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Winterizing fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott.

Scott informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

November 07, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


How Mama gets things done

I am a simple girl really, I don't need to have to have a lot of fancy things. I would definitely enjoy them and be giddy if I had fancy, but I don't have to have a lot of bells and whistles.

Case in point: When we moved to the mountains years ago, our cabin didn't have a dishwasher. I swore after spending the first 25 years of my life without one, I would never, not have a dishwasher again.

November 07, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Moss control in lawns

Have you ever noticed masses of light-green, plant-like material growing in your lawn while mowing your grass? These are probably patches of moss or algae.

Most people notice moss during the summer months when they are actively cutting the lawn. However, winter months, between December and March, are the best time to control your moss problems.

October 31, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


There’s something about Halloween

Halloween - the night that begat all fun-sized candies is upon us and with it, the magic and lore of that night.

"Mama, did they do trick or treating when you were a kid?" Cole asked.

October 31, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall berry color

When most folks think of gardens in the fall, leaf color change is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

Another aspect of fall and winter gardens that is often overlooked is ornamental berry production. As the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs drop, certain plants will reveal their showy clusters of brightly-colored berries.

October 24, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Never underestimate the power of a hissie fit

In my office, high up on a shelf, sits a pretty dainty little plaque that has survived numerous moves without being lost or broken.

I am not sure who gave it to me -- I have had it so long, that I forgot. But whoever it was, they evidently know me very well because the pretty, girlie plaque declares: "Never underestimate the power of a good hissie fit."

October 24, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


RuPaul, Mama Gaga, Great Pumpkin

"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: Religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."

That's what Linus said in the Charlie Brown Halloween special more than 40 years ago.

October 18, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Why leaves change color

One of nature's greatest spectacles is the array of colors presented during autumn in the mountains.

Most of us are lucky enough to live within driving distance of a deciduous forest, allowing us to take in the beauty of the color change.

October 10, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama’s factual bits of truth don’t bare repeating

There's a window of opportunity as a parent, probably from a child's age of 2 to about 11 where any and every thing we say is gold.

Once they hit the 12-year-old mark, any words that come out of our mouths sound very similar to the teachers on the Charlie Brown cartoons.

October 09, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Always my baby, no matter what

Being the parent of an only child I willingly admit he is a little bit spoiled. Not necessarily with material things, although his room would beg otherwise. He on the other hand, would tell you a tale of how deprived he is because at 8 years of age, he doesn't have his own iPhone or tablet. But when it comes to attention, Cole is pretty rotten.

"Mama, tell me about when I was born again," he asked as his 8th birthday neared earlier this week.

October 03, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Protect plants from cold damage

We are now officially into fall, which means it is time to start thinking about how to protect our ornamental plants from cold damage.

Daylight hours are getting shorter and nighttime temperatures are dropping. Plants are starting to move in to a state of dormancy, or rest, as their growth hormones slow down.

October 03, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for disaster

Most of us are fortunate to live fairly comfortably in our everyday lives. We are lucky to live in a stable society that allows most of us to never worry about our food supply. We all have access to electricity, and all of the comforts and entertainment that comes with it.

Have you ever thought about what you would do if a natural disaster stuck? What if you no longer had electricity, water and access to the grocery store for extended periods of time?

September 26, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t mistake caffeinated for perkiness

One morning on Facebook my friend Lori and I got in a conversation about why we were up so early.

For me, 5:30 a.m. is normal. I declared myself a morning person.

September 26, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A moment of silence for victims on 9/11

Last Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of one of our nation's saddest days: 9/11/01. I don't think anyone will ever forget that day nor should they. People all around the nation, not just in New York, were paying tribute and memorializing for those who perished.

For some, it was a ceremony. For others, it was a moment of silence.

September 19, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control fruit flies

Summer and fall are the most common times to find fruit flies in your home. Although they may occur year-round, the usual abundance of ripening fruit in many people's homes in the summer and fall tend to attract more flies.

Fresh fruit is an important part of a healthy diet, so don't let fruit flies deter you from eating right.

September 19, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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