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#Living

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. ...

Plan ahead for amaryllis blooms all winter long

Let amaryllis fill your home with flowers for the holidays and keep the blossoms coming all winter long. When you plant several different types of amaryllis bulbs, from both the southern and northern hemisphere, you can be sure to get a long-lasting, colorful show that will brighten your mood ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness is happening even if we don’t see it

I’m often asked if the state of the world is as grim as it seems. I have to be honest: In my opinion, it’s not. I get to hear good stories day after day, like this one sent in by Michelle Lund from West Fargo. They remind me that even though we don’t always get to see it, there is so ...

Meeting Kita’s sister (maybe)

The email started out like all the others did, expressing condolences for the loss of my little dog, Kita. But then it took an unexpected twist. “I own a black pom with a white spot on her chest,” the woman wrote. “I purchased her on 5-26-06 at K-9 Country Club, Moorhead. I cherish her. ...

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 ...