This week, I've been taking what I'd like to think is a well-earned vacation. But even though I'm technically "off the clock," I'm still finding interesting ideas to try in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.
GULFPORT -- Arts Under the Dome's 23rd season will begin when bluegrass group The Barefoot Movement performs at 7 p.m. Saturday under the stained-glass dome in the sanctuary building of First United Methodist Church Gulfport at 15th Street and 24th Avenue.
Whether it's your Christmas tree, bannister, mantel or a tabletop display, the best way to make your holiday decor stunning is to start with my two favorite tools: greens and ribbons. Gorgeous greens take your displays to the next level, and holiday ribbons give them character and charm. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
The last few weeks I have touting if not celebrating the arrival of pansy and viola planting season. No matter where you live there is a season for pansies and other cool season flowers. There are, however, those neighborhoods where the deer roam nightly and gardeners feel like the cool season is a lost cause.
When the alarm goes off and it's all warm and snuggly under your covers and the temperature outside is the exact opposite, getting yourself to the gym becomes a struggle. Couple that with the stress of the holidays, travel, and Netflix's ever-increasing library, and the drive to work out all but disappears. This is why YouTube was invented. When you can't bring yourself to put on athletic shoes and drive yourself to gym, try an at-home workout, courtesy of your laptop. Search for the workout headlines and start moving.
Many of you may be tight on time to create an inviting table for your guests. One of my favorite, creative ways to entertain for the holidays relates to involving the entire family, especially the children, in the creation of items for the table.
In 1902, David Fairchild was traveling in Asia, looking for mangos that would thrive in the United States. The varieties grown in North America, he said, were inedible, like "juicy balls of fibers soaked with turpentine." He bought big baskets of several varieties, but what he needed to ship home were the seeds, not the whole fruit - and he needed those seeds fast.
What a long, strange trip it's been, from living in his car in the 1980s to padding around barefoot in one of architect Paul Hayden Kirk's finest homes, a real celebration of midcentury design. It's a fine blend of Northwest and Japanese residential architecture in Seattle's Seward Park neighborhood.
PITTSBURGH - Prehistoric traders of the Delaware tribes bivouacked on the bank of what would someday be called the Allegheny River. European settlers cut forests and built overlapping settlements near the three rivers' confluence. A century later, more immigrants arrived, invented a middle class and rose to power in the city of Pittsburgh.
Q: Dear Ed, we are remodeling our bathroom and recently looked into faucets. To our confusion it seems that we can choose a "widespread" or a "centerset" bathroom faucet. Can you please explain basic differences between these bathroom faucets?