Earlier this week, people across Georgia were greeted with bitter cold temperatures in the teens as they headed back to work and school after the New Year's holiday. And while such frigid weather is difficult for us, it is equally tough on many of our landscape plants - including even the toughest trees and shrubs.
Howdy, and Happy New Year! It's quite likely that by the time you read this, my bride and I will be tanning our elderly bodies in the sunshine of the Florida Keys. About this time of year, we genuinely miss South Florida, where we lived for 15 years. This year, we ain't missin' it, we're enjoyin' it.
When our friendship was new and still most interesting, Poet sought to impress me. But when the new wore off, Poet cast me into the ring with his other friends who are familiar and comfortable, so there is no longer a need to impress.
Sunday morning - the pre-church rush. Things weren't going according to Chloe's plans that morning, and she decided to express her displeasure with a tantrum.
STOP! Before you read any further, take out a piece of paper. Draw a large circle.
This week's book review started with a simple curiosity, as do most of my selections for Off the Shelves critiques.
If you've been reading my column for any length of time, you know that I like gadgets. I especially like kitchen gadgets. One of the neatest ones that I've seen in a while is the Spachello by Swissmar. The Spachello is basically a spatula and cutting knife combined into one tool. It is the ultimate sandwich making device. You can use the serrated knife to cut meats, breads and cheeses and then use the spatula side to apply mayo, mustard or even peanut butter. The rounded end of the Spachello allows you to scoop out the remaining peanut ...
As I begin this article, I must confess that I am not an indoor plant expert. Frankly, I think plants belong outside.
Which plants should I prune now and how?
A hot bowl of hearty soup on a cold, winter day is an ultimate comfort food. Turns out, the simple fare boasts many benefits.
Unlike many people, I'm not a maker of New Year's resolutions. Mainly because when I see the need for change or improvement, I resolve to fix it then, even if it's July 23 or Oct. 1. I don't wait until the first of the year.
A dishwasher is really a handy tool. In fact, if you only use your dishwasher on dishes, you're missing out. Consider using it to clean your children's toys, garden tools and even shop tools. Important: Don't use your dish washer to clean anything crystal or thermos mugs. The heat can break the crystal and will break the airtight seal on the mugs.
It's finally here - Christmas! I hope each of you is having a great Christmas Day filled with fun, food, family and fellowship.
Looking for a last-minute gift for the cook in your life? Here are a few ideas for great gadgets every well-stocked kitchen should have.
Last year's best present was from neither friend nor loved one. It was gifted to me by life. One of those rare lessons that grows more beautiful in memory as time passes.
Nothing says Easter Sunday quite like soft pastel colors. This Easter, you can dress your part by following any of the three P's: pastels, prints and peplum.
I recommend people having pets.
The region that is North Georgia today was explored a long time ago. As early as the 1540s, Spanish explorers trekked through the Cartersville area looking for gold. None was found there, but we have a golden treasure that's well worth preserving: our native trees.
Recycling in the garden (composting) and using mulch makes common sense for the landscapes.
Several weeks ago, we were at dinner with some friends and the conversation turned to life's most embarrassing moments.
You've frequently read my recommendations on keeping your pet healthy and saving yourself a ton of hassle. Most of these are applicable to the majority of pets and owners.
Once, while we were on a trip to see Amy's folks in Texas, we stopped at a store to stretch our legs and take a bathroom break. When we walked inside, we saw a large display of polished rocks.
So far, March has shown above-average precipitation totals in North Georgia. Based on the historic record, we also have plenty of rain showers to look forward to in April.
Baseball, picnics and other springtime activities offer a chance to incorporate healthy snacks into your family's weekly routine.
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