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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Glassing up the Old Farmhouse

One good thing about being at home so much while we are all sheltering in place (SIP) is that there are so many things that have gone to the wayside for YEARS that I can now focus on. One of these things has been the outside of my house.

We spend so much of the year inside and when the warm weather starts, I'm using spending most of my day at work plus a two hour commute each day so by the time I get home, make dinner, it's already almost 8 or 9pm and I'm not about to start anything.
Being home all the time now, I actually have some time to do things that have just been designated not that important to focus on that, none the less, still make the old farmhouse look so much nicer.

I've been desperately cleaning the area around the house of the 20+ years of bramble, poision ivy, old trees and noticed for the first time just how many birds we seem to have this year. Have you noticed? I've seen at least four or five bird nest in random places and there is a wonderful little Oriole in my cherry tree that sings all day long. She/he's made a nest right in the crook of the tree.

So in an effort to supporting my feathered friends, I have been making all sorts of lovely things for them and consequently, my mother's birds just from what I have around the house.

First was this feeder that was based on a design my sister in law sent me. Her design was made of string and beads, and while lovely, would not last the winter or the summer. The design was interesting so I played on it and made this.

This became my mother's gift for Mothers day. I love it when my mom likes something I've made!

The herb garden has been put in as well as one of the flower gardens but I'm still working my way around the house.

It is BAD believe me! 20 years of neglect does that. I guess I shouldn't call it neglect, one only has so many hours of the day and w/o being home so much you can only do so much. It's looking better though..

I found an old birdhouse gourd in the garage and cut a hole, planted the seeds in old worn out wheelbarrow at the top picture, painted it and hung that up. I also have an idea about making some birdhouses out of basketweaving supplies so hopefully you should see that soon.