Sunday, May 1, 2011

A busy Spring Bee

Here is an update on the "Birds nest in the Birdhouse"

the top pictures are of the finished nest and just built.

You can see in one of the shots how I wall papered with maps and the floor is done with the cushion floor samples .So far this project has cost me nothing,but my time.Tomorrow I do have to buy a hook or two and a couple handles ,the old handles on the door are so old the screws are stripped, they should be raised a bit ,so I will leave the old on and add two new. I said come hell or high water and with all the rain we had this past five or so days it was a bit of high water, I was determined to finish this little building so I could then get into the empty old Bunkhouse and make some sense of the exercise equipment in there and somehow put my workshop as well as Chuck's shop back into working condition,you can barley walk in them for the Winter mess.

I have finished just about all I can do inside, ready for slumber ,very cozy indeed ,even during these past couple days when the wind and air feel like snow .

I hung the door this morning and had to be creative because it was a bit too small, Chuck was in the house ,he knew I was up to something and when he saw the finished result, well,he was proud ,he taught me well over the years, as well I have done a lot of talking to myself and figuring things out on my own many times.Sometimes working,sometimes ,not! My gardens are crying for attention,bulbs to plant but I am holding out for warmer weather on those projects. I need to build a step of some kind just outside the door, I am thinking of patio stones, I have a mould to make my own ,but ,yes I would have to mix cement...Hmmmm,am I up to that? the somewhat near future,I will see.

I have been ,as the saying goes"As busy as a Bee" I need more arms, it lately feels like I have a paint brush in one hand ,working on a painting I just simply want to do ,not for sale but for fun, more on that later, a surprise for someone and some other's,and in the other hand a hammer. In these photos you can see the day bed in the Gallery that was just finished ,it serves two purposes as does a lot of things here in our cozy ,small home. This serves as a bench in the Gallery or can be pulled out to make a 3/4 bed for company.In front of it you can see one of my mats I painted, this mat has been walked on all Winter, they work well. The other shots are of our bike shed "Bird House" which I am turning into a Summer "Bird house " cottage, for us as well as company. We plan to turn our old Bunkhouse into a gym room, exercise we need and the price we pay and will be paying at the new Gym ,we may be forced to work out at home. I will keep saving my bucks to hopefully join again when I can because of the social part of it, we laugh and time flies when you share a few giggles with great people,who I might add are trying to stay alive as well. I have been much better for the exercise. But today I am oh ,so sore after building this bed in the Bird House yesterday, I made it this high so that I could use the underneath for much needed storage,which as I have said a million times before,we need double duty for everything around here. Chuck put the window in the back for me, this window was taken from our old porch here in the house. As always I have built this bed from recycled materials, I insulated the walls with wine box cardboard and am covering them with a roll of wall paper I found and National Geographic maps ,the floor is covered with cushion floor samples I was given,they make a great floor for what I need and cover up any drafts .This little place I plan to make very cozy ,of course it would be raining today so my plans to go out and work in my new space is totally out of the question on this dreary Sunday. My plan was to build two steps on either ends of the bed today and again with double duty,steps to get up to the bed and blanket storage inside.I tried going out to work and my fingers got way too cold this morning. So I am taking a moment to type down a few words as to what I have been up to ,this past while.

This painting I am talking about that I am working on and should be adding some paint to it again today later ,while watching a movie ,is special in the way I really am doing it more for fun then anything else. I don't want a certain person to see it before it is finished so I can't share it with you here yet,but will later on . I was given many tree fungi's lately .Growths on the sides of Trees, I have painted on a few in the past and they are hard to find. My friend's bought an old property way back a dirt road ,this place was used as a hunting camp for years and they found all of these fungi's in the house ,they are all written on regarding who and how many Deer over the years folk's shot while using this place. They must have gotten these from some pretty big old trees over the years for some are a very good size ,bigger then I have ever seen before. They gave them to me in exchange for me painting on one for them . I hope to get at least a couple done soon for the Summer Season . There is a lot of prep work to be done to get them ready for painting ,I have to seal the fronts and cover up the writing on them,then they will be ready to dive into then to be varnished when finished.

On a sad note before I leave you today. This past two weeks this Town has been mourning ,at first searching for a missing Woman to just recently find her murdered. Everyone is in an uproar as well as heart broken at this news. we wish her family and friend's all the strength we can give them at this very sad and scary time. Our wish for a better World,where people respect one another, where ,like when we were Children a person could walk alone at night, when an argument was just that ,an argument not like what we see these days on the news,violence with deadly outcomes.


  1. love the new room Deb & Chuck.Your last note says it all.I truly wish the world was a better place.we don't know how lucky we were when we were young to grow up in the time we did.Prayers to the Robinson family.

  2. Thank you Ladies...and can be inside closer to the Loo :-)
    Regarding what has happened in this Town,as of late with this is a different World then what we grew up in...sounding our age...but today,if we did what we did then...we could be ...not safe Ladies ..teach our children,well.