Building The Great Pergola

We wanted a pre-fabricated pergola for our patio and found this one at Lowes.ImageProblem: how to keep it stable and not blow over in heavy winds without permanently attaching it to the concrete. ImageImage

Bought 4×4’s and metal base that holds 4×4’s.  Then bought 4 cement squares.  We bolted the 4×4’s into the metal base and screwed the metal base into the cement squares with special screws.  The legs of the pergola are hollow and fit perfectly over the 4×4’s.  Final step was leveling by using shims under the cement squares and then caulked the cement squares to the patio.  Voilà – Great place to relax.

What the Hell Is That Noise

Was awakened one night about 4 months ago around 2 am to the weirdest sound.  Somewhere between a monkey and an owl.  Kept hearing this sound way early in the morning.  Figured it was an owl or possibly a Chupacabra.  Went to All About Birds site and listened to different owl calls and discovered it was a barred owl. 

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/sounds

Never caught a glimpse of the owl for the past 4 months until last week:

Just hung out on the fence searching for small scurrying things until the magpies came and chased him off.Image