By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Blood stains are a real hazard when hand-sewing a quilt. One finger on the back side of the fabric tends to get abused by needles. The sticks usually aren’t deep enough to draw blood, but it happens. “That finger gets stuck pretty good, but finally …,” Dorothy Dailey, 82, […]

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Brit Harris, lift, and Billy Humphries, pictured with their furry friend Lucy, have turned an old home in Shannon into a modern marvel while keeping the integrity of the original home.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SHANNON – Brit Harris and Billy Humphries knew they wouldn’t always be apartment dwellers. But they thought their first house would be ultra-modern, maybe a pre-fab LVL home with lots of glass, sleek lines and modular rooms. “That’s where we were style-wise,” said Harris, 37. “And we ended up with […]

On a recent trip to Great Britain, the Earth Lady was most perplexed because she could not identify the birds indigenous to the area. However, after purchasing a trusty field guide, confirmed sightings were made of a Chaffinch and a Pied Wagtail. These birds are quite common in England, but, of course, are uncommon to […]

Canna lilies are valued for their large, tropical foliage and showy, brilliantly colored flowers. They are an easy landscape plant that everyone should have in their gardens. Many gardeners are familiar with the big cannas that have to be grown in the back of the planting bed. With their upright growth habit, cannas have an […]

If you enjoy home-grown vegetables, don’t feel that great-tasting produce must end when summer draws to a close. Extend your gardening season into the fall and early winter. Whether you have a half-acre plot or just a few spots in your flower beds, you can benefit from fall gardening. Broccoli, beets, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, lettuces, […]

Poison ivy is easily recognizable in the woods or in your yard because of its signature three leaves. (Courtesy)

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Summer is finally here and with the season comes an unwanted guest: poison ivy. Poison ivy tops the list of plants to avoid because it contains urushiol, an oily resin that binds to the skin on contact and causes an itchy rash with burning skin blisters. “There exists […]

Creativity is a skill everyone has to some degree. Interestingly, there are activities you can do to boost yours. Act: Get outside in nature. Plant a garden. Take walks. Travel. Leave town. Go somewhere new and expand your world view. Can’t travel? Then pretend you’re hosting an out-of-town guest and go see the places you’d […]

Research tells us that soil structure refers to the combination of the soil particles sand, silt, and clay into larger units called clods which are seen when soil is tilled. Well-structured soils promote root growth, have good drainage, high water holding capacity, and good aeration properties. Compaction forces soil particles closer together, drives out pore […]

Most people I know like to celebrate our nation’s birthday with fireworks, and gardening and fireworks have something in common. When the Chinese invented fireworks, they gave the individual shells the names of the showy flowers they resembled after exploding in the sky. One of the most common fireworks is an expanding circle of stars […]