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#Living

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 ...

Apples, the jewels of fall

It’s early October. I’m standing by an overloaded apple tree that has clusters of blushing globes, moderately large, with an inflamed tone that fades to rose. A close look reveals their streaked underside canvas that features the primary colors of red and green – not to be ignored are the ...

Garden Slugs — UGG!!

The recent rains have been a mixed blessing. For home gardeners, the wet conditions have brought a host of damaging pests out of dormancy; SLUGS!! These slimy creatures look like snails without a shell. They are gray, brown and other earth tone colors. This makes them difficult to see on ...

Protect your winter landscape from hungry wildlife

There's no doubt that managing critters in the landscape can be a challenge especially as food supplies start to dwindle. If you are battling with rabbits, deer, groundhogs or other wildlife, don't let down your guard as the growing season begins to wind down. Be proactive. Start before they ...

VEEDER: Potty pit stops are not a glamourous part of country living

There are times when I’m being whiny about how hard life is with two little kids and two (or three?) jobs plus the ranch and the laundry and the 40-minute trip to town, and I think of the women who came before me who raised their children without air conditioning or microwaveable chicken ...

For mom and me, mixing paint builds new bonds

As a child, my attempts to learn art from my art-teacher mom usually went something like this: “Mom, I love this card of the mother goose swimming off into the sunset with her baby ducks behind her. Could you help me paint it?” “I suppose. Are you going to pay attention and ...

The Postscript: Blooming Late

I realized that I might be a late bloomer –a little late, naturally. I love hearing about proteges: the five-year-old drummer or the 16-year-old activist. I love hearing the nine-year-old who sings like an old soul and reading about the 14-year-old who just completed a master’s degree. I ...

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 ...