In my childhood, there were many of those milestone events when you moved up to the next level. For some reason, we assigned the adjective "big" or "real" to them.
By the time you read this, most of you who still have someone for whom to buy Mother's Day gifts for have already done so. But the friend who called before I left to come to "our beautiful beach" had a suggestion that could work for many kinds of gift-giving occasions.
UNADILLA - Everybody has a dream of the perfect getaway. For some, it is the mountains. For others it is the beach.
With recent rains, 2010 may be an excellent year for local vegetable gardens.
No tree adds more beauty in the spring than the dogwood.
WARWICK - Every year about this time, the folks of Warwick gather to pay homage to Georgia's official processed food - grits.
While loitering inside Calvin Byrd's office last week, it came to my attention we were both former participants of the Dawson County Community Easter Egg Hunt.
If you're reading this in a part of the world where they serve sweet tea, you can pull out your white shoes, your white pants and your linen suit.
You know spring brings the birds and flowers.
On the first day of spring, before the snow returned, I had visions of grandeur. As I have in years past, I dreamed of becoming physically fit.
I believe there is no other landscape plant that is loved and hated as much as English Ivy.
Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home. Mosquitoes not only interfere with leisure time, but some species are able to transmit diseases.
I have some friends in the Augusta area who are devotees of the Masters golf tournament.
The calendar said "Spring Begins," and on March 20, we could believe it. There was bright sun, yellow jonquils dotting lawns and roadsides, trees and shrubs showing hints of budding. After a long winter, filled with weather disasters around the world, we are ready for spring and the new hopes it always brings.
When it comes to snow, I have passed the point that I want to go out and play.
When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.
Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.
I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.
Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.
Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.
"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.
Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.
Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.
About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.
It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.
Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.
I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.
Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.
My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.
Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.