PICAYUNE — I read somewhere that one of the smoothest roads to happiness is to develop an ability to see the positive aspects of those things which, at first glance, may appear to be negatives. Boy, am I familiar with negatives. They seem to be multiplying like rabbits at my house. I can't get my bank statement to balance, the kitchen sink has developed a slow drip and the Christmas decorations still clutter the guest room. They are waiting patiently and annoyingly to be taken to the attic. Can’t anyone around here do something for themselves. To make things worse, I wandered around the garden at dawn to observe what perennials might be poking through. Some kind of thorny vine seems to have taken over the landscape. My porch lights are so dusty you can hardly tell there’s a light bulb in inside. There's this green stuff growing on the house. I think they call it mildew; I’m feeling a little green myself. In an effort to gain some kind of control, I sat down and made a list of all the spring cleaning chores that need doing. It took two pages. I was so overwhelmed, I wanted to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head. But no, I told myself, be strong. I vowed to take one chore each day and work on it at least 30 minutes. Baby steps, sure, but maybe in a couple of months the place won't look so ragged. Do we ever find a modicum of perfection in our lives? Maybe without the imperfect, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy or appreciate those perfect moments in our lives. Would we ever have a good hair day if we never had a bad hair day? (I wouldn’t know because I’m still waiting on a good hair day to show up.) Some people insist we can find beauty hidden within the imperfections of life. Think about the Mona Lisa's half-crooked smile, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the pain of giving birth which produces new life. Imperfection can be lovely. Right now I’m gazing at a fire ant bed under construction and trying to assign it some positive quality. I’m drawing a blank. I’d rather have an administrative assistant to take care of all my chores, but what purpose would our lives have if we lacked the challenge to correct those imperfections? Life would eventually get pretty boring if everything were perfect, or so they say. If we had no home improvement projects to excite us, no closets to clean out and refresh us, or no kitchens to clean up before we get them dirty again, what would we do? Simply put, imperfections add purpose to our lives. Without them, we would have nothing to reach for on our life’s journey. At least, this is the message I’m trying to ram through my own skull and its giving me a splitting headache. Today, I’ll tackle the Christmas decorations. Then again, it’s only nine months until I’ll need them again. I think I’ll just let them live in the guest room this year. I read somewhere that as machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that the imperfection of man is what makes him human. Then, again, the writer was talking about men, not women.
Holiday fungi are trimming Arboretum trails for Feature
Recent rains have left behind a few puddles that have been slow to disappear, and have also created ideal conditions for a late fall “blossoming” of mushrooms. Cool days have had little effect in slowing their robust growth. New species are appearing along the pathways every day.
Deluded Diva: Salvaging the Christmas spirit
“... I said what I’ve said every Christmas since I was old enough to speak; ‘This is going to be the best Christmas ever.’ (And it always is.)”
— Emily Jones
Arboretum Paths: Mississippi native plants — for the birds
Would you like to provide some new plants in your landscape that will be attractive to birds? You may be surprised to learn that while birds will feast on the fruits and seeds produced by the native plants in your yard, at certain times of year their diets also will consist of large quantities of the insects that feed on these plants.
The great spice cabinet purge
Erma Bombeck once said, "Once you get a spice in your home, you have
it forever. Women never throw out spices."
Man, I’m a believer.
Arboretum Paths: Mississippi native plants that shine in late fall
Have you noticed that some plants in the local landscape are glowing? One exceptional native shrub that is hard to ignore lately is Elliott’s blueberry (Vaccinium elliottii). Its leaves are turning a gorgeous scarlet red, which makes this shrub easy to spot from your car window on a county ride.
Whitney Miller force to be reckoned with in food world
Since winning the first season of MasterChef, Whitney Miller has been in a whirlwind of new experiences and opportunities.
Valuable native plants of the Piney Woods
As a child, it fascinated me that everything that made up my world had been fashioned of materials that came from the earth. It was great fun to sit among the trees in our heavily forested suburban neighborhood and imagine what this country would have been like in its early years, when each new tree or plant encountered would be eyed for its potential ability to prove useful to families eking out a home life in unfamiliar territory.
CWC Pilgrimage: The Teague home
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Teague home in North Hill Subdivision. The home of Richard and Janet Teague, located at 48 Long Lake will be featured in the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Arboretum Paths: Plant natives – for seasonal flower arranging
When considering incorporating new plants to your landscape, consider its potential uses. Don't just dig that hole for the exercise. There are many more inexpensive ways to get into shape! If you make an investment in the purchase and care of a new specimen, think about how t will provide you with a return. Could your new plant be used as material for flower arrangements?
Coast Orchid Society Show changes venue
For the past 33 years the Gulf Coast Orchid Society has sponsored a free Orchid Show on the Gulf Coast usually at Singing River Mall in Gautier, Miss. on the bye weekend before the Super Bowl. With the ongoing renovations to the mall, the Society has had to relocate.
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