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#Living

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 ...

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 ...