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#Living

Moving plants indoors for winter?

Moving houseplants indoors with the onset of cold weather is not your typical furniture-shifting exercise. It requires planning, since houseplants for the most part are tender tropicals and need time to acclimate to a changed growing environment. “Bring them in over a two-week period,” ...

VEEDER: Community runs on heartbeats

Some days, I imagine my great-grandmother Gudrun at 17 years old, standing with her hands on her hips, 1,000 miles from everything familiar to her, looking around the place, the wind whipping her dark hair and long dress, wondering how she wound up so far away from the fjords of ...

Pansies add color, interest to every occasion

Pick a few pansy flowers and add a smile to any occasion. No matter where you live, pansies provide color, and in some cases, fragrance to the garden and containers during the cooler months of the year. Pick a few flowers and freeze them in ice cube trays to serve in your favorite beverage. ...

The Postscript: Forever Home

“The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him,” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100+ year-old farmhouse up for sale. I haven’t lived in the farmhouse for years now-not since I moved out to go to graduate school and become a ...

Let’s Cook

I recently heard a young woman say “I have earned my PhD, I figured out calculus, and admit that I am a wiz at Pinterest, but I can’t even do a decent baked potato.” So I took this as a sign to write about not only baked potatoes, but an easy potato recipe that would be worthy of a ...

Plant Trees, Shrubs, Bulbs Now

Fall is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs, and is the best time to plant hardy bulbs. The cooler fall temperatures allow trees and shrubs to grow roots down and prepare for winter without the stress of summer heat. They still require additional watering, but not as much as those ...

Bold, beautiful alliums for every garden

Short or tall, big or small, ornamental alliums are a treat for flower gardeners and for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Plant the bulbs in fall and enjoy months of colorful spring and summer blooms - this year, and for years to come. Just like their relatives, onions and chives, ...

VEEDER: The devil in the barnyard

Ahh, autumn’s beauty. Serene. Peaceful. Golden hues, warm setting sun, a light breeze, 10 perfect horses grazing on the hillside. From far away, it looks like I exist in a painting. From far away, it looks like something in a coffee table book. From far away, our horses are sleek and ...

7 tips for becoming an ethical shopper

Sustainability, labor conditions, politics and other issues prevalent in the news have left many consumers wondering how to be socially responsible. For some, this seems like an impossible task. "Trying to create a perfect world or be a perfect consumer is not at all realistic," says Dr. ...

Kansas movie theater recognized for its longevity

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — The oldest continuously operating movie theater in the world might figure to be in New York or Hollywood. How about Kansas? The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Ottawa, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Kansas City, Missouri, is home to the Plaza 1907 ...

The Postscript: No Coffee

Peter was up before anyone else-as he often is. My husband, Peter, gets up early in order to have enough time to brood before busybodies like me expect him to engage in cheerful conversation. But this morning we were staying at my parents’ cabin and there was a glitch in the plans. The ...

Minding Our Elders: Try a different approach to keep dad off ladders

Dear Carol: Even though my 79-year-old dad has had medical problems through the years, he’s strong both physically and mentally. Dad’s always enjoyed working outside in the yard and on home maintenance, which is wonderful. However, he won’t listen when it comes to climbing ladders, going ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness sets tone in teacher’s classroom

You know how teachers have favorite grade levels? The ones who teach middle school will tell you they love helping kids work through the uncertainty and challenges that come with being a new teen. The ones in high school enjoy developing the gifts of young people finding their way in the ...

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 ...