Dolly Parton said it best: "It's hard being a diamond in a rhinestone world." I can't help feeling that way about so many new hair care products promising the sun, moon and stars. Heck, what's a Southern belle to do with such great expectations from a pretty bottle of pricey lather -- just rinse and repeat, hoping for a miracle?
Right after World War II air travel took off. The war was won on the wings of aviation, and it quickly became a peacetime staple. Back in those days air travel was prestigious.
The worst of summer is upon us. Temperatures flirt with triple digits. Mosquitoes hover in small clouds, just waiting for an opportunity make us their tasty snack. Even the squirrels seem too lethargic for their usual game of rushing in circles around the tree trunks in my yard.
It is during the midsummer months in Mississippi that I most appreciate gaillardia in gardens and landscapes.
I've been getting a lot of questions from homeowners who want to add some color to landscapes in the middle of this hot and humid summer. My answer brings bad news.
Just the other day at one of my favorite flea markets, I walked right up on a machine that I had only "heard tell of" from my mama. It was a vintage salon hair dryer complete with chrome hood; the letters that once read "on/off" faded long ago.
I am not a fan of the month of July. I dislike August even more. Meteorologists report that of the two, July is worse. My very unscientific opinion, based on decades of experience, tells me that this is not true. I stand by my conviction that August is the most terrible month.
Mississippi landscapers often see favorite trees fall victim to lightning, strong winds and other elements, especially during tropical storm season, leaving the owners to make hard decisions on the trees' future health.
Women left and right ask me about gray matters, well, because it does matter. Ever wonder why the hair color turns gray as we age? I bet it has crossed your mind a time or two. We've been plucking and dyeing gray hairs for as long as I can remember. Miss Clairol is a household name for a reason, folks.
Americans are in an uproar over the recent news that our government is spying on ordinary citizens. In June, the Guardian newspaper announced to the world the source of one of the most significant classified-document leaks in history.
It seems that we are drifting in the summer doldrums. Sailors feared them. Southerners view them as a time to endure, and a time when we long for the end of September.
The French Quarter is one of my favorite getaways. Perhaps it's the architecture and detail of European-style wrought iron balconies dressed with ferns, the sounds of live jazz from street musicians, or maybe just the beignets. Oh, and I love the flea markets, cobblestone streets and surprises around every corner.
Do you have the perfect lawn? Is the perfect lawn even possible? If it is, do you care enough to have it? Are you willing to put in the work to make it happen? Do you even like mowing? These are all debatable questions.
The Golden Girls" has always been one of my favorite television shows. Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia are like old friends invited into my living room over the years. It began in childhood when Mama and I would spend our Saturday nights eating fish sticks and Crunch & Munch popcorn, drinking Coca Cola in real bottles, and laughing at their antics until we almost cried.
I am a sucker for celebrations. Whenever a holiday approaches, I start thinking, "There ought to be a way of making this a Real Occasion." So, now, here comes another Fourth of July, and I am at a loss to know how to make it special.
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