Part of our Southern heritage dictates that before or after we say anything disparaging about anyone, we should add a "bless their heart" to it. I knew this early on; in fact, I would bet good money the first words I uttered after the dog's name were tagging a blessing onto someone.
I recently read an article in a magazine that talked about how the physical features you share with your mother reveal similar personality traits. Similar eyes meant you both were optimistic. Lips meant you both were openhearted; noses, equally trusting. The article offered some keen insights that I am sure for many, rang very true. But not for me, because unfortunately, I don't share any physical traits with my mother. My Mama has always ...
"What is in here?" Lamar will ask as he tries to move my bag to the floorboard of the back seat. "Stuff I need," I reply.
Poison ivy is a weed that affects almost every gardener and outdoor lover in Georgia. It is found in nearly every outdoor environment, and most folks can tell you not so fondly of the after-effects of a poison ivy encounter.
I am beginning to think me and microphones don't mix well. It seems like if I am around one, you better hope like the dickens there's a way to edit afterwards. Starting as a small child in my first of only two pageants, Mama made the mistake of telling me what every mother tells her child backstage.
Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s. However, this does not mean that rabies is no longer a threat in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, there were more than 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies, and two reported cases of rabies in humans in the United States in 2010.
As a child, the start of the school year brought a lot of trepidation. Would I still be friends with the same children from the year before?
With our traditional last frost date, April 20, soon approaching, many folks are getting ready to start planting summer vegetable gardens. Home gardens can be an enjoyable way to stay active and provide your family with fresh produce throughout the summer. However, a productive garden takes a lot of work and proper planning can greatly increase a garden's success.
Spring has sprung in all of its bright colorful splendor and that means one thing. No, not the beautiful array of flowers blooming everywhere but in my yard.
For most people, the mention of bees conjures up thoughts of annoyance and fear. Bees make nests around our homes, buzz around us in the garden, and occasionally sting us. What good could these little pests do? Even though they may seem a nuisance, bees more than make up for it in their most important role - plant pollination.
If you were one of the people who called the extension office last week, then you probably know that I was away. I was in Athens attending a week long training session for county agents.
I don't consider myself to be judgmental. I don't. In fact, I think I am one of the least judgmental people I know. "You are being judgmental," I will reprimand Mama when she gets on her high horse about something.
I have received many calls to the extension office in the past few weeks about small brown bugs swarming on houses and irritating gardeners. These little pests are called kudzu bugs, and they have been annoying north Georgia outdoor lovers since 2009.
Jealousy is one of the pettiest emotions. It destroys relationships, creates strife and fosters insecurity. It's easy to see why jealousy has been called a green-eyed monster. My jealousy monster just happens to be a beautiful silky black Border collie. I never would have imagined the little ball of fur I rescued four years ago to be capable of such jealousy, but she is.
The first time I saw those "Red Hat" ladies, I thought they were just fashionably challenged. Granted, I loved the festive, colorful red hats but with purple? That was a color combo I had only seen on the ex's mother and I just figured it was because she didn't know any better fashion-wise, bless her heart. I vaguely remembered reading the poem that had inspired the red hat wearing, but at the time, I was young, maybe still in my teens.
Bed bug sightings have been on the rise in the United States recently.
I made a promise to myself about four years ago, that if I ever ran across another piggie, I was going to get it. As a backup Piggie, I told myself, after the original Piggie had gone missing once for about a month.
I spent years working in various parts of Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
There is just something about the musty smell of an antique store, seeing the various displays of well-loved, weathered and possibly highly valuable items that were once someone's prized possessions.
The flowering dogwood, or Cornus florida, is a popular species of tree in home landscapes all over Georgia. It is native to the southeastern United States and is well adapted for many landscape locations.
As you browse the shelves of your local garden supply center, you will often see bottles and jugs of pest control products labeled "oil."
Growing up in the '80s meant I had the fashion horrors of Reebok hightops with leggings and torn sweatshirts to make me look like Jennifer Beals in 'Flashdance.'
I have answered many calls at the extension office in the past few weeks dealing with weed control in home lawns.
"I don't like change," Cole said solemnly one day. "I'm like a cat that way."
"Mama, do you like cats?" Cole asked one day. This was shortly after I had brought the latest puppy home a few weeks ago.
I have had several cases within the past year of people coming into my office, handing me a plastic baggy or jar filled with small, winged insects and saying: "Tell me those are flying ants!" Unfortunately, more often than not, they turn out to be termite flyers.
Everyone has disappointments. It's a part of life and sometimes those disappointments can offer us many learning experiences.
One of my biggest pet peeves is someone being late. So why I am constantly late getting my child to school, I have no idea.
Azaleas are a staple of traditional southern landscapes.
Spring is a beautiful time of year. Longer days, green grass and leaves reappearing on the trees really brighten up my mood.
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