Since the “new oil boom,” North Dakota’s hourly wages have garnered national attention. Workers flocked to the Oil Patch for jobs starting at $30 per hour or more.
With overtime, paid at time and a half, it wasn’t unusual to see oil workers earning six figures annually.
Probably since the end of the last glaciation twelve thousand years ago, the weather has managed to get humid here in the Northern Plains at least a few days each summer.
We don’t make the humidity here. It is imported.
I've been thinking lately about traditions. I suppose it's expected, because in less than five months we'll welcome a tiny new member to our family and spend our time showing her (I'm just going to go with "her" for now) around this place, introducing her to the people who love her and teaching her about the things that make up our everyday lives.
Before Charlie, I never had a dog in the house. I was raised with farm dogs. The ones who chase cows, nip at their heels and roll in manure. Dogs who drink from the lake, cattle tank or puddles in the yard and eat cheap dog food straight from the ripped open bag in the barn.
"Mom, I want to learn to make cheese," my 17-year-old daughter said.
"Cheese?" I responded, wanting to be sure I heard her correctly.
"I love cheese. I think it would be a good 4-H project," she replied.
She certainly knows how to get my attention and mentoring. I hadn't made cheese since I taught basic food science classes when I was a graduate student.
The only reason I have run my air conditioners at home this summer was to keep my dogs from going insane over the Fourth of July from the sound of fireworks.
I live in an older home and there is no central air, but each summer I put air conditioners in the bedroom windows for those nights when the house just can’t cool down enough for comfortable sleep.
The period of record for Fargo-Moorhead weather is 135 years from 1881 to the present. So for each day of the year, there are 135 different examples. Over the entire calendar, the warmest daily record low is 46 degrees set twice on July 25, 1900, and July 27, 1971.
Sometimes I feel sorry for plants because of our expectations. We want them to grow rapidly because we can't wait forever for plants to spread and "fill in." But then we wish they had the good sense to stop precisely at our desired boundary.
Vigorous plants are great or terrible, depending on your current viewpoint.
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