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ANN BAILEY: Memoirs of a klutz

December 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When I was growing up, it was much to my older brothers’ amusement that my name, “Ann,” meant grace. I was something of a klutz, so they got a big kick out of teasing me about my parents’ misnomer. Continue Reading

ANN BAILEY: An egg-onizing discovery

December 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

I usually feel kind of bad about not having two or three dozen eggs in my fridge. But after what happened on a recent Sunday, it seems like a good time to take a break from eggs. Continue Reading

ANN BAILEY: Three More check marks on to-do list

November 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Thanks to a warm-up in temperatures, a week after ice thwarted our attempts to clean the leaves out of our eaves troughs, Brian and I got the job done. After we got home from work on the Thursday before Veterans Day, we leaned ladders to the sides of our house and dug matted leaves out of the eaves. Continue Reading

ANN BAILEY: Counting blessings for Thanksgiving

November 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

This Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. Sandwiched in-between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving in the modern day doesn’t get much attention. Continue Reading

Hard ice makes a chore harder

November 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

At the top of the to-do list was cleaning the eaves troughs, so on the first Friday of this month, I leaned the ladder up against the house, climbed to the top and stepped out on the roof of our porch. As soon as I put my hand in the gutters and felt frozen leaves, I knew that it would be an even more unpleasant job than usual. Continue Reading

ANN BAILEY: Well traveled, if only in North Dakota

November 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Given a choice, I like to stick pretty close to home. Our farm is my retreat from the hectic world, and I love to spend as much time there as I can. Continue Reading

ANN BAILEY: From one outdoor cat to four indoor cats

October 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The first fall we lived on the farm, we often saw a stray sneaking through the woods behind our house. We put food out at the edge of the woods each night, and, after several weeks, we could stand near her while she was eating. Continue Reading

ANN BAILEY: Big gatherings a tradition for 100 years

October 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Newspaper reports, which my brothers have found while researching family history, chronicle the times my great-grandparents hosted formal events such as county agricultural tours led by area crops and livestock experts, and impromptu late night parties in which the rugs were rolled up and family and friends danced until the wee hours of the morning. Continue Reading

ANN BAILEY: Becoming a fan of a new sport

October 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For much of her life, fall weekends were synonymous with football. But when her boys switched fall sports from football to cross country, Ann finds herself appreciating their new sport, too. Continue Reading

Saying goodbye to old friends

October 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

By far the most challenging part of horse ownership is saying goodbye to the horses when they die. Over the years, my family and I have buried eight horses. All of them lived well into the 20s and beyond, which I think makes it harder, not easier to lose them. Continue Reading