Betty White doesn’t have a monopoly on Off Their Rockers. Lots of “us” Seniors can relate!!
I didn’t “do” any of the “should do” projects the last several days. Insanity ruled!! It all started innocently enough–while “downsizing.” I came across the large garden flag saying “Home Tweet Home”–unopened, still in its original package. (When did I buy it??) With all my bird houses; with all the bird feeders; with my obsession regarding my backyard, the garden flag should be on display. From my storehouse of miscellaneous “stuff” I had **almost** everything I needed for the display. See the upper right hand corner: I needed a simple PVC pipe “tee.” With my pipe and broomstick, I spent an hour in Ace Hardware trying to find one simple item. Got home… it wouldn’t work. By then it was after 6 o’clock and Ace was closed– so I went to Lowe’s. About one hour of trial and error in the plumbing department (for a PVC “tee”) followed by time in the electrical department and lumber department. I came home with an electrical connector but it, too, would not support the flag (on the broomstick). PVC pipe three-quarter inch is different from electrical three-quarter inch; aluminum pipe three-quarter inch is (likewise) different. The problem has not been resolved. I folded the garden flag and put it back in the package–until I decided to prepare this blog message. I spent countless hours on that project!! I could have been “downsizing.”
Well, the next project that took a lot of my time and attention might be considered “downsizing”: I cleaned three of my garden display items and resolved to sell them (or give them away). “WHY?” Because I may have to move soon and I might as well start cleaning up the backyard too. I haven’t “fallen out of love” with my backyard!! In fact, yesterday I made a special trip to my favorite bird supply store for whole peanuts for the squirrels, and mealworms for the Bluebirds. I bought a new (very expensive) Bluebird house!! This one will make it much easier to view the nest, the eggs, and the babies. Now isn’t that a contradiction? I mentioned a move earlier in this paragraph but buy a new Bluebird house as though I am going to be here next Spring when Mama Blue and Papa Blue build a new nest in my backyard. Off her rocker!!
To change the subject back to flags, I installed a flag pole bracket (from my vast supply of “stuff”) and hung the American flag for the holiday. (At least I was able to complete one flag project!!) I moved a Shepherd’s hook from the backyard–and a hanging basket with Nasturtiums. I also moved two other planters. “WHY?” Because a neighbor suggested I ought to bring part of my backyard into the front yard.
Of course, I spent hours watering plants in the backyard, filling bird and squirrel feeders, etc., etc. Some trimming of dead leaves and flowers, too, and sweeping the patio. I repeat what I’ve said so often: “I love my backyard!!” In fact, several days ago I bought three more flowering plants–for the Hummingbirds (they love the new plants!). I had stopped at Lowe’s for another Squirrelola seed cake and just “had to” check the area with plants marked down half-price. I’ve been very successful nursing bedraggled plants!! (My Topsy-Turvy upside-down tomato plants were the exception. I gave them love, and fertilizer, and water, but the extreme heat killed them.)
Postscript, Monday 9/03/2012, 6:00 PM: I returned to Ace Hardware today and finally found a PVC pipe “tee” that serves my need. “If at first I don’t succeed, try try again!” ~~ Picture taken indoors because Tropical Storm Isaac reached North Carolina and dumped a lot of rain on us. (Weatherman says “Isaac will linger all week.”) ~~ What do you think of my “trash to treasure” flag display?? The weighted umbrella base was on sale for $6.49. The metal upright pole was “free” from my supply of “stuff.” The wood broom handle (mop handle?) was “free” from my supply…. The “tee” was $1.06. The garden flag was originally $15.97 but marked down to $3.99. I may have purchased that flag several years ago (or last summer?) so I only consider this project cost $7.55. (I can’t put a dollar value on my recent time and aggravation.)
Postscript, Tuesday 9/04/2012, 10:00 AM: After a few minor additions, the garden flag is available for the entire neighborhood to enjoy. (My back yard is isolated and seldom seen by anyone other than “yours truly.”) This morning I drilled holes through the “tee” and added screws to secure the upright and cross arm–so it would not pivot in the wind.
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