Attila has decided on the routine he wants to follow until the garage roof project is complete. After arriving home from work, he will nap for 20 minutes. Then he is flexible as to whether he eats and then begins work on the roof, or he works on the roof and grabs a bit to eat when he feels like it. He will work until dark every night until the project is complete.

I spoke too soon yesterday about not having to return items to the building centre. The nails I purchased at the building centre yesterday, at closing time, did not suit Attila. I took them back this morning. I also drove to the city and picked up paint for the siding, and some dust masks, to wear while cleaning out the garage. And I bought myself a large container with handles, to use when I am pulling weeds, or doing other yard work that generates greenery that needs to get carted to the compost pile. We have several of these large containers already, but Attila has them filled with stuff… this one is MINE!

I continue to marvel at the light in the dining area. It was golden yesterday, reflecting from the plywood sheathing, and today it has a blue tinge, because the waterproof sheets that were installed last night are blue. It will be interesting to see what the light is like when the grey metal roof!

Attila has set his sights on installing the strapping and the metal roofing tonight, after he gets home from work. His plan it to have a nap, then get started and keep going until the roof is on. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, and I think he wants it on before it rains again. It won’t really matter though, because the plywood sheds the water from rain, and the waterproof sheathing will too, so rain or not, the interior of the garage is dry.

8:00 p.m.

Attila is still out there, I hear the saw, the hammer, stuff is happening. He took a break a little while ago, his sights are now set on finishing the strapping tonight. The metal roofing will have to wait for another day. Slow but sure, the project is moving from one segment to the next, one step at a time.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 3:00 PM EDT Tuesday 26 June 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.2 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 20.9°C
Dew point: 6.0°C
Humidity: 37%
Wind: S 10 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“Hold a book in your hand and you’re a pilgrim at the gates of a new city.”
Anne Michaels


  1. What happens when all this work is done? Will “A” come home from work and just relax? Do something with you? Go for a walk, enjoy nature? Relax? Somehow I get the feeling that relaxing is not an option for that man! I can almost hear Mist Cottage humming along all the way down here in New England!

  2. Teri

    I definitely see where DH and I never get half the work done that you and Attila do. DH usually refuses to do anything around the house after he gets home from work, though maybe a few times a season he can be found cutting grass or visiting a store in the evening. Sometimes I find that frustrating, but it’s hard to complain when the man puts in lots of overtime at his job.

  3. Bex, “A” for A type personality. Go, Go, Go.

    Attila likes to be busy. Sitting still is torture to him. Attila likes to work alone. He isn’t into doing things with other people as a rule, not even me. I can talk him into doing recreational things with me, like watching Netflix for 30 minutes, and he enjoys it when he gives in and does it, but he would never think of doing anything like going for a walk. If he sits down to relax, he falls alseep, two modes, doing and sleeping. He thinks primarily of “getting things done”. His version of relaxation is being able to take his time, no deadlines, for “getting things done”. He enjoys cooking and puttering around the ktichen, he enjoys shopping for bargains. There are many pros for living with someone with these traits, but sometimes I miss sharing in-person activities with other people.

    Right now Attila is in exceptionally high gear. He is afraid that if he doesn’t keep at it, he might lose steam, and the project would stretch out into many months, instead of many weeks. He is right, this is a job that needs to be completed asap. When we replace the roof on the house we will save our pennies and contract out the work, roofs are very high tension projects. He will be glad to get back into the kitchen again, whipping up some of his favourite dishes for himself!

  4. Teri, I would be just like your DH, I would burn out within days if I tried to work on projects after a day’s work, 🙂 Everyone is different. After this project is completed, I anticipate life here will begin to evolve, away from super charged, high pressure renovations, and more towards “puttering” in the kitchen and garden type of projects.

    Of course we still have a lot that needs doing in the way of home renovation. The doors let the wind blow through in the winter, the siding is very high maintenance and needs to be replaced, we will need a new roof on the house in a few years time, the back porch needs to be renovated, the basement needs to be insulated… but if these things never get done, oh well.

    But a leaking roof… it is very demanding.

  5. I think I am in love with your wonderful Attila! But I would be concerned about him working so hard though. It would seem to me that this pace can’t go on indefinitely. Of course you work hard too on this renovation. I have to rest after just reading about your projects. LOL I am enjoying hearing about your plans.

  6. Ava, I am hoping that we never have to approach a project this far reaching, and physically demanding, again! The new metal roof could be replaced easily on a nine day vacation, if that were ever needed. Future roofing for the house will be contracted out.

    Attila will probably keep up this approach to projects until the end of his life. My Grandpa did, over 85 and replacing a metal roof on a steep roof two stories up in the air. It took Grandpa a long time to do it, he paced himself, planned it carefully. I think what will happen is that over time it will take longer and longer to accomplish projects, but I can’t imagine Attila without a project. But you are correct, the pace of this project could not, and will not, go on indefinitely, 🙂

    This roofing project is Attila’s project. I have deliberately stayed away from it, not helping at all, not really listening when he describes what he is going to do, because any feedback from me would act as rain on his parade, that is what he is like. This is the first time I have approached a project in this way, all others I’ve done the grunt work right along with him, as well as all the organizing and administrative stuff involved. But this is a one-off, it had to be done, and Attila wanted to do it his way.

  7. WendyNC

    Maggie, while the roof removal and replacement are all his, the garage project as a whole involves you just as much. Who did all the sorting and discarding of stuff? Who did all the tarping of the remaining stuff when it rained? Who’s doing (and will be doing) all the cleaning in there? Who will do the planning for the organization of the remaining stuff and moving everything around which she can possibly do herself? Who will be doing the sweeping and maintaining out there once initial project is completed? Almost forgot–who did (and will do) multiple runs for supplies?

    Just sayin’.

  8. You are right Wendy. It is interesting, Attila could never handle all the paperwork and administrative aspects of our shared life, which allows him to accomplish his end of things with a maximum of success, and a minumum of time and effort. Because in the past I’ve been capable of doing all the things Attila is contributing, and I can no longer do these things the way Attila wants to do them, without damaging my health, I leave it exclusively to him. I could probably have installed the new roof myself, but it would have been tackled in a completely different way, to accomodate my limitations, and it would have taken a lot longer, because I have physical challenges to consider, and I wouldn’t have had me as a support, which makes a huge difference.

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