Sunday, November 10, 2013
I haven't done much of anything around here lately but Jack has been busy as usual and he came up with a couple of things I thought ya'll might like to see. We had seen this PVC pipe chicken feeder on the web and he thought he'd give it a try because the girls just seemed to throw so much out of the standard feeders you buy at the store. We had tried a couple different sizes and stuff but they still threw food everywhere. They would often clean it up off the concrete but still, I'd rather they not eat dirty food. So far, these are working great. Jack was happy enough with the first one that he built another one as a matter of fact. The parts are pretty cheap, you might even have most of the stuff laying around, and it's easy to put together. HERE is directions if you want to try one and because I am too lazy right now to take ours apart and take pictures etc. etc. It's pretty straight forward.
Here's another view in use. The girls took right to it and you can see there is no mess on the floor. Now, that's not to say they don't occasionally throw a little out but it's nothing like what they used to do. Only problem is only one chicken at a time can eat, so you might want to make more than one but they take turns or just peck the one when they feel they've waited long enough.
This was the other non-conventional thing I wanted to show ya'll. Now, Jack did not come up with this. This was all my doing, or thinking, as he and Allen did the toting. I have had this object for some time but only now had to make room for it in the house somewhere. After a little head scratching I decided it made the perfect table, bench combo. Three guesses as to what the object originally was. Well, it still is the object but no longer functions in that capacity. It is made of full 1 3/8" totally clear white pine planks, about 12x14 inches wide. I don't know that you can even get wood like this anymore so that is one reason I insisted on saving this. It fits in perfectly and makes a great conversation piece. And yes, don't look at the ugly floors!! One day I will have finish hardwood floors down.
On another note: some people have been asking so I wanted to post a little update on the health stuff. Basically, I'm still waiting on test results. I went in last Monday to have a bunch more blood drawn and the tech said some of those tests that had been ordered for me can take up to a full week to return. I hope I know something soon! I guess whatever makes blood in your body is the one thing working great in me because they've sucked so much out lately I'd be in rough shape otherwise! Once again the trip to Kirklin was pleasant (well, you know what I mean) and those people are SO nice. I mean, even the parking lot attendants. I bet they make all those people take classes on being nice or something and it's all amazingly efficient. I've never waited very long for anything.
I was feeling a little better but then seem to have maybe had a bit of a relapse on the fatigue lately. Everything just tires me out. I had been trying to get back to my pottery but have finally decided just to take it easy. The stress of being so behind for the holiday season seemed to even be making me worse so I just said the heck with it. I wanted to have a studio open house and such but it's just too much at this point. I just try to putter around and do a little each day but nothing too strenuous. I absolutely HATE being like this but sometimes you just gotta let go I guess.