It’s Spring!

Around September, one becomes suddenly aware that the air is filled with fresh new odors. Sweet smells of blossoming flowers displaying beautiful pink, white, yellow and red colors are the order of the day. Energy is released into nature to create life for the next season. It is perhaps the right time now to use some of that energy to put our winter items back into storage and take out those favorite summer items. From sweaters and coats, and all of the other seasonal items, it’s time to make room for little things like bathing suits and other summer clothes, to bigger items like kayaks, surfboards and bicycles. You’ll need to pack everything seasonal up and move it out in order to make room for your warmer-weather things, like you’ll be getting out soon.

1 .Prepare for the Holidays

The start of spring also signals the beginning of the holiday season. Take this time to go to your storage unit and arrange your items, and be stress free when the heat is on. Arrange your boxes in the order you’ll need them, to save time and energy in the coming season.

2. Prepare for guests.

Over the festive season, families like to spend time together. If you are the blessed one with more room, you’ll probably have a lot more house guests. Start preparing early by planning if you should get out more furniture like tables and chairs or if you have extra beds in storage that you will need so that everyone fits comfortably. And you’ll probably also have to pack up some other things (like smaller tables or plants) so that you have enough room for all of your guests.

3. Attention to your garden.

Spring is also the time to revive your garden. Garden tools that were stored, such as lawnmowers and weed eaters will be put into use again. Check the condition of your lawn to determine if top soil or fertilizer is necessary to give a new look. Take out the plants that did not make it through winter and replace with shrubs or flowers that will thrive in summer.

Placing a bird feed or a bottle with colored water in your garden, will attract birds which are lovely to watch. If you love creating things, here is a photo and a recipe to make a bird feeder:

Materials:

  • Glass soda bottle with cap
  • ¼ in. threaded steel rod, 12 in. long
  • 7-1/4 x 7-1/2 in. turnbuckle with two eyebolts
  • Loctite glue
  • Chicken feeder base (available at feed stores)
  • Washer
  • ¼ in. threaded wing nut
  • ½ in. regular twist drill bit

Step-by-step Instructions:

Step 1: Glass soda bottles aren’t hard to find these days. Mexican Coca-Cola is usually sold this way, and it’s readily available across the United States. Once you have the bottle (I used a 1-liter bottle), find something to hold the neck to keep it in place. I find the garbage disposal in my kitchen sink ideal for this. Next, under running water, use a 1-in. diamond drill bit to make a hole in the bottom of the bottle. This is the most difficult part of the project. It’s important to keep your drill bit and glass cool by immersing them in water; overheating can break the bottle and even ruin your bit. Start at an angle, gently holding the drill bit in place. Once the drill bit has made a groove in the glass, straighten the bit up so that it hits all sides of the hole evenly. Run your drill at a slow speed to start out, speeding up as the bit becomes deeper, then slowing down toward the end. Once you’ve made the hole, you may need to file off the sharp edges; an emery board will do.

Step 2: With the 1/2-in. drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the chicken feeder base and Coke bottle cap.

 

 

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