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Porch Personality . . . Loving Porch Life

In the South, the concept of a porch comes in all different shapes, styles, and sizes. Whether it’s an improvised front porch such as a stoop, carport, gazebo, or tool shed; whether it’s screened or open to the elements; or whether it’s an architectural masterpiece or an eclectic menagerie, the porch is a metaphor for the lifestyle that epitomizes that region of the country below the Mason-Dixon Line...



Springtime is Porch Time for

Sipping and Sampling

When the weather begins to warm up, I plump up the porch sofa, chair, and swing cushions; and on the porch is where you will find me—in the mornings, on the back porch with a cup of coffee and a snack, and at night, on the screened side porch with lemonade or French 75 and another snack. My porch-sitting, one of my favorite pastimes, all started when I was a little girl...



Heirloom Treasures

Smocking, the art of sewing on pleated fabric, dates back to the Middle Ages. Before elastic, smocking was commonly used in clothing’s cuffs, bodices, and necklines instead of and prior to the use of buttons...



Pit Bull Hell

By now, most of you have read or heard about the alleged dog fighting in Natchez, Mississippi, busted by Adams County Sheriff Travis Patton and his deputies. Apparently, this property was “dog hell” where nearly fifty pit bulls being trained for fighting were confiscated. In addition, over thirty dog corpses were lying around the grounds of this property.



Use Lemongrass as an Annual or Perennial

 Lemongrass is a tropical herb packed with a strong citrus flavor. It forms tall, grassy clumps ranging from 3 to 5 feet tall. Lemongrass is a great choice as an adaptable replacement for traditional ornamental grasses. It also is a must-have plant for the edible landscape.



Reflections on the Recent Freeze

I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I am glad that we’ve had a real winter with weather cold enough to kill the contrary hyacinths in our bodies of water. Driving by the lakes, seeing all that brown, dead vegetation just puts a smile on my face.



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