Quite the Lovely Day

A pink magnolia tree
A pink magnolia tree

It’s been awhile since I have had a series of good days.  The winter was long and cold and full of disease.  I finally feel like there’s a break in some of that and I’ve been enjoying a being able to go outside.  Today was funny.  Yes, it was another day of DIY fun!  I don’t know where I got the idea, but I wanted to make Chester a scratching post.  I find that those sold at stores are generally not that great in quality.  I tripped over one of his posts and broke the base that it stands on and I had to get him a new one.  It wobbled when the poor boy tried to use it 😉  The carpet on the sides is coming off too, so I decided to try to make one myself.

Menard’s has since become one of my favorite stores.  I made a scratching post for under $10, including the wood, twine, and a staple gun.  It was pretty incredible.  I made it today.  I had the idea that I was going to use an old rug that I had to cover the base.  When I tried to cut it to fit the shape of the wood, it started to unravel and the ropes that make it up started to come apart.  I decided to staple some of these to the top to make it colorful 🙂  I ended up sanding and painting the base white.  Here is the finished product:


After this project, we went to walk on a walking trail that stretches the span of the city.  I think we walked about a mile or so and it was lovely.  I haven’t had the chance to take a walk in the evening for awhile now, but I’m glad to be getting back in the habit.  As I’ve mentioned before, going to the gym, especially in the winter, is a difficult experience for me, so getting exercise outside is relieving for me.

When we got home, I took some more pictures of the lovely apartment nature 🙂  I hope you enjoy these.

Up close with the magnolia tree
Up close with the magnolia tree
A very nervous bunny
A very nervous bunny
My favorite of the day: an abnormally pointed tulip
My favorite of the day: an abnormally pointed, yet beautiful tulip (I think)
A tree
A tree
Of course, a picture of Chester ;)
Of course, a picture of Chester 😉

Thanks for visiting.


=^.^= M.



67 thoughts on “Quite the Lovely Day

  1. You have such a terrific eye for photography! I learn so much looking at your pictures, you do a great job. It’s still muddy here and we have way too much more coming, but I can’t wait to get out and start taking pictures to share. Keep posting yours, I love seeing what you take. Chester of course, steals the show.

    1. I’m an amateur at best, but I definitely enjoy photography. I hope it gets better where you are and that you can start taking pictures of nature at its best 🙂

  2. Very nice! I’ve restrung the rope on ours data post 4 times so far, He loves it, and I see no reason to buy a new one. Good job building one froms scratch! And I keep waiting for the nice weather to come and stay!

    1. 😀 It was fun making one from scratch and much less expensive than buying one. I hope the nice weather comes to you soon. That is quite the long winter 😦

      1. I see, so everything just starts later 🙂 That’s not so bad then. Perhaps it’s better than an early spring and extended, nuclear, dry summer 🙂

      2. I love it up here. For biking and hiking there is nowhere better. Incan see mountains from anywhere, this weekend the kid and I are going to the ocean which is only 2 hrs away. Wouldn’t live anywhere else, so putting up with a late spring isn’t so bad 🙂

      3. Wow, that sounds amazing. Where is it that you live? I have seen the smoky mountains before 😉 Ugh, I haven’t seen the ocean since I was about 10 years old 😦 That’s too sad.

      4. I am just north of Seattle Wa. I have e cascade mountains on one side, the Olympics on the per. Puget sound is 5 miles away, and the ocean itself is about 2 hours away. Great for hiking, biking, beach combing, all kind of outdoor activities!

      5. Wow, if I lived there, I’m sure I would go outdoors much more often 🙂 Perhaps I might even hike. If I do that here, I will just get bombarded with ticks and poison ivy.

  3. Merry/Happy Spring!

    Love the scratching post project. It turned out awsome. Serica, my cat of coolness, would love to have one. I think I’m going to attempt your idea for her. The pictures look great. other than writing and reading (indoor activities) my only outdoor fun is photography. Due to my Agoraphobia I can’t get out much either. What kind of camera do you shoot with? I’m a loyal Nikon user myself. Going to checkout yout t-shirt page now; have a great spring day.

    Write Fearlessly

    1. Hey 🙂

      Thank you! It was very easy, just get a 2/4 piece of wood, whatever length you want. If you have a home dept, menard’s or lowes, they ave scrap wood, which is super cheap! Then wrap it tightly with sisal twine and staple it to the wood 🙂 Very easy.

      I use a Nikon too 🙂 The picture quality on it is amazing and it’s so easy to use. I will be a Nikon user for life 🙂

  4. Ahhhh, Menards. Went there myself today. You must be a bit further south than I am. We haven’t even really greened up yet, much less have trees and flowers blooming.

    1. 😉 He bolted immediately after I snapped the picture. Thanks for saying that! I think it just has a lot to do with imagination and resources 🙂

  5. This is very inspiring post, thank you for sharing your thoughts but also the pictures, are amazing, are you living in a ground house where you took the pictures or you were wisiting a place….

  6. I am so happy that you are having good days and getting out in the nice weather. Your creativity with the scratching post shows your love for Chester. I don’t know if I would have the patience. I got out twice yesterday myself and loved it. The weather in Chicago has been cloudy and rainy so much that a sunny day was a blessing. Thanks for the nature pictures. I miss going to the park so much to see the ducks and swans. Please keep posting pictures so I won’t feel like I am missing out on spring. Have a great week! 🙂

    1. 🙂 I do love my Chester! I’m so glad you’re having some beautiful weather in Chicago. I live about 4 hours south of Chicago and I just love going there. I always try to get a hotel overlooking the lake because it’s just gorgeous and it reminds me of the sea. Very fun city 🙂

      1. My mom is from a small town in southern Illinois called Sesser. It is very close to Rend Lake. I am taking the kids for a visit to the family in June and staying in a cabin in the woods. I think the area around Rend Lake is breathtaking.

  7. Yay for good days!
    And I can’t get over how much Chester looks like my cat. But I’m coming to find out my cat is very common so alot of cats look like him. Its just weird to see a pic of your cat, looking like mine, but I know yours has a totally different personality than mine. 🙂

  8. wow – I live not too far from you – i have yet to see these flowers. yes, green ‘things’ coming up from the ground and bumps on branches but no blossoms! thank you for the pics – it gives me hope:)

  9. Maybe your tree’s scent made it all the way out to Massachusetts? I’m happy for you…I’ve been on the other end of the scale a few days. Good thing I COULDN’T post on the weekend….gave up our own internet connection…!

  10. Beautiful pictures Megan. I’m feeling a little jealous. Around here, things are still brown, there are no flowers, and we’ve had one of the longest winters I can remember. I was happy that the temps were in the 50’s and the sun came out for awhile today. Enjoy your spring, you have a fabulous start!

    1. I honestly thought we were never going to get to this point of budding trees and 70 degree weather, but finally mother nature gave in. I hope Spring comes soon for you!

  11. I’m happy to read about your lovely day. 🙂 I remember the clausterphobic feeling of winter as I grew up in Wisconsin. Now that I live in Florida, there are no seasons. Reading about your day helps me think about positive things, and that we can all experience them. I believe happiness is our right, and I find it is way too easy to focus on the negative. Thank you for your positivity, and kudos to your tenacious strength. 🙂

  12. Great photos! Cool that you made your own scratching post. Advice to cat owners in general.. don’t buy used scratching posts from craigslist or garage sales.. the smell of cats is already on them. My brother and sister-in-law bought a used scratching post, and one of their cats keeps spraying it. Not fun. I think making your own scratching post is a good idea. If you can’t or won’t do that, then at least buy a new one.

  13. First of all, thanks for following my blog! A walk after a looooooonnnngg winter, such a wonderful experience. I cannot go to the gym either, but just because the atmosphere of people showing off and the smell disturbs me. Other than that I find it utterly boring. So exercice in nature, by foot or bycicle does the trick for me…:-) and gardening too. Love your pics!

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