"Elvis is going to be reincarnated as a blue-eyed blonde this year," Mama announced to me when I was pregnant with Cole several years ago. "Sylvia Browne just said so on 'Montel' this morning." Now Mama being as quirky as she is loves her some Sylvia Browne and never missed an episode of Montel Williams' show when the psychic was on.
Recently, national and local news stations have been filled with stories of West Nile Virus outbreaks in several states. As of the time of writing, there have been 21 confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia, three of which were fatal. With cases like this, it is important that residents learn the facts and become aware of how to best protect themselves. West Nile Virus was first confirmed in the United States in 1999 in ...
Late summer and early fall is the time when you will begin to notice trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs. These webs often contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America. Fall webworms have been observed feeding on more than 85 species of trees in the U.S., according to UGA Extension Horticulturist Bob Westerfield.
It seems like everything lately is focused on teams and it's not about upcoming SEC play either. Work has become team-based as well, and I am not quite sure how I feel about that. My first experience working with a team of any sort was in college.
There has been a great debate in my house recently. It does not involve anything political but something much more profound. Who would win in a showdown - Clint Eastwood or Chuck Norris. "Chuck Norris rules," was my answer.
Tall fescue is one of the most popular turf-type grasses in north Georgia. People love tall fescue for its dark green color in fall and spring. It is also easy to plant by seed, making it popular with DIY, or do-it-yourself, homeowners. Because it is a cool-season grass, meaning it prefers the cooler temperatures of fall and spring, it often becomes thin during the summer. Don't be alarmed. This is the grass's natural method of protecting itself during the hot summer months.
Each plant in the landscape has a particular purpose or growth habit that dictates specific pruning requirements. Often we prune to direct the growth or train plants into a certain form or to fit within a certain space, such as a formal hedge.
"I am so glad I am not a woman," one of my guy friends commented recently. "You have to 'heehee' and 'ooo' over each other. All y'all do is talk all the time. That's what's wrong with all of y'all." True, women talk. Some of the things we talk about are not necessarily that important and most men would deem it gossip.
I have received many calls to the office from people wanting to control landscape and insect pests without the use of conventional pesticides. There are some options available for those opting to use less harsh chemicals. Many of the pest insects we find in our landscapes and gardens can be controlled with one of three environmentally-friendly products - Horticultural Oils, Insecticidal Soaps and Bt Products. Horticultural oil is especially formulated for use on plants. It ...
Mama has always been persnickety about her things. It just goes along with her O.C.D. So when she told me one evening her things in her bedroom were out of place, I knew to be worried. "Has anyone been in your house?" I asked.
Trees provide great benefits to our home landscapes. They provide shade, help retain soils and add visual interest. It is important that we take care of our trees. Many of the things we do for our other plants in the landscape may provide benefits to our trees at the same time, such as watering, fertilizing and aerating. However, some maintenance practices may unintentionally damage our trees. Improper mulching may do more harm than good for our trees.
I'll admit that I am a pack rat. I am scared to pieces that the minute I throw something away, I will need it.
The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health. The EPA sets standards that public water sources routinely be checked. This is not the case with private water supplies, such as a well. Having your well water tested once a year serves as a good precaution and will keep you aware of any contamination.
They say everyone has a twin. Some people have more than one person they look like. Apparently, I have quite a few. When I was younger and insisted on blunt heavy bangs, I was told on numerous occasions I looked just like Shannen Doherty. Or anyone who grew up in the '90's may remember her as the much-hated Brenda Walsh from "Beverly Hills, 90210."
While at the bank recently, I got in a conversation with a man and the bank manager. Our talk turned to how other parts of the country are so vastly different than the south. "I went to California a while back," the manager said. "Beautiful state, had such wonderful fresh produce. But not the first bit of it was fried."
In the past week, the extension office has received several calls from homeowners concerned with insects massing in and around their homes. Most of the sightings have been in the basement area inside homes or around driveways and patios outside.
"You see this piece of paper?" Cole asked, as he climbed in the backseat. "Do you see what it says?"
It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.
It's December. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas songs are popping up on every radio station. This means it is time to pick a Christmas tree.
Two things always made Granny happy: Cooking and being in the hospital.
I've tried to cultivate an attitude of gratitude lately. It's not as corny as it sounds. But I had read something a while back that stated that the more we are thankful for, the more we will have to be thankful for.
When you date someone for longer than three months, people want to know when you're getting married.
Potted plants are a great way to add color and foliage to small spaces like decks and patios.
I've noticed a few things lately about myself. When I say I need to drop a few pounds, forgoing my daily candy bar and glass of wine doesn't cause the scales to nudge south.
One insect that is universally loathed is the cockroach. I have learned to appreciate most insects, but cockroaches still give me the creeps. In nature, they are important decomposers. They are attracted to our homes in search of food, moisture and shelter.
Fall is a busy time in the forests and woodlands of north Georgia.
Mama, for the most part, has always been right about just about everything. Don't dare tell her that, or I will never hear the end of it.
"Mama, do you believe in ghosts?"
Driving around Dawson and Lumpkin counties recently, I couldn't help but notice the unusual amount of dead squirrels lying all over the road. It seems like I can't drive a mile without seeing a "road kill" squirrel or having one dart into my path, pause, jump and shoot off in another direction. We have received many calls at the extension office from folks who have lived here their entire lives and can't remember seeing anything like this before.
No one likes a bully. But bullies have been around forever.