Spring Fever Workshops for gardeners

The NDSU Spring Fever Garden Forums will be held on Monday nights beginning on March 25 and continuing through April 15. A team of experts in subsequent forums will share information on selecting trees, growing ornamental grasses, starting a Juneberry patch, fighting invasive bugs and ...

Veeder: At the end of a life

Over supper tonight I was attempting to tell my husband about the highlights of my recent getaway to Nashville when my 3-year-old interrupted me repeatedly, insisting her story was more interesting. “I went to the big town and swam in a hotel pool and met a friend with curly hair who shared ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Tanner Verbitsky

Current Hometown: Butte How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I have been sewing and quilting for six years and I couldn’t live without it. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? My grandma Louise Verbitsky. How long have you been doing this type of work? 6.5 ...

VEEDER: A real version of Country Living magazine

The snow was blowing big flakes sideways across the prairie. The weatherman warned of minus 30 wind chills, and it was just another February morning in western North Dakota. I loaded up the kids and the car: coats, hats, mittens, blankies, sippy cups, snow pants, snacks for the trip to town, ...

Pruning tips to keep flowering shrubs blossoming for years

Deciduous shrubs — those that lose their leaves each winter — are always sending up new stems at or near ground level. This makes them forgiving plants to prune. New growth, wherever needed, can eventually correct any mistakes. Still, there's no reason to butcher these plants. Forsythia ...

Spring cleanup for a healthy, beautiful landscape

Satisfy your gardening itch with a bit of spring cleaning. Take advantage of warm days in late winter or early to mid-spring to get a head start on this season’s gardening. Cut back tall ornamental grasses you left standing for the winter. Use a hand pruner for small plantings and a string ...