We had an outdoor clean-up day at the CDC today and I confessed to my director that I HATED yardwork. (I am even a teacher who doesn’t like the children to say ‘hate’ because it’s such a strong word. Hate is completely appropriate here, in fact – it’s not strong enough.) Anyway, I said I’d come to help, but that I’d do the gutters. My fear of falling off a roof is less than my hatred of yard maintenance.
I got up there (I have a paranoid-heavy way to get up there with no chance of falling) and started to scoop leaves. They seemed to be stuck. “Great,” I thought, “They have been up here so long they are cemented to the gutter.” Nope. It turns out that they were encased in ice.
It was supposed to be a warmer day, so I moved to the south side of the building. There’s a mansard there (the fake wall) that makes me feel 1000% more comfortable. When there were leaves sticking up out of the ice, I could pry down to get big chunks out.
That took a good 45 minutes, and by then the south side had melted enough that I could get big slabs out. I think it went faster that way! Rachel stopped by and visited with me while I scooped, and that was very pleasant. 🙂
Then it was over to church to check on Sam and Lloyd. They were working on more wireless nonsense. I happened upon them when they were upstairs in the old part of the school, looking up at an attic door that had daylight shining through. Daylight. There was a little attic space and then a door to the roof, and the door to the roof wasn’t on anymore.
I had my old camera with me for the day’s pictures, and this was the last blurry photo I took before the battery died. Don’t gawk at Lloyd’s bottom – notice the daylight. The daylight.
Lloyd and Sam went up on the roof. Here are Lloyd’s much nicer photos: