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Wasting away our future one trash bag at a time

Hollywood has made enough futuristic dystopian movies to give us a glimpse of what a trash-filled world will look like. Many show the corner of our famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign: tilted, half-buried and covered in rubbish or sand. This image always piques my interest.

Make a sensational summer coffee table display

As the seasons change, I can’t wait to refresh the look of the displays on my coffee table. Through the years, my coffee table bliss has changed. Years ago, when my daughter was really young, I put so much stuff on the coffee table in our study that my husband and daughter complained they couldn’t see the TV over it.

Bring the outdoors in — decorate with nature

With summer almost here, why not bring some natural elements into your decor? Open nearly any decor magazine and you’re likely to find pages of interesting ways to incorporate natural elements. What is also wonderful about using natural elements is it’s relatively inexpensive.


Your home is your castle and it needs to be protected. Although your dachshund barks at anything that comes within 10 feet of the front door, more can be done — both inside and outside your castle.

Some plants affected by cool temperatures

This cool weather has caused some unusual plant problems we normally do not see in the hot desert. One reader contacted me to let me know that his tomatoes were not quite the size of a tennis ball, still green and didn’t seem to be growing anymore.