The holidays are coming - Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner.
Now that Mama's gone, it seems pertinent that someone step up and take her place. Or try to, anyway. Regarding the kind of life that Mama had, I think I'd like to step up and volunteer to turn into Mama.
Halloween is less than two weeks away. If you're still trying to come up with a really clever way to decorate your house for the holiday, I've got a suggestion for you. Raise your garage door and cover the entrance with a large white sheet. Use duct tape to hold it in place. Borrow a computer projector from your office and hook it up to a laptop computer. With the computer projector inside the garage, ...
Do you know what I'd like to do? Go back and live with my parents. I know, I know, that defies all logical thought. Most people can't wait to get out of their parents' house. Very few (if any) of them want to return home at the age of 37, with a wife and two kids. But I have a very good reason for wanting to do it: Cookies for breakfast. On a recent Friday ...
If you read this column a couple weeks ago, you likely recall reading of how to control moss in the lawn.
These days, food thermometers aren't just for your holiday roasts - they're for all cuts and sizes of meat and poultry, including hamburgers, chicken breasts and pork chops.
Chloe has this board book that's pretty neat. In between the cardboard "pages" there's a cutout section so a panel can be slid in and out, changing the action on the page. Chloe loves the book, and I have to admit that I'm pretty taken with it, too. Amy tells me, "Simple mind, simple pleasures." She's so funny.
As you can tell from the picture to the right, I'm not bald. However, a lot of guys are, and this tip is for them. Instead of shaving your head with a regular razor, use the Head Blade. It's basically a razor that attaches to your hand. You can find it on line at www.headblade.com. Some local drugstores have started carrying it as well. If you're not sure about trying it out, check out some ...
Sometimes, the hardest part in communicating is "hearing" what is actually said. And misunderstanding the meaning behind your partner's message often fuels an argument. Howard Markman, Scott Stanley and Susan Blumberg, authors of "Fighting for Your Marriage," claim that "when what you say (or what you intended to say) is not the same as what your partner heard, then a filter is at work." In other words, filters affect what we hear and say and ...
Planting bulbs is one of my favorite activities in the fall. The anticipation of them coming up in early spring signals warm weather is on its way, and soon my garden will be full of color. What are some of the most commonly planted bulbs, and how and when do they need to be planted?
Fall is here, and for the gardening enthusiast, now is the ideal time to make additions to your landscape - in particular, hardy perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees. While many of us are familiar with "spring fever," fall actually is the appropriate time to plant. Trees and shrubs planted now have the entire fall and winter to set down roots and get established before the heat of spring and summer arrives.
It's not just shock at the price of gas making headlines; food costs at the grocery store are getting our attention as well.
Karen is always full of advice, even that which I don't desire or necessarily need. Like the other day. "I have a good piece of advice for you," she began in one of our daily conversations that includes vital information like how many pieces of fried chicken Dixie Dew ate at Mama's or how her kids are not practicing piano. She called me up, I answered the phone and it all began with those words.
As though it was just yesterday, not the too-many-years-to-count that it really was, I can hear my daddy clearly. He'd pull back his shoulders, raise an eyebrow and point his finger at me - always with great meaning - and say, "Little girl, I'm about to learn you a thing or two."
I've said many, many times that letting a child older than 30 months soil and wet herself several times a day is an insult to the child's intelligence.
It's a tough time of year for fruits and vegetables.
A few days ago, Amy brought home two copies of the same children's magazine for Chloe and Cole.
Gregor Mendel was a rebel, but not like James Dean or the Sex Pistols.
When Germany's Elbe River flooded in May this year, Hamburg and other communities along the waterway felt reminded of the catastrophic storm flood of February 1962. I remember TV images of people clinging to rooftops that were the only portions of houses still above the water.
During the past few years, many folks have gone to living off the grid.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
I have two white stars on my right forearm - not tattoos, scars.
Human beings are creatures of habit, and most for me are unhealthy.
Back in the 1950s, most hospitals were eerie places: Tiled walls, dimly lit hallways, gruff personnel. It would be tough to find such an old-style, stark facility in this country today.
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
This, of course, is a great week for shopping and enjoying time with friends and family. It's also a great time to gather recipes and photos for a family cookbook.
One day while we were at one of Cole's soccer games, a bee stung Chloe on her cheek.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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