In between the icy ground the death-like wind chills, we’ve had a couple of days (three to be exact) above freezing. Which sounds like great luck for putting siding on the house.
Until you remember what our, ahem, “landscaping” looks like.
Tyler is putting siding up all around the bottom of the house. The half he doesn’t need scaffolding for (because we want to try not to use scaffolding when it’s covered in ice). The part near the addition where the big hole was dug?
It’s MUD! And CLAY! And a huge ugly pit of awful.
Remember slip and slides? (Do those still exist?) Our yard was like a giant, mud slip and slide. Even the 2x4s and pieces of plywood were sinking into the mud/clay mixture.
On a side note, this blog post title is a double entendre. Because our luck has not been so lucky (I think this payback for the good summer weather and ease in deconstruction we had this past spring). The fella had a rough Thanksgiving. His miter saw caught a piece of the ruler thingy and threw shrapnel into his face. (He was wearing safety glasses-so no worries-he was okay). Then something on his car broke and he couldn’t start it and there was an incident that involved the breaking of his tailgate.
It was a rough couple of days. But after some chatting, he was right back to being the cheerful and goofy man I met ten years ago. I don’t know how he does it. The man is a model of hard work and determination.
I mean, really, who else sides their house in -18 degree wind-chill?
Here is how the siding process works (as I understand it-keep in mind I may not understand it correctly).
(Shout out to Mr. P’s students at Kirkwood-thanks for following along!)