Author: Paula Vogelgesang

Of Groundhogs and Valentines: Welcome, February [PENNYWISE]

It’s that time of year again for Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day. Typically, in the badlands, out in the middle of nowhere, where I live, we have blizzards. Extremely cold, with lots of snow and drifts up to 20 feet high. It’s tough for the ranchers to get to the cattle to keep them fed. I am thankful for tractors with big feeding scoops. How well I remember spending hours just scooping snow to reach the cattle, and digging out the haystacks so we could feed them. We are blessed to have newer machinery with a cab so the operator can keep warm when...

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Eat Well, and Save Time and Money and More Helpful Household Hints

Did your family blow up the budget over Christmas? Are you trying to figure out where to cut corners to get back on track? Perhaps it is time to sit down as a family and work together on a spending plan. (’Spending plan’ sounds more appealing than the word budget.) I’ve seen statistics where young working folks (millennials) are spending up to 40% of their paychecks on eating out and then whine about not being able to afford the lifestyle they want to become accustomed to. Just for fun, take your own paycheck (in our case, the calf check)...

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What I Wish Every Grocery Shopper Knew, and Helpful Household Hints

It was mid-September when I wrote this column.  The air was thick with smoke and haze from the wildfires burning in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and along the mountains of Oregon, California, and Washington.  The amount of smoke was unreal and made your throat burn at times, and it was this way for months. The drought has been a reality here, and for folks all across the western plains with over a million acres of grasslands, forests and fields burned in the last few weeks.  I also saw a report that 47,000 wildfires have burned over 8 million acres since...

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October Surprises, Home-Made Disguises Other Other Helpful Household Hints

Deer, turkeys, apples, pumpkins and harvest time are signals Halloween is just around the corner. This year, I’m going to use craft paint to make faces on a couple of pumpkins to set outside for the trick or treaters. I don’t carve the pumpkins because after Halloween is over, I use them, so they do not go to waste. I cut them in half, scoop out the seeds and place the cut halves onto cookie sheets and bake them at 300 degrees until they are soft. Once these are cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides, run the...

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Upcycle an Old Door and Money-Saving Home Remedies

Free Bench From an Old Door? A neighbor gave me an old door, and I ‘upcycled’ it into outdoor seating. I painted the door with some leftover paint from a prior project and used some cement blocks from an old building foundation to create a ‘bench’. It’s made a nice addition to the play spot for my children. They can sit or lie down on the bench or they can all sit in the middle and play a game; there is enough room for 5 or 6 kids. The door is heavy, so it’s not going to break and the...

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