“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
— Groucho Marx
Normally on rainy days, I don’t want to get out of bed. Today was no exception…until I got hungry. I was eating some mango that I had bought the other day when I remembered something that I had seen on Pinterest.
I had no real supplies (I’m not exactly known for being crafty), so I made due with what I had : a paper clip, some yarn and my mango rind. I didn’t start taking pictures until I was half way through, because honestly…I didn’t expect much from this. And while it still isn’t exactly Pinterest-worthy; it’s not bad for a first attempt.
I started by straightening out the paperclip most of the way and securing yarn around it. Then I simply poked a hole through the rind with the paperclip and fed the yarn through. I continued pushing until the paperclip and yarn went straight through to the other side. I attempted to repeat this by doing a quarter turn and pushing the paperclip through the other side as well, but the top of the mango gave out. So while this isn’t as sturdy as I would have liked, it seems to be working just fine so far. I tied a knot on each end of the yarn to secure it to the rind, and pulled on the yarn to make a loop that I could use to hang the bird feeder with.
With the mango “cup” completed for the feeder, I then added some bird seed.
Upon my first attempt at hanging it outside, the bird seed flew everywhere. So i brought it back inside to think of a way to make the seed stick a little better while still being safe for birds. My solution? Peanut butter!
I mixed a forkful of all-natural peanut butter in with the bird seed to give it some “stick”, and it seemed to work!
All that was left was to hang it outside again and see what happened. Stepping outside and encountering my first gust of wind showed me that adding the peanut butter was successful – the birdseed stuck together for the most part instead of flying all over the yard. I chose to hang it from a tree branch facing the bathroom window ledge where my cats love to sit and watch the birds and squirrels.
I’m not sure how long this will stay hanging for, but I’m pretty happy with the result. Next time I’ll stock up on some actual supplies and try something a bit firmer – an orange rind, maybe? My cats are also happy with the result – while most of the birds are hiding from the rain, there have been a few who adventured out to get some seed, and Burger and Kitten Little are entertained watching them. Now let’s bring on the rest of the hungry birdies!
Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!