Beau December 2nd, 2009
Ladders are simply wonderful tools. As long as you can move them around a bit.
Yes, I really did that… I didn’t even bend a nail!
What a week and weekend… Thanksgiving was a really nice day, and the food was wonderful. Had to keep the weight off, so I worked outside on the “everlasting shed project” (sort of like Willy Wonka’s ever-lasting gobstoppers). There’s nothing like a table full of delicious food on a holiday! I’m getting hungry again…
We’ve been stretching those leftovers and it keeps getting better. But yesterday was our last sunny, mild day for awhile… the cold is coming! Maybe really cold with an arctic cold front dropping towards us. We’ve been so fortunate- I think the news said this is the latest we’ve ever gone in the year without a hard freeze. That was just fine for me and sure helped with getting the building up. This was a few days ago getting the drip edge and the roofing felt laid down.
Yesterday I ran out early to try and finish the big stuff. Which brings to mind another group of folks to appreciate more… roofers! Shingles are messy, heavy, scratchy, and brittle when it’s not warm enough outside. But somehow I’ll bet it was easier now than it would have been in August. You also get to cut a bunch of them to fit along the way. The ridgetop shingles are cut with a wedge, then layered on top of each other with nails and roofing cement to help them stay put.
While I was putting a few nails in the other day I was summoned to the house. “Just a minute…!” I say, to which the boy replies that I’m supposed to come a little more quickly. Seems that an uninvited guest was living on the sun porch. Can you see it?
We get one or two reptile visitors in the house during the year it seems. This guy is either a young Great Plains Ratsnake or a Prairie Kingsnake- I need to take a closer look. He’s sleeping in a jar in the boy’s room for now… we can’t let him go until we get a warmish day again.
The past couple of days I was a tarry, sticky mess making sure everything was laying down properly with those shingles. But its been a fun process… with a huge learning curve. Except for the fact that I kept forgetting things after climbing up the ladder to the roof. Up, down… up, down… It’s only 11 feet to the top in back, but nearly 15 feet high at the front. Seems a lot higher when you’re wobbling around on your feet and knees. I can’t imagine how some of those roofers do those 30 foot gabled roofs. That said, I’ve been having a grand ‘ole time and enjoyed the view from the top.
I spent a little extra time today looking at other plans for sheds… and I realize I could have done this from scratch with a little more forethought. The designs they have at My Shed Plans are very nice… maybe that will be for next time.
Today I finally finished with the shingles and a ridge vent. Then it was time to set a couple of small windows and the doors. The boy came home from school and helped hold them in place for me. It was great to have his help after he was out sick for a week.
As the sun fell below the horizon we were finishing up, and then the most beautiful sight appeared with the nearly full moon rising in the east. Perhaps a good omen on wrapping up the big stuff, but it was fun to see the moon through the trees. Later we saw the most beautiful halo around the moon- it must have taken up half the sky.
Lots of trim and finish to do on the little building, but I’m glad it’s mostly weatherproof now. Bring on the rain and snow! Okay, not really :) Maybe a little snow… As it is I’ve got a garage fillled with beekeeping equipment that needs a home. The shed doesn’t look very big, but it feels like a mansion inside.
Well Happy December everyone- time to get those decorations up. I’ve been slow-posting lately, but as winter sets in I hope to get back in the swing of things. Hmmm… maybe I can graduate to a bigger building one day :)