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Hays Free Press December 1,2010 NEIGHBORS Page 3C + 1. Replace summer annu- als with winter bloomers if the frost has burned them. Top performers are dianthus, flowering kale, flowering cab- bage, pansies, snapdragons, violas and stock. Add some rich compost and bone and blood meal to the soil to give the new plants a boost. 2. Plant bulbs: There is still plenty of time to plant those spring flowering bulbs. Look for narcissus, daffodils, tulips, anemones, ranunculus, jon- quils, and muscari. 3. Cut back perennials: If the frost and freezing weather has damaged the tops of your flowering perennials, cut them back to just above ground level and mulch with compost and pine-bark mixed. This will conserve soil moisture and keep the roots healthy and warm IT'S ABOUT THYME 4. Choose a living Christ- ms tree: This is the season to bring a tree indoors for the holidays. Why not choose a living one that you can add to your landscape in January. Some good choices: Allepo pine, Arizona blue-ice cypress, deodar cedar, blue point juni- per, and Italian stone pine. 5. Rake leaves: Get outside, do some raking and inhale some of that lovely chilly win- ter air. Remember, un-raked leaves can damage your lawn, especially if they become wet. 6. Start a compost pile: Please don't send those leaves (mentioned in 5) to the land- fill. Use them to build a great big compost heap. 7. Move tropical plants inside.., or they will die. Mandevilla, plumeria, philo- dendron, flcus, bougainvillea, and hibiscus will all perish ff allowed to freeze. Put them in a garage or greenhouse, and provide as much light and ventilation as possible; water when dry throughout the win- ter. If you can't carry them in, have some row cover (freeze cloth) close at hand. 8. Care for fruit trees: Spray them and look after them. Rake all leaves from around the base. Spray with dor- mant oil to kill scale insects. This should also be done on scale-infested shrubs. Inspect burford holly and euonymous, as they are prone to this. 9. Buy a little rosemary "Big Bad John," a talking ballad written and recited by a tall drink of water from the Texas Panhandle, stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 40 for the week of Dec. 4, 1961. Jimmy Ray Dean was born in Plainview the summer before the stock market crashed. His father's answer to the Depression was to run off, leaving his wife to raise their two boys all by herself , during the hardest times in ; living memory. , Tooproud to accept ; New Deal relief, Ruth Dean turned sugar sacks into i shirts for her sons. The other kids never tired of making fun of Jimmy's scarecrow appearance, but he credited the constant ridicule with lighting the fire of a burning ; ambition. Even as a six-year-old, ', Jimmy had to do his part to put food on the table. "I was a hard working little boy," he their personable front man parlayed their popularity into a three-hour, Saturday night television program billed as "Town and Country Jamboree." That same year, Dean proved he could fly solo as the host of a weekday morning show. Impressed by the talented Texan's down-home de- meanor and sense of humor, CBS picked up "Country Style" under the name "The Morning Show" for its local affiliates. For eight mbnths, the country boy from the Panhandle gave Dave Garro- way and the well-established "Today Show" a run for their money. acting He appeared in six episodes of Fess Parker's TV series "Daniel Boone," along with "Fantasy Island" and other primetimeprograms. In 1971 he landeda major part in the James Bond mov- ie "Diamonds Are Forever" as an eccentric millionaire easily mistaken for Howard Hughes. Two years earlier, Dean had gotten into the sausage- making business with a Plainview plant run by his brother. His appealing off- the-cuff commercials made limmy Dean Sausage a hot item in grocery stores, and he stayed on as spokesman for the breakfast food after selling the company to Sara Lee in 1984. Late in life, Dean re- turned to his roots. Plain- view honored him with a "Jimmy Dean Day" and the tree (trimmed). They are a delight, and make nice table decorations for Christmas. After the holidays, dig it into your culinary herb garden as a center point. 10. Rest on your laurels: On those super cold days when it's too cold to be out- side, curl up by the fire and reflect on your successes of the past year.., and dream up some plans for 2011. A bigger vegetable patch? Chickens? A koi pond. An evergreen screen against the traffic? A moon garden? Endless possibilities... Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or mail a postcard to It'sAbout Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX78748 www.itsaboutthyme. corn high school presented him with a treasured diploma. Dean and his wife donated a million dollars to Wayland Baptist University in 2008, a record-breaking check for a small college with an enroll- ment of 1,200. This past lune, ]immy Dean passed away watch- ing television in his Virginia home. He is entombed on the grounds in a nine-foot- high, piano-shaped mauso- leum that bears an epitaph borrowed from the last line of"Big Bad John" - "Here Lies One Hell of a Man." Buy "Secession & Civil War" column collection [or $14.20 and get "Outlaws & Lawmen" or "Revolution & Republic" at half price. Mail $21.30 to Bartee Halle, P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or order on-line at PHOTO BY KAY RICHTER lemonade aids Blue Santa Three-year-old Liberty "Libby" Lind of Kyle, with the help of her mother, sold lemonade and cookies on a recent weekend in the Hometown Kyle subdivision. Proceeds benefited Blue Santa. Fundraiser set to benefit Marcos Youth SUBMITTED REPORT The eighth annual Great- er San Marcos Youth Coun- cil's Children's Shelter ben- efit at Conley Car Wash & Express Lube will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 11. The silent auction ends for the event ends at 5 p.m. Over the last eight years, more than $25,000 has been raised for the children in the shelter. Last year, the 16-bed shelter cared for 122 abused or neglected children. The primary goal of the shelter is to remain open 365 days per year, staffed with trained, caring individuals in a safe, struc- tured and supportive envi- ronment. Donations are needed to continue providing a safe haven for the forgotten chil- dren of Hays County. There are several ways to help this cause. Conley Car Wash is selling $1 paper cars to ben- efit the shelter. In addition, silent auction items are cur- rently on display and there is a donation bin for "wish list" items. On the date of the fund- raiser, 10 percent of every carwash and detail as well as every full service oil change is donated to the shelter. GSMYC will sell lunch and homemade baked goods all day. The rain date for the event is Dec. 18. I told a TV Guide interviewer , in 1964. "Oh, I worked. ; Pulling cotton, shocking ; grain, cutting wheat, load- ' ing wheat, chopping cotton, cleaning chicken houses, ; milking cows, plowing." , Besides an uncompro- ; raising work ethic, Jimmy's ~ mother also instilled a love , of music and even taught : him to play the piano. He : later learned the harmonica, ' accordion and guitar on his own. Dean dropped out of high ; school at 16 to help sup- i port the hard-pressed family , but wound up joining the : merchant marines and later i the Air Force. It was while he was stationed at an air base near Washington, D.C., that he got his first paying gig as a musician by filling in with his accordion for a sick fiddle player. After his discharge, Dean remained in the Washing- ton-area forming one short- lived musical group, the Ten- nessee Haymakers, before the Texas Wildcats in 1952. The next year he recorded , his one and only hit single of the decade, "Bummin' : Around." ' However, Dean and the Wildcats found the suc- i cess that eluded them in i the recording studio with a : radio show called "Town and Country Time." The Texan and his back-up band, which included Roy Clark until Dean fired him for being late once too often, attracted loyal listeners in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia as well as metropolitan D.C. In 1957 the Wildcats and i'11:2~ 4:55 '10:15 UNSTOPPABLE (PG-13) [11:40) 2:05 4:50 7:10 9:35 DUE DATE (R) i (12:05) 2:29 4:30 0:,~ 9:15 MEGAMIND 2-D (PG) (11;~) 2:20 4:25 Q:4O 9:05 The end of "The Morning Show," did not mean Dean's television career was over. Within the year, he was back on CBS with "The Jimmy Dean Show" that aired six afternoons a week until June 1959. Dean may not have been on the small screen in 1961, but his voice seemed to be on the radio 24 hours a day. "Big Bad John," the story of a self-sacrificing miner that Dean wrote on an airplane in an hour and a half, sky- rocketed to the top of the pop-music charts and stayed there for five weeks. The biggest hit of his career sold more than a million copies and won him a Grammy for Best Country and Western Recording. By 1963 Dean was back in America's living room with a weekly variety show that helped to bring coun- try music into the cultural mainstream. It was on "The Jimmy Dean Show" that Roger Miller introduced "King 6f the Road." The ap- ~ereCiative performer sent his llow Texan a gold door- knob mounted on a piece of mahogany with the inscrip- tion: "To Jimmy Dean. For the one million doors you've opened for me, I'm forever grateful." Although "The Jimmy Dean Show" was cancelled after three years, its name- sake was no stranger to tele- vision. He was an occasional guest on programs like "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom" and "The Hollywood Palace." 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