Monday, April 12, 2010

For The Birds

We spent Easter Sunday in the company of friends and family. Our neighbors hosted an egg hunt and, though it was chilly, a good time was had by all. Afterwords we gathered in their living room for mimosas and deviled eggs. Mmmmmm!

Their living room has a large picture window and just outside the window is a bird feeder. I was mesmerized. You wouldn't believe the variety of feather fauna it attracted. One minute I was enjoying the view and the next minute the green-eyed monster attacked. Oh how I wanted a feeder of my very own.

Now a bird feeder was not (and is not) in our budget. Plus with Easter and a few other monetary indiscretions (eating out - bad bad) our budget was (and is) a touch off kilter. Yet the desire did not wane.

Therefore, in a moment of bravado, I decided I could build a bird feeder. After all - the birds don't care one iota about fancy design - right? Easy access to seed and they are good to go -- at least that's my hope.

And as a result a ghetto bird feeder was born. All it took was a plastic bowl, a plastic soda container, remnant bamboo, sisal rope, a drill and a prayer. Don't worry - we wore our safety glasses. We're quite happy with the results -- now we'll have to wait and see what the birds think.


The bird feeder is hanging on the porch outside the front window. This is the view from my reading chair. I do believe an avian audubon guide ought to rest along side that chair. Perhaps coupled with the pair of opera glasses unearthed from our garage sale couch.

Tomorrow's task is to place some of these decals on the window. Another neighbor of ours invented them and gave us several samples. I'm very excited to put them to use.

Are you a bird watcher? I'd welcome any suggestions or recommendations you might have!


Addendum: Whooo boy -- I nearly forgot my lists!

Things I'm loving today:
  • Bright tangy lemony cupcakes
  • My reading glasses (no spring chicken here)
  • Spring rains to water my flowers
  • And, of course, new bird feeders
Things I'm hoping for:
  • A clean kitchen when I get home from work (sorry about the cupcake mess babe!)
  • Four eggs to be laid tomorrow (between eggs benedict, hard boiling, gifting and cupcake making I cleared our stash).
  • Four hours of uninterrupted sleep (this is enough for me to function on - though not ideal).
  • A smooth and stress free Tuesday.


Mrs. E said...

I love your bird feeder! You may have found a new business idea! I love watching birds. I enjoy the fruits of our neighbors feeders and houses. It is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I'm going to steal your idea and make one of my own. I really love how you figured out a way to do it yourself.

Honorary Indian said...

I've so enjoyed catching up! Love your inspiring ideas, your captivating photos (you've gotten so good!), and your take on simplicity.

I'll be back more frequently. :-)

Debi said...

I love the birdfeeder, especially the red top. Very creative. I have a birdfeeder on my front porch and enjoy watching the birds feasting. I have wanted to hang one in the back but couldn't find one within my budget (cheap!) that I liked. I think this weekend I will make me a birdfeeder... thanks for sharing!