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Pop and Thistle is a virtual calendar of birthday love, daily recipes, timely quotes and poetry, as well as home and garden tips. We celebrate nature, design inspiration, crafts, creativity, family, pets, and sustainable living.

December 8th Birthday Love: Conceição Lima

Três Verdades Contemporâneas Creio no invisívelCreio na levitação das bruxasCreio em vampirosPorque os há. *** Three Contemporary Truths I believe in the invisibleI believe in the levitation of witchesI believe in vampiresBecause they are. -Conceição Lima

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10 ‘Essentials’ for Starting an Aromatherapy Home Medicine Chest

Here we will have a brief look at ten essential oils considered by some to comprise the ‘basic home care kit’. While by no means exhaustive, this list will go a long way to providing effective (and often pleasant!) treatments for you and your family for things like cuts and scrapes, sunburn, digestive troubles, stress …

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December 7th Birthday Love: Yosano Akiko

Black Hair Blach hairTangled in a thousand strands.Tangled my hair andTangled my tangled memoriesOf our long nights of love making. -Yosano Akiko

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10 Things to Do in the Garden in December

1. Protect Your Tender Plants. Ideally this would have already been done in November before the first frosts arrived (depending on where in the country you live), but December really is the last chance. Fully tender plants should ideally be brought inside under cover – a frost free greenhouse, a conservatory, a porch, basically anywhere …

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December 6th Birthday Love: Sylvia Townsend Warner

Azrael Who chooses the music, turns the page,Waters the geraniums on the window-ledge?Who proxies my hand,Puts on the mourning-ring in lieu of the diamond? Who winds the trudging clock, who tearsFlimsy the empty date of calendars?Who widow-hoods my sensesLest they should meet the morning’s cheat defenseless? Who valets me at nightfall, undresses me of another …

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Coffee Recipes To Keep You Warm

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a good cup of coffee can be your best friend. It can help you wake up when it’s dark outside, keep you going on last-minute shopping trips, and nothing beats a heartwarming after-dinner coffee around the table with family. Coffee is the perfect companion to keep …

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December 5th Birthday Love: Christina Rossetti

Dream Land Where sunless rivers weepTheir waves into the deep,She sleeps a charmed sleep:Awake her not.Led by a single star,She came from very farTo seek where shadows areHer pleasant lot. She left the rosy morn,She left the fields of corn,For twilight cold and lornAnd water springs.Through sleep, as through a veil,She sees the sky look …

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Basil Care in Winter: 10 Golden Rules

Basil is one of most popular plants in herb gardening around the world, and their flavorful leaves are a wonderful addition to any home cooking. However, for those who do not live in a tropical climate where Basil can thrive all year round and easily reseed themselves, it could be a challenge to keep your …

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Pet Profile: The Aloof Afghan Hound

Are you a fan of royalty? The Afghan Hound, often called the king of the dog world, is known for its beauty and elegance. The Afghan Hound has keen eyesight and was originally bred to hunt game as a sight hound. However, because of the nomadic life of the Afghan and Pakistan tribes that created …

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December 4th Birthday Love: Rainer Maria Rilke

Buddha in Glory Center of all centers, core of cores,almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet—all this universe, to the furthest starsall beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit. Now you feel how nothing clings to you;your vast shell reaches into endless space,and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.Illuminated in your infinite peace, a billion …

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