Thursday, September 2, 2010

Only in Michigan

Only in Michigan can the weather go from sunny, dry, and 93 degrees to cloudy, rainy, and 61 degrees all in four days. The weatherman is calling for a high of 61 degrees on Saturday. I think I will raise the B.S. flag to that prediction.

First of all, the weathermen are wrong more than 50% of the time so I think there is a good chance of weather warmer than 61 degrees on Saturday. But just in case, I think I'll plan a cool weather project for this weekend.

But first, lets look at that list and see what is done and what is not.

The list.....

Start removing the remaining old cedar shingles off the front of the house. We gave up on stripping because it was a slow process and in the end the shingles were still old and brittle. A significant portion of the front has already been replaced so it seemed logical to have all new shingles. Plus in the end....reshingling is easier and more pleasant than stripping paint off cedar shingles. NOT YET STARTED

Continue with the fence painting. The weather has been so hot that the paint would dry before I could brush it out. COMPLETED FOR NOW

Continue with the edging of the lilac border. 2/3 COMPLETED

Continue with the brush removal along the fence line. COMPLETED

Sand the trim on the front of the house. NOT COMPLETED

Spray Round Up on vegetation along the back fence row. Scratch's too windy. NOT COMPLETED

Finish mulching around the Catalpa tree. COMPLETED

Sit and do nothing but look at my hostas. This is looking like a great idea but probably not the most productive and come winter I would be kicking myself. COMPLETED BUT COULD REPEAT

Remove rocks around roses and lay down landscaping fabric and put rocks back. This was R's idea and I would hate to ruin his fun so maybe I will let him enjoy this task. HAVE FABRIC

I see a couple of tasks that might fall under the heading of cool weather projects, specifically the sanding of trim and removing of shingles. I think I'll finish edging the lilac border tomorrow if it doesn't rain. I could also spray Round Up along the back fence row if it isn't windy.

That would leave me three days to remove the shingles from the end of the sun room and the front of the living room. Which reminds me that I need to find the two remaining Lowe's gift cards that I received with my Speedy Rewards from Speedway gas station. I'll also need to run to Lowe's for cedar shingles.

Speaking of gas stations......the price of regular gasoline jumped 20 cents just in time for the big holiday weekend. Yesterday regular gasoline was $2.59 a gallon and today it was $2.79 a gallon. Now I know this is still lower than last year and the year before but still it irks me when it jumps 20 cents over night.