Dear Santa: Christmas Sucks!Written by Daggi Pulz
Christmas time is finally here, and most people during this holiday are happier than a fat kid eating a Krispy Kreme donut. Christmas brings so many great things to table; caroling, NO SCHOOL, snowmen and hour long snowball fights that ends with bloody noses, eggnog and drunken relatives, presents, holiday parties, and drinking hot coco next to a roaring fire while cuddling up with your loved one. How could anybody not love this great holiday! It’s a hiatus from dark sadness of reality and a time where you can be ridiculously happy! But maybe too happy…
In a recent poll, over 45 percent said that they dreaded holiday altogether. Not everyone seems to see light that Christmas brings, and if you look harder into eyes of this joyous holiday, you may see why. More people kill themselves around Christmas time than any other time of year. “Well,” Khayeni Sanders, a fellow Christmas lover states, “I think you should make a club, or a house, for those people. It’s like an equivalent of a homeless shelter! Wait, what’s question again?”
There are several reasons why people just don’t like Christmas, one is that spending Christmas alone is a very depressing situation for anyone. The couple theme that constantly exists with this holiday is not easy to hide from if you are single. For people who are already suffering
Garden Art...from trash?Written by Jane Parr-Whitehead
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Garden Art… from Trash?
April begs me to do something outdoors! How about you? The weather is about right all over USA for gardening. Besides planning what to put into your garden as far as plants, you need to think of special additions that make a garden unique. Gardens need "bones" to ground them. No pun intended! Garden sculptures, hedges, specimen trees, and shrubs all help make good bones! Now what about those extra touches that make your garden distinctively yours? Below is a list of ideas that you can use with your own twists to create all kinds of garden goodies for your own garden, or to give as gifts!
Broken plates-don't throw away those chipped plates, especially pretty ones! Stick them into garden with chipped parts hidden by dirt. Alone or grouped, they make a statement! Uneven numbers work best. Mirrors and Cds-reflective surfaces attract birds and are fun in sunlight. Make mobiles and hang from tree limbs! With a large mirror, one can place it against a fence, behind plants and enjoy reflections of your garden lighting. Our dog uses our big mirror to scope out squirrels without being seen. Funny to watch! She crawls into greenery beneath trees and watches in mirror for any unsuspecting squirrel to enter bed. She hasn't caught any yet but she sure likes to chase them! More mirrors!-broken mirrors can be found in trash and snatched for use in your garden. Glue with mirror adhesive to fences, garden sheds, and anywhere you want to make a space look larger. Use pieces in a loose mosaic form and you have a one of a kind piece of art! Rusted metal anything-the rusted look is very "in" now and metal can be found easily. Use your imagination and use large rusted metal car parts, old gates, iron grates from demolished old homes, and any metal you can get your hands on to create unique garden elements. If you cannot cut or weld these yourself, try finding someone who can and offer to trade a piece of garden art for their work. Fabric-how about an old beach umbrella that you strip down to bare spokes and cover with silk greenery and tiny Christmas lights? Inserted into ground where light and a bit of fun are needed, look is very "partyish"! Even better if you drape tulle, chiffon, netting, etc. over umbrella! Swagged like you were draping a scarf over your shoulders. If it is to be a permanent fixture, use it as a trellis! Wonderful with lights!