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You can’t see different kinds of birds flying around in front of your house unless, you have a birdhouse, feeder, and bath. We only have the bird feeder and bath at first, but we don’t have a birdhouse yet.
Thanks to the Great Gardener. Because of his many empty Folgerscoffee cans, I came up with this great project that will really benefit many small birds flying around in our country living.
THE HUNGRY BIRDS
I was inspired to make a birdhouse because of them.
The Mama Bird had no place to lay her eggs, except in my flower basket. It's just so wonderful to see many kinds of beautiful birds of different
colors. I was really very lucky for being able to capture this amazing picture of the Hungry Birds. I already featured a video on Mrs. Jelly Beans' sticky notes about
these birds. You can watch it again at the end of this tutorial. This picture was also featured in our daily newspaper as "Reader Photo of the Day."
Reader Photo of the Day (a)
The Hungry Birds
Reader Photo of the Day (b)
*COFFEE CAN BIRDHOUSE
(2) empty Folgers’ coffee container 27.8 oz (big)
(1) piece plastic placemat
many 7-inch dried,
few 2 ½- inch dried, straight sticks (attached above opening
and below the perch)
few 3- inch dried,
straight sticks (attached below opening)
many brown mulch
glue gun and many glue sticks
portable drill with
1/16,5/16, and 1 ¼ drill bits pipe (7 feet) round-shaped wood (size of coffee can)
Level of Difficulty - Intermediate
Cleaning the Coffee
Wash the container with soap andrinse thoroughly with warm water.Fill up the container with water.Put 4 tablespoons of baking soda into the
container to remove the smell of the coffee.Let it stand overnight.Wash
again with soap and rinse thoroughly with warm water.Check if there is still the smell of
coffee.If there is, follow the same
procedure again as previously mentioned.
Choosing and Cutting the Sticks
Choose dried, straight sticks from the falling limbs
of a tree.Cut them 7 inches long with a
manual saw.If the sticks are big, you
can cut them into half. In this project,
I used all the small sticks, so I don’t need to cut them into half anymore.
Making an Opening
The area showing “FOLGERS”embedded on the container is where you are going
to make an opening for the birdhouse.Save the whole square plastic as you run the knife along the indented
lines. Write “Home Sweet Home” on the
square plastic and then set aside.
Drill 3 small holes on the sides of container and 5
holes on the bottom using 1/16 drill bit.Drill 3 holes on the center of
the cap and 1 hole on the center of the
opening using 5/16 drill bit.These
holes will provide good air circulation to keep moisture from building up inside the birdhouse.
Inserting a Perch
Inserting Sticks on the Cap
Insert one 7-inch stick into the
hole as a perch.It will be glued later
after all the dried sticks are glued on the sides around the container.Insert one 7-inch stick on each hole on the cap.
Attaching the Dried Sticks
Tie the 3 sticks on the cap with
chicken wire to hold them. With a warm glue gun on hand, glue the 3 sticks on
the cap and fill up the gaps, too.Attach
one7-inch stick at a time on the side
of the container. Attach other sticks
around the container until you reach the opening. Attach the 2 ½ -inch sticks above the opening
until you fill up the whole area.Attach
one 2 ½- inch stick also below the perch.Attach the 3-inch sticks below the opening until you fill up the whole area.
Attach onequarter of an inch stick on top of the perch
to cover the space. Apply glue on gaps
or between sticks that need to be filled up. Apply also glue around the cap to
strengthen the hold of the dried sticks to the cap.
Making of a Roof
To use a compass, set the pointer
at 5 ½ measurement to draw 11 x 11 inch round-shaped roof on a plastic placemat. Find the radius of
the circle with the use of a ruler. Draw a line and cut through the line up to
the center only.Bring both ends
together to close the cut, punch a hole, and tie it with a yarn to hold the
Applying Glue on the Roof
Apply Super Glue onthe inside and outside areas of both cut sides
of the plastic roof.With warm glue gun
on hand, apply glue again on the same areas to strengthen the hold of the shape
of the roof. Apply more glue on top of the 3
dried sticks on the cap and then quickly attach the roof on top. Hold for a while to let the glue stick to the
roof.Put the plastic roof upside
down on another empty coffee container for support.Put the container upside down on top of the plastic
roof.With warm glue gun again, apply
glue around the plastic roof attaching itself to the container.
Choosing and Applying the Mulch
Spread out some mulch on top of
the newspaper on the table.Choose
almost the same size of every mulch that can be glued on the plastic roof, if
possible.Start attaching the mulch
around the lower end of the plastic roof.Glue each much as closely as
possible to cover the plastic roof around until you reach the top level.Glue the signboard, “Home Sweet Home,” below
Making a Birdhouse Stand
I need to ask my husband to do this for me. Cut a pipe measuring 7 feet and stick it on the ground.Make a round-shape wood and drill a hole in
the center using 1 ¼ wood drill bit. Insert the center of the wood into the pipe
and glue it with JB weld. Arrange the birdhouse on top of the wood and apply
silicon sealer around it. Insert some hay inside.
Coffee Can Birdhouse (b)
Now, I'm proud to present to you, my Coffee Can Birdhouse. Today is an open house. All small birds only are welcome (-.-) Sorry big birds (^_^) the coffee can is just small. It’s ready for occupancy, 24/7, free board, lodging, and bath - ha ha ha ha.
Birds Taking a Bath
It takes some time to take a video of live animals. The serenity of the environment and sound produced by these birds is a music to anyone's ears. I was just standing near our glass door and took an opportunity to take a video of these different kinds of birds while taking a bath in our birdbath and feeding, as well.
*This project was featured as Cheep Coffee Can Birdhouse on Favecrafts. As a craft designer, I was featured as #2 in their What's Hot list. Please note this ranking is not permanent. Thank you to all viewers (-.-)
Motherhood is the noblest job a
woman can have, in which an internationally accepted recognition in our society,
Mother’s Day, is celebrated every year. It takes a lot of sacrifice to take
care of one’s own child from infancy to adolescence. It’s a continuous
obligation where the responsibility of a parent doesn’t stop even when one
becomes an adult or gets married.It’s a
long struggle that we, as a parent, need to endure and make sacrifices
regardless of our social status in life.
I happened to talk to one of my
close friends whom I just recently visited last week.I was surprised to see her sad because of her
family problem. She has three grown-up daughters and two of them are already
married. She has 2 grandsons – one who is 8 years old and another who is 5
years old. She has been separated from
her ex-husband for 10 years already. She told me that her youngest daughter,
who is an OFW, arrived to visit them and
brought some goodies for the family. Since her youngest daughter had onlya week to stay, she decided to set a
get-together dinner in her house the following day after her arrival. Her two
eldest daughters came to know about it, but a problem causing frustration and
sadness to her came up.Her eldest
daughter didn’t want to attend the dinner, but her elder daughter was willing
to attend.After getting both sides of
the story from her two daughters, my close friend narrated to me the reason
behind the problem.
One weekend before the arrival of
her youngest daughter, both the families of her two eldest daughters decided to
go to her ex-husband’s house to have a dinner in the early evening.There are 2 big dogs just roaming
around the yard, but her ex-husband didn’t bother to put them in a cage or put
a leash on them. One of her grandsons, the eldest one, is an active boy and he
is the son of her eldest daughter. He was warned not to go near the dogs or
even play with them.While both her two
daughters, together with their respective husbands, were resting inside the
house after the dinner, her oldest grandson went around the yard to explore the
surroundings, while her youngest grandson also followed him. Suddenly the dogs
became intimidated by their presence and growled at them. Upon seeing the blazing eyes
of the dogs with their big fangs showing, her eldest grandson run as fast as he
could yelling, while her little grandson was left behind scared and crying.
They all went out of the house immediately when they heard the yelling and
crying of the children. After shooing the dogs away, the next thing happened
was-- her elder daughter got mad, looked intensely at her nephew, and with a
loud voice, she told her nephew, “Stop, stop, stop,” as he was telling something
about the incident to his mother.This irritated
her eldest daughter and decided to go home at once. The supposed-to-be happy
moments of family togetherness during that night was shortened.
The get-together dinner at my
friend’s house never happened till her youngest daughter flew back to her place
of work.Each family of her two eldest
daughters made their own respective schedulesto spend time with her youngest daughter during her stay.The eldest daughter told her that she wanted
to shield her son from further psychological and emotional damage caused by his
aunt’s anger.She said that it wasn’t the
first time that her son felt his aunt’s anger. On the other side, her elder
daughter was willing to disregard her feelings for the sake of family’s unity. She was also apologetic about what she did to
her nephew, but she said that she acted only that way at the moment when her
own son was almost got bitten by a dog because he wasthe one behind while running. She said her
own son also suffered psychological and emotional trauma because of the
Out of frustration and sadness,
my close friend said that, if she can only have the wisdom of King Solomon,
then she can also give a better judgment as to who is right or wrong between
her two daughters’ claims. Instead of wealth and power, King Solomon asked God
for gift of wisdom on how to rule his people with justice and fairness. He was
really a wise ruler and to cite an instance -- there was an incident between the
two women each claiming to be the real mother of a child. King Solomon was able to determine who the
real mother was. It was a difficult one to solve at that time.There was no DNA or maternity test invented
yet to prove that during his time. He asked God to help him solve the problem. Likewise,
having disputes among children is a difficult one to solve, too. Parents should not play favorites to one child
at the expense of the other child. When a parent turns blind to his or her favorite
child’s mistakes, this is a disheartening one to other children.
To analyze the situation, I gave
my close friend few thoughts to ponder: First, being a mother is really a
hard task.Loving one’s own child is a
great asset to have, but a liability to other mothers when they neglect their
own children.To cite this --many
reports on the newspapers and television tell stories about many children being
neglected and left alone in thestreets
mainly for the number one reason – poverty. Others drive their own small
children to work instead of them trying to work to provide for their children’s
needs. We can see small children begging in the streets or highways.The most horrible stories we can hear are
about child prostitution. I really salute those mothers who are so protective
of their own children aside from being so responsible to provide their basic
Second, life is full of struggles
because it’s not perfect. No one is
exempted from not getting hurt whether physically and emotionally, but it can
be avoided or prevented, if we take action to prevent it. For example, we need
to wear our seatbelts when riding in our car. But because of stubbornness and
negligence, we don’t take action to use it.
When accident happens, we blame others for our own shortcomings. Another thing to reflect about is – when we
have this kind of negative thinking. The power of negativity in our mind can
only beget negativity and more likely, can cause more harm than good to others.
Taking responsibility for a negative outcome is not being a responsible
person. In other words, we don’t need to
wait for something to happen negatively to us or someone else before we
realized that it was wrong or a big mistake at the beginning.
Third, unity in the family is our
weapon against life’s imperfections. When one is being selfish and
uncooperative, the harder it gets to solve a problem. For example, if the wife
is the only one doing the hard work in the family, while the husband doesn’t
mind anything at all or feeling insensitive to the needs of the family, how can
this family survive? If respect and unity are no longer maintained in the
family, where does love go?
Fourth, emotional outburst is
part of our human nature, but controlling our anger is a big problem that is so
hard to manage. Sudden emotional
outburst can lead to a devastating effect to anyone, especially if one becomes
physically and verbally abusive. We feel
sorry at the end for getting angry at someone, but the damage has been done
already. They say time heals the wound
you inflict on somebody. A scar forms in
our hearts after the healing period, but who can say that one can’t remember
anymore what happened after those emotional outbursts?
Fifth, empathy is a valuable gift
of grace that we can ask God to give us. It’s a way of removing the selfishness
in us. Putting ourselves in the shoes of another person is very important to
help you relate to his or her feelings in times of trial or problem where moral
support is much needed. For example, when one member of the family got an
accident, it is a normal reaction of the whole family to feel sad about it. Sudden emotional outburst follows and can be diverted
to anyone involved in the situation. At the end, when everything is calmed
down, an important lesson should be learned and realized by everyone – “what would
you feel if your loved one was hurt?”
Sixth,to forgive is easy to say, but it’s hard to
do. In this area, we need to seek also for God’s grace to help us to be
forgiving to someone who hurts us. On the part of the offender, accepting one’s
fault is also of equal importance to consider and should ask forgiveness from
the person whom he or she hurts. An area where we find so hard to forgive is
when our trust in a relationship has been damaged. It takes time to heal, but
rarely heals to perfection. We need to take precautions to protect ourselves
from a persistent offender, especially if we are in an abusive relationship. To
forgive is a matter of choice or decision to make. As humans, we are unlike our
Lord, Jesus Christ. When He was crucified on the cross, He even asked our God
the Father to forgive us, sinners, who sinned against Him.Mary, our blessed mother, whose heart was bleeding
to death while looking up at her own son, was helpless to protect her own son from dying
on the cross.How she was able to
forgive those who put her son to death is really a remarkable one.She was given such amazing grace in order to fulfill
God’s will.Being a mother herself, she made a great
sacrifice for the sake of all humanity -- a great task she handled fully well.
I empathize with my close friend’s
feelings. Being a mother myself, is not always perfect.I have flaws and shortcomings, too.What matters most is the intention of trying
to be a good mother to our children rather not trying at all.Acceptance of such shortcomings and flaws and
sense of appreciation play an important part in bringing unity, happiness, peace,
and love into the family. I’m still very proud of my own children
regardless of their own flaws and shortcomings, too.They are my precious jewels in my life. I
feel fulfilled as a mother when they are having peace and harmony in their own
respective family life and among themselves assiblings. I will feel sad and
frustrated, too, if my children are not in harmony with each other.
What is more consoling to do for
my close friend is to seek God’s mercy. I asked her to do our spiritual
traditional practice every year called “Visita Iglesia”, just in time for this Lenten
season. She felt relieved emotionally and spiritually after the rosary prayer, novena,
and the mass we attended. I felt the same
way, too. I always marvel at the beautiful churches built magnificently by our fellow countrymen who excel in this craftsmanship of church building. We visited the following churches and look at
each adorable main altar as shown below:
Blessed John Paul II Parish Church
The Nativity of the Lord Parish Church
Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy
St. Andrew Parish Church
St. Claire Parish Church
San Juan de Dios Parish Church
Poster of Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
The moment I stepped down from the
vehicle, I saw this miraculous, big poster of my Lord, Jesus Christ. I was really happy to see it because I have
a prayer leaflet with the same picture as shown below. Seeing this poster was no accidental to me. God works miraculously in many ways. He knew what I was feeling about at that time. He used my close friend to invite me and my
sister-in-law to come and visit this place.
We attended the mass and I asked my sister-in-law to take picture of me
and my Lord. The small table in the
background was the nun’s little area selling religious items.
Prayer Leaflet of Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
Actually, my mother owns this
prayer leaflet. She had a fall and
became bedridden. While in bed, my mother and I always pray together the Holy
Rosary while I hold this prayer leaflet in my hand. The story of why I got it
from my mother and the miracle it brought to my mother was this: I asked the nun managing the little area selling
religious items in that church if she has a prayer leaflet of the Precious
Blood of Jesus Christ that I could buy, but she said she didn’t have one. That’s why I got the prayer leaflet of my
mother, so I can pray for her always while looking at it, even I’m away from
home. When I returned to USA, I
continuously prayed for her through this prayer leaflet and she was miraculously
healed and able to walk again after two months.
Image of Jesus Christ on the Mountain
This place is really beautiful,
filled with God’s nature and spirit of love, joy, healing, and serenity for all
people who come and visit this place. Many
groups of people whether they are sick or healthy come to this serene place
like going on a pilgrimage. The church
is located on the top of the mountain.
It took us several hours before we reached this place. We attended the mass and had an opportunity
to touch the relic of the crucifix of Jesus Christ placed in a golden box under
the main altar afterwards. The
officiating priest mentioned the history of the church and how the relic was recovered
and given under the care of this church as shown below.
Monasteryo de Tarlac
Relic of the Crucifix of Jesus Christ
This Lenten Season, let us commemorate the passion and death of our Lord, Jesus Christ,who died for the eternal salvation of all human mankind. Infinite love He gives us; reconciliation is to love Him in return.
excited to go to our next itinerary that we didn’t get enough sleep the night
before the scheduled date. We had a long train ride going to Yokohama,
transferring from one station to another station several times, until we landed
on the last train station.
As soon as we
landed on the street, we took the chance of taking pictures in front of several
tall buildings, like the Queen’s Square as shown below, even though we didn’t
go inside the building (-.-) ha ha ha --just having fun of taking pictures
click, click, click. My granddaughter was really full of energy to take a long
walk and not even complained about it. I like walking, that is a good exercise.
Queen’s Square, Yokohama
In Pacifico Yokohama directory
signboard where my granddaughter and elder daughter were standing, it shows the
different directions leading to National Convention Hall, Conference Center,
Exhibition Hall, Annex Hall, Harbor Lounge, Intercontinental Yokohama Grand, Sightseeing Ship Terminal (sorry, the name was
covered by my daughter), and Rinko Park.
I’m sorry, if I couldn’t name some of the
places, as I wasn’t able to take picture of the signage. Their language is very
difficult to study as told by my youngest daughter when she took time studying
Nippongo, especially the Kanji, the
Chinese characters used in their writing system.
Yokohama Cosmo Ferris Wheel
This place with the big ferris
wheel is like the one in Sky Ranch, in Tagaytay City in my country. It’s more
beautiful to see this during the night when different lights are turned on. This
place is just almost in front of the Cupnoodles Museum that is across the
street only. We didn’t ride in this
majestic ferris wheel because it was still closed. Yokohama Cosmoworld is an amusement park with
different rides for everybody.
Cupnoodles Museum Park Street Sign
Yokohama Cupnoodles Museum
When we saw the
signage above, we felt a sigh of relief (-._) Wow, at last, we reached our
destination – Nissin Cupnoodles Museum.
We came here just for fun to have my granddaughter see how the noodles
are being manufactured and know its history.
I took pictures of what I could to show what’s inside the museum.
Nissin Cupnoodles Museum (1)
Icon of Nissin Cupnoodles
The picture (1) is at the
entrance before we proceeded to the main
floor where a room-sized cupnoodles factory was set up for viewing. I love stuff toys and this chick stuff toy is
the icon of the company. Visitors like
to take picture in front of this cupnoodle as we did also.
My Cupnoodles Factory
This is the Cupnoodles Factory
set up for the visitors to view. There
were lots of people who went here patiently falling in line. My granddaughter and I enjoyed the fun of designing
the side of the cup by drawing whatever we could think of. It helped the children developed creativity in
them and provided educational experience. Next, we went to line up for our cup noodle
to be filled up and see how it was being made and packed. We chose first the ingredients we like to
have and they filled our cups with it.
They showed us how it was being packed with a small machine only. Probably, if it is a bigger production, they
have a bigger machine for packaging.
Lastly, we were told to encase it in an air-filled plastic bag with long
thread intended for hanging or easy carrying like a small bag. (Note: Sorry for the inconsistency in the size of
the first 3 pictures above. They were
taken by my daughter in a horizontal angle using her iphone that made these
pictures different from the rest.)
Nissin Cupnoodles Museum (2)
These are the different kinds of
Nissin Cup Noodles with different flavors exhibited and were invented by Momofuku
Ando. Imagine, probably there are several hundreds or thousands of
them!!! This picture was taken on one side of the room only. The room was
really filled up with different Nissin Cup Noodles on three sides of the
room, from top to bottom.
Nissin Cupnoodles Museum (3)
This area is just like magic
(-.-) to the eyes of the children. I
became curious, too, why their hands and eyes were glued to it. My granddaughter and I took the chance to
touch the grey pictures. Wow! it showed
up its true colors (-.-)
Momofuku’s Cooking Area (a)
After we had an animated film
viewing of the history of Nissin Instant Cup Noodles (we’re not allowed to take
pictures inside the viewing room), a
door was opened leading to Momofuku’s small wooden, garden shed where he
worked on all his experiments about what is now a well-known food all over the
world – Nissin Cup Noodles.
Momofuku’s Cooking Area (b)
This area inside the inventor’s
place contains his all equipments and big cooking pot (not seen in the picture)
he used trying to invent what is now well known as the World’s First Cup
Noodles as shown in the picture below.
The Birth of World’s First Cup Noodles
September 18, 1971
The Birth of World’s First Space Ramen
July 27, 2005
His perseverance and
determination to reach his goal of inventing the kind of food that can last
longer when stored, with minimal amount
of hot water to add on, and enjoy the meal by all people in the world. He was really genius and never stopped
working till he invented also the World’s First Space Ramen as shown in the
Momofuku among the Greatest
Momofuku Ando (the one standing near
the cupnoodle) can really be a good role model to look up to in helping us achieve our goals in life. In this picture, it
depicts that he is considered as one of the greatest among inventors and
well-known personalities in the world. I
wish and pray that my granddaughter will become one, too, as she stood among
Sightseeing Ship Terminal
From the deck view of the
building, I took picture of this beautiful scenery of huge Yokohama’s Shipping Terminal.
ShinYokohama Raumen Museum
The next place we went to was in
ShinYokohama Raumen Museum. At the entrance, my granddaughter got surprised why
the noodles was moving up and down as shown in the video below. It wasn’t really a big place to be amazed at
things displayed inside. For me, it
looks like an ordinary small convenience store
where people buy. They charged us
an entrance fee and I don’t know why, till we went down the very underground of
the building that I think it was, 3 to 4 levels below from the main floor at
the entrance. There was no elevator and
the stairs are not even wide for two persons to go down. Here’s what we saw in the underground level
of the building as shown in this video also.
ShinYokohama Raumen Museum
Kimmidoll – Masayo
After eating our ramen noodle in
one of those restaurants in the underground level of the building, my youngest
daughter bought me a kimmidoll named Masayo as a souvenir only. Yeheyy, I will have this be displayed in my future, new
house (-.-) It is just so small that I can just hold it in my palm. It’s beautiful and cute and there is a write
up about life's true value being expressed through the meaning of her name as shown in the picture below.
Masayo – “True”
My spirit is authentic and pure.
To live true to yourself every
day in every way, is to honour
the purity of my spirit.
May you always be known
and cherished for everything
that is uniquely you, so you may
live a truly authentic live.
Skiing in Nagano
We rode in a big bus for 4 hours going
to Nagano in the morning. It’s the ice-covered playground for those taking
advantage of what the nature provides during winter season to have time for fun
and adventurous activities, like skiing. There are also cable cars to bring
those skiers up the hill for more exciting skiing. The hill view of this area
is beautiful and temperature was so cold.
Lots of people come here every year and even foreigners do come, they said.
Making a Snowman
I also took video of my granddaughter
while skiing on her sledge. She also
made snowman when she got tired of skiing in her sledge as shown in the picture
Ready to Ski?
My children rented their skiing
board and boots, but I was given a skiing boots only. I didn’t want to take the chance of
encountering falls or bumps. I just
watched them on the window side of the camp restaurant while they practiced. It’s hard if one is just starting to learn how
to ski. There was no professional coach
to teach them. My elder daughter
suffered a head bump after one fall. She
just stopped after several trials of skiing. But I
was very glad that nothing serious injury caused her head after undergoing a
medical examination in our country when she returned.
Pulling the Sledge
After several hours, it was time to go and take our hot bath in
the hotel. My granddaughter didn’t want
to go yet. She was lazy to stand up and
walk. That’s why my youngest daughter pulled her sledge while going to the
hotel. I considered this the best shot of them while my daughter was teasing her niece.
The hot bath area has each private
area for men and women. We took our bath
naked in a public bath before dipping into the hot pool. I didn’t dip into pool
because I couldn’t stand the hot temperature of the water, but my elder
daughter and her daughter did. That’s the way it is and nobody cares if you are
fat or slim or have stretched marks or none (-.-) Taking pictures is prohibited
in this area.
Even for a one-day trip, experience like this is a moment of time that
we can cherish in our life. We don’t
know if there will still be another time to experience this moment because we
don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
Actually before we travelled to Japan,
I read in the news online that there was a bus accident going to Nagano
that killed the passengers. It was
during the evening that the accident happened.
That’s why I told my youngest daughter to reschedule our trip in the
morning rather than in the evening.
Though it was a hurting moment for the family of those who died in the
accident, it was a realization for us that this accident was brought to my
attention by my Lord to make the necessary precaution. I always thank Him for His guidance and protection.
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