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Jocelyn in a musical [Mar. 1st, 2015|05:35 pm]
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Jocelyn was in School House Rock Live this weekend. It barely has a plot, just an excuse to sing and dance to SHR songs, more like a revue. There were photo ops at the end, and I took a couple of pix.
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Not going to the grand canyon again [Mar. 1st, 2015|09:45 am]
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We'd like to hike the grand canyon sometime. There are a small number of accommodations at the bottom, at Phantom Ranch, for which there's an unofficial lottery mediated by the phone company. You call starting at 7am MST on the 1st of the month for accommodations 13 months hence. I've been pushing redial for 45 minutes on the line to try for March 2016, results alternating between busy signals and "all circuits are busy". Last year I tried for April 2015, got through to hold music after about an hour, through to a human after another 45 minutes, and they were all sold out. Probably we're losing the lottery this time too.

Last year there was a rumor that they'd do the lottery some new online way this year but that appears not to have happened. It's all very annoying.
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RIP Leonard Nimoy [Feb. 27th, 2015|02:20 pm]
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I don't usually feel sad when celebrities die, but apparently I do for this one. Spock was special.
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Still leaking [Feb. 21st, 2015|06:30 pm]
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Peg and Jocelyn got up on the roof to investigate. Lots of snow, ice, slush, and water. They shoveled and chiseled and hopefully it will be all better now. We'll see!



Then, the ladder froze in the extended position. This made it tricky to lower. And then to collapse it, we brought its snowy and icy self into the house to thaw. Isn't there some folktale about my house being too small? And the wise man says to bring in the chickens, etc, and eventually when the animals are ejected the house suddenly seems larger? This kind of has that same feel.

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Hacking the house and shoveling the lawn [Feb. 20th, 2015|09:44 am]
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Wednesday we all stayed home from work and mostly did ice remediation.

We climbed up on ladders, and took an axe to our ice dams. Gotta be REALLY CAREFUL that you don't put a hole in the roof, but it makes short work of the majority of the ice. When you get your 8 inch dam down to a couple inches high, then take a hammer and chisel to it. Wednesday's warm weather was a boon; we got about 20 feet of dam cleared (out of about 60 feet of roof edge). It's only leaking in a few spots, so we concentrated on those areas.

For the worst leaky spot, after all was cleared, we took a sheet of plastic, wedged it under the shingles, and nailed it down. Water was just pouring down over the plastic sheeting Wednesday afternoon, and Thursday morning we were able to easily knock off the newly formed ice. Unfortunately we still have some leakage, though a lot less. Maybe we weren't able to get the plastic high enough.

In addition to whacking at the house with an axe, we also shoveled the lawn. Normally you only have to shovel places you want to walk or drive. However, the snowbanks were SO HIGH the snow blower couldn't get snow over them anymore. So I took the tops off with a shovel. Hopefully this weekend's rain will slump the snow enough we'll never have to do this again. Maybe it'll also take care of the remaining snow and ice on the roof.
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Latest snow shenigans [Feb. 15th, 2015|11:45 am]
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We have a traditional problem where when it snows, we have to plow not only the first day, but then subsequent day or two as well, because of blowing drifts off the lawn. So, we have a new plan:



Then, it being Valentine's day, Ken used some of the leftover fencing for artwork:

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PT [Feb. 13th, 2015|01:48 pm]
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I had my first PT appointment, one week after the injection. I had always been under the impression that "no pain no gain" was only for muscular things, and skeletal things you didn't want to hurt. However, that's apparently not true for some of the soft tissue things, like what I have, and so he pushed on my shoulder in ways that kind of hurt, in an effort to break down the crap that's built up inside my shoulder and encourage range of motion. Bah. It wasn't too bad, actually. Either that or I'm tough. He gave me exercises to do thrice daily, and I'm to see him twice a week for a few weeks. He thinks I should be better by a month or so. We'll see.
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Anatomy of an ice dam [Feb. 10th, 2015|10:48 am]
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As the melting snow backs up above the dam, it is forced into the house through the roof. (Why are roofs not waterproof? That would really be helpful. Boats are waterproof! Maybe making a roof out of fiberglass is prohibitively expensive.)

Then it drips out. When it drips out through the soffets, it makes really cool icicles. They're brown because they are leaching out color from wood and roof tar and such. Unfortunately for us, the inside of the house is not so lucky, and it's getting brown ugly water dripping all over the interior of the porch. So far we've managed not to have much dripping in the real indoors.

I borrowed another roof rake, this one was over 20 feet tall. Very unwieldy, but I've been able to scrape off more snow above the dams. So maybe we will end this eventually. Except for the new snow now predicted on Thursday! I mean, I love snow, but this is ridiculous!
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Shoulder [Feb. 9th, 2015|08:13 pm]
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So Friday, in the brief period between snowstorms, I got the cortisone shot in my shoulder. It was kind of unpleasant. My shoulder seems somewhat better, but I don't feel like superwoman like I was told I would after this. Some motions still hurt, other motions don't hurt in the shoulder but give me shooting pains down the arm (which they also did before the shot -- they just hurt in the shoulder itself too then). First PT appointment on Friday, assuming the roads are plowed by then (it's supposed to snow again Thursday!)
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Snow! [Feb. 9th, 2015|08:09 pm]
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Man there's a lot of snow. We probably got another two feet yesterday and today.

The roof rake says "order being processed", which I fear is a euphemism for "back-ordered" or "out of stock". Meantime, we have cobbled one together by strapping a shovel to a telescoping loppers. Gives me about 14 feet, though it's not really the right shape. I am able to clear pretty well above one of the leaks. The other leak has a really large ice bulge that I can't budge. Also, the fake rake is heavier than a real roof rake and thus more tiring to use. Tomorrow afternoon it is supposed to be sunny, so tomorrow morning I'll work hard on the other leak location and perhaps Mr. Sunshine will help us out (even though it won't be very warm).

It's getting hard to figure out what to do with it all. We got to a place at the bottom of the driveway where the snowbank was so tall the snowblower couldn't throw it up on top anymore. So Ken cleared the sidewalk, backed the snowblower down the sidewalk, knocked a bunch of snow down onto the sidewalk with a shovel, and blew it first forward until he got to an unused patch of our lawn and then blew it sideways onto the lawn. This was a headache!

Yesterday Jocelyn and I snowshoed all the way across the lake and back. That's lots of exercise! Today my exercise was roof raking. Tomorrow probably too.
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