RURAL REFLECTIONS Letter to Dave
(inspiration for the "feeling accomplished from getting my vehicle washed" came from Beth Kezer-my second cousin. Thanks Beth-royalty check is in the mail)
Lets just cut to th... Posted on 3/28/15 at 8:04 AM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Other Humans Are Not Our Servants
It is a universal truth that people who like the Jane Austen book,Pride and Prejudice, frequently go beyond mere "like" to excessive admiration. One of my own daughters is just such a fan, revisiting ... Posted on 3/27/15 at 4:55 PM
EVERYDAY GOURMET Beer and Bacon Mussels
This just might be my new favorite way to eat mussels. Sure, I love all sorts of them from the traditional shallot and white wine based sauces to the more indulgent coconut curry, but there is just so... Posted on 3/27/15 at 8:19 AM
FARM BLEAT Attention deficit, times two
He acted as though Id never been responsible for a child before, the oldest brother of mine.
Obviously hed forgotten all the years Id spent babysitting the neighborhood kids.
I can handle it, I assure... Posted on 2/5/15 at 8:36 AM
GARDEN TALK Native Trees - A Good Choice for the Home Landscape
By Sue Light, Master Gardener in Dakota County
Are you among the growing number of Dakota County gardeners who are helping the environment by selecting plants that provide food and shelter for wildli... Posted on 8/15/13 at 9:44 PM
Decades ago, Val Farmer was giving a talk on rural psychology at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron when a reporter approached him to do a story. Farmer said yes, but wasn’t entirely happy with the way it turned out – and figured he could do better.
Dear Dr. Fox: I recently acquired a female Chihuahua from Canine Castaways. She is 5 years old. She can be very timid but gets quite vocal and aggravated when my husband gives me something or touches me.
Santa Claus has changed in appearance throughout the centuries. He is now a mixture of the Dutch, German, Scandinavian, British and American characters that have represented Christmas. The earliest Santa-like figure was Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century Greek bishop. He was pictured as a thin bishop in religious clothing.
A Chinese porcelain “chestnut basket” recently was offered for sale at a Virginia auction. We looked at the basket, which appears to be a bowl and underplate, and wondered if the reticulated (cut-out) areas were simply decorative or if they were important because the bowl held chestnuts.
Ants have been sneaking inside warm houses for centuries. Our ancestors did not use poison, but they had a way to keep the ants away from their food.
They made ant traps of pottery or glass designed to keep ants from climbing up the legs of a kitchen or dining room table.
Q: I am looking for a recommendation on a ground cover that would be on a fairly steep south-facing slope. My goal is to get rid of the grass and replace it with something that spreads out and I don’t have to mow. A bonus would be something that has nice color in the fall and attracts bees and butterflies.
Dear Dr. Fox: My 18-month-old black Lab mix (rescued two months ago) frequently has loose stools. Not watery, just loosely formed. This doesn’t seem to bother him, but I am concerned that he will need to have his anal glands cleaned out frequently (as per his vet). He tested positive for giardia and then tested negative after being treated.
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