I was warned before my son started Pre-K that first grade may bring about the great love of Cole's life. "Oh, watch out," a client told me. "When I started first grade, I met this girl and went home and told my Mama I had found the girl I was going to marry."
Every year about this time, I make the same solemn vow to myself: No more Thin Mints. Not just because I try to watch my weight, but mainly because I have celiac and am not supposed to eat anything with gluten.
I made my way past Immigration, which always gives one some sense of relief. Getting into a country is one thing. Getting back out is something completely different. I found my way to the bar to wait.
My sister is fearless. She will hop on a plane to go anywhere, she drives hours just to take on the scariest haunted houses in the state and her most recent hobby involves guns.
Over the past 30 years as an extension agent, I have received tens of thousands of questions related to lawn and garden care. Just when I think I have heard every question possible, there is a new one.
I am one of those rare people who actually uses their cell phone to talk. I will text and take photos of Cole to send Mama, but I would say about 90 percent of the time, I just talk.
There's a difference between city folk and small town folk. Even though I love some of the conveniences that a bigger city offers, I am a country girl at heart that loves living in a small town.
This Friday is Arbor Day. At 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, three new Dawson County Champion Trees and one new State Champion Tree from Dawson County will be announced. Also, at the event, River Birch trees will be planted to honor the 2011 Tree Preservationist. The public is welcome.
I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day. Sometimes, I wish I could be - to be able to get caught up in the romance, the pink and red heart-shaped everything, the cards covered with sugary rhymes professing love.
Some people may think February is the slowest month of the year to work with your landscape, but really it's not. February is a good month for doing dormant pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs (with the exception of spring-flowering plants that are pruned after they bloom).
The Food Network's reigning queen of butter recently announced she has had type 2 diabetes for three years. The next thing we knew, people were bashing her for hiding it and some even said it was no surprise given the way she loves her fattening fare.
A common question I am asked is: Do pecan trees need fertilizer and, if so, when is the best time to apply it? Fertilizer is one of the most important things needed to produce pecans.
Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your landscape?
There's some primal instinct that kicks in as soon as mothers hear those words: "Mama, I'm not feeling so good..." After placing my hand on my child's forehead to see if it's worthy of breaking out the ear thermometer, I always know what to do.
Miss Rose had been older than Moses when I was a little girl and there were times I fully believed she never missed a church service because she was making sure the preacher was getting the story straight - since she had undoubtedly been there when it happened. So when Granny called my cell a few years ago to tell me the news, I was surprised to hear it, but not for the reason Granny thought. "Are you sitting down, Sug'?" she asked.
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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