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You'll need:
1 skein brown yarn (any material of your choice)
scraps of pink & white yarn
H crochet hook
yarn needle

Gauge does not matter.

With the brown yarn, chain 10. Leave a long enough tail to do decrease stitches later. Then slip stitch in first chain to form foundation of tube, chain 2 and dc each stitch all around.

Continue until tube reaches 48-60 inches. Now decrease double crochet, dc 1. Repeat until 1 stitch remains and bind off.

With the other end of the tube, do decrease double crochet, dc 1 with the tail. Repeat until 1 stitch remains and bind off. You now have a tree branch!

Now make some twigs!
Chain 8, slip stitch in first chain, chain 2 and dc each stitch until desired length is reached anywhere from 4-8 inches. Decrease double crochet, dc 1. Repeat until 1 stitch remains and bind off. Leave the other end alone; you'll be attaching that end to the main branch.

Make 2 more twigs, any length is up to you.

Sew on the twigs onto the main tube so it resembles a cherry tree branch.

The branch need flowers. Go to this site and follow the pattern instructions: http://nekosknitting.blogspot.com/2011/03/sakura.html
(Someone else came up with this flower pattern, not me.)
Make as many flowers as you like.

Sew the flowers on to the branch. Weave in ends.


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I thought my friend is odd for refusing to walk around in his underwear, much less naked, in his own house despite living alone.

As some unfortunate dude in New Jersey can tell you, you may never know if you'll get taken out by a random wayward bullet.

And thus this is the very reason said friend cites for his paranoia about chilling in the buff at home. Having anyone finding your defendless corpse in its unclothed glory is not how you want your life story to end.
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Q: At the end of your life, how would you most like to be remembered?

I already have a reputation at work for being a fearless traveler, an adventurous eater and obsessive foodie.

My family thinks I'm plain kooky.

I'm okay with all that.
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Age is no excuse for having bad manners. That's why it's very important to start training your kids in toddlerhood.

If the kid is showing signs of sociopathy, for the sake of the greater good and functional society, take it out back and shoot it. Unless science finds a cure for sociopathy, there's no hope in helping that kid.
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The Country Just Over the Fence:
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Compassion fatigue:
When the human population has gotten so out of control that you can't find it in you to give a crap anymore every time someone is sick, starving, homeless, or dead.
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quinoa black bean salad with corn & avocado

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of corn, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
couple teaspoons flax seeds
sesame oil, salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water

Bring water and quinoa to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and mix in the rest of ingredients.

Kasha salad

Bring to boil 1 cup kasha in 2 cups water, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Mix in:
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained and rinsed
1/2 or 1 whole medium red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, diced
salt & pepper to taste
squeeze of 1 lime
splash of apple cider vinegar (optional)

Quinoa Loaf

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2/3 cup grated carrots
2/3 cup grated zucchini
Zest of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat, then fluff with a fork and set aside to let cool.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa with onion, garlic, carrots, zucchini, lemon zest, flour, baking powder, egg, salt and pepper. Bake in a loaf pan until lightly browned and just crisp, about 25 minutes.

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PTSD is simply not giving the ghosts from the past free rent in your head. It's a deep nasty scar that won't go away.

Let's say you skinned your knee and got an unsightly scar from it. Mederma has a remedy for that. Physical scars are easy to fix.

Unfortunately, Mederma doesn't have a product for the mental kinds.
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What would you name a new planet?

"Humans Should Really Leave It The Fuck Alone Lest We Destroy It In The Same Way We're Doing To Our Current Planet"

How's that for a name?

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