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

Spring Flowers

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”