When a new puppy or kitten "marks a spot" in your house, it's important to get the smell out. One of the best ways to do this is to apply vinegar. Just make sure to test the vinegar on a small, hidden area first to make sure that it won't harm your carpet or wood finish.
Chloe is fascinated by the steep hill we have in our backyard. She likes nothing more than to walk down it, then back up it, repeating the process several times over. I have to admit it helps in getting her tired out before bedtime, and I often use that to my advantage.
A well-tended, fruitful garden is a delight.
When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience.
Mandatory to my mama's generation was the ownership of a deep freezer and a sewing machine. These, remember, were people who believed in self-reliance and independence. You grew what you ate, you froze or canned it and you sewed what you wore.
Pause for a moment and think about your marriage.
Is the food you buy fresh enough to eat? How long will it remain fresh? The answer to these questions can be found on most food labels.
Now, I've been telling y'all for a few years about the importance of eating your black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day and how by doing so, you'll have more money in the coming year.
American parents believe in behavior modification. They believe that the same principles that govern the behavior of a rat or a dog also govern the behavior of a human being. Therefore, they think the discipline of a child is a matter of manipulating reward and punishment. Furthermore, they think that if one manipulates reward and punishment properly, the correct behavior will ensue. If it does not, then they reason that they must not have used the proper consequences.
Do you find that you keep missing stains on your clothes when you wash them? The solution may be as simple as improving the lighting next to your washing machine. Either install a brighter bulb or add a spotlight. If you can see your clothes better, you have a better chance of seeing the stains and pre-treating them before they go in the wash. Husbands: During halftime today, go do this for your wives.
There's nothing so tempting as forbidden fruit. Or forbidden toys.
Now that Christmas is over, don't throw away those Christmas cards. Instead, cut them up and make hanging name tags for your gifts for next Christmas. You're recycling and saving money!
Christmas plants like poinsettias and Christmas cactus help add to our holiday cheer, but where did they come from?
With the holiday season in full swing, many of us have forgotten about our homes and gardens.
Ho ho ho, and all that seasonal stuff. It's coming up on that cheery time of the year, and wine lovers should be completing their lists for Santa to fill.
That Sam. That Sam! That dog Sam.
Besides the holidays we're enjoying this week, there's another important milestone. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org) celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.
I have a confession: I don't like Christmas movies.
You can weave health and fitness into your holiday routine.
More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk to develop CKD. In fact, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.
As a guy, I think remote controls are wonderful things. I love the look and feel of them. They seem to fit so perfectly, so comfortably in my hand.
Singer Taylor Swift has said a player's gonna play, play, play, play, play. And similar is true for a baker (gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake).
You're doing your Christmas shopping. Traffic is heavy. On the main streets, two or more lanes are completely filled with cars. Slow forward movement in your lane ensures a stop at every traffic light.
Spotting and identifying the different birds in the Northeast Georgia landscape can be exciting and educational. So grab a pair of binoculars and see how many you can identify.
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
If you read my column regularly, you're aware I'm a nerd, a nerd of many colors.
Most North Georgia homeowners have had this unpleasant experience. You step into the garage or some other room with outside walls after a cold night, and are greeted by a waterfall coming out of the drywall. After turning off the water supply at the meter and using every available towel to mop up the lake that has formed, there are two immediate goals: Fix the damage, and do something that will prevent this from happening again.
During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.
I had an "aha" moment recently. I pinpointed the precise moment I began to listen to the siren call of wine, and it predates my previous landmark by a few years.