Ray Bird retired from driving trucks in 2000. Instead of “sitting in a chair, waiting to die,” he decided to make a birdhouse. He’s spent “about 60 hours a week” doing that since. One of his favorite stories relates to the “hotel” he built and placed on his fence. Within a few weeks, the birdhouse was filled with pine cones. After having to take it down for repairs once, the hotel was again filled up with more pine cones. For the video go to love.sltrib.com.