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Weekend Project: Buying and Setting Up Your Christmas Tree - Home ...
This is the weekend I always decorate my tree. (Well, trees actually -- to celebrate my new space, I am decorating three-ish).
I spend the entire two days unpacking my collection of ornaments, covering my living room sofa and laying everything out so that I can customize the color and theme of each tree.
This year, my trees will be of the faux variety. I ordered three 9' Gold Tinsel trees from the Martha Stewart collection at Grandin Road . (Check back on Wednesday to see my ornament extravaganza.)
If you are planning on buying a natural tree, this weekend is the ideal time to buy it and set it up.
To help you, I've created this Christmas-tree primer. It has everything you need to know about selecting, cutting, and maintaining your holiday tree.
Enjoy and happy trimming!Important tools to have for pruning your tree. From left to right: pole saw (reaches overhead branches), hand pruner (available in different sizes for a comfortable fit), lopper (can cut branches up to two inches thick), folding handsaw (good for the home garden; angled blades get a better grip on the wood), and a pole pruner (a lopper on a pole, with pulleys that make cutting easy).
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Posted August 7th, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson
Last month a pod of dolphins was feeding on sardines in Santa Monica Bay when a large fish apparently disturbed them. Martin and his dad were watching from the Manhattan Beach Pier as the dolphins toyed with the unlucky fish and then left it floating. Martin thought that it was a thresher shark and went running for his surfboard to go help the animal. What he found was a yellowtail amberjack that had definitely seen better days.
The appearance of the yellowtail so close in to the pier was a surprise. The species has been so over-fished that they are no longer as plentiful in the area as they once were.
Martin realized that the fish was not going to survive its injuries and decided that it may as well be dinner instead. He grabbed it by the gills and wrestled it onto his board as it tried to squirm away. Sitting upright on the board he paddled back to the pier with his 40 pound prize catch. A crowd had gathered around the pier to watch the amazing catch. While dad hauled the fish up with a rope, Martin continued to shore with his board. He then sprinted back up the pier to get a second look at what he had caught. The yellowtail's body showed rake marks from the teeth of the dolphins.