22 February 2011

Coming up for air

The last time I popped in here, we had roofers crawling all over our house, my dad and his wife were here visiting, and I was suffering with a nasty sinus infection. Much of that week is a blur, but I do distinctly remember that it was the week the snow storms ended. Meaning, the weekly BIG snow storms.

We managed to have a very nice visit with the relatives, the roofers finished up about a week ago, and the antibiotics did their work on me, so now all is sort of back to normal. And at the perfect time, our school district is having it's winter break, so we're sleeping in, catching up on chores, and having some fun.

Here are a couple of photos I took two weeks ago in the midst of all the storming. And honestly, we've had a few warm days (meaning, in the upper 30s and low 40s) but we really haven't had that much of a melt.



Needless to say, we haven't done much grilling this winter, other than on the George Foreman grill my son gave me for Christmas.

And it's always at this time of the year when I look outside and feel like it will NEVER BE WARM AGAIN.

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09 February 2011

Is This a Trick?

It's Wednesday and it's not snowing.

In fact, there is not a cloud in the sky.

What does it mean?!

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04 February 2011

Up on the Roof...

We are getting a new roof. Yes, right smack in the middle of winter, in the midst of this steady stream of weekly storms, we have men tearing off our shingles, replacing plywood, and replacing insulation. We've known for years that we've needed a new roof. The house is 27 years old and the roof is the original. Over the years, ice damming and heavy snow has done its work, and we've begun to have leaks. And if that wasn't enough, we don't have enough insulation, so the upstairs bedrooms are ALWAYS COLD.

So back in October - YES, OCTOBER - we hired a reputable contractor who came highly recommended by one of our trusted neighbors. He's done roofs on several of our neighbors' homes. One neighbor told us that although he does good work, he wouldn't use him again because he's slow and isn't good at communicating with his customers. We opted to go with him anyway.

As is customary, in October, we paid half up front, with the agreeement that we'd pay the other half upon completion. We were told they'd get started in 3-4 weeks, worst case.

Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas came and went with nothing happening up on our roof. We were told the weather was slowing things down, but let's face it, the weather THEN wasn't much of a problem. Finally, three weeks ago, I told them it was time to talk about getting our money back, and guess what! They showed up THAT DAY and plowed all around our house and suddenly they had time to start our roof!

(Why didn't I get tough sooner?)

What with constantly having to remove snow to work, not to mention battling sub-zero temperatures, the work has gone slowly. But they're doing a great job and they're getting it done. The owner did tell me two days ago that they're going over budget what with spending all the time on snow removal, and I thought to myself, "This is my problem, how?"

We have guests coming to visit next week and I was really hoping NOT to have guys crawling all over our roof, not to mention the almost constant banging and hammering. I can see it now, "Welcome to Maine! Enjoy the snowstorm that will surely show up on Wednesday. And if that's not enough, here's an all-day headache for you!"

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02 February 2011

If This is Wednesday, It Must be Snowing

A couple of weeks ago, I commented to my husband that we'd had two big storms on consecutive Wednesdays. Last week someone said that we seem to be having big snow every Wednesday or Thursday. On the news this morning, the weather guy said that it's mid-week in Maine, so here comes the snow!

It's Wednesday and the state of Maine is pretty much closed. The only folks venturing out seem to be the news people and the plow drivers. We got 3 or 4 inches of snow yesterday, and they're forecasting 12-18 inches for this whopper that's sweeping through today.

I'm up early because the school system sends out its automated phone call at 5:20 a.m. when there is a school closing. Always a lovely phone call to receive.

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In other news, Happy Groundhog Day. Somehow with more than a foot of snow falling on our area, and more snow forecasted for Saturday and next week, I'm not sure if the groundhog could even shovel out of his little den.

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