Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Progress Report

The house siding project is underway.  The weather has been cooperating too - so far.  The removal on the back is done but they're saving the best til last - the peak.
  The new siding; just a few more strips to go. 

The father/son team at work

Friday, May 23, 2014

Let the Work Begin

Last Wednesday evening Patrick mentioned he was going to get up early on Thursday and go rent a tiller to do his garden spot.  Sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, the decision changed courses and turned to "renting" a person to do the tilling.  After a couple phone calls, he found someone.   Evidently, this person does big tilling projects as he said he had a tractor.  Patrick told him that he didn't think he needed a tractor as our garden spot isn't that big and a tractor may not fit.  I guess it did.  Needless to say, it didn't take him very long to do the job and sure saved Patrick a lot of work in renting a tiller.
The next project began this morning.  We are putting new siding on our house.  The current siding is cedar siding that has seen better days.  Our new siding will be steel siding.  We're already finding "surprises" with the little bit of siding that has been removed - should be an interesting project.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Red, Yellow, Blue & Migrating Birds and New Bird Feeders

This is a mixture of different birds we have been seeing on a regular basis the last week or so and also two new bird feeders I just finished for use in Arizona next winter.  We will use one and the other will be used by our friends Carol and Dan.  Enjoy the pictures.
The blue bird is an Indigo bunting and the one in the background is a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  We see the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak quite often but didn't get any pictures.
This is of course a Goldfinch.  We have several visiting the feeding now.
This is our resident Cardinal.  I think he and his mate stay here most of the year.  He isn't as red right now as he will be later in the summer.
This is the backside of the two new feeders.
This is a side view showing the hooks that hold one side of the roof down.
This is the front side of the feeders.
This shows the roof open and ready for the feeder to be filled with bird food.  The red things inside are "V" shaped inserts that will get the seeds to flow out under the sight windows.
This is a temporary visitor on the way to Canada where he will spend the summer.  It is a Yellow-rumped Warbler.  If you look closely between his wings, you can see some of his yellow rump.
This is another shot of the Yellow-rumped Warbler
That's the show for today.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This 'N That

Never know what you'll find in the garage.  I think I passed the door on the storage cabinet a couple times before I noticed this sign hanging on it.  Patrick said he found it at the swap meet in Arizona but didn't have the right hook to hang it until this week.
Another thing that happened while we were in Arizona (besides both of our birthdays) was our 6th wedding anniversary.  Good thing we have Google to search to find out the "appropriate" anniversary.  The 6th one is wood or iron.  I got a wooden lap tray to hold my laptop computer (no photo needed).  This is what I got Patrick (the iron part).
Now, we're waiting for some of the Arizona weather to arrive in Minnesota.