As many people know, I’ve decided to stay home for the summer and give Casa de Cheryl some much needed attention…
I have to say I’ve been “very good,” and have put a major dent in home repairs and upkeep. Even though I miss my summer travels (that will start up again in the fall), it’s been nice re-discovering Las Cruces.
I’ve even taken up Zumba and try to go three times a week. I haven’t gotten there yet, but I plan to take Spanish two days a week too. There are TONS of classes at MountainView Senior Circle, and EVERYTHING is “gratis” after you pay a yearly fee of $15.00. There are exercise classes, games, movies, special interest groups, and even a monthly free luncheon. It’s also good for me in that it gives me an opportunity to meet new people. 🙂
It seems that having a “daily task” brings meaning and purpose to my life…
I “dug in” (no pun intended) to clean up my yard, and make a soothing resting space. My latest “project” was making a cactus garden with cinder blocks. I have to say it was fun and gratifying – although my “mature” body talked back after I lifted all that cement from Home Depot to my car and eventually to my backyard.
Colorful Cactus in Cement!
If you look to the far left and just above the middle of the above photo, you’ll see a drainage hole. I have three such holes in my rock wall for drainage when it rains (which isn’t often).
I had a couple of bird feeders up, and started having a problem with squirrels. I took the bird feeders down, but the squirrels have “tunneled” through the drainage holes and there are mounds of dirt directly underneath. My neighbor told me she saw one jump from the rock wall up to the drainage pipe on my townhome. Now, at about 6:00 a.m. (daylight) I hear a “tap dance” on my roof.
I’ve plugged the rock wall drainage holes with rocks until I can fabricate some sort of chicken wire cover. As for my house, I really started to freak out. However, today I found that Las Cruces Animal Control will lend “live traps” for squirrels (and other rodents) and will pick up the traps.
Back to SOLAR!
I like to be creative, and I just have this “thing” about solar power. I live in an environment where there’s lots of sun, and it makes sense to me to harness that power. So, when I’m out and about and near Harbor Freight I stop in with my 20% off coupon (and another for a freebee) and buy a two-pack of solar lights. I like the ones at Harbor Freight because the body is brushed nickel, and the globe is glass that doesn’t etch in the sun like plastic. A good deal at a total (including tax) of $5.09 for two.
I always carry a solar light in my car so when I visit thrift stores I can see if the light will fit the “object” I’m considering. A little spray paint, some heavy duty glue, and some “bling” from Hobby Lobby can make an interesting “re-purposed” project.
Total Materials – $7.50
Total Materials – $6.00
Total Materials – $7.00
Total Materials – $4.50
Total Materials $6.00
Total Materials – $5.00
Re-Purposed Solar Lights are Fun to Make!
I plan to keep some, make some to give away as gifts, and possibly sell some when I go to Mexico for the Fall/Winter. What do you think?