We built a dog house... for our cats.
It has been so bitter cold here for the past little bit, and I felt bad for our poor kitties. We have two cats who lived quite comfortably in the house - in our last house. When we moved in with my dad, they were relegated to be outdoor cats because of my dad's allergies. They coped just fine with that, only occasionally sneaking in the house (and regularly sneaking in the garage). But when the snow and the cold came, they had no shelter. Poor kitties.
So David and Eddie and I went over to a kind neighbor (the greatest scout leader ever!) who helped us cut and assemble this dog house. It was pretty easy, as the directions were all nice and clear at the Lowes website.
Just one sheet of 4x8 plywood, cuts, some 2x4s, a bunch of screws, and we were done in a morning.
We brought it home and painted it green in the kitchen. Because I could only find green paint and pink paint, and because the kitchen is the only place to paint when it's below freezing outside.
Trent cut up some carpet scraps to insulate and make it all cozy for our kitties. In the spring, we will put on shingles and make it pretty, but for now, with a tarp thrown over to keep off the snow, they are warm and toasty. Every time I look on the back porch, I see a tail or two or some whiskers through the door. Glad they can be warm!