As many parents, including my mother, have done, I have pulled out the "I am the Mother" card as my carte blanche reason for many decisions. I also pepper mine with: "I'm the boss, I call the shots, what I say goes."
The first grade class voted a few weeks ago and it was announced during awards day that the "Most Likely to be President of the USA" was my child. Cole's teacher, Mrs. Robin even declared that Cole would be one to get things done if he was in the White House and she'd vote for him tomorrow if he ran.
Backyard apple trees are popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home. While home fruit trees can be rewarding, they also require a lot of work. One reason for this is the prevalence of diseases.
Dear Mr. Black Bear, Allow me to introduce myself; I am the owner of the trash you so enthusiastically dismantled and scattered all over my backyard recently. Several times actually. I'd like to have a few moments of your time if possible.
The Leyland cypress tree is one of the most popular plants used in the landscape as a natural screen. Unfortunately, increasing disease problems, improper plant placement and the sheer prevalence of Leyland cypresses have all contributed to the need for alternative plant selection. Leyland cypress trees are susceptible to a number of diseases, such as Seridium canker, Botryosphaeria dieback and Cercosporidium needle blight.
Part of our Southern heritage dictates that before or after we say anything disparaging about anyone, we should add a "bless their heart" to it. I knew this early on; in fact, I would bet good money the first words I uttered after the dog's name were tagging a blessing onto someone.
I recently read an article in a magazine that talked about how the physical features you share with your mother reveal similar personality traits. Similar eyes meant you both were optimistic. Lips meant you both were openhearted; noses, equally trusting. The article offered some keen insights that I am sure for many, rang very true. But not for me, because unfortunately, I don't share any physical traits with my mother. My Mama has always ...
"What is in here?" Lamar will ask as he tries to move my bag to the floorboard of the back seat. "Stuff I need," I reply.
Poison ivy is a weed that affects almost every gardener and outdoor lover in Georgia. It is found in nearly every outdoor environment, and most folks can tell you not so fondly of the after-effects of a poison ivy encounter.
I am beginning to think me and microphones don't mix well. It seems like if I am around one, you better hope like the dickens there's a way to edit afterwards. Starting as a small child in my first of only two pageants, Mama made the mistake of telling me what every mother tells her child backstage.
Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s. However, this does not mean that rabies is no longer a threat in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, there were more than 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies, and two reported cases of rabies in humans in the United States in 2010.
As a child, the start of the school year brought a lot of trepidation. Would I still be friends with the same children from the year before?
With our traditional last frost date, April 20, soon approaching, many folks are getting ready to start planting summer vegetable gardens. Home gardens can be an enjoyable way to stay active and provide your family with fresh produce throughout the summer. However, a productive garden takes a lot of work and proper planning can greatly increase a garden's success.
Spring has sprung in all of its bright colorful splendor and that means one thing. No, not the beautiful array of flowers blooming everywhere but in my yard.
For most people, the mention of bees conjures up thoughts of annoyance and fear. Bees make nests around our homes, buzz around us in the garden, and occasionally sting us. What good could these little pests do? Even though they may seem a nuisance, bees more than make up for it in their most important role - plant pollination.
There are a few words that my child knows I will not tolerate being uttered. Fat. Stupid. Retarded. Hate. Ugly.