Seeing the magnitude of disasters in Haiti makes it difficult to dwell on one's own problems, even though they must eventually be faced and dealt with. We also think more clearly about our blessings.
There was a time in Georgia when two people could walk into what was then called the ordinary's office and swear that somebody was crazy.
Last week, as temperatures dropped and gray clouds rolled across Dawson County, locals got that certain look in their eyes.
Buying herbicides can be a challenge.
All of us have read the claims of amazing fruits and vegetables. Robert Westerfield, Georgia Extension Horticulturist, offers several rules to follow before purchasing unknown fruits to avoid disappointment and wasted money.
Because of newspaper schedules, I actually wrote this column last year and it is being published this year.
Well it's over. Another Christmas has come and gone.
I've lived several places around this state. Some of them were named for Revolutionary War heroes, former presidents or places in Europe.
The polls show that 96 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, while 5 percent observe Hanukkah and 2 percent celebrate Kwanzaa. Some celebrate more than one.
All year long I write articles about everything from shrubs to you name it. Since it's almost Christmas, please permit me to set aside my "normal" topics and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Dear Santa: Well, it's that time again and I thought I would write you. Postage has gone up and I just thought I'd save a little bit by publishing it in the paper.
I remember as a child going with my father to cut a Christmas tree on our family farm.
The official start of winter is Dec. 21, and the recent temperatures only remind us of the cold days ahead.
There is nothing pretty about the little bird in our Christmas tree. It is made of that shiny metallic stuff that most Christmas ornaments are made of. It has a tail that looks more like a brush. Instead of feet, it has a spring-loaded clip to attach it to the tree.
Perhaps we all are guilty of overeating at Thanksgiving, but that's usually only a one-day binge, plus good leftovers. Now the round of Christmas luncheons, dinners and parties have begun and there is not much recuperating time between the food binges. Also, exercise time may get overlooked.
Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.
"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"
I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.
Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.
"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.
It must be open season on people who are overweight.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.
The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.
I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.
I am not by any means a jewelry girl.
My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.
No one listens to me.
Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.
Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home.