I have, frankly, been "turned off" by the yelling and name-calling, which has punctuated the supposed town hall meetings and the debate about health care reform. But it has reminded me that I have long been opposed to the derogatory use of labels to characterize those who do not agree with one's own point of view.
Sanitation is an important and often overlooked practice to control diseases in the home orchard. Many fruits can be grown more successfully and with less dependence on chemicals by using good sanitation.
I've never been stuck in an elevator, but I'd rather not. I'd also prefer not to get stranded at the top of one of those double-decker Ferris wheels. Even on one of those chance rides with a pretty girl.
I have always been a fan of TV game shows. When I went to school in Social Circle, we lived right across the street from the school and they let me go home for lunch. I would sneak in a few minutes of "Concentration" and "Jeopardy."
Yes, my dock is in a new home, floating for a change. And I am glad that the folks at Peach Brandy Cottage are enjoying it. I actually had five people who were interested, but Caroline was the first respondent.
In the past two weeks, I have been asked three times about trees with wet wounds. The foul smelling liquid ooze from wounds in the bark or wood of various shade trees is known as slime flux or wetwood.
When you have children, there are those memorable moments that are etched in your mind. You remember their first steps, the first time they babble something that sounds like "Daddy," their first day of school and the list goes on and on.
Herbs are great for the novice gardener. They grow quickly, and most can tolerate a range of soil conditions. Plus, many are naturally pest-resistant.
Recently, I received notice that my dock permit expires in September. That is somewhat ironic because the dock has been on dry land for several years, and even now the little cove on whose shores it sits is mostly a "marshland." So I am certainly not paying to renew that permit.
Some people tout our state because it is largely non-union.
Normally, I write articles with suggestions on what gardeners should do, but this article is dedicated to what not to do in August.
August can be a slow time for lawn and garden work. Most summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak and dry weather has reduced the growth of grass. There are, however, a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August. They are as follows:
It's been 31 years and I have not made it back to a high school reunion.
For some reason 2009 has been a good year for ticks. Since ticks are common during the summer and may carry diseases such as Lyme disease it is important to be knowledgeable of ticks and their control.
For far too long, I have been delaying the inevitable project of getting rid of some stuff. We have talked about a yard sale for a long time, but have not quite put it together.
Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.
Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.
All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.
Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.
The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.
When I was single, a friend suggested I sign up for an online dating service.
It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.
I am often asked for recommendations regarding plant material in home landscapes. This can sometimes be a difficult task due to homeowners' personal opinions on plant styles, as well as the vast amount of plants available to the modern gardener. One tool that helps with the decision-making process is the annual Georgia Gold Medal Plant list.
A teacher told me once she had never met a more inquisitive, curious child as mine. "He is just full of questions." I am not sure if her implications meant that to be a good thing or not.
Cole is fascinated by war stories.
The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded. However, bitter weather shouldn't keep you from getting your gardening fix. There are plenty of indoor plants associated with Christmas that will bring warmth and color to your home during the holidays.
I admit, I make a big fuss over these pups. These sassy, spoiled girls are pretty special to me and I do tend to love on them constantly.
Recent spells of cold weather have caused many people to start up their fireplaces. While fireplaces are a great way to efficiently heat your home, you need to be careful where you source your firewood. You could be inadvertently spreading invasive insects into our local forest land.
Dear old Thomas Wolfe may have been right when he wrote, "You can't go home again" back in the 1940s.
Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.