My mojo's been off lately. I don't know what caused it and there are several possible reasons: worst summer ever in my life history, the perpetual rain or just the general sense of loss I have experienced. But my mojo was horribly and devastatingly off kilter.
Earlier this summer, I told my friend Yolande I was cleaning my house so she could come over. It never happened. "Let me know when you do your annual cleaning next year, I will come over then," she teased. I know there are some heavy rumors about my lack of house cleaning skills and maybe the majority of them are based on fact. Yes, my mother-in-law did bring me a broom one morning, claiming she ...
Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive "spindle-shaped" bags on a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout Georgia. They have been known to attack both deciduous and evergreen trees, but are most often found on cedar, cypress, arborvitae, juniper, spruce and pine. They can also be seen on deciduous plants, including rose, maple, elm and sycamore.
When I was a child, I thought my Mama was the most awful parent ever. The woman made me watch "Star Trek." This was absolute mind-bending torture. To lure me into her sci-fi trap, Mama often had Ding Dongs or Twinkies and being the chubby kid I was, I would sit and watch as long as the sweets flowed.
We receive calls all year long at the extension office about trees with large, exposed roots. Sometimes these roots will bust up sidewalks and driveways. The most common complaint from homeowners is that the surface roots interfere with the lawn. Exposed roots can cause uneven lumps in the turf, and they can also tear up a lawnmower with one pass.
Maple trees are popular in home landscapes all over Georgia. Some maple species are native to this part of the country, so they naturally do well with limited maintenance.
"When does school start back?" Cole asked the other day. "In a few weeks," I replied, not absolutely sure of the exact date. "Do you think it will stop raining by then?" he asked. "Because I would like to go outside before I have to go back to school." I could understand. I have felt like a waterlogged rat the last few months as the rain has poured continuously. When it first began, I didn't ...
I recently received a leaf sample from a homeowner whose tree had been rapidly declining for a few months. The leaves showed symptoms of wilting, but there was no distinct pattern as there would be for a fungal leaf spot. I went out to look at the tree a few days later, and by the time I arrived almost all of the leaves were dead and crispy.
My child told me a story once. Not a made up, fictitious story full of elaborate characters and make believe. But I had asked him point blank about something that had happened and he looked at me and told me the untruth.
The beagle had been mine, a gift from the ex, since she was 6-weeks old. I had cried the first time I held her, her soft ears falling over her eyes.
One of the best things about living in north Georgia is all of the beautiful scenery. We are lucky to live in an area with lush natural surroundings.
Reckless drivers, especially those that pass on the double yellow lines. Rude people; there's never an excuse for rudeness. People that think the whole world revolves around them - they cut in front of you in check-out lanes, hog the arm rest at a movie and are just generally boorish, self-centered, histrionic people. Cell phone conversations that are supposed to be private. Maybe this one falls under the rude and histrionic people. Oprah had her ...
Rose rosette disease is a viral disease that is becoming increasingly more common in Georgia. Extension agents throughout the state seem to be receiving more samples of RRD-infected roses. The disease is spread from plant to plant by tiny eriophyid mites. RRD only affects roses, and it is thought that most species and cultivars are susceptible. The disease was first discovered in the 1940s. Over the years, the eriophyid mite was known to be the ...
Bed bug sightings have been on the rise in the United States recently. Infestations of this pest had been declining during the mid-20th century, but many countries are now experiencing large bed bug increases. Their numbers have been on the rise in Europe for several years, and scientists contribute the global economy and ease of world travel for recent infestations. Bed bugs are also beginning to show signs of resistance to insecticides used in their ...
I made a promise to myself about four years ago, that if I ever ran across another piggie, I was going to get it. As a backup Piggie, I told myself, after the original Piggie had gone missing once for about a month.
Pansies are the quickest and easiest way to add color to a dull fall landscape. They are a hardy winter annual native to Europe, and most likely a hybrid of Johnny Jump-up flowers. Millions of pansies are grown each year for the Georgia market, and with more than 300 varieties to choose from, you will most certainly find a pansy color to suit your taste.
By nature, I am not a jealous person. Never have been, and don't really see that changing in the future. I believe it to be a supremely petty emotion and the only thing that has ever given me a near pang has been a sassy pair of shoes I spotted on a lady once.