Week 34: Racing the snow storm

It turns out there are many crappy things about siding a house…particularly a two story house with high up peaks.

  1. There’s a high restocking fee on our siding, so we didn’t want to order too much. Therefore, we’ve run out of trim/facia board and had to reorder, and we’re dangerously close to not having enough siding pieces. So every cut matters!
  2. Every piece of siding in the peak has to be cut. When you’re doing this by yourself, it means measuring every cut, then coming down the ladder or off the scaffold to do it, then going back up.
  3. There are lots of awkward places to reach.
  4. You’re maneuvering in the wind.
  5. 😒

This week we really really wanted to finish the siding, a feeling that only increased as the week went on and the threat of a Thanksgiving snow storm threatened to dump a foot of snow.

We got really close, but the cloudy days, the wind and rapidly decreasing daylight in the afternoons made for short cold days unconducive to making massive headway. Nevertheless, Josh is ridiculously persistent. And we came within just a little bit of the front of the house of getting all that siding up before the daylight and weather deteriorated beyond what was workable.

So now we wait for the holiday weekend, and hopefully lose some of the snow in the process so that next week the trim comes in, and the weather cooperates, and we get just one or two more days that allow us to wrap things up outside. Fingers crossed!

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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