Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

create create create

Last week my friend Jodi told me she thought I could make a trellis.

Yesterday my Dad told me to be sure to pre-drill the second board I was drilling into, in order to create a strong support structure.

Louis, my favorite mountain man friend, directed me to hex screws after my “I’m a Stripper” post yesterday. I balanced all of my weight (torque per dad) over the drill and the hex screws worked like magic.

Now I just have the fun decorating/finishing touches left.

TWO suns. The sun reflected a few times in a weeping grape vine on the trellis project. What a beautiful moment in a fun day.

TWO trellises- cheers!

Is there a character called Shadow Face?

I can’t wait to unravel the vines from the flimsy small metal structures on either side of the new trellis and train them up the sides. The flowering vines outgrew the small metal supports a few years ago.

I tried to wrap smaller grape vine around the trellis, but it wasn't covering the boards as much as I'd like.
I grabbed some thicker branches that were easily fastened to the boards and covered them nicely.
Tomorrow I'll take most of the grape vine off and start my new layering technique.


11 responses

  1. Great job, Melissa. I’m proud of you. See? All you had to do was put the hex on them screws. :-)

    Happy Easter, Love. :-)

    April 7, 2012 at 7:19 am

    • melissakoski

      Well played Bob (: I’m glad you’re proud of me. It was great to accomplish the project. Big Easter loves to you!

      April 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

  2. Ciao, well done, but why not ask Jodie to do, it or those men in the family, as a feminist l like to watch and sip the vino!!! heh heh

    April 7, 2012 at 9:06 am

    • melissakoski

      Ha, I think I’m handier than Jodi. I only know Louis vie the internet and he lives hours away. My dad said he was sure I wouldn’t be able to do the project without help…which made me only want to do the project without help. I’m on an independent streak.

      April 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

      • louisva

        We do indeed have something in common.

        You said “My dad said he was sure I wouldn’t be able to do the project without help…which made me only want to do the project without help.”

        I’m that way as well. All one has to do to get me to do something is tell me I can’t. Independent is my middle name. Actually the proper term which describes me is a bit stronger – how bout STUBBORN, I’ll admit it!

        April 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

  3. louisva

    Thanks for the hat tip, Melissa. I’m glad the hex screws worked for you. It’s funny – my mind was visualizing something like a rose trellis against a wall, rather than what you have for a grape vine. I have a LOT of grape vines growing as well, but they are held up in trees (they make a great trellis) and are wild. Anyone for some Muscadine Wine? I love the pictures but – well – where is the double entendre, provocative title, lol?

    April 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

    • melissakoski

      Yeah it’s probably called an arbor or something. (: Who knows, but I knew I wanted one. lol

      The grape vines I’m using are spread over old dead sumac trees in a wild overgrown part of the yard. I’m cutting them and swinging on them to tear them down away from the dead trees. So far I’ve only gotten one hunk of bark in my eye and fallen backward into the raspberry canes a few times….the pokes help keep me on my toes. (: Sincere thanks for your hex help!!!!

      April 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

  4. I think I’d rather do the dusting!
    Good on you!

    April 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

  5. Anonymous

    That looks awesome! Good job L Jo!!

    April 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Jodes. I’ll post your penis drawings tomorrow. Perfectly lovely to see you this evening. xoxo

      April 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

  6. job well done!

    April 8, 2012 at 3:48 am


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