Live trees have been used to decorate homes during the Christmas season for more than 500 years. Thirty-three million live Christmas trees are used each year in the United States.
Live trees have a fragrance, attractiveness and tradition that can't be matched by artificial trees.
Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping from deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?
"Evergreen" does not really mean that the trees stay green for the entire life of the tree. It actually means that the leaves or needles stay green and attached to the plant for more than one year.
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.
A couple of years ago, a national book tour dropped me in Oxford, Mississippi, on a Friday afternoon before an Ole Miss home football game ...
Dog hair is my arch nemesis.
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Freud may have been onto something.
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"I don't like cornbread," my little vegetarian declared the other day.
Mama has always tried to instill some sort of ladylike qualities in me.
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Many people are uncomfortable with stretches of silence in a conversation.
"Mama, can I?..."
One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...
It's hard to find a good mudhole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.