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?
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.
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.
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.
Like a lot of women, I worry about my weight constantly. I was a chubby kid and no matter how many pounds I lose, I always have that chubby ghost lurking in the back of my head.
Mama never had to worry about her weight when she was younger. She was a skinny kid, all elbows and knees. As an adult, she was thin, probably because nicotine and coffee were her two major food groups.
Boxwoods (Buxus sp.) are a well-known garden shrub frequently planted in Georgia.
They have been used for many years in English formal gardens where they gained the reputation as a must-have for upscale, magisterial landscapes.
Parenthood comes with a unique set of challenges. Are you teaching your children the right things? Are they getting the right foods, the right education? Are they involved in the right extracurricular activities? Are you scarring them for life?
But children are resilient people. They seem to go with the ebb and flow of life much easier than adults. Some of the things we worry about, they don't even notice.
"Elvis is going to be reincarnated as a blue-eyed blonde this year," Mama announced to me when I was pregnant with Cole several years ago. "Sylvia Browne just said so on 'Montel' this morning."
Now Mama being as quirky as she is loves her some Sylvia Browne and never missed an episode of Montel Williams' show when the psychic was on.
Recently, national and local news stations have been filled with stories of West Nile Virus outbreaks in several states. As of the time of writing, there have been 21 confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia, three of which were fatal. With cases like this, it is important that residents learn the facts and become aware of how to best protect themselves.
West Nile Virus was first confirmed in the United States in 1999 in New York City. It was first discovered in Georgia in 2001, and had become nation-wide by 2002, according to UGA Entomologist Elmer Gray.
Late summer and early fall is the time when you will begin to notice trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs. These webs often contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.
Fall webworms have been observed feeding on more than 85 species of trees in the U.S., according to UGA Extension Horticulturist Bob Westerfield.
It seems like everything lately is focused on teams and it's not about upcoming SEC play either. Work has become team-based as well, and I am not quite sure how I feel about that.
My first experience working with a team of any sort was in college.
There has been a great debate in my house recently. It does not involve anything political but something much more profound. Who would win in a showdown - Clint Eastwood or Chuck Norris.
"Chuck Norris rules," was my answer.
Tall fescue is one of the most popular turf-type grasses in north Georgia. People love tall fescue for its dark green color in fall and spring. It is also easy to plant by seed, making it popular with DIY, or do-it-yourself, homeowners.
Because it is a cool-season grass, meaning it prefers the cooler temperatures of fall and spring, it often becomes thin during the summer. Don't be alarmed. This is the grass's natural method of protecting itself during the hot summer months.
Each plant in the landscape has a particular purpose or growth habit that dictates specific pruning requirements.
Often we prune to direct the growth or train plants into a certain form or to fit within a certain space, such as a formal hedge.
"I am so glad I am not a woman," one of my guy friends commented recently. "You have to 'heehee' and 'ooo' over each other. All y'all do is talk all the time. That's what's wrong with all of y'all."
True, women talk. Some of the things we talk about are not necessarily that important and most men would deem it gossip.
My scales broke.
I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.
A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.
Last week was not a great time to be a tree.
If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.
One thing Mama always told me was to never make fun of the way a person looked. She said that was just terrible for someone to make fun of someone based on something they had no control or say so in whatsoever.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.
Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.
Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely related and difficult to tell apart.
Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.
Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.
Cole was mad at his father.
January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.
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