21 February 2010

Take a guess

I crack myself up!

I've been concerned about the snow on my roof at the corner of the porch and garage. The sun doesn't hit that spot and it's not melting. I widened the sidewalk by shoveling more snow. I set up my rickety ladder, propping one leg up with a gardening pad. I tried using the shovel to get some of the snow off, but the shovel was too heavy. I did dislodge some chunks and tried to dodge them as they fell down, but more than one went right down the collar of my coat and into my shirt. I laughed at that. I gave up on the shovel and found a long handle from a broom and used that to push channels up through the snow till I saw sunlight. When I exposed the corner of the gutter it was frozen solid. I remembered reading about how to melt ice dams. Finding an old pair of pantyhose, I cut off a leg and filled it with snow melt stuff. It made what looked like a long snake. I read that you should get it up on your roof with the end hanging over the gutter. So, if you wondered what you were looking at in my picture, it's the end of the pantyhose snow melt stuff snake. I can't tell you how many times I tried throwing it up on the roof only to have it fall down on the ground. I'd laugh at myself, get down from the rickety ladder, only to have the same thing happen again. And again, and again. I felt like I Love Lucy. Finally I wrapped the end around my broom handle and was able to lay it over the roof with the end hanging over the gutter. I patted snow around it with the handle to hold it in place. And there you go. I'm laughing as I write this. I'll let you know how that works out.

Work was a bear this week. It kicked my butt. I'm so glad it's the weekend. I met my friend Kim at Borders after work. A latte never tasted so good.

Rob is in town this weekend. I was away last weekend...it was our first time not seeing each other for a weekend. We went out for Chinese last night. This morning we went to a church he sometimes attends where he was asked to play in the band. We (he) had to be there at 7 AM for rehearsal. Ow. I had my laptop with me and hung out on a couch in the back with Facebook. I stayed for the 9:00 service. Rob played drums for two songs and guitar and backup vocals for two others. The service was good. It's a non-denominational church, very laid-back and friendly. Rob sat with me when he wasn't on stage. I can't remember the last time I was in a church. I like this one. And, of course, I had my laptop put away and was in a seat when the service started.

I'm hungry and watching a show on The Food Network about diners and local places. How smart is that? I think I'll get up and get dinner prepped, though I'd rather have a homemade Reuben.


Cindy said...

I attended a non-denominational church when our pastor was alive. All lyrics were placed on the wall of the church with an overhead, even our children knew the songs. It was the best church, friendly, taught from the Word. Our pastor was murdered, I have not found a church I like or attend on a regular basis since then. It's been about 10 years now.

Anonymous said...

Love the story about the snow on your roof & gutters! Here in Michigan we use snow rakes. They have incredibly long telescoping handles with a metal rectangle about 18" wide at one end. We stand on the ground and pull the snow down from our roof (about 3 or 4 feet behind the gutters) to prevent ice jams and huge icicles.

And when we get a couple feet of snow, we have to use ladders and rake down as much as possible so the roof doesn't buckle. 2nd stories are the worst. (Or hire someone to do it...) MIME

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I hope your efforts to melt that snow work!

Leann said...

I love the design the snow made with the holes punched in it. Hope the pantyhouse does the trick.

fiwa said...

You crack me up, Lucy. :)

I'm glad you had a day - that church sounds really nice.

KathyA said...

We love "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives"!! For the life of me, I could not figure out what that thing on your roof was and how it's supposed to work. We'll talk on Wednesday.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Never heard of the pantyhose trick - is it working?

Moohaa said...

I'd love to know if that pantyhose trick worked. How interesting and funny all at once.

I'm glad you liked the church. Laid back is good. :)

Post a Comment

I love comments!