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The mojo lost, found

My mojo's been off lately. I don't know what caused it and there are several possible reasons: worst summer ever in my life history, the perpetual rain or just the general sense of loss I have experienced. But my mojo was horribly and devastatingly off kilter.

August 07, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The house cleaning anomaly

Earlier this summer, I told my friend Yolande I was cleaning my house so she could come over.

August 01, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Bagworms injure plants

Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive "spindle-shaped" bags on a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout Georgia. They have been known to attack both deciduous and evergreen trees, but are most often found on cedar, cypress, arborvitae, juniper, spruce and pine. They can also be seen on deciduous plants, including rose, maple, elm and sycamore.

July 31, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Teaching my son to get his geek on

When I was a child, I thought my Mama was the most awful parent ever. The woman made me watch "Star Trek." This was absolute mind-bending torture. To lure me into her sci-fi trap, Mama often had Ding Dongs or Twinkies and being the chubby kid I was, I would sit and watch as long as the sweets flowed.

July 24, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tree surface roots

We receive calls all year long at the extension office about trees with large, exposed roots. Sometimes these roots will bust up sidewalks and driveways. The most common complaint from homeowners is that the surface roots interfere with the lawn. Exposed roots can cause uneven lumps in the turf, and they can also tear up a lawnmower with one pass.

July 24, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Spots on a maple leaf

Maple trees are popular in home landscapes all over Georgia. Some maple species are native to this part of the country, so they naturally do well with limited maintenance.

July 17, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enough is enough, I feel like a drowned rat

"When does school start back?" Cole asked the other day.

July 17, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Asian ambrosia beetles

I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months. The leaves showed symptoms of wilting, but there was no distinct pattern as there would be for a fungal leaf spot. I went out to look at the tree a few days later, and by the time I arrived almost all of the leaves were dead and crispy.

July 10, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Every child’s true need

My child told me a story once. Not a made up, fictitious story full of elaborate characters and make believe. But I had asked him point blank about something that had happened and he looked at me and told me the untruth.

July 10, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Where good dogs go when it’s their time

The beagle had been mine, a gift from the ex, since she was 6-weeks old. I had cried the first time I held her, her soft ears falling over her eyes.

July 03, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Scorpion control

One of the best things about living in north Georgia is all of the beautiful scenery. We are lucky to live in an area with lush natural surroundings.

June 26, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


These are a few of a my biggest pet peeves

Reckless drivers, especially those that pass on the double yellow lines.

June 19, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Rose rosette disease

Rose rosette disease is a viral disease that is becoming increasingly more common in Georgia.

June 19, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Get rid of bed bugs

Bed bug sightings have been on the rise in the United States recently.

June 12, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Backup Piggie plan

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.

June 12, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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I always wonder what Granny would do

It had been four months since Granny had passed. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of her.

July 23, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pruning in summer

Knowing when to prune different species of plants is a skill that many gardeners fail to grasp. Many plants have an optimal time or season when pruning should be done.

July 23, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Relax, trust and swim with the flow

I had signed my child up for swimming lessons before, several years ago. The first day, he loved it, splashing around in the water, making new friends.

July 16, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Controlling vines in the landscape

Summer is a hot time for weed control issues.

July 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Growing up takes a while to accomplish

My path was crossed the other day by someone I had not seen in a while, and thankfully so.

July 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Old age is not for sissies

Unlike the masses who started prepping for swimsuit season shortly after the last Cadbury egg or Peep was eaten, I have decided to start integrating an exercise routine.

July 02, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Carpenter ant control

Carpenter ants are the largest species of pest ants found in Georgia. They get the name from their habit of chewing wood to create nesting sites. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they simply excavate cavities in trees and wood products for nesting galleries. These ants can be a nuisance in and around the home because of their large size and sheer numbers.

July 02, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some conversations need not to happen

One of the challenges of raising a child is having to explain the behavior and actions of celebrities. Sure, we can try to shield them from things on TV, but things are a lot different than when I was growing up.

June 25, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You have such a pretty face

I heard someone make a comment the other day, a comment that made me cringe inwardly and outwardly as an involuntarily response.

June 18, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Giving the guys some credit

I didn't know my father very well, which really means, I didn't know him.

June 11, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Corn earworm control

One of my favorite foods from summer gardens is sweet corn. Sweet corn is fairly easy to grow, but many people encounter the frustration of finding corn earworm damage in their fresh produce.

June 11, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Becoming a phenomenal woman

I didn't know Maya Angelou personally, but through her writing, her quotes that I loved and saved like cherished heirlooms, I felt like I knew her.

June 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control rose sawflies

I have received several calls in the past week dealing with roses.

May 28, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The best generation, like, totally

I am unashamedly, proudly a child of the '80s. Life was good then. Almost blissful, in its simpler times.

May 28, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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