Snow is retreating
Now that the snow is gone, we have the usual "Oh, so that's where that thing went!" discovery process of all the things that spent the winter outside. James continued his habit of tossing unwanted things over the fence, and today I went over to the neighbour's backyard to pick up the various things that he'd thrown over. I found three KNIVES out there! Well, throwing knives over the fence is something that doesn't make particularly happy neighbours - thank goodness it was during the winter when no one was out there. But I have to put a stop to this right away.
This would be the ideal solution, but naturally we can't afford such a state-of-the-art lockup. I think I've found the remedy - a small, box-like gun safe, that measures 14"x11"x4" inside, and closes with a battery-operated number lock (key locks are too awkward - you can never find a key when you need it, and besides, James can steal keys and open things). I'm going to fit this onto a sort of pull-out drawer mechanism, and install it under a cupboard in the kitchen. That way we can get a knife quickly when we need it. It's not much use to have them locked up on a high shelf or in another room. Meanwhile, we'll keep them locked in a cupboard which is awkward (because it contains all sorts of other things we need, and has to be opened and closed a hundred times a day), but will keep the knives out of reach until the box arrives.
You have to be very nimble in your thinking to survive in this house.