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TAG : May 2009

Grow Beautiful Fall-Flowering Perennials

In the excitement of spring planting, it’s easy to get carried away and fill your nursery cart with heaps of things for summer. However, before you rush home with a ton of fuchsias, nemisias and osteospermums, remember that these cool-season annuals will only bloom for a few weeks before ...

Recipes for cats and dogs easy to find online

In the February Editor’s Notebook column, K.C. Compton wrote about her first forays into creating homemade meals for pets. As a follow-up, we included a few recipes in our May issue. You can find some additional recipes for dogs, including homemade dog biscuits, here on our Web site.You might ...

Homemade Dog Food

My two Vizsla hunting dogs get homemade dog food twice each day. I mix an adjusted amount with good quality dry kibble.Homemade dog food can be better than some commercial products. We don’t realize what’s in the food we give our pets. Always inspect the ingredients.Commercial dog foods can ...

Minnesotan Creates Sod House

The photographs accompanying this story (and illustrating our article about the pioneers' sod houses on the American prairie) show the work of Stan McCone, of Sanborn, Minn., who built his first sod home in 1987, laboring from July until late October.McCone used techniques learned from books ...

Open Session: May 2009

A splendid read – My husband and I have enjoyed Starting Over by Bob Brown. This heartwarming fictional story made me laugh and cry at the same time. I’m saving it to read again and share with others. I’ve enjoyed other stories, but this is one of the best.Barbara Coon Smithfield, ...

Pioneers found solution to shelter needs right under their feet

When the settlers arrived on the American prairie, lured by the Homestead Act of 1862 and the promise of free land, a major challenge faced them – the need to find shelter. They found the solution by turning to the earth itself.The fur traders who had preceded them had lived in dugouts, ...

Editor’s Notebook: A bit more adventure would help everyone

I’ve never considered myself a daredevil, but I’ll admit I’ve taken a risk or two. I was reminded of this when I read the story on Page 17 about June Pearce, whose daughter arranged a motorcycle ride for her 84th birthday. My response was a hearty “Good for her!”When I was young, I ...

Crafts: Scrapbooking and card making made simple

With the economy the way it is, now is the time to learn to create personalized cards and scrapbooks. What better way to let loved ones know you care than to send a card or give a scrapbook as a gift.By making them yourself, you’ll save a lot of money, and it will mean a lot to your loved ...

Crafts: Preserve family history in a heritage scrapbook

Here are some tips to help you create a heritage scrapbook to share with your family. Be warned, though. Once your relatives see it, they’ll want one of their own – and more than likely, they’ll ask you to make it.Choose an albumHow big do you want your scrapbook to be? I like the ...

Faith: Believe in miracles

Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for his people! (Psalm 66:5 New Living Translation)Miracles are awesome, unexplainable events that occur by the divine power of God. The purpose of a miracle is to show the wonderful, mighty power of God. They provide great ...

Money: Thrifty ways to save money

Thermometers aren’t the only things rising this summer. With the ever-increasing cost of daily essentials like gas and dairy products, Americans across the nation are looking to cut their summer spending habits. Check out these tips to keeping cash in your wallet.Turn it up Investing in a ...

Crafts: Recipe scrapbooking is a great way to pass memories down through generations

A scrapbook made by compiling family anecdotes, chronicling events, and conveying the tone and feel of your clan is a great way to pass memories down through generations. Long before scrapbooking was a verb, women passed cherished recipes along in much the same way, so it’s no surprise that ...

Money: Social Security Connection

Question:If I start drawing Social Security benefits at age 62, will my benefit amount stay the same for the rest of my life, or will it increase when I turn 65? – G.T., MaineAnswer:Once you file for reduced benefits (meaning if you file before your full retirement age), your benefit amount ...

Fiction: Starting Over

Josh developed a habit of coming to the supper table early. Supper was the highlight of his day. He would sip iced tea and watch Lacey cook. Lacey had him drinking tea, at least at supper time, as a healthy substitute for RC Cola. Their conversations were pleasant, unless she started harping ...