Daily Prompt: Mirror, Mirror

Daily Prompt: Mirror, Mirror.

when I look in the mirror I see a cliche’ image of the little girl I use to be. I am the seventh child of (5) sisters and (1) brother. They are all much older than me so I had a pretty lonely childhood. I was practically invisible, none of them played with me or tolerated me very much. They all had their own little partnership clic, my eldest and sister under her were best friends, the next two were loners and didn’t like each other. Yet neither liked me. I was pushed aside, neglected, and ignored. So I made my own friends, not imaginary, but grass, my early years I was raised in North Carolina and their is a kind of grass that grows there called blade grass. It is fun to play with (no I didn’t go crazy from my loneliness)lol. I use to call this grass braid grass, because you can actually braid it as you would your own hair. So in my yard you would see about a hundred braided puffs of grass with whatever I could find to tie around it and call it a ribbon. My next best friends were sticks, I would find the weirdest shaped sticks and make people out of them, I even stole scissors and different articles of clothing and dressed them up. Their names were Molly Stick Up, Tommy Tomato Head, Paula Pickle Feet, And Annie Acorn. I spent hours in a day playing with my friends and unless I went inside and said I was hungry, it was as if I didn’t exist because no one cared.
Then the best thing happened, my next to the oldest sister got married and moved to New York. She took me with her, and raised me with her family. I finally became someone and wasn’t invisible anymore. My life had meaning, everything became beautiful for me after that. I even made friends that wasn’t grass or sticks. Then one day my sister sat me down and explained the things leading to my childhood loneliness and it suddenly all made sense. It’s a family secret that I’m not ready to share. Yet after that I felt a joy inside and a happiness that helped me put it all behind and go on to have a fun life. So When I Look In The Mirror I may see the little girl I use to be, but the woman I am shines through.

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How To: Herb Shelf

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I recently told everyone that I would keep you posted on the building of my three tier herb rack. Well, it’s finished and it turned out really good. I have pictures following. It was very easy, I used wood left over from my chicken coop. All wood material used was purchased at Lowe’s. I used three Mainstay under the window flower planters I bought at Wal-Mart. I even painted it the same barn red as the chicken coop so everything is color coordinated.

Step 1: I had no plan or measurements, but I knew that the shelf had to resemble actual steps,
It easy if you cut both pieces together to assure they are they same measurements.

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Step 2: Use 2×4 board cut to 47 inches each piece, these will be your back legs

Step 3: Nail the 2×4 to the top of your steps

Step 4: Now nail 1 of your 18 inch 2×4 boards in between the top part of your shelf, and the other
18 inch 2×4 board in between the bottom of your shelf. These will hold it steady, and keep your planter containers from falling over.

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That’s it guys, you have your herb shelf. All that’s left is to paint it, or not. The natural wood is fine also. But if you decide to paint, make sure to use an outdoor paint. Rustoleum is a very good
Brand for this project, one coat and weather resistant. 4 easy steps to having herbs all throughout
The winter. You can even bring your planters indoors when the weather is really rough.

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