It was prime eating time and time to throw some seeds around.
These birds make a mess but most of the time by the afternoon the other birds have cleaned up the mess.
This is a juvenile blue jay because he is nowhere near as big as the larger male birds. This is also a juvenile cardinal.
I feed early in the morning in 4 different feeders and there sometimes is a traffic jam. I can look out the french doors and see 3 blue jays, 5 redbirds, a few woodpeckers, dove, sparrows, and chickadees all eating breakfast together.
By nighttime, all the seeds are pretty much gone.
The birds give me the opportunity to photograph them while they enjoy a feast. If I am lucky I get to catch them in the bird baths later.
The sounds of nature and the beauty of the birds are all around us. Listen carefully and you will learn which bird makes what sound.
I love crafting and it had been a while since I have made anything.
I saw on Pinterest how to make tile planter boxes and I knew this was the project for me.
A quick trip to Lowes only to find out there were no 6-inch tiles and they did not have many pattern tiles that were 12-inch. I bought what they had to make 4 planters. Each planter takes 5 pieces and if you do it the exact size there are no cuts to make.
I have issues using the caulking gun so I got Jack to do that part for me.
I did find later on the internet they make squeeze tubes of construction adhesive and I can do that when I run out of what I have.
You do need to wipe off the construction adhesive on the edges then after 24 hours of drying time you can paint the edges to match your planter. Some of mine turned out neater than others but now I know next time to wipe off early.
I have about $5.00 in each planter so this is a very cost-effective project. One day this week I will get to Floor and Decor for a bigger variety and cheaper options so I can make more. I want some bright-colored tiles with the Morrocan flare.
When it comes to the bottom tile you will find there will be a few gaps you can seal some of it off in the inside of the box with the adhesive but leave some for drainage then you do not have to drill holes. My planters were for outdoors and I planted some of my overabundance of Aloe Vera.
I loved this project and can not wait to make more. I want some tiny succulent planters and some large rectangle planters. You could even make some tall skinny planters with the rectangle tiles.
We have paid the mulcher 2 times to clear our property then we paid the tree plucker 2 times plus he did some mulching at the end.
None of this would have been possible without our daughter Jeanelle supervising the mulchers and tree pluckers while they were there. Our son-in-law David did our first burning and it took a few days to burn out.
Basically, if you are buying forest land please know up front this will cost you about $5000.00 to do for two acres.
They have to clear an area so you can burn the trees without burning the forest. This of course has to happen when there is no burn ban. In the meantime, you have huge piles of trees to look at. This picture was at the beginning of the new piles the second tree plucking and after the first burning of piles.
What you can do is pick and choose the trees you want to keep. We wanted to keep some magnolias, sweet gums, oaks, maples and a few we were not sure of the names. I love trees and I know it takes a long time to get them to grow very big. I wanted to save plenty of trees even if we have to cut some down later on. We found 10-foot tall or taller magnolias.
Next up we will get the electricity and the well.
We think we are building kinda to the left in this picture. Every time we go there we have problems trying to decide. It’s not easy to figure this out especially when you know later on you will add onto this for your new permanent residence.
Right now we have sunrise behind us and sunset in front of us it really is perfect.
In the cabin, I want a lot of large windows as many as I can get because I want to see the outdoors while indoors. In other words, I want to be one with nature.
Being surrounded by trees and wildlife is going to be wonderful plus having the grandkids within walking distance down the trails.