Tag Archives: derecho

Confusing the Critters

27 Sep

We are finally mostly done with the roof, which takes us to the deck work.

My dad even came out and helped with some of the tearing apart. But my dog and cat were quite confused.

Sky

Bob

I can’t blame them.  It was mostly gone by the weekend.

out the front door

I think we’re all ready to have the construction done.  Then we don’t want any more storms.

The Deck

18 Sep

There’s still work going on.  The shingles are done, but there’s still work on the soffit and fascia.  I’m switching from black, which fades and looks horrible over time, to white.  It isn’t as dramatic, but hopefully it stays white.

Black on the left; original wood in the middle and lower level; white on the top right

After the roof, the next project will be replacing the deck.  You might recall that it was pretty damaged in the derecho also.

Well, in order for it to be replaced, I had to do some weed and scrub tree removal.

Seriously.  I just can’t keep up.

And with the death of the big oak tree in my front yard (and the magnolia that was taken out in the derecho), there’s a lot more sunshine and the weeds and scrub trees grow much faster.

I also have wild grapes growing back there.  I really had planned last year on using the vines for a project and then getting rid of them, but that didn’t work out. Now I need to get rid of them again, and I’m guessing once again I won’t have time for the fun, crafty project.

Anyhow, I spent part of last weekend trying to make the deck accessible to tear out and replace.  I’m working on it.

It will be interesting to see how my dog reacts to all the deck removal and building.

Sky

He’s been good with the roof so far, but it’s harder to go stick your nose in someone’s face when they are on the roof.

A Busy Short Week

12 Sep

I swear this might have only been a four day week with the holiday, but it has been crazy busy.  It started with the roof of my house finally getting shingled this week.

Well, it’s in progress.

Wednesday, as soon as I got home from work, I scooped up Tiger and took him to the vet.  He was fixed the next morning, and my mom picked him up and brought him home Friday morning.  I don’t think it slowed him down at all.

Rocky appreciated a break from the kitten constantly bouncing on him.  Poor boy.

Rocky

As always, I have also been out to pasture counting kids.

I’m still milking.   Onyx is still doing well with training, but she isn’t giving me much.  Most of my girls are starting to slow down their production. I’m down to three quarts a day from the five I had been getting.

Caroline

I weaned Pretzel, but I’m not sure that made things easier because she still follows me and sucks on my fingers and clothes and things she should have a bottle.

Pretzel running to see if I have a bottle.

I also spent a stupid amount of time trying to figure out how I messed up the settings on my big girl camera because it wasn’t focusing properly.  Hours later, I finally came to the conclusion that it wasn’t me and the camera is in the process of dying. This poor baby has had a lot of hard use in rather dirty conditions. Sadly, I am not sure when I’ll be able to replace it because they don’t make the same camera anymore, and it’s hard to get electronics (at least the ones I’ve looked at) because of the pandemic.  Hopefully, my dear Nikon can hang in there for a while yet.

It’s been an exhausting week, and the weekend has been even more busy.  It might take me all of next week’s posts just to get through the weekend activities.