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It's a rite of spring at our farm to have visiits from swans. The fields that surround our farmstead usually have ponds on them and the swans stop for a few days or even weeks... Posted on 3/24/10 at 11:14 AM
THE DULLUM FILE On Camera
Kudos to the Grand Forks Herald's Ann Bailey for her piece on being camera shy in a media world. The last couple of sentences of it read as follows. "My experiences during the past y... Posted on 6/7/09 at 6:45 AM
Here we go again. Our farm, like many others, has been inundated with rain the past few weeks. And after a short respite from having water in the basement, we have a wet floor, even with a couple of sump pumps running.
My mom made sauces, cakes, pies and desserts from our rhubarb, and I enjoyed them all. When my husband, Brian, moved from Grand Forks to the farm where we live, near Larimore, N.D., my mom and dad planted rhubarb in our garden.
Along with my regular day-to-day duties at Good Samaritan Society — Larimore, I help with a variety of events that the center holds. I enjoy the people I’m working with, get to visit with the people who attend the events and help serve — and eat — good food so it’s definitely one of the perks of my job.
A tradition in our family is to guess, in March, when the last pile of snow on the farmstead will be gone. Each member of our family picks a date, and then we write it down on a piece of paper. The person who picks the date that is the closest to being right, without going past the date, wins a small prize.
In the era that I grew up, one without multiple television channels, iPods or Facebook, my family and I played board games when we were stormed in. Though my children have a variety of electronic devices and social media at their fingertips, they still enjoy carrying on the tradition.
Though the landscape outside looks more like it should be Christmas, Easter Sunday is just a few days away. Cooking a big dinner on Easter is a tradition in our family. We either go to my in-laws or host. This year, it’s our turn to cook, and we expect to have about 15 to 20 family members.
Among the things that I have been sorting through from my parents’ house are high school annuals that belonged to my brother, Richard. “Rich,” as family and friends called him, died 20 years ago this Sunday at age 40.
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