Sunday, December 4, 2011

Up On the Roof

When this old world starts getting me down...

No, unlike in the classic Drifters song, I didn't go up there to get away from my troubles. My real purpose was to remove a deposit of leaves from my old shake roof. Leaving them there would be asking for trouble--if I don't have enough of it already. The shakes are getting soft and I found a couple of pieces of them on the ground after the latest wind.

So... Up I clambered and not only blew them off with an electric leaf blower (kind of fun) but cleaned the gutters (stuffed) and trimmed some overhanging branches with an electric saw.

All this was instigated and greatly assisted by Ted, my kind and energetic neighbor, who always warns me about the things I need to do for my house. He not only supplied the ladders and the electric devices, but also pitched in and we got a lot done.

So, despite my usual protestations against any work not performed on a musical instrument or a laptop, it was kind of energizing. And the view from up there was pretty darned nice, too (see photo).

Sadly, I think I need a new roof! But I'm not doing that labor myself.


CathyB said...

I love being on my roof. (And so have all my kids, who perfected a way to get there by climbing the orange tree.) You've inspired me to go up later today when it warms up a little!

Will Peartin said...

Yes, do not risk anything when walking up there. Using those gadgets was a wise idea. Only a few depend on that. When do you plan to get a new roof?

Will Peartin

Saundra Wordlaw said...

One must be all geared up when going up the roof. Good thing your neighbor Ted had some of the things you need. By the way, if you ever need to replace your roof, I suggest you opt for a metal one. You can save money on heating and air conditioning with a metal roof because it is an excellent insulator.

Chantay said...

It takes a lot of courage to get up on the roof and clean it yourself! I can’t imagine myself doing that kind of cleaning stuff. Anyway, just always be careful when you’re up there. Remember, safety comes first before anything else.

-Chantay Smithingell

Tiffany Larsen said...

Wow! You cleaned the roof all by yourself? Like Chantay, I can’t imagine myself being on the roof and cleaning it all by myself. Anyway, you can always consider hiring roofers to do it for you. You can also take this chance to have your roof checked for maintenance.

-Tiffany Larsen