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Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Monday, July 16, 2001

I read an article last Sunday that said Americans are giving less attention to cleaning their houses. Once again, Im way ahead of a national trend.

My lack of cleaning skills is somewhat legendary in my family. Though they chide me on it, I know they appreciate that Ive given them a handy point of reference. My sisters (there are three) will always shine if compared to me when it comes to housekeeping. And woe to the cousin that my mom recently pronounced as having a "house messier than Bonnies!"

Im not proud of being messy. I was properly embarrassed at having my 2-year old daughter run screaming from a vacuum cleaner a few years ago. "Youd think shed never seen one before," someone muttered.

These days, if my kids notice me with cleaning tools in hand, theyre likely to shout with glee, "Grandmas coming!"

Im a good sport about it all, but I do wish there was a kinder, gentler name for my condition. I dont like being called "messy" or, God forbid, a "slob." I prefer to think of myself as Disinterested In Tidiness.

Probably underneath my Disinterest In Tidiness (DIT, for short) is the fact that Im not very good at cleaning. For starters, I dont seem to notice when things are getting a little "cluttered." Surely this is some kind of perception disorder. Then, when I do make up my mind to clean, Imwellinefficient.

For example, it crossed my mind recently to scrub and wax my kitchen floor. When I found myself with one hour home alone, no children in sight, I could hear opportunity knocking. A whole hour! I figured with that kind of free time I could deal with the kitchen floor, then play piano, get caught up on my reading, and write a poem or two. Imagine my frustration when it took a full forty minutes to scrub red crayon marks, that I hadnt even noticed before, from the vinyl floor. I barely had time to slap on the acrylic before I heard the pitter patter of tiny feet.

Its not that I had no examples to follow. My mother was the Master Cleaner. Her house always was, and still is, amodel of tidiness. But this apple fell far from the tree. Her cleaning lectures never seemed to leave an impression on me. Once I asked, in exasperation, "Why do you care so much about it anyway? Is that really what you want people to say about youthat she keeps a clean house?"

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"On Settlement Night, Harry always Had Fireworks."

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Monday, July 30, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony, ..... 
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A Big Woods Wedding

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

A medieval scene greets guests as they walk down green paths through open woods and across hilly fields to a small white tent with open walls. The groom could be Robin Hood, complete with his Merry Men, anxiously waiting f ..... 
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The Run Has Begun

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Early Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, July 23, 2001

As Spring 2001 draws to a close, the season's exceedingly wet and cool weather is still cause for concern to those of us working on the Blandi ..... 
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Carrots do Love Tomatoes

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, July 23, 2001

This week I would like to share some excerpts from the darling of companion planting, Louise Riotte's great book Carrots Love Tomatoes. This is the sequel to her very popular Roses Love Onions.

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Antiques and Classics

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Monday, July 16, 2001

There was an antique and classic tractor pull in town last Sunday. As I drove into the field where it was being held, I thought there must be some mistake. These tractors are like the ones my father made his living with a ..... 
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Olympic Games With Chinese Tendencies

Fri, Jul 27th, 2001
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Monday, July 23, 2001

If you havent heard by now, China will host the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The country has been working for the last 10 years to get the games believing that the international spectacle will give China the prestige ..... 
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