Monthly Archives: March 2011


It was a dreary drive to Bismarck. I feel like I could do the 160 miles in my sleep, I’ve done it so often lately. But Bismarck is a decent place to be, especially when the to-do list at home … Continue reading

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A Weed is a plant out of place!

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    This toughy showed up in the cracks between our granite slabs in the greenhouse this week. The root got established last spring. We closed up the greenhouse in July. The heat often rose up to 130 degrees. We … Continue reading

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Only the best come north

Our local Air Force Base has as it’s motto that “Only the Best Come North.” We also like to say that our weather keeps the riff-raff out. Whatever the case, I finally saw the best and bravest of the goose-world today. … Continue reading

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Chicken Noodle Soup & Snow

The storm was nice and only lasted a day, not the 2 we were promised. The best part is that the weatherman was way off when he said the sun wasn’t gonna come out for another week. It’s still cold, … Continue reading

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It’s officially Spring (at least according to the calendar)!

Mother Nature decided to torture us again this week. On Sunday the calendar officially turned over to Spring. Yet, today, we had 40  mile an hour winds and 8 inches of snow. Barney, farm security supervisor, was not so sure … Continue reading

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Melting Pot

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m lucky to say I’m a bit o’this and a bit o’that. Norwegian, Alsatian (French/German), French, English, Irish, Scottish. And probably a few other things I don’t know about! I guess that makes me pretty much American. … Continue reading

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Rings 1 and 2 of the 3 ring Circus!

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 Today was a typical crazy day on the QCS Ranch. It started cold and gloomy and the list of to-do’s was a mile long. Katie (my greenhouse elf) moved plants and hanging baskets into the west greenhouse ‘cuz the east … Continue reading

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Inside Out.

Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are Spring violets under the Snow. anon. I realize I seem to have a pansy theme going here, but they are the first, bravest plants to show their colors in the spring. … Continue reading

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Never too many pansies!

You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many pansies! my adaptation of quote by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor Twenty years ago on March 6, I remember walking around the yard of the house I grew up … Continue reading

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