The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

April showers and umbrellas – The month can bring all kinds of surprises and can even include a little bit of snow, but only enough to melt your...

April 18th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Just when you think it’s safe to turn the heat off, it’s 30 degrees again. It’s 35 degrees this morning. Didn’t bother with th...

April 18th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Getting ready for a Four o’clock season – The cool soil of April days is ready to receive the tough barrel shaped seeds of the colorful fo...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

If you haven’t, take the time to notice the flowering trees now. They are gorgeous! The dogwoods and red buds are also starting to blossom. We t...

April 11th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Movie meanderings

The Old Paths: Movie meanderings

Anybody been to the movies lately? Around my house, it seems as though we go in spurts. Just before Christmas, a slew of blockbuster movies come out, ...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Children enjoy local Easter egg hunts

Children enjoy local Easter egg hunts

The Christian Awareness Program (CAP) held their annual Easter Egg Hunt and community cookout at the East Walnut Cove Park in Walnut Cove.The Christia...

April 5th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Hope everyone had a blessed Easter. It was such a beautiful weekend to spend time with family and friends. My sister and I visited my aunt and uncle S...

April 4th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The fickle month of April is here - April is now six days old and a highlight of the month is the fact we can expect the last frost of the season in a...

April 4th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

It sure was a beautiful snowfall on Saturday. It looked really pretty on the daffodils and forsythias, unusual but pretty. Let’s hope that’...

March 28th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Springtime rambling

The Old Paths: Springtime rambling

As we drove to Walnut Cove this week for our “Taco Tuesday” fix at El Cabo, we saw piles of snow in Danbury’s ditches. “Waitin...

March 28th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Will March go out like a Lion or a Lamb – We will know very soon because tomorrow is the very last day of March. Even though March is almost ove...

March 28th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Say hello to spring this week, even though as of the time of my writing this, the weather channel is also calling for snow. March is never boring. My ...

March 21st, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Spring is in its second full day – The cool temperatures may not be saying spring time even though the calendar does. Cool weather crops do not ...

March 21st, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Could this possibly be the last snow of the season? All those in favor, please raise your hand. Could be worse. I read some tidbits of information abo...

March 14th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: What’s in a name

The Old Paths: What’s in a name

It’s that March Madness time of year again. I reckon I’m as guilty as the next sports-lover of becoming perhaps too invested in the variou...

March 14th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Month of Jonquils, Daffodils, Hyacinths - The amber color of daffodils and jonquils and the perfume of hyacinths sets the tone and atmosphere for the ...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Did the wind blow you away over the weekend? It was kite weather for sure as long as you stayed away from the trees and power lines. Some of neighbors...

March 7th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

It’s the end of February. Time marches on to spring, thank the Lord. We are ready! We have some extra daylight time now in the evening. I’...

February 28th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Tear the roof off

The Old Paths: Tear the roof off

The brown wooden deck beside my lounge chair seemed to be turning pink as I sat outside enjoying the unseasonable weather. Pink? Was I seeing things? ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The month of the lion and the lamb weather is here – It may be the month that spring arrives but that does not mean warm weather is just around ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

These warmer temperatures have made the daffodils start poking through the soil now. I love these warm days but I hope the new flowers aren’t co...

February 21st, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

February’s shortest month nears its end - Winter’s shortest month only has six more days remaining and spring is only 21 days away. There ...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Looks like we’ve had plenty of rain this week. It’s better rain than snow, right? February can go either way. To say that people are ready...

February 14th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Olympic musings

The Old Paths: Olympic musings

When ole Ben Franklin said, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” he clearly lived in a pre-Olympics era. H...

February 14th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Tomorrow is the day winters back breaks – Cold February mornings may make your back feel brittle and like it is going to break. Good news is on ...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

By the look of the parking lot at the Francisco Community Building Saturday night, the Bingo for the North Stokes Softball Team was a huge success! A ...

February 7th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Valentine’s Day is only six days away – There’s only six days left to search for the perfect valentine for your wife, sweetheart, ki...

February 7th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Say hello to February! Time is ticking away and spring will be here before you know it. Francisco has an event filled month and let’s not forget...

January 31st, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Favorite TV couples

The Old Paths: Favorite TV couples

Since my column is called “The Old Paths,” you’ll not be surprised that I love to watch old sitcoms. My hubster and I watch one epis...

January 31st, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Tomorrow we celebrate Groundhog Day – Will the groundhog see his shadow tomorrow? Whether he does or not, we still have six weeks or more of win...

January 31st, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Well, the snow came and went, thank Heavens! I feel like everyone is so ready for spring. I actually had about 30 confused robins in my yard Sunday mo...

January 24th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Taking care of heavy, wet, winter snow - Believe it or not, snow may look fluffy and white, but it is heavy. This is why we need to keep a broom handl...

January 24th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Cold weather got you down? Enroll in the Master Gardeners’ Class offered by the Stokes and Surry County Extension offices. New classes will begi...

January 17th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Bigger than you think

The Old Paths: Bigger than you think

The atmosphere has shifted in Walnut Cove.I’ve felt it for a while, and we talk about it often in our prayer group at church. But now others are...

January 17th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Checking the rosebushes in the dead of winter – As we move further into the winner, the roses can use a little tender loving care. A fresh layer...

January 17th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

The warmer temperatures this week prove there is light at the end of the tunnel. I never thought of 33 degrees feeling good, but after 6 degrees in th...

January 10th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Begin the new year by checking out the Christmas cactus – The four Christmas cactus have bloomed in the living room where they have been winteri...

January 10th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Happy New Year! To say that it’s cold is a bit of an understatement. But it’s January and this too shall pass. We will think about this wh...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Ringin’ in the New Year!

The Old Paths: Ringin’ in the New Year!

In 1969, Johnny Mathis had a holiday hit with “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” For years, I have heard Mathis woo his crush with...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Celebrating the day I have Epiphany – Saturday, January 6, 2018 will be the day of epiphany. As the day of epiphany arrives, with it Christmas f...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Winter travels through its first week – The season of winter has traveled through its first week and already we have gained seven minutes of day...

December 27th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I love driving around at night to see all the Christmas lights. I was blessed to be invited to the ...

December 20th, 2017 |  


The Old Paths: Here I Come A-Caroling

The Old Paths: Here I Come A-Caroling

Anybody else been obsessed with Christmas music this year? Yes, I have been one of those people you like to complain about—the ones who play Chr...

December 20th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The Longest Night of the Year – This is the first day of winter and tonight is the longest night of the year. Most kids will disagree because th...

December 20th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Well, the Christmas tree is up, finally. The snow last Friday really put me in the Christmas spirit. I believe it was the prettiest snowfall I have ev...

December 13th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Monday was National Poinsettia Day: Poinsettia Day honors Joel Robert Poinsett. When Poinsett was in Mexico in 1851 he was introduced to the beautiful...

December 13th, 2017 |  


Francisco News

Has everyone gotten their Christmas tree up yet? Mine is in the house, but at the moment, in the floor. Yep, at one point, it was tall, straight and b...

December 6th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Today is the day of infamy (Pearl Harbor) - Seventy-six years ago today, the empire of Japan carried out a surprise attack on the Pacific fleet at Pea...

December 6th, 2017 |  


The Old Paths: Train them up

The Old Paths: Train them up

Through my years of parenting five children, folks have asked me how to raise unselfish and giving kids. I first emphasize the importance of leading c...

December 5th, 2017 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Searching for Natures Decorations – As November comes to an end, our thoughts turn to decorating for Christmas. A lot of decorations are as clos...

November 29th, 2017 |