Back in June I planted a little something that I knew would give me great pleasure. I planted a bird feeder! Over the years I have learned that a minimal investment in bird seed each month provided me with maximum entertainment. The visitors I have received throughout the changing seasons are as diverse as the interesting people that walk by my house each day (and we do see some interesting characters). The strategic placement of one of my feeders brings the activity into full view through the living room's bay window. Imagine my excitement when one of the bird feeders I planted shot up 8 feet, far exceeding the height of my previously favored one! Let's see, the month of October costs me the price of a single sunflower seed as opposed to the $10.00 I spend the other 11 months of the year. That's a savings of, lets say roughly $9.90. Hmmm... that's 3 lattes, or a movie ticket, or a bargain skein of wool...
If I can keep the birds off of 11 of the full heads then I can put them away and bring out one a month, impale it in the garden and save myself $9.90 a month each month! In a year, that's 36 lattes, or 12 movie tickets, or 12 skeins of wool!!
Wait a minute. If I save 12 seeds from one of the sunflower heads I already grew, I save another $1.20 on the seed packet I would have purchased for next year. That's a bag of m&ms! Sometimes it's fun playing in my head!