makedo+fort cozy=backyard overnight adventure

design, eco-craft, experiences, family

Some readers might remember my post on fort cozies that I wrote in 2009. Our fort cozies got a new life with the addition of Makedo components from Australia.

I stumbled upon them at our local toy store Geppetto’s Toy Box. They are wonderful little components that provide ways to attach, for example cardboard boxes together or attach a hinge to a piece of cardboard.

Our daughter and a friend built this impressive structure out of Makedo parts, cardboard boxes, garden stakes, clothespins and our fort cozy.

They spent the afternoon in it in our backyard playing cards and games. The even thought to make a peephole and cover it with black fabric so they could be on the lookout should they hear any suspicious activity in the vicinity.

When her friend had to go home Sophie asked if she could spend the night with Bill in it. Our yard is frequented by a family of five possums and three raccoons so she thought that Daddy would be best equipped to keep the wildlife at bay during the night. World’s Greatest Daddy put Ridgerests in the bottom of the fort to ensure comfy sleeping and Sophie filled it with sleeping bags and her favorite stuffed animals. The fort withstood some evening breezes and even a light misty rain that landed a few drops of water on their heads as they slept but not enough to make them want to come inside.

Morning came and Bill took some hot chocolate and the iPad out to the fort so Sophie could listen to an audiobook while we made breakfast.

Our cat Mies beat me to the fort and made himself at home when I arrived with two plates of waffles. We ate our waffles, listened to Ella Enchanted on the iPad in our pajamas in the backyard until 9:30. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to summer.

4 thoughts on “makedo+fort cozy=backyard overnight adventure

  1. First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I’ve had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!

    1. I am fortunate that writing has always come easily to me but I do organize my thoughts before I begin to write. If there are other things on my mind, I deal with them first so they don’t distract me. I also think through the general outline or sequencing of the piece. When thinking about posts, I am usually constructing the outline in my head while I’m doing laundry or driving our daughter to soccer practice. Although I can just sit down and bang out an article or chapter of a book on a schedule, my preference is usually to allow posts to assemble themselves in my head organically without a given time frame. If there are things distracting you, make a list of them and then put the list aside so you can let your brain know that it can let go of distractions. The last piece of advice I have is to write about things that you know and care a lot about. Those are the things that will be easiest to write about and you’ll be able to write about them with rich detail.Hope that helps.

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