Sandy701's Journal, 15 November 2011

3.1 miles walked with full Canine Crew; lake route. Warm/cool day in the 70's but VERY humid with a stiff breeze. Hard to dress comfortably. Rain/storms expected later.

Yesterday, I spent a couple hours cleaning up the backyard of leaves - an ongoing project for the next few months. You wouldn't know I had raked it now, as the wind is bringing down a lot of leaves! I also enlisted DH's help to steady a ladder and to hand me equipment as I went up on the roof to clear the leaves. This was the first time I've EVER been on a roof and it may be my last. No, I didn't fall or anything, but there was 1 part I didn't do just because it was too scary for me.

DH won't go on the roof and after falling off a very high garage attic ladder and blowing his ACL, I can't blame him. No need to have to get another surgery. But I had to at least TRY to get the leaves off, as this should be a monthly chore for the next 4-5 months. I don't like the idea of having to pay a service to do this. No one really advertises that they do this, and most probably don't have their own business insurance that covers them if they fall. I guess if I want it done, I'll just have to realize that if I want someone to risk their own neck up there - and carry the insurance for it - I'll have to pay to get that kind of service.

On the positive side, by losing weight, I was actually within the weight limit of the extension ladder! And...I seriously doubt I could have maneuvered myself from the ladder onto the roof and then crouched my way around, at my initial weight. Not that climbing onto a roof is exactly a strong motivator to lose weight....:)

Diet Calendar Entries for 15 November 2011:
1530 kcal Fat: 103.17g | Prot: 113.00g | Carb: 37.75g.   Breakfast: scrambled eggs, Pieces & Stems Mushrooms, Brown Sugar & Honey Breakfast Sausage. Lunch: Endulge Peanut Caramel Cluster Bar. Dinner: salad toppins, romaine, Armenian cucumber, Wishbone ranch salad dressing, chicken, NY strip steak. Snacks/Other: watermelon, Sargento string cheese. more...
1864 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 14 hours and 58 minutes, Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 1 hour and 2 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
on diet Atkins  


By the end of the 4 months you'll be a Pro! Now be proud of yourself for this new accomplishment.  
15 Nov 11 by member: BuffyBear
Wow...that is a lot of raking. It is a lost cause at my house...we back up to 600 acres of trees, and we have at least 1 1/2 acres on our land next to the house, so we just keep the gutters clean and let the weather take care of the leaves on the ground! lol Have a great day, my friend, and for heaven's sake be careful climbing on that roof!! ;) 
15 Nov 11 by member: ctlss
We have two huge sycamores in our backyard. The leaves are insane. DH rakes like every other day this time of year. And of course has to get up on the roof and do the gutters and such whenever we are expecting rain.  
15 Nov 11 by member: karenagain
Buffy, better a pro at raking and not at roof climbing! 
15 Nov 11 by member: Sandy701
Stef, I filled up 4 bags of leaves last week and another 4 this week. I could probably go out today and fill up 1 or 2 more - just since yesterday! I don't mind the leaves on the ground so much, but they obscure what the doggies leave behind! And then I'm likely to step in it, even with regular pick-ups. So, that alone spurs me to get out there and TRY to keep the grass visible - along with everything else. And, yes, I plan on being very, VERY careful if I should ever venture up on that roof again. 
15 Nov 11 by member: Sandy701
Karen, part of the reason for raking last week and yesterday was that rain was in the forecast both times. This year, we had gutter screens put on, so the leaves don't fall into the gutters, but rather sit on top waiting for the next breeze to blow them off. But in a corner area where one roofline dips to meet another, they collect there and simply sit where the breezes can't move them anywhere. The contractor, talking about leaves on the the screens, said it would be easy maintenance, "just get your yard man to blow them off" the roof. Little did he know that I'm the "yard man!!" 
15 Nov 11 by member: Sandy701
Sandy be careful on that roof...I have done the roof thing before too...hahaha....the wind blowing adds an extra challenge. I wish you could send some of that warm weather here to the Pacific Northwest. 
15 Nov 11 by member: jaime30024
Jaime, seems like the Northwest is missing out on the unseasonable weather, not just here in the South, but also in places like Virginia and Missouri! 
15 Nov 11 by member: Sandy701
Hey, Calling the Yard Man (like the Culligan Man), I was eating my salad while reading your entry & almost choked from trying to LOL! You have a wonderful sense of humor, but in an odd way, life can just be kinda funny sometimes. That is true since nobody got hurt. The sad part is I have done that job many times, with the leaf blower & the hose & a broom, but what a view from up there! I don't have screens on my eves, but I wonder if that hose attachment to clean out eves would help you any? I have a split level home, so I can park the suburban in the driveway, under the eve...the idea is use the ladder to get on top the truck & then it is really easy access to the roof & way easier than using an extension matter what weight restrictions it has...that one really got me! Hey, we could hire out or something, what a crew! 
15 Nov 11 by member: gg-girl
GG, you are one fearless woman!!! Believe me, if I could get to this place from the ground, I would. I guess the best way to describe it is that the house is an L shape. But the inner part of the L is "filled in" with the screen enclosure for the pool, so that inside corner of the L can't be reached from the ground at all. In a perfect world, the roof line of the house would have been extended out over the pool, instead of dipping down to a gutter.....that, or I'd have my own personal "yard crew"!!!! LOL! I gave a fleeting thought to starting my own business for this, but once I was up there, hanging on for dear life, well, I thought the better of it. Maybe with a harness and weights off the far side of the house, hydraulic lifts.....:) 
15 Nov 11 by member: Sandy701
Silly you, the brains of the operation stays on the ground, ah that's us...we hire others to do the real work (not us)! LOL, but, your experience as well as personally doing any other type project does give a person a new perspective on those that do it for a living! 
15 Nov 11 by member: gg-girl
Not I...captain! If hubby won't do it...somebody is getting hired! 
15 Nov 11 by member: jsfantome
Sandy maybe you could start a new business "Yard Pro". I've only been on our roof on our house in Kansas once, and that was enough for me. 
15 Nov 11 by member: notfast


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