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Revive overcrowded, struggling perennials

Fall is the best time to divide spring and summer blooming perennials that are overcrowded, dead in the center, failing to flower or flopping open. Wait until spring to dig and divide fall or summer blooming perennials that were not moved the previous fall. These are guidelines that increase ...

VEEDER: Country living and grocery store fails

Last night, I did that thing where you have 30 minutes between work and day care pickup to power shop the grocery store and restock the essentials while planning a week’s worth of meals in your head because the list you have on hand only says “eggs and milk,” but the list in your head ...

Transplant perennial flowers now, keeping the bugs out

Fall is an excellent time to dig and divide spring flowering perennials. Peonies, irises, daylilies and others can benefit from periodic dividing to maintain plant vigor and flowering. Plants that have the centers dying out, reduced flowering and crowded plant crowns are candidates for ...

Minding Our Elders: Daughter fights mom’s wish to go on hospice

Dear Carol: My mom is 85 and has lived with COPD, diabetes and heart disease for the last 10 years, but she’s been a fighter. She’s always said that she didn’t want extreme measures to keep her alive when her time to go was obvious, and I agreed, but now that the end seems close, I think ...

ThePostscript : Marriage stew

I told my husband, Peter, that our marriage was like stew – and that’s a good thing. This is a second marriage for both Peter and me. We were both married for a long time and then divorced for quite a while. We dated other people and realized how tricky the whole process of finding a new ...

Let’s Cook: Thank you, Rhoda!

One of the great joys of being a teenager back in the early ‘70s was to appreciate the many wonderful sitcoms that were on television. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a favorite of mine. In this show Mary had a neighbor named Rhoda, played by Valerie Harper. They lived in a grand Victorian ...

Get the most out of your tomato harvest

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and when they’re left on the plant five to eight days after the fruit are fully colored, the flavor only gets better. Check plants regularly and keep harvesting, so the plants continue to produce throughout the fall. This also ...

VEEDER: Let’s call it a day

OK, real talk here: Today was a day. I would use the word tough, but I’ve had some days that truly fit that category, so I’m just going to Call. It. A. Day. It was supposed to be an easy 60-mile trip to Dickinson with my kids. And when I use the word “easy,” I guess I don’t really ...

Mushrooms in yards and taking care of your lawn in fall

Mushrooms in Yards Recent rains have benefited not only our yards, gardens and crops, but other growing things in nature. Ones which are very easy to see are mushrooms or also called, toad stools. Mushrooms or toad stools are the “flower” part of an underground fungus. This fungus lives ...

Follow some extra measures for home security

– Get to know your neighbors. One of the best security measures you can take is to get to know your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye out for strangers around your house. – Install a home security system. The research shows that homes without a security system are three times ...

ASK A DESIGNER: Choosing the right rug for the room

A warm, cozy rug can make a room look and feel more appealing on even the chilliest fall night. And the right rug can be a source of comfort year-round. "They're also great in the summer, if you think about it, because your shoes are off, you're in your shorts, the house is air conditioned," ...

The Postscript: Blessings in disguise

They say that blessings come in disguise. If so, my blessings are poorly disguised. They show up wearing false noses and funny eyeglasses and are instantly recognizable unless I am being completely thick-headed-and it is astonishing how often I am. I had a really bad year a few years back ...

What can we do to help kids handle the unique stresses of farm life?

Most adults can hardly fathom the stress of being a teen today. With one social media post, your position in the volatile food chain of high school status could change. With college tuition soaring, you feel constant pressure to ace your college admission tests. Your still-maturing teen brain ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness helps bravery kick in

Bravery is such a slippery concept. Sometimes we think we have tons of it, and then we face a chance to flex and instead we back down. Other times we are sure we can’t possibly be brave enough to face a situation until we have to actually walk through it. And then we do. I saw my kids ...

5 ways the right lighting can elevate your home

When you shop for a new sofa or another piece of furniture, it’s not hard to envision how it might look in your living room. And if you’re considering a new wall color, you can test pretty simply with swatches. But shopping for lighting can be more complicated. It’s easy fall in ...

Terracotta makes a color comeback

There was a time not that long ago when designers were tearing out anything terracotta-colored, whether it was tile, painted walls or upholstered furniture. A darling hue of the ‘80s, the brownish orange — evocative of terracotta earthenware — was considered dowdy and done. But like so ...

Creative spaces are often works in progress

How do you create a space conducive to creative thinking? A number of recent books explore the working environments of creative people in search of hints and inspiration. “They’re not highly produced spaces. They are spaces that reflect the real lives of people,” says Ted Vadakan, ...

Back to school fashions

As the father of a teenage daughter – and unannounced to her –I am stepping in and making commentary on current fashion. Oh my! From the first day that she arrived home from the hospital as a baby, I tried to impress upon her my understanding of a lady’s wardrobe and the essence it ...