tuesday--sweeping the roof
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
hi! hope everyone is having a good day. yes--I did say sweeping the roof. last night when rob got home I went up on the barn roof with a broom. our barn is under a very very old Norway spruce, and there was a deep layer of needles on one section. that part does not leak, so we had planned to just leave it. but when I went up there to sweep so I could patch the last leak, the depth of the layer concerned me--so we swept the whole thing. I only hope this doesn't reveal more leaks that were covered by this thick layer of "mulch". I also took the loppers up there and pruned a few of the branches. the most exciting part was the fact that under the mulch the roof was damp and fairly slick--so I had to do a large part of that work sitting down. rob got on the ladder and pulled the mulch with a push broom, and I pushed it from above. took about a half an hour, but we cleared it. the next couple of days are supposed to be dry, so my plan is on Wednesday to put more sealant on the parts I missed. rain is in the forecast later in the week, so it won't be long before we know if removing the pine debris uncovered any more leaks or not.
errands yesterday--I ran into frank at the grocery store. frank and his wife and sister were long term plant customers of mine--just lovely people that would come out once or twice a year to visit. in the last few years frank lost both his wife and her sister, so he is alone now, but for his dog, tala. we had a nice visit, and I think he is doing better now. he was able to talk about both of them without crying. I know he joined a grief group through hospice and it has helped him a lot.
then I ran over to rosie's to drop off supplies for her to make some of the food for the kitchen store open house. I haven't seen rosie in ages and it was great to have a chance to visit. she showed me the plethora of quilts she is working on. rosie has some serious health issues that have forced her to abandon her first love--gardening--and stay indoors most of the time. so she has changed her focus and begun doing all forms of needlework, including learning quilting. she has joined several quilting groups and goes to retreats and events all the time and has numerous projects in progress all the time. it's wonderful to see how she has adapted to her changing circumstance, and found something new to inspire her.
wedged a bunch of clay yesterday late in the day, so I can start right in throwing later this morning. first up is total gym and a trip to the park for ralphie and shambles. have a great day!