Dead wood

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaDead trees lining the roads after Christmas are usually the last lonely reminders of the holiday season. This year, don’t ditch that tree. Reuse it, says a University of Georgia expert Christmas tree saver. “When Christmastime is over, Christmas tree buyers everywhere are reminded that wrapping paper can be forced into a trash can, but a tree can’t,” says Matthew Chappell, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Some people use their dried up tree to make a bonfire, but if done improperly this can be a huge fire hazard. Others chunk trees over the back fence (into the woods, not their neighbor’s yard). Chappell gets a little more creative.Chappell’s “Top 10 Things to do With a Christmas Tree After Christmas” are:No. 1 – Whittle a walking stick. Christmas trees are generally tree species unique in Georgia. Make a special walking stick. “It takes a lot of whittling. You can give it as a gift next Christmas.” This is Chappell’s favorite use.No. 2 – Create a coat rack. Cut all the branches off except for a few at the top, which should be trimmed 3 inches to 4 inches from the trunk. “It will turn out very good if you strip the bark. The wood is very pretty.”No. 3 – Build a bottle tree. Cut all the branches about a foot from the trunk and put wine bottles on them. “My friend in Charleston, S.C., started that trend in his yard at Folly Beach. It’s definitely better with different colored bottles.”No. 4 – Fashion a fish habitat. Drop three or four trees together in a pond or lake. Small fish will use the trees as a protective habitat to hide from larger fish.No. 5 – Craft a longbow. “My brother-in-law made a longbow out of last year’s Christmas tree. A lot of bow hunters are going back to the old style, the old world way of hunting.”No. 6 – Carve a bird pole. “My parents have used trees as birdhouse poles.” They can also be used to hold bird feeders, but make sure to cut the branches to the trunk or the birdseed will become a squirrel feast.No. 7 – Shape a vine pole. Trim the branches off, but leave some for vine support. Sink the trunk in the ground. Plant a climbing plant like a morning glory or clematis next to it.No. 8 – Make some mulch. “Some people, if they have a chipper or shredder, make mulch out of their trees.”No. 9 – Split wood. Chop up the tree. The smaller branches make excellent kindling.No. 10 – Plant a landscape addition. “If you get a live tree, just plant it.” If you plan to plant your Christmas tree, pick a variety that can take Georgia’s heat. Pines, cedars and cypresses typically do well in Georgia. Spruce and fir will wither when summer hits.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

first_img8. My most used emoji is the heart.9. I was a hand model in a Barbie commercial that only aired in China.10. Dog adoption is definitely the cause closest to my heart, [which is why] I teamed up with Subaru to spread awareness and to really encourage people to #MakeADogsDay.11. My first concert was Britney Spears at Madison Square Garden.12. I like to be anywhere with a warm beach.13. Yoga is my go-to workout.14. I love to play the piano.15. Growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer, mainly because my parents were lawyers.16. The best advice I ever received was: Let go and have things come as they are.17. My first trip to Paris was the most memorable trip I’ve been on.18. I’ve heard people think I look like Tiffani Thiessen.19. I love going to the park with my dog, Levon, or going on hikes with him.20. My must-have beauty item is an eyebrow pencil. If I don’t do anything else in the morning, I’ll use [just that].21. I used to have posters of Dave Matthews Band and American Beauty up on my walls.22. If I were competing on a reality show, it would be The Bachelorette. I’d love to create some friendly drama on the show.23. My favorite holiday is New Year’s.24. During quarantine, I’ve learned how to rely on people around me more [and] that it’s very important to ask for help when you need it. It’s really brought me closer to my friends.25. If I weren’t an actress, I’d probably be doing something with kids. I’d love to teach kids acting. I think that would be really fun.For more on Daddario’s partnership with Subaru’s pet adoption initiative, visit subaru.com/makeadogsday.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – Acting isn’t the only thing Alexandra Daddario loves. The actress, who is best remembered for her roles in the Percy Jackson film series and in 2017’s Baywatch, exclusively opened up to Us Weekly with 25 things you might not know about her — including her love for dogs, reality TV and food. Read on to learn more about the 34-year-old star.1. I love sushi.- Advertisement – 5. My favorite show as a kid was Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, the one with Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain.6. My guilty pleasure is eating an entire pint of ice cream and [watching] reality TV.7. When I was 15, I worked in an ice cream shop.- Advertisement – 2. My first car was a 2009 Nissan Sentra that I drove until it stopped going above 40 mph.3. My favorite role to date was Annabeth in [2010’s] Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief because that was really my big break.4. I have “Reaper” by Sia on repeat right now.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Gold Coast records several million-dollar sales

first_img2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan.THE Gold Coast’s million-dollar club is growing with several big sales recorded last week.A riverfront mansion at Hope Island was one of the highest sales, changing hands for $1.9 million.Hope Island Resort Realty agent Warren Hickey said an Asian family bought the home at 2503 Cressbrook Drive on Friday. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island.The two-storey home has four ensuited bedrooms, a study, a pool overlooking the river and pontoon.Also on Friday, the $1.12 million sale of a Wongawallan home was cemented after a two month settlement period.Wise Choice Realty Oxenford principal Pauline OBrien-Wise said a couple based in England bought the 4ha mountain-top property at 208 Wongawallan Drive.She said the house’s panoramic coastline vistas from Moreton Bay to Tweed Heads framed by floor to ceiling windows made it special.“It’s more of a lifestyle property,” Mrs OBrien-Wise said.“It’s the sort of property that wasn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea.” 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island.“They have an existing property portfolio in Australia (but) I believe they are going to reside here,” Mr Hickey said.He said several buyers were interested in the property, which was on the market for about three months.“We had multiple offers,” Mr Hickey said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said its position on the Coomera River overlooking Thompson Island was one of its most appealing features.Prospective buyers also liked that it was secure within the gated Gracemere Island prescient of Hope Island Resort. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan.center_img 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan.She received a couple of offers not long after it hit the market on November 1 but said they were “dreamers”.She said the man who bought the property knew instantly he wanted to live in the home with his wife once his two-year contracted ended overseas.“He said, ‘I’ve just got to have this, it’s just beautiful’,” Mrs OBrien-Wise said.“He’ll move over, just him and his wife, and live in it and put their own stamp on it.”She said it will be rented out until they moved in.A modern Burleigh Heads house and family home at Helensvale also sold for more than a million on Thursday at $1.13 million and $1.05 million respectively.last_img read more

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For fans, high hopes could spell heartbreak

first_imgBrian Chin | Daily TrojanOn Wednesday night, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill was oh-so-nearly perfect. On most other nights, actually, he would have been. The 37-year-old lefty mowed down Pittsburgh Pirate after Pittsburgh Pirate — the first 24 hitters to face Hill failed to reach base.Then, in the dying embers of the game, it all unraveled. A Logan Forsythe error in the bottom of the ninth ended Hill’s pursuit of perfection, and a home run from Josh Harrison an inning later ended the no-hitter, sending the Dodgers away with a 1-0 loss. Hill had to have been bewildered: He pitched more than a complete game, he hadn’t allowed a single baserunner before the extra innings began and he had the backing of one of the most formidable offenses in baseball. And somehow, he went home with an “L” by his name in the box score after pitching the best game of his career.It’s strange, but Hill’s heartbreaking loss on Wednesday made me paranoid for the coming football season. The din of anticipation surrounding the USC squad has reached deafening levels, and many, myself included, have convinced themselves that an undefeated, championship-winning season is on the horizon, with a Heisman Trophy for redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold as a cherry on top.The Trojans indisputably have the ability to rise to those crazy expectations. That’s why you find pictures of this team plastered all over every sports magazine in America. But the risk of chasing perfection in sports is that it only takes one mistake — a booted ball, one bad pitch out of 99 — to clobber your dreams of history into oblivion.College football arguably embodies the chase for perfection more than any other sport in the world thanks to its short schedule and gargantuan pool of teams. The team that raises the national championship trophy in January has seldom lost more than one game all year (the most recent two-loss champion was LSU in 2007, which was known as the Year of the Upset). The best programs distinguish themselves through undefeated seasons.No. 4 USC faces a tough road to a title, with no bye and a challenging out-of-conference schedule: The Trojans faced Arkansas State and Idaho back-to-back to open the year in 2015, the last time they were ranked in the AP preseason top 10. No such luck this season. They play a Western Michigan team coming off its best season in program history, a grudge match against No. 23 Texas and, of course, Notre Dame in South Bend.Then the team has scores to settle in the Pac-12: snapping a two-year losing streak to Stanford, avenging the loss against Utah in Darnold’s first career start and keeping the Victory Bell painted cardinal.It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Trojans clear every single one of those hurdles — like I said, the wealth of talent on this team is beyond doubt. But the pressure will only grow each step of the way, and though that may not make errors or bad luck more likely, a championship chase will magnify them.And although USC achieved a lot in 2016, the squad has never been in pole position before. The beauty of last season’s Trojans was that they were perpetual underdogs after their 1-3 start. They relished the chase, and they shocked the nation with a Rose Bowl victory. But how will they handle being chased? To draw another baseball parallel, the 2016 Trojans were like Boston Red Sox pitcher Doug Fister on Tuesday night: He gave up a home run to the first hitter he faced, and then proceeded to throw a one-hit complete game. It was an incredible feat to be sure, but the weight of history got thrown off Fister’s back the minute his third pitch of the night got deposited into the right-field seats.The Trojans won’t enjoy that luxury this fall. Every touchdown, win and weekly AP poll will be scrutinized and framed in a championship-or-bust mentality. After all, USC rose from the dead to win the Granddaddy of Them All last year — a national title is the only upward mobility left. In other words: Nothing short of perfection will do.Recent history doesn’t flatter preseason-favorite USC teams. I don’t need to remind you: Plenty have re-hashed the disappointments of 2015 and 2012, the last two years the Trojans entered the fall ranked in the top 10. Though the duo of Darnold and head coach Clay Helton seems encouraging right now, people were also excited about Kiffin and Barkley and Sarkisian and Kessler.Nevertheless, I may be a jaded sports fan, but I’m not a pessimist. Every championship run comes with incredible expectations and a near-zero margin of error, but one team wins every year. It’s silly to assume that USC will come up short before the team has played a single down this season. More importantly, Darnold, Helton and the rest of the Trojans — both players and coaches — aren’t the unproven, overhyped squads of years past. They may not have faced this level of pressure before, but they are battle-tested.And if we learned anything in January, it was that these Trojans are at their best — and make history — when the pressure is at its highest.Oliver Jung is a senior studying print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, Jung Money, runs on Fridays.last_img read more

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