In a recent interview, I was asked about what I listen to while I am writing. Believe it or not, this was sort of a tough question to answer. As in most aspects of my writing life, I can be a bit flaky about what music I tune into while in creative mode. Yes, I said it—flaky. I cater to my moods. I might listen to music, but then again, maybe not. One thing is a constant, though: I love, love, love, to write with the windows open. Especially if there are birds chirping and carrying on outside. Okay, I don’t mean to sound like Snow White, but there is just something about the tweeting and twittering as well as other outdoor sounds that is somehow comforting, inspiring, and motivating. Kind of different, but still musical.
For better or for worse, this eccentricity has resulted in yours truly crowding the back porch of our house with bird feeders in a variety of shapes and sizes. Which has resulted in certain family members commenting rather frequently that my birdie welfare programs are getting a bit out of hand. Some folks seem to think that the bug population might exceed reasonable limits since no bird in his or her right mind would waste time on grubs given the banquet laid out on our porch. Apparently, I’m not taking these comments all that seriously, though, because I’ve just put out a new treat--something different. It’s easy and kind of fun to make. I’m talking about a birdseed wreath (pictured), people. If you enjoy the flutter of wings, the birdie spats, the tweets that come from nature (as compared to Twitter), why not give this wreath a try? Here’s how to make this unique birdfeeder:
In a large bowl, combine three, ¼ ounce envelopes of gelatin with 6 tablespoons of cold water. Let this mixture stand for 1 minute.
Add 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
Gradually add 6 cups of birdseed to the gelatin mixture, stirring to combine.
Spray the inside of a Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour the birdseed mixture into the pan, pressing the seed down firmly as you fill.
Place the pan in the refrigerator for several hours or until it is set.
Remove the wreath from the pan and tie several lengths of twine around it.
Now you are ready to suspend the wreath, perhaps from a tree branch.
Easy, right? If you try this, let me know how it works out. I could use the support around here. : )