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Ask Miss Pearl

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  • Jul. 10, 2020 - 5:02 PM

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Ask Miss Pearl

The Newnan Times-Herald

Dear Miss Pearl,

The older couple living next door to us rarely come outside. They do, however, manage to keep their dozen or more birdbaths full of water. These birdbaths are a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and we can’t sit outside because of the nuisance!

You leave the old people alone! Think of the joy they receive by watching the birds play in and drink from the birdbaths. Surely you know someone who sells Avon so you can get you some Skin-So-Soft; rumor has it’s a wonderful mosquito repellent. I’ve also been told that a Bounce dryer sheet rubbed on your clothes and stuck in your pocket will discourage the pests from biting. There are also plants, candles and sprays (for yourself and your yard) that might help the situation. Just keep in mind that one day you will also be old!

Dear Miss Pearl,

Since when did it become okay to TELL your employer when you are going to be off instead of ASKING?

You must have the younger generation working for you, right?

As far as I am concerned, this is not acceptable behavior. Employees should ask/request for time off, not TELL. If it works out, great — if not, they should show up for work (please know that I am not referring to emergency situations).

Just know that this behavior will most likely continue as long as you allow it to. And, unfortunately, the employment “pool” is not as large as it used to be. I’m sorry to say that you are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

And Another Thing:

Sunday will mark the four-month “anniversary” of Mother of Pearl being on lockdown at The Palace. I can assure you that this is not an occasion that either one of us wants to celebrate. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO DAYS with no end in sight!!

A couple of weeks ago I pitched a throw-down, melt-down hissy fit outside The Palace. Why outside? Because I STILL CAN’T GO IN! On the one hand, I am appreciative of all The Palace continues to do to keep the residents safe; on the other, I am SO over this and I want to BE with my Mama.

My friends, please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you are out in public so that we can get this $^%@ pandemic behind us and begin to move forward. I miss my Mama something fierce, and I know she misses me too. She is most concerned, however, about when she can get her hair done! #choosehope #bekind


“Miss Pearl,” aka Colleen Sprayberry, is one of Newnan's leading authorities on modern etiquette. She gladly lends her advice to everyone whether they want it or not, because, "After all, it's all about the children and setting a good example for them." Her videos are available on her Facebook page and YouTube channel. She can be reached at .