Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tuesday's Things...


 This is a permanent ice and snow sculpture on the deck.  We are never going to warm up again for weeks so this is it. 



A happy duck sits on the table where I am working downstairs. I enjoy the work on this duck even though it isn't realistic. 


The roof is on now.  It almost fit but required some modifications to cover up one gap between the roof and white gable. One roof piece was a little warped and the white gable probably wasn't aligned strait with the one on the opposite end. I was ready to go cut another piece and start over but I did figure out to fill the crack with glue and sawdust.


Decorative strips of red have been applied on both sides.  I had to learn how to put them on the side without splitting the wood.  I also had to look high and low to find some small nails to use.  I found some out in the very cold garage in a far top shelf.  



It is cold everywhere.  We got up this morning with it being -6 F. and we are sitting at 6 degrees F. right now at noontime.  Our high today will be 8 degrees F. by this afternoon and then it starts to drop again.  There is nt getting use to this cold.  I will walk out to get the mail this afternoon and that is the extent of my venturing out.  

Thanks for checking in today.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday Night.....So Cold!


 I don't have the patience to wait on paint to dry.  I did a second painting session after supper tonight so that I can maybe start to assemble this thing. The enamel does dry in 12 hours so by morning, late maybe it will be dry enough to work with for assembling.  



My lighting at the basement table isn't the best. I have an overhead light and then this antique light.  I have to shift things into the best light to paint.  If I do more of this I do have work lights that could be placed there.



This birdhouse design has many different accent colors on it to make it look good. It requires me to pay attention closely to be sure everything is painted correctly and I repaint one area after another when I paint to far on the wrong spot.



While working I have this doll keeping me company.  It is waiting for me to get it back into its box and tomorrow it may happen.  We are still working at taking down Christmas things.  

I was late blogging today but better now than never.  Our temps are taking a deep dive again. Take care.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

The Sun Shines....


 Presently the sun comes up behind my neighbor's house. The good thing is I can still see the shine glow on all the rows of houses. They neighbor kids were out this morning walking on top of the frozen snow. They would walk on the snow and their boots would sink in on the crusty top leaving holes.



 If I walk to the far side of the sun room I can see the sun. I have to take the photo through a screen. I could go out on the deck and lean way over but the snow is so icy and it would be easy to fall down.



My newly acquired and refinished chest of drawers made a perfect Christmas tree platform.  It actually looks kind of bare and lacking with just lower items with very little height. 



I finally picked up my one grandson's collection up off the chest of drawers and took them to the lego bin. He was so happy that he could put them together and display them under the Christmas tree with all the antique toys. 


 

Closing off with a photo of a part of the quilt that we have on our bed.  My mom mad it and gave it to us as a wedding present back in 1984.  We really had not used it until we moved to the new place. We have a bed spread that covers it at times and sometimes it is just easier to just let the quilt be the cover of the oak bed. 

I can't keep track of the temperature changes that we keep having.  We did get up the 37 degrees F. in the evening and then the wind started blowing.  We are at 11 degrees F. right now and we are to get down to -5 tonight.  It all feels very cold and the tire pressures sure do decline when it is so cold.  I had to fill three of my four tires with air yesterday. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Sat Stuff.....


 

I made a return visit today to the hardware to pick up a cap for a tire's valve stem. I found some other things to buy though.  I made the commitment to repot some of my violets. I bought paints for a birdhouse.  I realized the paint really isn't intended for wood but it is going to work.  Two coats of rust oleum on wood will work and I read later a primer applied first would have been a better idea. They did not have paint in small cans for wood creations.



I painted on all the various parts that belong to the birdhouse and I again am waiting for the first coat to dry. I did not get to the violets as they can wait until I am in the mood.  Moving slow again today.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I do like the product above but I am not getting any payment for sharing the photo.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Frigid and Frozen......

 

Snow doesn't melt when it is -10 in the night.  The female fake goose does have some of the white on its head now showing.  I guess the snow can just settle even when it isn't meltng.

 


 My cactus is blooming again in a different section of the plant.  It started blooming first back in November and another section bloomed in December.  Now I get to see it again.  It is a new definition of ever blooming Thanksgiving plant. 



This creation is a difficult one.  It has many colors used in the final design.  I was at Ace and got three different colors and they are nothing like the colors that was suggested in the plan. A choice of four or five colors plus black and white was a poor selection.  I guess I went to the wrong store. More watching paint dry for this birdhouse project. 

I am having a slow day and it is too cold for sure.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Watching Paint Dry......


 The doves like the new seed.  They are hanging around and share the feeder peacefully.  It is a very cold day and they need to eat to keep themselves warm.



I moved a spare drawing table into my workshop area.  I can now sit down and work the dimensions on boards and figure out directions.  It is a mess but it means I am busy with another birdhouse. 



I am close to a stand still as I don't have enough different colors of paint for this one. I will venture out maybe tomorrow if it warms a little. I see we will warm up to 20 degrees F. tomorrow. 



The front pieces on this one gave me a difficult time.  I had to cut them twice with the second try actually working.  The pattern says do one thing and then I have to redefine the directions to match with the kind of saws that I have.  

I am having reactions today to my change in diabetic med doses.  It is easy for a doctor to change things but they aren't there to see what it really does do to the patient. I won't see her for a couple of months.  I am sure it will all average out and I will feel better but I don't like feeling what I am feeling today.  I certainly will not do any sky diving today or work with heavy machinery.  I guess I should just take a nap and walk away from the disturbing birdhouse difficulties with all of its parts.  Painting parts and letting them dry takes a lot of patience for me.  Painting two coats usually is necessary meaning more waiting and watching paint dry.  

Thanks for checking in today.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cold Birds......


 It is too cold to take the photo but I did lean out the door and took a quick snap.  I liked seeing the jet vapor trail in the top right.  As the earth tilts back we will start seeing that sun again from behind Gary's house.



My full moon shot the night before had a focus problem.  Last nights shot was interrupted by clouds.  I did get a clearer shot but this one was interesting to see.



It isn't Halloween but a witch on a broomstick would help this photo a bit.  It was already very cold out there and I didn't get my deck scooped.  Maybe today when it warms up to 8 degrees F. I could do it, maybe.




I have a pile of new seed out there this morning but there is not a bird in sight.  I guess it is too cold or they found green pastures somewhere else.

I am starting another bird house today.  I get grumpy with it as cutting the wood just doesn't always work out.  I like them to fit together perfectly and that is not happening.  I guess there are not any bird inspectors out there checking it.   Thanks for stopping by today.