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The Postscript: More Owls

First, I noticed the owl. “Peter! Did you see the owl?!” Our last Airbnb in Spain had a ceramic owl. So, when I found a similar owl—in a similarly inconvenient location—I took it as a good omen. “What owl?” my husband, Peter, said. Then I found four more owls, ...

Minding Our Elders: Practicing self-care can seem impossible to caregivers

Dear Carol: I’m 76 years old and taking care of my husband who has vascular dementia. We can’t afford regular in-home help or adult day services for my husband and he can’t be left alone very long without supervision. Our joint friends either don’t know how to talk with my husband or ...

Ready for Halloween

Submitted Photos Halloween is almost here. Eugene and Nikki Paulsen, who live on Eighth Street Northeast in Minot, shared these photos of their Halloween decorations.

Decorate and Extend the Life of your Carved Pumpkin

By MELINDA MYERS It’s time to select and decorate pumpkins for your Halloween display. Get family and friends involved in a trip to the pumpkin farm and consider hosting a decorating party. Whether you grew your own or plan on purchasing one at a farm or garden center, select pumpkins free ...

Finding yourself

Before I became a mother, before I realized that you’re not always in control of the timing of your life and throughout my six pregnancy losses, I was worried about the way in which becoming a mother was going to impact me creatively — in my career and in my process. Because, looking back ...

Kindness is sweeter than hot chocolate

There is a packet of hot chocolate sitting on my desk. I don’t care how cold the wind blows in South Dakota, I am determined not to drink it. It’s not a weight loss or healthy eating thing. It’s a kindness thing. I took my boys to Minneapolis for a weekend at the Mall of America to ...

Travel Sharks gobble up highway miles with deadly determination

Don’t you hate high-maintenance travelers? You know the ones — they need to stop at every rest stop, visit every tourist attraction and try out every caramel roll at every truck stop? Don’t you hate when you realize that the high-maintenance traveler is actually you? This is what ...

Creativity without the pressure at ‘paint and sip’ studios

By Molly Sprayrgen Associated Press They’ve become a global sensation — “paint and sip” studios where adults can spend evenings out learning to make art in a relaxed, BYOB setting. Thousands of franchises now exist to help us all unleash our inner creative. One of the places where ...

Increasing paranoia in older adult needs investigating

Dear Carol: My 84-year-old aunt has always loved doing needlepoint and embroidery, though she enjoys knitting and crocheting, too. Lately, I’ve noticed that she’s getting frustrated because she can’t seem to follow the patterns or remember the next steps in her needlepoint projects. Her ...

To keep enjoying your garden’s flowers, consider drying them

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Cut flowers have an intense but brief vase life, lasting generally about a week. Yet they can be preserved as attractive and long-lasting arrangements when properly dried and displayed. Air-drying is the simplest and cheapest way to go about it, but other ...

Master Gardener program takes applications

If you love gardening and sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in collaboration with North Dakota State University Extension. The NDSU Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer service organization that beautifies communities, educates the ...

Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Fall is the best time of year to get new trees, shrubs and perennials into the ground before cold weather sets in, and it’s often the best time to buy them, too. Garden centers traditionally mark down their off-season inventories rather than muscle them ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Emily Pedersen

Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your specialty handcraft? Since tie dye is so individualized, I would have to describe my style as always evolving. I love trying new techniques and colors, and just playing around with it. Even if you make a mistake, it’ll still turn out ...

Lasting memories with my great-grandma

When I was in kindergarten, I lived in Grand Forks with my family in a small white stucco house by the Red River. I don’t remember too much about this time in my life, except the blond neighbor girl named Jenny, my blue bicycle, drinking Dad’s cold coffee in his basement office, my little ...

Halloween Decorations

Have you decorated for Halloween? Send a photo or photos of your Halloween decorations to eogden@minotdailynews.com. Photos will be considered for the #Living page in the Minot Daily News. Send photos 200ppi resolution or above, along with your name, address & daytime phone number.

Kindness is Contagious: Old friendships can create new kindness

I remember my first friend. Her name was Tina and she lived down the road from me. It was such a big deal when we were old enough to ride our bikes the quarter mile back and forth to each other’s houses. Eventually, Tina’s family moved to an area closer to town and I ended up moving two ...

Doggone it, pet grief can be hard

It was like “phantom limb” syndrome. After my 14 1/2-year-old dog, Kita, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge several weeks ago, I was surprised how I still seemed to feel her and sense her. She had been such a constant presence in my life that I kept looking down, to see if she was ...

Minding Our Elders: Increasing paranoia in older adult needs investigating

Dear Carol: My 71-year-old mother is slender, a non-smoker, socially active and gets a decent amount of exercise. She takes three medications that I know of. While she has an occasional “gap out” with a word here and there, that seems like normal aging. What troubles me is that she’s ...

Without a magic wand, transforming pumpkins isn’t easy

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It might be easier to transform a pumpkin into Cinderella's coach than to turn one into a mercury glass decoration. Hoping to add elegance to seasonal decorations that can stretch from early fall through Halloween and Thanksgiving, I decided to try recreating the look ...

VEEDER: If you need someone to build an ark …

“We’re supposed to get 1 to 3 inches of snow today,” he whispered, his shadow looming over me as I rubbed my eyes in the dark of the early morning, removed the toddler foot lodged in my ribs and tried to make sense of the horror of the first words I heard in my waking moments on the ...