Boats leak from the bottom. But a house can leak from the top or the bottom. After the heavy rains we've had in North Georgia this month, many homeowners found water intruding into the basement, or a saturated crawl space with standing puddles, causing floor joists to rot. In almost all these cases, inadequate drainage around the house is the cause. Builders recommend routing water 15 feet away from the foundation walls. This doesn't mean ...
Plants and lawns cannot survive without water, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Hot dogs are often a staple food for camping and grilling in the backyard and at tailgates parties.
The other night I went into the kitchen and poured myself a glass of juice. Chloe came in and said she needed to take some medicine before she went to bed. So, I set the juice on the counter and reached for her medicine bottle.
North Georgia's summer climate is often called "hot and humid." But that's not really accurate. There are times when it's warm and humid, and other times when it's hot and dry.
Not too many animals in the world get quite the same emotional response as snakes when they are found in the woods or around the house. People have been repulsed by and attracted to snakes ever since the dawn of time.
Those who find the subject of wine fascinating are advised to grab a book I just finished. No, not my copy; buy one of your own. It truly is one of the best offerings on the subject I have encountered in 30-plus years.
I thought I would have little to identify with in this book, since its premise is based on competitive rowing, an activity I have neither participated in or ever harbored interest to watch. While Ron Irwin's upcoming novel, "Flat Water Tuesday," does spend a good amount of time detailing the rigors of training, mentally preparing and contending in the sport, it is more a story about a man coming to grips with his painful past, ...
Among reports of the massive destruction that the May 20 tornado unleashed on the towns of Newcastle and Moore, Okla., some stories stand out as a message of encouragement. With a reported width of up to 2 miles, the massive twister destroyed two elementary schools. Nine children died at Plaza Towers Elementary.
Blooming shrubs are a traditional part of the Southern landscape. And with summer almost here, it is time to prune most of our beautiful spring flowering plants.
Cleaning the kitchen is a task no one looks forward to doing. Therefore, keeping the kitchen spic-and-span with frequent cleanings makes the job easier and will make food preparation more enjoyable.
Cole and I went shopping at Walmart. As we walked toward the door, I saw her. She was obviously in poor health.
May 17 was a day of odd contrasts. At Cornelia's beautiful old railroad station, three train enthusiasts were standing next to the track with top-quality cameras, waiting to take photos of the approaching northbound Norfolk Southern. The familiar mustang logo on the lead engine rolled by, followed by additional locomotives and a very long chain of flatbed cars carrying containers.
This spring has been wet and cool. It always amazes me how different one spring from the next can vary so much.
I rarely re-read books once I'm finished with them. But every now and then, I come across a published work that not only do I want to revisit, but I feel as if I have to in order to pick up on things I am positive I missed the first read through. One of those books is Volume One of the graphic novel series, "Cursed Pirate Girl." It is written and illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, ...
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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