|We laid a little brick and gravel around the edges and as you can see on the left, we planted a few weeds just to give it a more natural look|
|Getting started takes a little money because you have to buy several different compost, magic ingredients and nutrients according to the book.|
|We fabricated the boxes and powder coated them. I think I penciled it out and figured I could sell them for about the same price as it would cost to make them out of wood and they could be assembled a lot faster and easier. With the powder coating they've lasted well for the last three years. I toyed with the idea of building them and selling them in an easy-to-assemble kit but then I decided not to after realizing I would probably get the same response from the boxes as my blog has produced. So, like the blog, I guess they'll suffice for my own enjoyment.|
So that was one of Michele's projects that worked. Let me tell you about one that didn't.
A couple of weeks ago she told me she wanted me to make her a big long squeegee so she could wash our front windows that are 10 or 12 feet up in the air. I saw an opportunity and told her that wasn't necessary. I have an old rickety ladder that I've had to glue back together several times. I told her she could use that. She asked if I could do the job but I told her I was busy that day. She asked what day? I said the day you're going to clean the windows.
It ended up that she didn't buy my ladder idea. So I fixed her a squeegee that goes tall enough to do the windows.
So she cleaned the 3 big windows. All of a sudden she is a serial bird killer. We've lived here about 30 years and have never had a problem with birds flying into the windows. Now, they are crashing head first into the glass in record numbers. Today alone I've heard 6 bird strikes.
This is not good. They litter our lawn and make a big feathery mess when we mow the grass. The glass is so clean the birds must think Michele removed the glass and they now have a free fly zone into our home. They don't realize their mistake until their flight gets permanently canceled at the window sill.
I'm thinking of throwing a few gobs of mud at the windows and sawing up the extendable squeegee. Then I could put the ladder out so she could clean the mud off the glass. If a high-placed rung happened to break, well, you might say I killed one bird with one ladder, I mean two birds with one stone.
Every time a bird hits, I tell Michele she cleaned the window a little too clean. She counters that the window still isn't all that clean. When I agree, I get a look that's about as dirty as the window's going to be after I mud it.
I'm getting the ladder out where it will be ready for use by the bird killer.