It might be surprising that travelers such as my husband and myself would stay home on a long holiday weekend. But it really fits in with our concept of traveling for pleasure. Traveling on a weekend when everyone and his brother and all his cousins are also traveling makes for too many lines – on the roads, in airports, at restaurants and everywhere else.
We make a point of staying home those weekends for the sake of our safety and sanity. Much better to take a vacation when the rest of the world is back at work. Except for retirees, we pretty much have the places to ourselves. For us, that’s perfect!
Not that it will be a quiet weekend. Although my son will be gone every day to the Woodstock Fair with his grandparents, I won’t get to relax with my husband. I may be relaxing. He’ll be working like a mad man to put a new roof on our screen room. The dumpster gets delivered tomorrow. Tomorrow night he’ll take a few other things that need to be thrown away out to the dumpster.
Saturday the work will start in earnest! First, removing all the old shingles and tar paper. Making sure the plywood beneath is still in good condition. My husband hates heights and although this is a nearly flat roof, he will still be stressed to be up there. No doubt I will get called on to steady the ladder off and on all day.
When the “roof stripping” is complete, he’ll lay the new tar paper and start nailing on the new shingles.
When the roof is complete, he has a new storm door to install – the old one is probably 50 years old and needs to go. Installing doors can go one of two ways: either the door being replaced is in a nice, square frame and the new one just pops right in or the door being replaced was put in by amateurs 50 years ago and is as square as a warped door can be. Guess which one we’ll end up with. I’ll give you a hint – it won’t be the easy one.
When the door installation is complete, my husband will put down some “cold patch” on our driveway. The driveway really needs professional care. It needs to be completely redone, as only a New England driveway does, what with it’s frost heaves and grooves where the tires run. Since we can’t afford that, we’ll just fix it ourselves. Or he will. I’ll watch! Or maybe I’ll stay as far away as possible and still be at home.
When my husband does projects, he doesn’t do a detailed plan before beginning. So he comes up against obstacles fairly often. Then he gets mad at himself for not planning. He’s a smart guy – you’d think he’d learn!
Since he’ll be giving me a detailed analysis of his work as it progresses, I may pass that on here. After all, why should I be the only one with glazed over eyes as a result of listening to tales of pulling nails and curses at the workman for his oversights? I think sharing is important. . . don’t you?
It will be interesting to see if I get anything done this weekend. If I have to be at the builders beck and call for ladder duty, I may not get anything done in the house.
I’m getting really sleepy right now, so I’d better finish up and hit the sack. Gonna need my energy tomorrow!!