I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade. ~William Butler Yeats

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hecklers will be disqualified...

I was at the store the other day and thought I would buy a lawn game.  That is until I saw the price tag.  $60 for a cheap made in China game.  I came home and did some Pinterest searching.  I then asked my husband how much a 2X4 costs.  When he said around $3 to $4, I made a plan of action. 

I had a few days off, as it is the Sturgis Rally and I prefer my sanity. I hide in the cabin and avoid paved roads at all costs.  Luckily there is a washboard, gravel, free of motorcycles road that goes from my house to the local lumber store.   Ten 2X4s and $40 later I was on my way home.   Here are the results of my efforts...
  
Project #1:  Lawn Jenga
Pretty simple take six 2X4X8s  ($20)and cut them at 10.5 inches.  Volia 54 cuts later a Jenga game.  That is after you sand them. That was no small task.  Notice my little sanding workbench.  Behind the sander are the three finished blocks.  Only 51 more to go.  Good thing I have my big glass of lemonade and a place in the shade.





 All done and ready for a mean game of Jenga.  Just watch your toes when the tower goes:)


I came up with a carrier for it.  I put little feet on a 14x14 piece of plywood.  Then drilled holes for cording.  The last cord can be un-clipped so the top will come off.


Project #2:  Bean Bag Toss
This required a few more things:
4 4 1/2 inch long  3/8 inch wide Carriage bolts
3/8 inch washers
3/8 inch wing nuts. (total $6)
4 2x4x8  ($14)
2 2 feet by 4 feet pieces of 1/2 inch plywood (already had in the garage)

 Cut four 2x4 four feet long and four 2x4s 21 inches long. Cut plywood to 2 feet by 4 feet.  Construct a 2 by 4 foot frame.

Measure 9 inches from the top and 12 inches from either side and mark the center of the hole.  Use a compass to draw a circle 6 inches in diameter.  Cut the hole with a jigsaw.  This is no easy task and requires a steady hand (something I don't have).  Sand everything.  Then attach the plywood to the frame by screwing in place.   All this was pretty simple.

 The legs were anything but simple.  Cut the remaining 2x4s into 11 5/8 inch lengths with one end cut at a 99 degree angle.  Round the other end.  This part got complicated quickly and there are no photos, because I probably would have broke the camera.  Attaching the legs to the frame with the carriage bolts was way harder then what those directions said.  There are a few extra holes in the the frame and the legs.
 The bean bags are old uniform pants cut into 7x7 inch squares and filled with one pound of beans.  I drilled holes in the side and added a rope to make it easier to carry.   We will paint it with latex paint once we decide on the colors.  Finally, we looked up the rules of the game and I wrote them on the inside of the board so we didn't have to look them up every time we played.  I especially like the "hecklers will be disqualified" rule.
There you have it.  Two American made games for $40.  
I used up some materials that were sitting around. To be honest I really had fun making them.  I like using power tools.  I can't wait for somebody to visit...  
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

A bee loud glade...

My flowers are just busting to get out.  Literally, with this sunflower trapped in the greenhouse.

The garden is surrounded by wild flowers.  Among the daisies, you will see wild evening primrose and a Blackeyed Susan.  The sweetcorn is starting to tassel.  If you look way in the back you can see the bee hives by the orchard.

I also planted a bunch of flower seeds from last year.  It seems the cosmos and marigolds liked their new digs.  The bees especially like the cosmos.

 For years I've been trying to hide our well.  It is in the middle of the yard and was just sticking out like a sore thumb.  It is no longer an eyesore.  Can you even see it in there?
The rose bed is the best it has ever been.  It is a favorite spot for my one little hummingbird.



Last, but not least, my favorite visitor is back.  I was even able to get a photo.

The garden is abuzz with both bees and my little hummingbird.   Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Monday, July 28, 2014

In the meantime...

I'm out picking berries:  gooseberries, juneberries, and currents.  In the meantime, enjoy the garden.  I'll be in the woods a picking or in the kitchen jamming. 












I hope you enjoyed the trip.  I'll be back.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Good Golly Gooseberries...

Ever since I was a kid I have loved berries.  I would ride the pastures to pick buffalo berries.  I remember the joy when I found wild grapes.  Things haven't changed with age. When we started dating my husband to be took me to pick my wild raspberries.   No wonder I married him.   There have been many other wild berry discoveries in the hills: wild strawberries, saskatoons, thimbleberries, and now GOOSEBERRIES.  For years I have seen these plants randomly in the hills.  I suspected gooseberries, but didn't think they grew wild around here.  Then a few weeks ago we took the students on a nature trail (one I've been on several times) and I saw a sign (I'd missed in the past) and it identified these as gooseberries.  Sure enough I found a plant today and it is loaded with berries.  I am so excited.  There isn't enough for the pie my husband would like, but where there is one there must be more.  Trust me I will be searching.


A berry picking I will go.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Birds, birds, birds...

I know "to everything there is a season," but could summer last forever?  Last night I just sat on the porch and enjoyed every second of the day.  The peonies were heavy with scent.  The rose and red garden in are in full bloom.  The sounds of the blue jays, crossbills, nuthatches, grossbeaks, and chickadees fill the air.  I glimpsed a hummingbird just once at the feeder.  I wish time would just stand still.  
 This hen kept her little ones close by.
 The Scarlet Tanager stops by once in a while for a few bites of suet.
 A picture of  a very wet black headed grossbeak.
 This crossbill is one of the group of 50 that have been homesteading at my feeders.
My husband got these photos of the hen and her chicks.  The little guys are adorable. 

I enjoy observing the birds.  It soothes me after a long week.   I especially like watching the baby chicks learn the ways of the world.  Life is grand.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blooms.......

Finally, flowers.  Lots and lots of flowers.  Let's take a walk in the garden...
 Can you tell I love roses? 
 I am in awe when the sun shines through the flowers.

 The red iris stands out among the yellow roses.
 The pink roses are by the porch and in the morning the scent is like heaven.
 I so wish the yellow roses bloomed more than once a year.
 I call the iris below my blue flags.  They are so vibrant. 
 I'm happy to report everything is coming up roses here. 
I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July weekend.   I spent most of it wandering around the garden drinking in the scents, sounds, and sights.  I am rejuvenated.