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The Working Mom - The art of compromise


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
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When the word compromise is offered, it can sometimes feel like a four-letter word or a substitute for the acronym IDGMW---I Didn’t Get My Way. However, when approached with a light touch and a bit of a conniving nature, compromise can be very rewarding and bring great results. Did I say conniving? Oops…I meant to say “persuasive”. (Smile)

So what is this art of compromise I speak of? Well grasshopper, have a seat and let’s talk. Any smart husband knows that if his wife says that she has a great idea for a little project for the house, that he would be wise to turn on the shop vac to drown out the conversation or run to his friend’s house for that tool he forgot and run fast! The infamous little project can truly be small or could take on such grandeur as painting the entire house or building a bedroom where the hot tub room is now residing. I know this because my little projects have grown into big projects simply by hearing my husband list the volume of work and tools needed to complete the project. I mean, seriously, how hard can it be to paint all of our wood trim white?

So how do I compromise during a house project? Simple. I let it be his idea. Tah-dah!! The job gets done, but the compromise for me is it may take a little while to get the job completed as my husband needs to completely absorb, understand, and weigh in on the idea. This whole process could take anywhere from six months to a year so I have learned to plant the seed very early. This art of compromise has gotten us a new closet in our bedroom, a fourth bedroom in the house, new paint in all rooms upstairs, new hardware and hinges on our kitchen cupboards and, the pièce de résistance….a bedroom converted to a jewelry/beading room. However, he has gotten wise to my art of compromise and now we actually laugh together at all of the great ideas I have had that became his ideas after a year or so. After all, if it gets done, who needs the praise? (He does...ha!)

The compromising has just begun for me and our new teenage driver. Poor thing, he does not read my column and has no idea that old mom is wise and compromising him right into completing my errands by letting him drive to school. Dad even got a store run for ice cream last night!

The art of compromise can be a rewarding practice but it is also necessary in every relationship as a tool for listening and understanding. As a very headstrong and ind .....
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A little bit of this A little bit of that - 5.11.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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“Harmony” according to the dictionary means “peaceable or friendly relations”. To teens in the 1960s, “Harmony” meant Harmony, Minn., the “date night capital” of Fillmore County! That’s because it had a drive-in root beer stand, ..... 
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Coffee Talk 5.4.15 - Correction

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Corrections to last week’s Country Coffee Talk: 7 tablespoons of flour was omitted from the filling part of the recipe. See below for correct recipe. Rhubarb Custard Bars Crust: 2 cups flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup cold butter Combine flour & s ..... 
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Coffee Talk - 4.5.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, May 4th, 2015
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Get Happy!! It’s porch season, which makes it harder to focus on work. “If I never see another snowflake, I’ll consider the rest of my life a success” (at least not until next winter)….something I read and totally agree with now that it ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Fits and Starts

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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The coming of spring is a process of two steps forward and one step back. The season is all mixed up with long weeks of warmth followed by seemingly endless stretches of cold, wet, windy awfulness. Control freaks are impatient, cranky or depressed ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - What’s in the garden today?

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
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I took a stroll around my garden yesterday to see what signs of life I could find. Early spring flowers are not plentiful in my yard, but it’s nice to see the tiger lilies shooting up their leaves, and a tiny patch of bloodroot is showing off ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 4.6.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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“Birds of a feather really do flock together” in Houston during the International Owl Festival in March! This is the second year my garden club, “The Forget-me nots”, has catered the food for the “Meet and Greet” where members, owl l ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk 3.30.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
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It was a rainy spring day and I was enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, when my spouse announced today was the day the cattle needed to come home for ear tagging. Of course, all other help was busy but that didn’t change my spouse’s mind…the ..... 
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A view From the Woods - Through a Child’s Eyes

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
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We left home during a below zero cold snap and returned a couple of weeks later to full-on springtime. While we were lounging around the sandy Mexican beach under coconut trees, soaking up the warmth, Minnesota experienced the big thaw. Driving h ..... 
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