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 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyle    October 13, 2021 

Corn, Carrots & Cake

I’ve been slowly working at finishing out the garden. This process always takes much longer than setting up the garden. Just planting seeds (as if it were that easy) goes fairly quickly: throw the seeds in the ground, add water, and wait. (Let’s...

 

Flowers, Corn & Tomatoes

As I sit here composing this weeks musings on gardening in northeast Montana, I’m enjoying my vase full of the last of my gladioli blossoms. I freely admit I was very late (hello, procrastination) getting the bulbs into the ground last spring. But,...

 

Winding Down

I’ve been bringing my greenery inside. There are entirely too many houseplants now enjoying the steady temperatures a well-insulated house provides. It seems I just can’t let them freeze. There are several duplicates so I may be advertising a...

 

First Frost of Fall

It was predicted by the weather service that the temperature at Opheim would drop to 36 Thursday night. I'm so glad I paid attention to that report. We actually saw it drop to 30 before dawn Friday. I...

 

Summer Salads

We managed to finish harvesting all our wheat last week, with hired help. That help came in the form of another farming family: mom, dad, and oldest daughter all pitched in. There were a couple young sons riding along, absorbing the strong work ethic...

 

Fall is Coming

It always seems the weather quickly turns cool once the kids are back in school. Now that we're having really cool (sometimes downright chilly) mornings and evenings, it's time to start winnowing out...

 

Apologies and Annoyances

First off, let me apologize for not getting my column written last week. We'd had a lot of rain and couldn't harvest the sodden wheat. That led to a sudden decision to 'get out of Dodge.' Dennis had...

 

Corn, Cooking, Combining

The corn is starting to bear a few smallish ears. While they're on the small side, skinny and short, the flavor is big. The stalks are really tall so the size of the ears is a disappointment. The...

 

Will There Be An Early Autumn This Year?

For the past few weeks, whenever the wind has blown, dried up leaves from the shade trees have been blown down. They’re scattered all over the lawn. The stress of the drought has overcome the amount of watering of the yard I’ve been able to do....

 

Berries and Beans

While we've had a couple of "cooler" (80's rather than 100's) days recently, we still haven't had any rain to speak of. The sky teased us with a few sprinkles last Thursday: we called it an 8" rain...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Opinion    July 28, 2021

A Deadline, is a Deadline, is a Deadline

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column was slated to run in the July 21 edition, but was held due to lack of space. In case anyone who isn’t advertising in or writing columns for the Glasgow Courier hasn’t noticed yet, the deadline for each week’s issue...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyle    July 14, 2021

Hooray for Rain!

We've had a short break from the brutally hot weather. Twice last week we woke to temperatures that had dropped into the high 50's. Having the windows open overnight was a treat. Blankets were wanted....

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyle    June 2, 2021

Spicy Dish Made With Spring Garden Bounty

As is normal each spring, some things perk up faster than others. Such is the case with rhubarb, chives and asparagus. Hating to see such things go to waste, I have a couple recipes and a suggestion to share that take advantage of these spring...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyle    May 5, 2021

Yard Work, Cooking, and Drinking

Finally, a Sunday without snow, although it’s cold and blustery, with spits of rain. Unfortunately, those spits were not nearly enough for this dry country, but they do help to keep our hopes for more rain alive. There was some advancement made...

 

Sounds Like a Broken Record

It’s starting to feel like I’m living through the movie Groundhog Day: another Sunday heralding a return of colder weather, with the prospect of intermittent bouts of snow flurries thrown in for good measure. Early on Sunday, the sky to the west...

 

Sunday Blathering

Why does it seem that every Sunday brews up some not-so-nice weather? Or is it just me that feels that way? Way up here, far beyond the Middle of Nowhere, this past Sunday gave us lots and lots of...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyle    April 7, 2021

Cooking, Cleaning, Clearing

Yesterday I was asked why there weren’t any recipes last week. I’d simply blathered on long enough about other things that I’d run out of room. So I hope you’re prepared for a bit of an overload about cooking this week. Or you could skip on...

 

Springtime in Montana

It’s definitely a Montana-style spring going on: spits of rain one day, flurries of snow the next. Between the two, we measured .08” of moisture last week, and every bit counts. The snow Friday evening measured about 3” of wet fluff. It was...

 

Seeds, Spaghetti and French Bread

The seeds for this year’s garden have been purchased. The seed catalogs were of no help - I’ve continued to ignore both the ones that came snail-mail and the daily barrage of emailed exhortations to have “the best garden ever” if only I’ll...

 

I'm Back

Let me start with a quick apology for having been missing from the Courier for the past month. I really wasn’t procrastinating. Family matters kept me from even thinking about either gardening or cooking. I’ve noticed lots of geese flying north...

 

Doctors Visits and Well Being

MARY HONRUD FOR THE COURIER We’ve had another trip to Billings, this one for a couple of medical reasons. The main one was for another follow-up on Dennis’s shoulder procedure. The healing of that shoulder is proceeding extremely well. He’s...

 

Living With the Whole Life Challenge

During the times I spend doing the Whole Life Challenge (WLC), there’s a new Well Being Practice (WBP - you’d almost think it’s a gov’t program with all these acronyms) each week. This current challenge started with making a “Do Not Do...

 

Procrastinating Again

MARY HONRUD FOR THE COURIER I'd been so good lately at getting my column written and sent in well before the Monday deadline, that having having procrastination raise its oh-so-tempting head really...

 

Back in Montana

We are home again after our latest trip to Florida. We spent a great deal of time down there hanging out at ice rinks, watching our grandsons playing hockey. They’re in different age groups, the older being a squirt while the younger is a mite. Bot...

 

Enduring Epiphytes Exposed? Or Further Florida Flora

There are many more epiphytes than most of us non-botanists are aware. I've done a little more studying on these plants, which comprise roughly ten percent of all plant species. So if you are bored...

 

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