FIRST OF ALL
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! Before getting started on New Year's Resolutions and such, let's talk about what to do with that leftover REAL Christmas tree. Don't just throw it in the trash. Here are a couple of ideas, and I'm sure some other nature people out there have some more ideas.
1. Put it in the back yard - as is - small animals and birds love it for cover. It gives them a place to hide from birds of prey.
2. If you know someone with a larger sized pond, when the pond freezes over, walk it out to the deeper water area. You'll need to weight it down. When the ice thaws, it will sink to the bottom of the pond and the fish will love it for cover. We did this last year.
3. Give it to someone that has a mulching machine.
4. Chop it up and use it for wood and have a campfire with the family. Might be a fun tradition to start.
5. Our town used to have a 12th night celebration and they'd all bring their trees and burn them together at this celebration. Does your town have a celebration like this? If not, why not start one with some friends. (it's all about taking time for each other)
6. Our town has a mulch/wood recycling center. If your town has one, take it there.
Any other ideas? Let us know.
Now for the NEW YEAR!!!!
I'm going to use this week to reflect on the last year, but also to post some goals I have for the new year. I wasn't going to have resolutions this year, but the day before a wrap-up meeting at the Community Garden, my sister gave me this....
Needless to say, I started thinking of how I can change my life.
That was written last July, when my two nieces wanted to come to our house and spend the night. Dave had to work the next day and I had to go to the Community Garden. The thing is, part of the CG work is volunteer. And that morning I had to volunteer because I missed the week before. And my nieces just knew we were going to say yes, because Sarah had just given us this...