Live Life Outside Monthly Digest
Keeping Positive in a Crazy Time
April Issue 2020
We’ve been wanting to start a monthly newsletter just to keep in touch and share some outside ideas with all of you for some time now, and as it appears we will be spending more time in our own outdoor spaces this spring, we figured…now’s a good time. I’ve been getting my energy out by revamping some items I already have in the yard and in the shed. Taking the old birdhouses down, cleaning them out and giving them a fresh coat of paint and varnish. I’m hoping to attract a new set of nesting bluebirds this spring. We’re also using up building scraps of acceptable wood to create new bird houses. We’re in the process of styling a shiplap version with leftover ends from one of our projects on Wrightsville Beach. Follow the simple instructions below. If you don’t have one already order an unpainted version in cedar at www.wayfair.com for about $25.00 to $35.00.
DIRECTIONS TO REVIVE AN OLD BIRDHOUSE
- Remove screws or nails and take down birdhouses.
- Remove old nesting materials.
- Gently scrub wood with dish soap and steel wool. Let dry completely.
- Paint only the outside of the house with any leftover exterior, water-based paints or acrylics you have in the shed. Allow to dry completely.
- Spray with exterior clear gloss spray paint. Once dry, reattach the birdhouse to its post.
- Leaving a small container on the ground in dry weather of nesting materials such as yarn, cotton, twigs and tiny bits of material encourages nests.
We’ve also come across a few good books on Nature & Birds this spring that some of you may enjoy. For bird I.D. try the apps from: audubon.org, ebird.org and songsleuth.com
North Carolina Nature Writing: Four Centuries of Personal Narratives and Descriptions Edited by Richard Rankin – John F. Blair Publisher, 1406 Plaza Dr. Winston Salem, 27103 “A great book that explores the state with excerpt essays from nature enthusiasts such as John Muir, Edwin Way Teale and Asa Gray. The best part for me is looking at the past and the unique way exploration was viewed as far back as the late 1600’s.”
Bird, Bee & Bug Houses: Simple projects for your garden By: Derek Jones “Chris found this gem. It is a hands-on project book with fantastic pictures and directions for constructing all types of flying creature habitats. It’s available to purchase online.”
SPRINGTIME SALAD: SHRIMP SALAD EXTRAORDINAIRE
We’ll highlight another business or product we love that mixes with living outside.
Supporting other small businesses at this time is also top of our list. One of our favorite local shops is Atlantic Seafood’s Retail Market in Hampstead. They offer many varieties of whole, fresh fish and locally caught seafood from our area. If you haven’t been before, consider taking a ride over to check out the day’s local catch. They’ve been around since the 1940’s and always have a cart of ice out front, so if you bring your cooler you can keep everything chilled properly until you get home. Call for hours and pick up information.
Atlantic Seafood Retail Market www.atlanticseafoodnc.com 95 NC-210 Hampstead, NC 28443 910-270-4446
Shrimp Salad Extraordinaire Recipe
Cooking the shrimp: Place 2 pounds large, local shrimp (remove heads & devein) in a medium sized pot. Add ½ cup water and ¼ cup champagne vinegar, (or any old vinegar that’s clear) and add 1 tbls. Old Bay seasoning and 1 tsp. of celery seed. Bring to a boil on med-high, cover and steam until shells are pink and shrimp appear curled, approximately for 5-6 minutes. Drain and allow shrimp to cool off to the touch. Peel shells and place shrimp in a clean bowl. To make the dressing, add the following and mix well: 1 stalk finely chopped celery, ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 tbls. Dijon mustard, 1 tbls. fresh dill (or 1 tsp. dry dill) and 1 tbls. White wine, salt & pepper to taste. For those of you who like life spicier, top it off by sprink 1 tbsp. dry red pepper flakes. Serve on a bed of fresh mixed greens with some homemade cornbread and enjoy!
We wish you all the best of health, Michele and Chris Pasch
1121 Military Cutoff Rd. Suite 154
Wilmington, NC 28405
Please note: We are not paid to advertise any business, person or product and do warrant any of the products or businesses mentioned. Simply, we are sharing with you our family recipes and outdoor suggestions of the things and experiences we have enjoyed recently. For the time being we’ll mail these out because it’s nice to get something in the mail and we’re already doing a lot of screen time probably.