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Wintertime mulching, watering helps drought-sensitive plants

Wind-driven air and too little precipitation are common wintertime side effects that can damage drought-sensitive trees, lawns and shrubs. You can help remedy that by watering while temperatures are still above freezing and before the ground hardens. Adding mulch also insulates plants, ...

How to help someone with dementia enjoy holiday gatherings

Dear Carol: I’m worried about the holidays. I want to include my dad who has dementia, but when extended family members visit, they talk around Dad because they don’t know how to talk with him. Those who don’t ignore him try to treat him as they always did, which they mean in a good way, ...

HOMETOWN HOLLYWOOD: Sometimes, we don’t need to go by the book

LOS ANGELES — I’m going to tell you something embarrassing. Our son, Arlo, is almost a year old and I still write down everything he does in a little book. What time he ate and how much, when he slept and how long, what time he went to bed and what time he woke up. My husband, Jason, ...

Simple can be gorgeous when setting a holiday table

Setting a gorgeous table for a holiday meal doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, says interior designer Elizabeth Stuart. Sometimes, a simple design using just a few plants and candles can be more beautiful than an intricate display. “There are no rules,” says Stuart, and you can ...

VEEDER: From now on, you can call me Martha Stewart

Excuse me for a moment while I make an announcement. It’s very important, something I never thought would happen to me in this lifetime, and I’m very proud of how far I’ve come in my life, so I feel the need to shout it from the rooftops. Ahem: Yesterday, my friend called me for ...

Minding Our Elders: Overwhelmed older caregiver fights bitterness

Dear Carol: I’m 74 years old and have been my parents’ caregiver since they were my age. My dad died two years ago at 93, and now Mom lives with me and needs 24/7 care. She’s physically miserable and mentally incapable of enjoyment. I’ve never had the chance to travel because of my ...

Let’s Cook: Cooking for One

It has been said that there is “nothing new under the sun.” However that theory is being challenged when it comes to dining. I recently read an article that mentioned reservations for one are becoming quite popular. Many of you can recall that dining alone was considered as enjoyable as ...

Take advantage of seasonal pause to make 2020 garden plans

The outdoor growing season is over in most of the U.S., and it’s time to pause and take stock. Review those gardening impressions that delighted you as well as those that disappointed. Apply what one veteran planter calls “creative staring” to improve the look of your landscape and the ...

VEEDER: Time to gather

It’s fall. Shipping season. The leaves have stripped from their branches, the horses are hairing up against the cold, the grass is golden and the cows and calves look like black dots on the hillsides. We’re getting ready to gather. We’re fixing up corrals and fences, hauling hay off ...

Now’s the time to force a few spring flowering bulbs

In just 15 minutes you can plant a beautiful garden guaranteed to brighten your spirits and indoor décor this winter. All you need is a container with drainage holes, potting mix and some tulips, daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs. Once you have gathered the needed materials, you can ...

Kindness is Contagious: Dumpster diving leads to kindness, new friendship

I wonder how many opportunities for kindness we miss simply because we think, “It’s none of my business.” I have driven past people without coats on a cold winter day and averted my eyes when someone was stuck on the side of the road. Have you? Certainly, no one can do everything, but ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Terry Wilkins

Current Hometown: Minot How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I make stain glass crosses all diffrent textures and colors that are 7-inches by 10 inches. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? I was inspired by my Christian faith. How long have you been doing this ...

VEEDER: Life on the road has changed over the years

Greetings from a hotel room 100 miles away from the ranch where I just consumed an entire take-out chimichanga dressed in my jammies while sitting on the bed watching some Learning Channel special about weird ways to die. And then I washed it all down with six or seven pieces of Halloween ...

Newborns and old aunts don’t always mix

Last week, someone entrusted me with their baby. To most people who have kids or grandkids, this would not be a noteworthy feat. But to someone who has no children and hasn’t been entrusted to watch any starter-humans since George W. Bush was in office, this was an epic achievement. The ...

Let’s Cook: Dining Reflections

Last week I had the delight of leading a discussion about hometowns; the topic was “Restaurants and Cafés.” It was an afternoon of memories, old-fashioned story telling about favorite dining places, and why they still remain close at heart. As soon as I heard the first response, I grabbed ...

Cover your ground, for your plants’ sake

Nature abhors bare ground, and so should you. Her response to naked earth is to clothe it, a job at which many weeds excel. Bare soil is too easily blown and washed away by wind and water. Rainfall pounding on it seals pores, making it much harder for water to penetrate. This further ...

VEEDER: Waiting on the cold

It’s late October and our windows have been closed for weeks, sealing our houses up against the chill that this month lays upon the nights. And we button up in the morning as we step out to start our cars, or saddle a horse, or feed the livestock, or take a jog while the streets are quiet. ...