Yay!

The garage roof is on! All the metal sheets are installed, Attila did it all last night.

When Attila came home from work yesterday we had a little chat. I relayed to him how important it was to me to get the last metal panels on the roof, for my peace of mind. I’ve made only comments of encouragement up until this point, but I realized that if installing those last panels was not made a priority, I would not be a happy camper. Better to say something, I reckoned.

As a result of our not altogether relaxed conversation, Attila tackled the last panels last night, after he ate his dinner. He feels a lot of pressure when I insist on something being done the way I think it should be done, when he is doing the labour, in this case I was insisting that, before anything else, the last metal panels had to go onto the roof. He enjoys a project less when he has to accommodate another viewpoint, but he did agree with the logic of it, and proceeded accordingly.

Attila finished installing the last panels before darkness fell last night. There are still tasks involved to finish the metal panel installation, but the panels are where they need to be, ready to do the job they need to do.

This morning I arose at 5:00 a.m. I could hear distant thunder. Sitting with my morning coffee, I watched the lightning and marvelled at the rain. For half an hour you could find me stationed at the dining room window, gazing out at the metal roof, watching the rain run down and away in little rivers. Later you could find me standing dry and comfortable, in the garage itself, listening to rain pounding on the metal roof. I felt vindicated in pushing for finishing off the metal roof panel installation last night!

It had been my plan to work on cleaning the garage in the early morning, before the heat of the day set in. The humidity was so high, that I decided that bending down to the floor to vacuum, while reaching over to the shop vac to hold fast the hose where it attaches, was overly ambitious. A new shop vac hose was in order, I decided. By the time the store opened, Canadian Tire, and the new shop vac hose was home and tested, the heat in the garage was stifling. I missed my window of opportunity for cleaning today, but early tomorrow morning I’ll be ready to get back to it for a few hours!

I did though, manage to wash a load of laundry, and hang it out to dry under the back porch. In this humidity, it didn’t dry very fast, but eventually it did dry.

Today Attila was working on the area of the roof that abuts the garden shed. This small section is complicated, as he must custom fit the roofing materials for this small area. After completing the lower section there, he moved to the front of the garage, where the wall above the doors needs to be rebuilt. Attila’s peace of mind will begin when this has been completed, since it is visible to the street. When the wall has been rebuilt and painted, then, Attila says, he will take a morning off, and we will go for a walk.

The Instant Pot is going to cook dinner on the back porch this evening, Sweet & Sour Meatballs With Rice and Mixed Vegetables. The Instant Pot won’t have to work very hard to be hot enough to cook dinner, on the porch in the heat of the early evening.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

Heat Warning
29°C
Date: 2:00 PM EDT Saturday 30 June 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 29.0°C
Dew point: 23.2°C
Humidity: 71%
Wind: WSW 18 km/h
Humidex: 39
Visibility: 19 km

Quote

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.”
Albert Einstein
1879 – 1955

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6 Responses to Yay!

  1. Cathy says:

    Here’s hoping the words weren’t too sharp and cutting and come back to haunt you
    I ‘feel’ your pleasure at having a roof in place, once Atilla has finished the odd bits all the fancy work will happen at a slightly slower pace – right?

  2. Cathy, good hope, no sharp or cutting words were spoken, on either side. Input of ANY kind is undesirable as far as Attila is concerned, unless it is in total agreement with what he has already decided he wants to do, and there is no way to know what that is without interacting with him. The issue for him is that his focus is easily dislodged, “thinking mode is different than doing mode” for Attila. There are times though, as with this one, where I feel compelled to to share my thoughts; it is never easy, but there is no work around, so I thicken my skin, put a smile on my face and wade into the waters of murky communication.

    Yes! A slower pace! It has begun, and just in time with this extreme heat wave upon us. There were two tasks left that Attila felt were pressing, one is done but for the paint, and the other is framed in and 3/4 done, so he is starting to slow his pace, every so slightly. By the end of the weekend, he will be able to putter with the project for a few hours a night, without feeling any pressure to do more.

  3. Bex Crowell says:

    I can’t remember, do you have any AC units there at Mist Cottage? We are also having a heat wave and I know not how I would fare if I didn’t have my trusty AC window units.
    So happy that roof got put on!

  4. Teri says:

    Glad to hear the majority of thecwork on the roof is done as the heat is killer! Canada Day here at the lake would not be enjoyable, except that we have a small interior AC unit keeping the temp tolerable.

    Happy Canada Day!

  5. Bex, we have an air source heat pump, which heats the house when it is above -7C, and cools the house when to 22.5C during heat waves. Thank goodness for it. I think it is a bit hotter where you are than it is here, and it almost intolerable here. glad to know you are comfortable. The roof is wonderful, I am so relieved that it is up and doing its job!

  6. Thanks Teri, the heat is intense, and I am so glad that Attila does not have to be working up on the roof in intense heat. Today he is working in the shade, when the sun moves, he moves. I am glad to hear you have air conditioning, this heat is really intense.

    Happy Canada Day!