They haven't asked me to write a gardening column for the paper, because my true gardening knowledge could be placed in a thimble with room to spare.
Over the past years, I have received many calls from people who have found snakes and/or snake skins around their home. I once had a lady try to sell me her house because she had found a snake skin in a hall closet.
Every year about this time I have someone ask me why they can't grow sweet onions that have the same mild, sweet flavor as the Vidalia onion.
We have more than one television in our house. In fact, there are about as many televisions as there are people.
I was surprised and delighted by the number of reactions to my column discussing the book about Greg Martenson's schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan - from a few who had read it and others who want to.
With recent rains, 2009 may be an excellent year for local vegetable gardens.
The people who make tissues will get some of my money this weekend. I'm going to try not to cry, but I know I will.
Each month I receive hundreds of calls from gardeners with questions ranging from how to keep deer out of a garden to disease control in a home lawn. A few questions you may have thought about, but never got around to asking are as follows:
We have a pretty kitchen at our house. We've got a big stove that has a convection oven. We haven't learned how to convect, but when we do, we supposedly have an oven that will do it.
It's a foregone conclusion; contrasts attract attention. It's also a possibility, though not necessarily so, that they engender new ways of looking at things.
Among flowering vines, few have flowers as spectacular as the clematis. It has been more than 150 years since this vine was first hybridized to improve flower size and color, and improvements continue to be made.
I think most people who have ever lost a loved one have thought or dreamed of having them back for just five minutes to catch up on your life and theirs.
Fescue is the most popular and widely used lawn grass in Dawson County. This is for good reason. Fescue is a cool season grass and loves the average temperatures of this region. Fescue grows rapidly in spring and fall but little during periods of extreme heat or cold.
Depending on when you were born, you've likely heard parents, grandparents or other relatives talk about the challenges of their era.
In recent months, cases of rabies have been confirmed in surrounding counties.
In the past week, the extension office has received several calls from homeowners concerned with insects massing in and around their homes. Most of the sightings have been in the basement area inside homes or around driveways and patios outside.
"You see this piece of paper?" Cole asked, as he climbed in the backseat. "Do you see what it says?"
It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.
It's December. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas songs are popping up on every radio station. This means it is time to pick a Christmas tree.
Two things always made Granny happy: Cooking and being in the hospital.
I've tried to cultivate an attitude of gratitude lately. It's not as corny as it sounds. But I had read something a while back that stated that the more we are thankful for, the more we will have to be thankful for.
When you date someone for longer than three months, people want to know when you're getting married.
Potted plants are a great way to add color and foliage to small spaces like decks and patios.
I've noticed a few things lately about myself. When I say I need to drop a few pounds, forgoing my daily candy bar and glass of wine doesn't cause the scales to nudge south.
One insect that is universally loathed is the cockroach. I have learned to appreciate most insects, but cockroaches still give me the creeps. In nature, they are important decomposers. They are attracted to our homes in search of food, moisture and shelter.
Fall is a busy time in the forests and woodlands of north Georgia.
Mama, for the most part, has always been right about just about everything. Don't dare tell her that, or I will never hear the end of it.
"Mama, do you believe in ghosts?"
Driving around Dawson and Lumpkin counties recently, I couldn't help but notice the unusual amount of dead squirrels lying all over the road. It seems like I can't drive a mile without seeing a "road kill" squirrel or having one dart into my path, pause, jump and shoot off in another direction. We have received many calls at the extension office from folks who have lived here their entire lives and can't remember seeing anything like this before.
No one likes a bully. But bullies have been around forever.