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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...

 

Florida Fauna

MARY HONRUD FOR THE COURIER While walking along foot paths towards the beach on Sanibel Island in Florida, I took note of the thick "vines" I thought were snaking their way up and around other trees....

 

Blah Humbug

It's so easy to waste time scrolling through all the apps on my phone, instead of what I should be doing. I know I need to get a column written, typed up (iPad usage), proofread, and sent in. But...

 

Going Nuts

This past week found me finally getting into the spirit of holiday “baking”. I’d been meaning to do this since I put up our artificial tree. The assembly of the tree occurred before Thanksgiving. I refuse to apologize or feel bad about...

 

Flora and Fauna

Last week, one of my many plants unsuccessfully attempted harakiri by flinging itself off the top of the baker’s rack. Sitting in the living room, we heard a loud crash from the breakfast nook. Alarmed, I hurried to check it out. A green vine had...

 

Soup and Salad

Editor's Note: This column was submitted on Nov. 22 however was not placed in the Nov. 25 issue due to space. This week's column could be rather short - or not. I do tend to get long-winded at...

 

Complaints Yielded Results

I do believe all my complaining about winter arriving early and Montana not understanding how a calendar works has actually paid off. The snow has melted away, thanks to the wind, rain, and warmer (above freezing!) temperatures. Don’t ruin my joy...

 

Winter Of Discontent

The calendars are all wrong. It looks like we’re skipping fall this year and are jumping straight into winter. It’s going to be a long one. Dennis pointed out, as I complained, that we did get some Indian summer (are we allowed to use that...

 

Winter Isn't Coming, It's Arrived

I think Mother Nature has it in for us in Montana. She's trying to start winter while according to the calendar, it's still fall. I recently remarked that Montana just doesn't understand the...

 

Fall Clean-Up

This is the time of year I'm thoroughly tired of gardening. I'm ready for it to be finished. The wheat crop is all in the bins, the trees are turning color and dropping leaves like crazy, and I'm...

 

Fall is Here – Ick!

I had a a few weeks off from writing, which has really helped me without my having to ask for it. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the John Deere Trac, running the grain cart while Dennis runs the combine. The houseplants had already been...

 

This And That

Editor's Note: This column was submitted to us on Aug. 31. The making of another frosting used up the remainder of my fresh raspberries. The following recipe was finally tested and is definitely a keeper. I’m using it for graham cracker...

 

Confession Time

First off, I'm offering a confession: my gardening skills are not up to par this year. I'm feeling rather disappointed in my efforts this year. I don't know if it is because it's 2020 (the whole Covid...

 

Raspberry Recipes

This week's column will be almost all recipes. I'm using up my remaining raspberries without just freezing them 'as is'. Save these winners for next summer. They'll be worth it, I promise! I'm in...

 

Gone From Berries To Beans

While I’m still harvesting a few raspberries, they are definitely at the tail end of their capacity to produce appreciable numbers for this summer. A few of the canes may flower again and attempt a second crop, but those berries will succumb to...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyle    July 29, 2020

Raspberries, Raspberries, Raspberries

I'm still spending all the hours of every morning picking raspberries. They just keep on ripening and requiring picking. I'll go around the outer edges of the long rows one day, and then through the...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyle    July 22, 2020

This And That

I could get used to only writing a column every other week. The Courier hasn't had room for my drivel a couple of times lately, so I've enjoyed those "free" Mondays. The problem is remembering which...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyle    July 15, 2020

Nursery Rhyme Time

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow?” “Like an out-of-control jungle, that’s how!” (I’ve resisted working this little jingle into my column for years, and aren’t you sorry I finally succumbed?) In place of silver...

 

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