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Sunday, December 17, 2017

For the Birds!

Remember when I put the Forest Fantasy Cottage outside? I decided to try to make it useful out there...

It was looking pretty sad until this morning.

I cleaned it up some and decided to make it useful for the birds...

I sprinkled birdseed in front of it and up the steps.  Then more seed inside.

It has been raining since the middle  of the night. I felt sorry  for the little wet birds.  They were sitting all over the back yard with their puffed up feathers, trying to keep warm...

So. I thought that they would like a place to get out of the cold and have a bite to eat...

Well. It sounded like a good idea at the time.

Now I am not so sure...
Immediately, the doves took over. The "Head Dove" took over the outside and wouldn't let anyone else on the table... Then three others came at her all at once.  She let them join her... I think that discretion is the better part of valor in this case.  She was either going to let them join her or she was going to have to run for her life!

By this time there was an army of doves on the ground and one had gotten inside through the side and taken over the living room.  No place for her to hide!

There are now an army of doves and the poor smaller birds are excluded altogether.  Thank goodness for the bird feeder to the left.

So much for my vision of everyone living in peace and sharing the shelter...

There is even a waiting line of doves on the top of the fence.

I give up... No more playing peacemaker for me.

It's every bird for himself!

I am going back to work on Christmas presents for real people! They are more co-operative.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


With Amare's present anyway... I have a lot of other stuff still to do. 

Can you find the best present under the tree? Yup. Kota is spending a lot of time under there.  He likes to hid among the presents.
 I am pretty much finished with Amare's room box.  I still have to make the clothes hamper for the door.  It is a basket ball hoop with a bag under it. 

That won't take long... I hope...
I made the chair and the desk today.

I cheated on the chair. He has a child sized chair under the bed and a wooden sheet for a desk fastened to the bottom rail on the end.
Secret of a quick child's chair...

I had a Chrysnbon ladder back chair kit. 

I cut the top down to two pieces across instead of four.  I used my wire cutters.

Then I cut just under the second rung on the side on all four legs.

Instant child's chair. Worked like a charm.

I put everything in place with Mini wax.  That way he will still be able to move things around.

I plan to give him some of the Mini wax in an old container.  That way he can move things around and keep them in place.

I am sure that I will find a few other things to put in and I am sure that he will find some things to add on his own.

Now all we have to do is wait until Christmas!

See you tomorrow.

Friday, December 15, 2017

More Cleaning...

Some of these, I am just cleaning up.  I am not decorating for Christmas.

This quarter scale does not really qualify for Christmas decorations.  After all, it is in the desert and no pine trees around.
 I guess that I could put a Christmas tree in this one, but again, it is not really right for Christmas dressing.

So.  Cleaning is what it gets.
 The houses that I have that are candidates for exterior dressing get some snow and a few pine trees... nothing fancy.

I need to fix the snow on this one... Not very well done yet.
This one always gets snow.  This is the first time I have bothered to put greenery out. I may have to go and find a few of my battery operated Christmas mini lights.

I am going to have to look for those tomorrow.  Wish me luck in finding them... The last time I looked, they were in the electrical drawer... But I may have taken them out to get ready for Christmas... If I did, I have no idea where I put them.

I did finish the shawl today.

I still have a couple of pieces of furniture to make for Amare's room box.  One week and two days until Christmas... Oops. I guess I should get to work!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NO More Shawl...

This is the last photo that you will see until Christmas. Not quite finished, but it will be soon.
I started cleaning eye level room boxes today.  I started with the Colonial Kitchen...

It looks much better than it did before I cleaned all of the dust off... Not perfect, but better...
This was the last room that I cleaned today.  As soon as I left the room...Tessie grabbed my afghan and went down for the duration... She will probably nap until morning...

Oh well! At least she is out of my hair until tomorrow. If you wish to see close ups, don't forget to poke the pictures.

Back to dusting. 

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday is for Witches...

Kota looks like I felt after the witches left.  I cleaned up the house and cooked all morning. After they left, I cleaned up some more and all of it was done with a sore knee. 

When I was doing the Christmas tree the other day, I managed to pull something in my right knee. I have been fighting it since then.  Not fun.

Everyone liked what I did with the room box. After they left, I put it back in the bedroom.

Of course, the Terrible Two showed up.  They are still trying to claim it...

Not going to happen!!!!

I didn't do anything to it but straighten it up twice today.  That's not as much fun as working on it.  I will get back at it tomorrow.

I think that, for the rest of the evening, I will crochet.  I don't have to move my knee to do that.

I do believe that the knee is getting better.  At least it feels better than it did a couple of days ago.

I am going to try to do easy things tomorrow.

See you then.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty...

I am starting to add the fine details. Amare keeps and collects all kinds of stuff, so I can put in a lot of things and knowing him, he will start collecting that kind of thing... He has such an imagination!

April commented the other day that he will probably want me to make him real furniture like the small stuff that I'm doing. 

She is his mother, and she knows him best.  I am in for it now.
He already likes dinosaurs so I don't have to worry about influencing him there. 

The box of paper is cut from post it notes. That is handy because they stick to each other and stay in the box.

The pencil box and the colorful one on the other side of the purple dino both rattle when you pick them up... They probably won't rattle for long.  Amare will probably have them open to see what's inside in a matter of minutes. 

No pencils... Just a bunch of beads.

The bench has a plate of fruit slices on it.  I think that they are behind the ladder.  Sorry about that.

You will notice that Tessie and Zar left.

 I hired Spike and paid him with a dinosaur bone to keep them out.

Hey! Whatever works!

I am pretty much done with the shelving unit.  I want to leave some space here and there. I want to leave some holes that Amare can fill with stuff that he collects for it.

I still need to cover the window on the outside of the back wall.  Probably more Star Wars material.

Back to work on the little things.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, December 11, 2017

In Stitches....

I worked on this off and on all day... I am just about finished. 

Nope. You can't see it. It's for Christmas.

I had an early doctor's appointment this morning.  Just the usual. Nothing wrong.

Anyway, I decided that I needed to get the shawl out of the way... I'm almost there.

I did absolutely nothing on the room box today.  I just worked on the shawl.  The room box is coming along nicely.

I have high hopes of having it finished by Christmas.

And yes. I am still trying to vacate the premises. Tessie, Zar, the TV set and the frog... Not a lot of luck so far...

I moved things around for Christmas and now Kota has three places to sleep in the bedroom... That's not counting the bed. 

A cat Bed. A Cat Tree.  A fake fur throw under my work table...

Where does he end up? Usually I have to fight with him for a place to put my feet on the bed... He's hopeless.

I'm giving up for today.  See you tomorrow.