#Living

Millennials to baby boomers, gifts that grow are the rage

It's a jungle in there. Every window, surface and brightly lit corner is filled with decorative or edible greenery. There is no doubt what to gift this person for the holidays. More of the same. A lack of outdoor growing space, limited growing seasons, and time constraints have many people ...

The promise of spring

When I was a kid, on the first warm day of spring, my dad would take us to the top of the nearest hill to find a dry spot where snow gave way to grass. We would sit down and let the warm sun shine on our faces and my dad would say something like, “Such a beautiful day. Isn’t this ...

Christmas Travels

The Taube Museum of Art will present the 2018 Holiday “Twilight” Tour of Homes on Dec. 1 from 3-7 p.m., with tastefully decorated homes and cultural destinations for participants to enjoy. Tickets for $16 each are available in advance at the Taube Museum of Art, Artmain and all ...

A song for a new season

If I could fill my page with words to make up an ending to each season that has given us her all — glorious orange sunsets and wildflower purple and the deep, dark blue of the rain — I would give the wind a voice. And his voice would be deep and coarse as he reminisced about the way the ...

Plants for every room of your home

Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good – added beauty or tasty nutritional food. But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, have a lack of space to garden outdoors or just ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Ellen Fenner

• Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I create unique and personalized wine glasses and gift items that are fun for everyone, including yourself, on your gift giving list all year long. My handcrafted glittered bottom wine glasses (both stem and ...

The making of me

I made a trip down to South Dakota last weekend to perform. In the early morning, before the sun burned off the cold fog, I sneaked quietly out of the house to make sure my family stayed sleeping while I took on the miles of road. In a different time in my life, a six-hour trip alone was just ...

Change your furnace filters regularly

During the upcoming months, changing your furnace filters regularly will be extremely important in keeping the air in your home healthy, fresh and safe. During colder periods of time when you are inside more often, it’s especially important to inspect and change your furnace filter every few ...

Holiday gifts that keep on giving

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything. Gardeners as well as practical ...

Hints by Heloise: Pomander for the holidays

Dear Readers: One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the wonderful fun of rich fragrances that fill my home. I make my own POMANDER BALLS for ornaments for the tree, or to hang in a closet or a guest bathroom. Here’s how to make them: Stick rows of whole cloves in an ...

Prevent your home from looking dull, bland with outdoor decorations

Late autumn and the beginning of winter can be a dreary time for homes and lawns, but it doesn’t have to be; you can prevent your home from looking dull and bland with certain outdoor winter decorations. Take advantage of the winter weather and prepare yourself for holiday cheer with some of ...

Picking out a new sofa? Sites offer design advice for cheap

NEW YORK (AP) — Hiring an interior designer is expensive, and the chances of an HGTV host bursting through your doors are slim. But several sites have made it more affordable to get design help without anyone ever stepping inside your home. Havenly, Wayfair and others are charging less than ...

The best times are now

Apparently love is in the air this fall. In the past two months, I’ve attended four weddings, sang the couples love songs and watched the brides walk toward their grooms wearing big, beautiful dresses and holding big, beautiful dreams. I like weddings for the reasons most people like ...

Clean and bundle up your landscape for winter

As we trade in our warm-weather clothes for boots, scarves and winter coats, it’s also time to clean and bundle up our landscapes for the winter. Use this checklist to help you prepare your yard and garden for the cold weather ahead. – Water your plants thoroughly before the ground ...

Garden cleanup shouldn’t be too thorough

Dead leaves on the ground, dead stems on trees and shrubs, dead plants where flowers and vegetables once strutted their stuff — how forlorn the yard can look this time of year. The urge is to tidy things up by blowing or raking leaves out of sight, pruning away unwanted branches and ripping ...

‘To-Do List: Organizing the Garage’

The garage is where we toss everything that doesn’t have a place in the house. If you find yourself using your garage as a receptacle, it’s likely that you haven’t resolved all your organizing challenges within the home – and that your garage needs a serious overhaul. Reclaim your ...

Five steps this fall to a more beautiful landscape

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort. Cut the grass, recycle fall leaves, and improve the soil with a pass of ...

Some things are worth saving

OK, please tell me everyone has it — that space under the stairs or in the attic or the corner of your bedroom piled up to the ceiling where you put all the things. All the things you want to save but don’t know what to do with, like the junk drawer every Midwesterner tries and fails to ...

‘A storage shed is just the ticket!’

While you can do projects around the house to increase indoor storage, many homeowners are choosing to gain extra space by adding a storage shed. Open up the living space inside your home You can keep all the things you don’t use regularly outside and out of sight. This way you can reduce ...