We got one more area done for the winter today.
The old basement window.
We take advantage of the shelter over this window as a place to put the outside cat food containers, out of the rain. It isn’t much shelter, but it at least keeps their food mostly dry.
One of my plans for this summer was to dig up the dirt under the overhang and line it with bricks.
I noticed, however, there was thick plastic at the window, so I took advantage of having a daughter to hold the “roof” up and dug out the dirt to see just how far the plastic extended.
It turns out, there is no need to brick the area.
Technically, we can take that post out and let the overhang drop all the way down, which would further protect the window (which used to be where we tossed wood into the basement, for the old wood burning furnace, long ago).
If we did that, though, we’d lose the shelter it gives for the cats and their food bowls.
So the post stays! 🙂
We had a couple of leftover bits of Styrofoam insulation that we decided to lay down to give the cats something a bit warmer for their feet in the winter. The broken piece of sidewalk block and brick had already been under there, so they were used to brace the foam and support the food containers.
The cats were immediately curious about the new set up!
After finishing work elsewhere, I came back to find this.
Well, at least one cat is liking the foam foot warmer. Doom Guy was back in the food again – he was in it when I moved the pan back under there, and he didn’t get out until I put it back on the ground! 😀
On the right, you can see the mesh window we use in the summer. It really needs new wood. Another future project!
This area is now done, though, so another thing off the list for before winter! 🙂