As the round of birthdays are fast approaching (august for both Hubby and I), I find myself contemplating what I want for my birthday. No matter what I think of, it is something for the house, not really something for myself. New clothespins, an apple or weeping willow tree, drywall for my craft room walls… etc. Its amazing how we go from asking for popular toys as kids, gift certificates to the mall as a teen, to a case of beer as an adult. Now as a homeowner, my wishlists, to-do lists and honey-do lists all revolve around fixing up, improving, repairing or removing things around the house or the yard. So I’m trying to really think about what I want that doesn’t scream “I just bought a house and need stuff”. Today I witnessed a few swallows hanging out on the clothes line, and I think a bird house would be nice. But do you do single family? A swallow birdhouse/mansion is usually huge, and would probably need it’s own pole as I doubt our poor old clothes line post could handle the weight. Or maybe a bat house. I’m sure hubby would love anything that will host critters that will reduce the amount of bugs out here (I’ll save hubby’s displeasure with the bugs to another post). I’ll have to put more thought into it, although to simply be able to plant a tree each year would make me happy.