Musings about writing, being a freelance editor, and life in general, with healthy doses of humor and unapologetic acts of silliness.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
My New Gate
I just finished painting the new gate I built for the front porch. The old gate was forever getting out of alignment, no matter how many times I tightened the hinges. This made it sticky, and I kept planing off wood from the side to keep it from sticking. Then it would sag some more and scrape the deck when I opened it. I finally got tired and chucked it. Now, the new gate is perfect! It is perfectly level and swings shut with the touch of a finger. I love it! And it's completely green, because I didn't have to buy new lumber. And I used paint left over from previous projects.
Now I'm in a building mood! Oh, hey, I just came up with an idea! I'll build a cozy cat house on the back porch for the cats. It'll be a place for them to get in out of the rain on days they're outside and don't want to come in. Right now, they have a bed on a small table on the porch. The roof overhang is really large (4 feet long), so it protects them from the elements. So I'll build a box and install it under the kitchen window so they can peer into the house and scare me with their eye reflections. Which is what they do now. Let me tell you, it's really spooky to see two pairs of eyes watching you at night!
I think I'll hang the box/bed on the side of the house, under the kitchen window, and either build a ramp to the box, or probably just put a footstool below it, so they can jump to the box from the footstool. Yup, that's the ticket!
I'm retired from freelance editing and living the good life. I love not working for a living! I live on a small farm in rural western Washington State where I reside with my dogs, cats, and horses. I have a warped sense of humor and I'm joyously silly most of the time.