At this moment, it seems silly to write a blog about something less worldly than the 2020 Election results, and a garden tool would seem to fit that bill. And yet, I think I've heard about as much analysis, speculation and conjecture as any citizen should be allowed to hear or forced to consume.
So here's the view from my section of the cheap seats. More or less we have 70 some days before the inauguration during which time there's Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's Day.
It will be difficult not to get caught up in an endless and breathless media frenzy, so try this as an anodyne: don't check the news before 8am and stop checking after 6pm. "Breaking News" doesn't mean what it used to -- all it means now is, "LISTEN TO THIS!" I was surprised at how well this works, how much more calm I am, and actually more refreshed.
Ignore what jacks you up and control your diet of heart-stopping non-stories. To the extent possible, reconnect with friends and family and take the holiday season to adjust your appetite for large, red, bold, blaring news banners at the bottom of your screen!
Be safe. Be smart. Be yourself.
A Calming Presence
Gardeners are just a different breed of cat. Maybe it’s a sixth sense. Or a feeling in their bones? The “light of nature” is a new one on me. How about we go with an intuition about living things and get on with it?
The world can be seemingly falling down around our ankles with deadly pandemic, cavernously divisive politics, the uncertainty of millions out of work, an educational system re-inventing itself daily, and the iterative isolation of family and friends because we cannot not socialize.
And while all that takes an equal toll on gardeners, they find a healing solace in the purity of dirt, the chaos of weeds, an endless invasion of pests, the duties of watering, and the satisfaction of tending a rejuvenation of nature.
Through it all, life will find a way. And that’s the gardener’s secret that brings to them a sense of calm when they emerge from their sanctuary of soil.
GARD-N-HOOK does Christmas
Yes, it's that time of the year again: count-down to CHRISTMAS!! You are about to be in-and-out of the attic; up and down from the basement; or back and forth to storage. And all for the same thing: decorations you put up once a year, and when you do the weather's dodgy, you're in a hurry to get it done, and whatever you want is in "the other box." Which is to say, "some" other box.
This year we can help keep you off the ladder with both feet planted on solid ground. GARD-N-HOOK is it's name, but it's still a gizmo in spirit and ready to jump in to lift or drag anything!
By the time Christmas decorations roll in, it's winter, the calendar got away from you and it's after work or the weekend and you're sorting through 12 Christmas boxes looking for something you are sure is in one of them. You can find the wreaths and garlands but if they go up high, you're putting that off until later.
GARD-N-HOOK was designed for a nine-foot lift carrying a 25-pound load, so that 36-inch wreath is an easy "put" onto the waiting hook or nail. Garlands are a walk-and-lift deal, instead of an up the ladder, hook up the garland, down the ladder, move the ladder three feet, and repeat until done or just don't care anymore.
And, depending on the length of your extension pole, nine-feet is not the limit. We've lifted to 20 feet so those outside, second-story windows are well within decorative reach.
Do yourself a favor this Christmas and don't fall off a ladder! Hang your decorations quickly, safely and show off to the neighbors all at the same time. Nothing says "Merry Christmas" more than, "Did you see how fast our decorations went up?"
It's the best tool you've never had because until now, it didn't exist.
GNH is weird, versatile, strong, and new on the market. I thought we should explain it and ourselves!