Leo the Cat had been waiting for this day for a long time.
“Meow! Finally, some alone time at home again!” As nice as the holidays had been, at some point, a cat needs some peace. Especially if they have a plan in mind.
Leo had a plan and was looking forward to today’s project. He wanted to build a birdhouse. After hearing a story his Grandpa Benjamin told at Christmas, Leo decided he wanted to do something good. He was going to build a bird house for the garden.
Leo liked that he would be able to comfortably watch the birds up close from his favorite, warm windowsill.
“I will never be bored again and the birds will always have something to eat!” he thought.
As soon as his family left the house to go back to work, the cat stretched and took a deep breath.
“Now I can finally get started, meow. First I will go to the basement to see if I can find the tools and materials I need,” he thought.
He quickly went down the stairs. Luckily, he found a slightly open door to the basement workshop.
Leo liked being in the workshop because it smelled pleasantly of wood and was cozy and warm. Whenever he got bored, he came down to watch his dad repair or design something out of wood.
The loud noise from the drilling and milling machines was hard on Leo’s sensitive ears. He would disappear when they came on and only come back around the corner when the noise had stopped.
His dad often said, “Leo, you’re so attentive, you’d think you were trying to learn how all this works!” Then he would wink at the cat.
Now Leo was going to try it out on his own.
“Maybe I should make a drawing first, so I have a plan to work from,” he thought briefly. “Nah, I can do it without a plan! I’m sure it won’t be that complicated. Meow!”
He looked around and found the wood he needed stacked in the corner of the workshop. “Next, I need nails, a hammer, and a saw, of course. Hmm… oh yes, a folding rule wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Where is it?” Leo thought.
He jumped onto the workbench and searched through all the supplies. But he couldn’t find the folding rule anywhere.
“Well, I can manage without it,” the cat thought to himself and began to work with the wood. The three logs that Leo was using as a frame for the feeding area were all different lengths.
“That’s what a saw is for,” Leo thought. He began to cut one log after another with the saw.