Homing Pigeons

I want to get homing pigeons, one for each of us and race them. Not really race them against others just each other. Might be fun to get bff kids some all of us raise them and race them. I have researched and looked into them off and on for a little while now. I think it would be fun to do with the kids.

Anyone ever have any dealings with homing pigeons? Tell me the good, bad and ugly.

Terrarium Time

My 55 gallon tank has been sitting a dry mess for a bit now. All the fish died and the water evaporatedp. I wanted to fix it and put more fish in it just haven’t had time or money.

Today sitting here looking at it I had the thought of why not make a Terrarium out of it? I have wanted to make one for years and just haven’t. I think this would be great to make one out of. I have little garden gnomes and things to set up in it. I have soil and charcoal, I just need plants and a few other things. I can make a really nice one.

I looked up what kind of plants you could put in one. Dolphin plant and Starfish plant both popped up. They both are very neat looking. I thought wouldn’t it be cool to get them and others like them if they have them and put in it. Since it is a fish tank. I will have to see if or what others there are.

These are the three I found so far. I would of moved them put them in better but its hard to do from this phone. I seen a few others somewhere I have to look them back up see if they can live closed in like that or not.

 

Building a Hutch

20170211_120518

I got up about 10 finally after laying there for awhile after the kids woke me up, I made sure they had eaten, the dogs were taken out, kitchen cleaned up and all that then went outside to start on the cage. I want them out of my bathroom, I want to be able to breath again without feeling like my throat is closing up. Gathered the drill, bits, drink and all that I was going to need and took with me. I had Big Boy get the wood out of the truck why I was doing that. I got out there is he bringing one piece at a time out of the truck. This lazy kid I do not know how to change this. But anyway I went and helped get the wood out of the truck. When he came back he said hand me a piece I turned around with an arm full said hold your arms out and gave it all to him. It was only like 2×4’s the two foot ones. I gave him most of them. He didn’t like that to much but he took it and came back.

I started with putting the basic part of the frame together to work from there. I made it 2ft by 4 ft. I would have liked a little bigger but with it going in the house I figured I better not go any bigger. It took about 45 minutes but I got the frame put together with no problem

20170211_131026 The only thing I ran into that bothered me was with putting the screws in, I thought I would be able to drill it in the first piece of wood then right into the next but it wasn’t working. I ended up marking it all then drilling the holes in it two at a time in the first piece then line it up and drill the screw through until it was marked on the other piece of wood. Then I would pull it out and drill the hole through the second piece of wood. After that I would put them together and drill the screw down though the hole into both of them. I had to do most every one that way so it took some extra time than I expected. The boards were not cut right at the inches I wanted or what but it isn’t to far off it still lined up and is working so far.

I took a break for a few hours and then went back to it. I got all the legs drilled and put on and then had to go feed the chickens and drop the food off. I was going to try to finish it when I came back but their were bugs out there trying to carry me off before I stepped out of my truck no thank you I will wait until tomorrow. But at least I am about half way done, give or take. I need to put the bottom in, put the support for that in. I need the bottom cut but I was not able to cut it all how I needed to so I am going to see if my oldest can cut it right tomorrow. With my hands the way they are it is hard for me to do that with them. I have been working on this by myself. Oldest has been in bed sick and Big Boy tries to help but he does everything but what you ask of him to do. I have gotten this far pretty much on my own I am sure I can finish the rest of it. My oldest said take their money and buy a staple gun tomorrow so that I can just stable the wire on instead of having to screw it all in around the cage 20170211_173254It’s standing all on it’s owns all the legs are on it now just to get the bottom figured out and how to fix it. I hope that it works good for what I want. I still am not sure what the top is going to be made of but I am not to worried about it. My Little One isn’t going to be able to just reach down in there I don’t think because the legs make it stand just over two foot off the ground. Then I have to put the sides on the top and they are going to be 2ft around so all together the top will be 4 foot in the air. I think it should be ok. I made it so that the bottom lays on the top of the legs and then I will put some supports in the middle of the long sides. I was thinking of doing the supports one way but I just thought I have some other wood out there so I think I have a different way to do it than what I was thinking. I will have to look at it and try it when I get back out there to work on it and see what is going to work best. Right now I have to get my school stuff done then go work on it and get dinner in the crock pot. Some random pictures from working on it yesterday.

20170211_12040120170211_121043

20170211_121955I had nothing to lay this stuff on or anything to do with it so I had to use the chairs or the stoop of the porch. I am sure it has been a show for my neighbors as well I see them slowing down and looking when they drive by and things. The ones that live by me keep stopping and watching. Like they never seen someone build something. I seen one go for a “walk” with his kids and come by. I’m like really why don’t you just come over and see what is going on? It’s not like we don’t talk or know each other. One is the guy who I have known forever who cuts my yard the other is the ones who had their truck stolen so we all talk. I wouldn’t care if they came over wanted to know what I was doing? I think it is the women building something that throws them all off. My friend laughed when I said let get pallets and build one then they were all joking about it. I don’t have patients for things like this if they do not go right and everything starts happening and making it take longer and harder than it needs to be. My friend yesterday ask me how much I had thrown of it already when I told her I had the frame and legs together. I told her for the most part it was going fairly quickly and with no problems so far. I am glad it didn’t turn into a disaster mess like the blinds when I tried to take them down and hang more up. I would have really not been happy. I probably would have tossed it all in the trash gave the kids their money back and told them to buy a hutch. But I can not see them spending $75 or more on a hutch that will work not really what they need or could have when we can make one for so much less.

A Night at Home Depot

Last nights post that didn’t get posted I just found.

I took the kids to school hung out there until about 12 and then picked my friend up. We took the cage back to Tractor Supply and I got my money back, we then went to two feed stores and the pet store looking for a cage. They didn’t have anything that would really work. The girl at the pet store knew all about the pigs because her sister has some and she takes care of them and works for the pet store. She said first thing make a cage much cheaper. Then she was showing me hutches on line what ones would be good for them and what ones wouldn’t. Hutches on line start at around $75. I thought surely the feed store would have one and maybe a little cheaper since it wasn’t being shipped. It says free shipping but you know they have it figured into the price any how. Nope they didn’t have a one. Tractor Supply had one but it was $120 and after the two cages I got there I was not taking it home getting it out to find that something was missing or broken. We went to two pet stores and two feed stores not one pet store. I told my friend I could take some pallets and make a cage and she laughed at me. She said you see where the one you just unfold and snap together in one minute is that is going to take longer. I don’t see you doing that. And the girl at the one store made a good point they are going to be heavy. I told her that I knew it would take longer but I could plan.

I dropped her off picked up the rest of the kids and came home. We sat here for a little bit and I decided to go over to Home Depot and see what it would cost to buy stuff to make my own hutch. I knew I could do it wit the pallets but I don’t have saws to cut it and I don’t want to take them all apart and things. It is just to much work trying to gather them take them apart and all that. We walked around there for a while looking at different wood, things to use for a bottom, sides, legs and all that. We were checking prices to see if it would be cheaper to build one or to buy one as well. We finally decided what we wanted and I looked for the guys I had seen walking around there and who had answered a few questions for us, I couldn’t find them. This guy came up and asked if we needed help. I told him we needed wood and needed it cut. He said could do all that.

We ended up with 3-2×4’s one longer skinnier piece it’s nothing big just to hold things up really I think is what they are used for. I have some at home but I do not have a way to cut them so since they were only 87 cent I got one. I had him cut two of the 2×4’s into 3 two foot pieces so that I had 6 of them. I had him cut the other in half at 4 foot so I have two of them also. The other strip i had him cut me 4 2 foot strips out of it as well. We ran into a few problems because they were supposed to be 8 ft long 2×4’s and they weren’t. He ended up cutting two different ones to get me the two 4 ft pieces I needed and putting what was left in the messed up wood pile. Then with the other we had to cut one of the 2 ft pieces off of one of the ones that went in the messed up wood pile from the 4 ft ones. Like I told him if they are 96 inches that is 8 ft then they are coming out at 6 ft or somewhere in between 6 and 8. It clearly said they were 8 and one we got was but they didn’t have anymore 8’s on the rack but that spot was full of wood with that size and tag. He said don’t worry about it we will use what we have to do get you the pieces we need because this isn’t right they put it up like this. That is when he got the extra pieces and cut the other out of it. The boards were even said on all their stickers that they are 2x4x8 so not just the sign was wrong but each ticket for the register was tagged that way. He said they come in that way they just stock the shelf. I said so how many people buy this stuff get it home and then short and have to spend money to get more when they already paid for what they needed and was told that is what they got? He said I know I said then they want me to buy more than what I need to get what I need when the tag says I already have it with these three I picked. He said that’s why I am just cutting what you need out of whatever it takes and charging you for what it says. Neither of us were rude about it or anything like that just talking how messed up it was people are being told it was one thing and it isn’t.

He laid it all out and finally got it all cut up he talked and joked with the kids the whole time he was doing it and things. They talked about what animals they have and all that stuff. He got done cutting it all and asked if that was all we needed? I told him I needed screws to put it together where would I find them and what ones would be best. He said he could help me find screws and we went over to get them him and the kids just talking away a mile a minute. He said I feel like I have met you all before I know yall from from where. In a minute he said did you ever shop at Wal Mart in X? I said it’s right by my house so all the time. He said you were the little girl that was all upset and crying and I was asking you why you was crying and why you weren’t happy? Talking to Little Bitty, he said I use to work there for a little bit and now I’m here. He asked what kind of screws I wanted? I told him I had no idea just whatever was cheapest that would get the job done and not fall apart? He laughed. I told him it was for the kids that I was trying to build them one to save them money and we aren’t trying to do anything over the top of fancy just simple and done. He found some and made sure they would go through both boards good and have a good fit. We went to go up to the front and the kids said bye and thank you and things. He said oh I’m going with you. He had said he got off at 8 so I figured he was just walking up to the front so he could clock out and go home. We were walking along the kids were still chatting up a storm with him. When he said he was going with us my Big Boy 11 year old said you can come to visit but you can’t stay!! I guess he thought he meant that he was going home with us not just upfront with us. I don’t know what made him say that he never said something like that before. As we are walking to the front and they are talking he ask what time it was I said little after 8 he said oh I’m off see you later and kind of ran off then turned around and came back said just joking. The kids were laughing. Then he starts talking and says maybe we could all meet at a park or something and play some Pokemon Go or hang out have lunch. My older kids said we don’t play that. He said you don’t play Pokemon? Why? They said we don’t have phones mom says we can’t have them until we have jobs and pay for them our self. He said good, good job mom and gave me a high five. They started talking he said maybe we could go to the movies or something like that. I went to get in line and he said no come up here with me. I wondered why because the guy was leaving and the line was clear. He took us to the service desk and ask the lady there if she would take care of us and to something for him. She said okay and came around ringing our stuff up for us. Then she told me it would be $26 and some change. I had slid my card and already and she pushed for it to go through then stopped it fast and said no that isn’t right hold on. She pulled the order back up and started doing something it came down to $24 and change she said no wait why isn’t this working and started doing something else. She said okay there you go it is good now. I looked as I slid my card trying to figure out what she had done, it said my total was just over $21. He had said he had to go get clocked out because he was on overtime and would get in trouble. He came back up there when he was done and we were still there. He asked her if she had taken care of us for him. She said yes, I didn’t look at it but I guess he had her give us his employee discount.

When we first went back to cut the wood I had ask him how much it was to get it cut because I knew the first two cuts were free but the charge after that. But I have never had them charge me before, I wanted to know so I could figure out how many cuts, how much a cut and all so I could add it into the over all price of the cage. He said it’s free, and we got the wood and went back. My oldest said oh mom it says it is 25 cent a cut after the first cut. He stopped and looked at her and said do you think I am going to charge your mom to cut this for her really? He said besides that what time is it? She said 715. He said and I get off in 45 minutes I am cutting all this for you all ready do you really think I want to stand around and fill out all that paperwork it takes to charge for them? He said not me we do more than two cuts all the time and don’t charge most them I’m not charging you all your already spending money and all.

So now I have everything I need to put it together and it is all cut out but the bottom I have to cut. Other than that I just have to drill the holes and screw it together. Hopefully I will get that done tomorrow.

Science Fair Projects or Are They

I took the kids to get what they needed for their science fair projects today. We found everything but amino. I swear I am not that my oldest isn’t making meth for her project. She had me get drain-o, bleach, coke and we still have to get amino. I ask her if she was sure she was sure she was doing a science project and not something else. She laughed and said yes. I am just teasing I know she is really doing a science project but glad we had to buy food and other things or we may have gotten some odd looks. I forget what all goes into meth but I know it is a lot of toxic stuff. Something we I was studying somewhere or something me and someone were talking about led me to look it up and just see what all really went into it. I couldn’t believe it and that people use it.

She is doing her project on what will clean dirty pennies better? She is going to put some in an empty jar then the others are going to have water, drain-o, coke, amino and something else in them.

My Big Boy is doing his one what kinds of crystals grow better, salt, borax or sugar.

Disappointed

Have you ever had a project that you wanted to do and you knew the things you needed but were looking for just the right ones for your project? You know the ones that when you see them for whatever reason when you look at them your like that’s it and no other will do! I got to have that for my project!

Well that is where I am at right now I decided to take on this project two nights ago and have been working on it in my free time and until I fall a sleep the last few nights. I have been trying to find the right thing or things for it. Two nights ago I found it the one that just screamed this is it, this is the one that I have been looking for now lets get it and get the project done. I could have had the project done yesterday/last night if I had this one thing. I went yesterday in my free time to get this one thing that was supposed to be free so that I could do my project. When I started doing what I needed to do get it, this message pops up and says enter your payment information. Item cost this much. I go and start looking around and even though it is supposed to be free you still have to pay like 5 cents for it. Now I have no problem paying 5 cents for something. But there is a catch, always a catch, when you put your information in to do this it keeps it and now bills your card every month and the price goes up. Of course you can cancel at anytime but, I have done this before and played hell canceling it and it took months at which I did not get any of my money back. I use to have a little prepaid card that I would keep a couple dollars on for things like this but have not needed it in years so I don’t know where it is. I have now went back to using only prepaid cards for things like this after just using my card once and having this happen. Because at least on a prepaid card if the money isn’t there they do not get their money and it will auto cancel you, where if I have it hooked to my bank it will just over draft my account. They get their money I have to pay the bank all the money and fee’s and they take it out next month again.

So now I am back to looking for just the right thing or things for my project again so that I can get it done. It shouldn’t take much time at all once I find that one that just jumps out and is it again.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

image

 

 

Today I made play dough for the kids to play with. It is very simple to make and comes out soft and really feels like play dough. The bags are what you get if you cut the recipe in half and make it. the cans in the back have twice as much as the bags.

1 cup of flour

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup salt

3 TBS oil ( vegetable, cooking I would say you could even use baby oil probably and it would smell better)

1 package kool aid

I used a glass bowl a fork and serving spoon

if you are going to make a bunch of different colors like I did I suggest putting a big pan of water on to boil you need more than what you plan to use in the pan. I just sat my bowl on the stove with the water on the back burner and mixed it all right there. just dipped what I needed out as I needed it. You want it to be boiling so it works best you don’t want to boil it and then let it sit as you mix each one.

First in the bowl mix flour, salt, kool aid, oil.

( don’t forget to put your oil in before you start mixing. as it is very hard to get it to mix in once you have started.)

Then ad one cup boiling water mix with fork until water is gone and you have dough forming. Once I had all the water mixed in I took it out of the bowl and knee-ed it with my hands. I used the spoon to get what was stuck in the the corner of the bowl out and what was stuck to the bottom and sides. then knee all together and put in zip lock baggie or some kind of sealed container.

Once I was done with one color I just rinsed the bowl out made sure nothing was left in so colors didn’t mix and repeated to make the next color.

To make half just cut everything in half but still use one package of kool aid. if you wanted to make more I am sure you should be able to double this with no problems it seems to be very versatile i would use two packs of cool aid if I doubled it.

 

Image

Previous Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: