In the south, we love tradition. Maybe it's because in our ever- changing world we find comfort in knowing that some things can stay the same.
Christmas is a special time of year, and I try to share with my children simple traditions I remember as a child.
I can't speak for all men, but when it comes to the men in my life, their idea of quality bonding time has involved some form of sports.
My grandfather and uncle would spend Saturdays at Georgia games; evenings were spent watching the Braves or some God-awful wrestling. This was their father-son time even though they worked more than 50 hours a week together.
Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts. How long they remain attractive may be directly related to the care they are given. Careful handling is also an important factor that may affect these plants.
Proper watering is critical. Large plants in small containers dry out quickly. Also, the relative humidity indoors tends to be quite low during the heating and air-conditioning seasons. Under these conditions, check plants daily.
"You're going to have to just get a thick skin," is something I have been told more times than I care to count.
"This is a rough job," one of the attorneys I worked with told me. "You will be called names, cussed at, spit on, probably even hit. You're gonna have to have a thick skin, kid."
It's hard to believe Christmas is almost here. At my house we take holidays one at a time. I try not to think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's time to select a Christmas tree.
I remember as a child going with my father to find a Christmas tree on my family's farm. The selection was not great, but with luck we would find an Eastern Red Cedar tree that would pass my mother's inspection.
Two things were almost always around when I was a child: Dogs and shotguns.
Even though I am fairly certain the guns actually belonged to Pop, Granny threatened to use them more than he did, if that was possible.
As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, please be thankful for the American farmer.
Give thanks to the American farmer for growing most of the food we eat and material for many of the clothes we wear.
Granny has always been known for doing two things really well: Cooking and quilting.
Before arthritis completely crippled her hands, she could make the most beautiful handmade quilts ever seen. Her skills in the kitchen were even more impressive.
There have been countless books, movies and late-night infomercials geared to the topic of how to become a millionaire using other people's money. It seems like regardless of how good your business idea or invention is, bottom line, it's better to take a risk using someone else's money instead of your own.
If using other people's money is all it takes to become a millionaire, I am expecting my son Cole to be topping the Forbes 500 by the time he's 10.
November can be a lull or lively time in the garden. If the weather allows, many jobs can be done now to improve next year's garden. Some jobs can even be done indoors so weather does not have to keep you from gardening pursuits.
It bears repeating - soil test.
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.
The first rule is, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A good example of this is the advertisement to grow tomatoes and potatoes in one single planting.
Planting perennials properly and at the right time can determine whether and how prolifically they bloom the first year.
For shrubs, fall is considered the best time to plant perennials in the South.
Three years ago, I received my first phone call about a mass of small insects (not lady bugs) on the side of a building.
As I expected, the insect in question was megacopta cribraria, also known as the kudzu bug.
It has been said money cannot buy happiness. The end to our dry weather would make gardeners and farmers happy.
However, all of the money in the world could not buy rain. I believe it is good that man does not control the weather.
Fall is a time when most plants go dormant and a good time for the homeowner to help protect plants from the cold days ahead.
The physiological changes that occur within a plant as it goes dormant are complex and not fully understood.
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Years and years ago, my child had decided he was going to be a vegetarian.
I started dreading it last Monday.
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Mama used to say, every time she was sick, "I've never been so sick in all of my life." EVERY time.
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There are two types of people.
As a child growing up, Christmas was pure joy and delight.
Granny never asked for much for Christmas.
After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in.
"Is your Granny making her fruitcake this year?" was a question that began in mid-October.
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.