A House For Joy
By Joe Cowan
Director of Operations
This past week I have embarked on a building project for Joy. She absolutely loves the outdoors and is only happy to hang out inside after dark. So, a doghouse is a perfect compromise for her to be outside as much as possible while she watches over the garden and yard, regardless of the weather. I like the DIY approach to most things, so I decided to just dive into the project with little to no building experience, or even power tools to accomplish the job. I used reclaimed hardwood, panels, two by fours, and wood screws that I have been collecting since we moved into our house, in order to keep the cost down. That being said, there are a few things we had to purchase to make sure the frame will last at least a few years.
Using a basic A frame design, we cut the wood to size so that Joy could comfortably nap inside, but not too big that she couldn’t warm up the inside on especially cold days. A contractor friend of ours is giving me some reclaimed shingles from another project, and we will give the house a nice coat of outdoor paint to match the color scheme we are using for our house. Already, this project has been a great learning experience. I purchased a few new tools to help with this and future building projects, but the technique and knowledge that I am gaining is by far the most valuable part of this process.
We are planning on a few more building projects this spring and summer; a chicken coop, an arbor for our garden, and eventually, a timber frame shed/cottage. I am taking it slow at first, but with every project along the way, I will hopefully acquire the tools I need to tackle more significant projects. Stay tuned for the completion of this project and many more.
Are you foot-loose and fancy-free when it comes to cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Do you like to create your own masterpieces with tried and tested recipes? If so, you might relish this slightly healthier version of traditional Scotch eggs.
Scotch eggs were invented by Fortnum & Mason, an old-fashioned department store established in 1707 in the UK. This surprisingly simple yet delicious recipe has two main ingredients: eggs and pork sausage meat. It makes perfect picnic food, travels well, and can be eaten hot or cold.
Being in the garden is healing. Digging in the soil with bare hands and feet while soaking up the sunshine. Fresh water washing the toes via the hose. Where bees are buzzing, hummingbirds fluttering, buds a-blooming and beans are growing.