Mama's been worried. Really, really worried. More so than her usual worried-about-nothing - except-she-has to worry anxiety.
"Have you heard anything about how the world is supposed to end next month?" she asked recently.
My ex had a lot of complaints when it came to my family and how I was raised.
The primary complaint being how we were not the refined, cultured caste of people he thought his family was.
We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.
Nothing feels better than coming home to a warm, comfortable house after a cold day at work. Unfortunately, insects feel the same way.
Flowering bulbs can be a great addition to any garden.
Bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are usually the earliest flowers to bloom in spring. Many bulbs will grow for several years with little care, while others are treated as an annual and planted for only one season. They can be placed almost anywhere in the home landscape, including flower beds, pots and even in the lawn.
I am not sure what it is about men and grocery stores, but those long mysterious aisles seem to present a conundrum to a lot of men. Or maybe it's just my husband.
I joke that his idea of Friday Night Date Night is taking me to the grocery store, where we spend 'quality time' together.
If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott.
Scott informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.
I am a simple girl really, I don't need to have to have a lot of fancy things. I would definitely enjoy them and be giddy if I had fancy, but I don't have to have a lot of bells and whistles.
Case in point: When we moved to the mountains years ago, our cabin didn't have a dishwasher. I swore after spending the first 25 years of my life without one, I would never, not have a dishwasher again.
Have you ever noticed masses of light-green, plant-like material growing in your lawn while mowing your grass? These are probably patches of moss or algae.
Most people notice moss during the summer months when they are actively cutting the lawn. However, winter months, between December and March, are the best time to control your moss problems.
Halloween - the night that begat all fun-sized candies is upon us and with it, the magic and lore of that night.
"Mama, did they do trick or treating when you were a kid?" Cole asked.
When most folks think of gardens in the fall, leaf color change is usually the first thing that comes to mind.
Another aspect of fall and winter gardens that is often overlooked is ornamental berry production. As the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs drop, certain plants will reveal their showy clusters of brightly-colored berries.
In my office, high up on a shelf, sits a pretty dainty little plaque that has survived numerous moves without being lost or broken.
I am not sure who gave it to me -- I have had it so long, that I forgot. But whoever it was, they evidently know me very well because the pretty, girlie plaque declares: "Never underestimate the power of a good hissie fit."
"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: Religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."
That's what Linus said in the Charlie Brown Halloween special more than 40 years ago.
One of nature's greatest spectacles is the array of colors presented during autumn in the mountains.
Most of us are lucky enough to live within driving distance of a deciduous forest, allowing us to take in the beauty of the color change.
There's a window of opportunity as a parent, probably from a child's age of 2 to about 11 where any and every thing we say is gold.
Once they hit the 12-year-old mark, any words that come out of our mouths sound very similar to the teachers on the Charlie Brown cartoons.
Being the parent of an only child I willingly admit he is a little bit spoiled. Not necessarily with material things, although his room would beg otherwise. He on the other hand, would tell you a tale of how deprived he is because at 8 years of age, he doesn't have his own iPhone or tablet. But when it comes to attention, Cole is pretty rotten.
"Mama, tell me about when I was born again," he asked as his 8th birthday neared earlier this week.
Mama was always proud for people who were able to pull themselves up and do well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them ...
Gift bags have been one of the best inventions since sliced bread. Maybe even better than bread, which I don't eat.
One summer night, a few years before Mama died, I tried to call her but there was no answer.
"I am not a big sports guy."
It is a solid friendship of two like-minded Southerners that started in, of all places, a high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills. This was several years ...
This, for many reasons, has been a challenging year.
My husband, many times, had written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy ...
I am not one of those people who do their Christmas shopping early.
Whilst studying science recently, an intriguing question was posed: "Mama, is Murphy's Law real?"
The elementary school in which I received my first through sixth grade learning was a long, straight brick building with cement steps, an auditorium with ...
As I see it, because I've studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I ...
Exactly one week from today, the election will be over.
"Mama, are ghosts real?"
My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...
As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...