Penelope Basset

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Patio Roof up and standing!

We are in the long, agonizing process of fixing up our home. It has been neglected for about fifteen years while I started and graduated from Library School, and started working. We had less labor, and less funds to make repairs, so things have gotten run down.
The house is half painted in the front, and is starting to look nice. Our roof needed to be repaired, and we wanted to put shingles up.We got a good bid from a contractor we felt good about, but first things first, the rotten wood and aluminum roofed patio had to be replaced.

Four weeks later, and at last the patio roof has had the rotten wooden supports replaced and new corrugated vinyl panels attached. it feels taller than the old one, and is longer out over the patio. A lot of male cooperation was involved, and without the usual loud fussing and grousing. Very we can get the new shingle roof up if the contractor says the bid is still valid.
the garden is thriving. My hollyhocks will be blooming very soon, I have sweet-peas and roses blooming, dusty miller filled with yellow flowers. Very nice. I was out cutting back an old diseased rose yesterday, and I heard this horrible loud buzzing near my head. I froze for a moment then turned slowly. It was a very happy hummingbird checking out what we had for him to eat. Back to work, but will post some pictures of the flowers tonight.


At May 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM , Blogger The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

How exciting to get to fix the place up--and that the patio roof is standing!

At May 23, 2010 at 4:42 PM , Blogger canngil said...

we didn't count on these brisk spring winds though; John hadn't finished nailing it all down yesterday. the last panel to the east half blew off this morning during my first cup of was half on the roof and half in the yard of our neighbor. they were outside and were a bit shaken by the noise and the arrival of half of the folded over panel.


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