The peaked eaves on the east and west sides of the house needed to be painted. This job was going to fall to Steve and Chris because I don't usually get that high off the ground but they were busy putting up soffits today and I was out of any other useful work to do. So I put on my big girl panties and painted the high parts!
The wood on the east side needed to be scraped. As the flakes were flying I squinted and tried not to breathe too much. I only got a little bit in one eye and even if there was lead in the paint, I didn't gnaw the boards so I should be fine.
I had to get on the roof to paint part of this area and to paint some wood peaks that are in a weird place on the roof. I was on the roof twice today. The first time I scooted around on my bottom. The second time I was able to make myself stand up and just walk – albeit crouched over.
Chris and I decided I didn't need to paint the louvered metal things. They don't look great but they don't look awful either. They are just fine the way they are.
Chris and Steve put up more soffits/eaves on the back of the house. You can see the bit that wrapped around to the east side where I was painting. This takes more time than you'd think to construct. And there was a bit of creative use of flashing.
The more we do, the more I realize that carpentry, construction, is a lot like piecing. You measure, you cut, you figure out how to fit the pieces together so that they cover what needs covering. Except that here we can use Liquid Nails and caulk :-).
You can see part of a tree in the photo above. It is a huge pecan – one of the biggest in our town. This is a lovely tree that provides needed shade, but I had no idea how much they shed! Sticks and limbs that come off that tree daily. And sticky stuff, and other plant matter that piles up on the roof, on the ground, on the deck… I'm beginning to actively dislike this tree and it knows it. It drops stuff on me! Chris had to take the gutters off because there is no way to keep them clear of tree junk. But pecans are tasty and it is a pretty tree. So it's staying put.
We're taking tomorrow off to clean house and Steve and mom have one last dog obedience class. Taz is actually behaving better, and mom is too! We'll go to church tomorrow night and then we're watching Independence Day over the pool. Sunday it's back to work on the house.
Just so you know, I have found time to do a bit of quilting. Soon I can show you the finished AAQI quilt and I've started working on the project for my Adventure in Italy class. Really, you want to be saving your pennies for this trip – it's going to be great fun!