This column is being written on Christmas Eve, although it is intended for January.
How can someone have time to write on Christmas Eve?
I have never been a big couponer. I tried it when I was younger during grocery trips with Granny.
My attempts to save money cost my budgeted-to-the-penny Granny an average extra $34. I was ordered to never try to save Granny money again.
My child has wanted a family game night for months now; the only problem was we didn't have many games.
So under the tree from Santa, amongst the Transformers, Redekais and Bakugans was the board game classic Monopoly.
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to keep deer from eating landscape plants.
As the Dawson County population increases, natural areas are being replaced by homes. Homeowners soon realize nuisance deer are difficult to control in residential areas.
Proper pH of the soil is very important to plants. If the pH is low, lime may be added any time of the year.
However, since lime is slow to react, applying lime as soon as possible is important.
As I have gotten older, birthdays have become less of the big deal they were when I was younger.
Of course as a child, birthdays were eagerly anticipated and I was proud to show how many fingers old I was. The birthdays in my 20's were full of frivolous fun that included surprise parties and dinners that spanned for hours and consisted of dessert.
Winter has officially started and cold days are ahead. Despite the weather, the following are a few landscape tips to keep in mind during the winter months.
• Winter is the time to apply miscible oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray miscible oils when temperatures are above 40 degrees F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Since the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.
I hate to admit that over the last decade, the Christmas season has lost some of its sparkle.
Don't get me wrong, I still love and celebrate the reason for the season, but the trappings of shopping, the hectic fury of schedules and the feelings of not doing enough for everyone on my list has left me feeling more like the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge than someone celebrating the most magical time of the year.
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.
As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...
"You need to clean your room."
Maxine, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman. She's exceedingly feminine, gracious, charming and tough as ...
In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover that people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been ...
Somewhere tucked in the confines of my office are some old family photo albums.
Technology can be great.
I am going to admit something not too pretty here: I have a hard time with forgiveness.
The wildlife here ranges from sketchy looking squirrels, to bears to deer that are almost as domesticated as dogs.
We were cleaning up the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.
"He's a little boy," is the logic my husband gives me for just about everything our child does.
As best I can recall - and I've been thinking hard about this - I have only written one fan letter in my life.
The other day an email arrived from a Korean War veteran who started off by saying, "I suppose someone else will get this, add me ...
My favorite season is fall. In fact, I wish it could be fall all year.
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