Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Big But

"Everyone I know has a big But."
--Pee-Wee Herman

I want to rip those shingles off the back of the house.  I really, really do.  Right now.

But, my mom says, you'll run out of time before winter.

But, WTB says, then you'll have to fill all those nail holes.

But, my bestie says, you've worked hard all summer and you should take a break.

But, my son says, you really ought to wait until Spring.

But, Mare says, you don't know what you might be getting into.

Sigh....they're right.  I guess.  But...I still want to.


  1. BUT....if you remove the shingles in Oct and will be able to jump right into hole filling and painting in April and May.

    Is there a reason to believe that there is something hidden behind the shingles that is any different than what you found behind the shingles on the rest of your house?

    Shingle removal is a nasty dirty job and why not try and get it out of the way by doing it in the cool months? Less bugs in Oct/Nov.

    Would there be a problem if you didn't get them all removed before it gets too cold outside?

    More work done this year means less work next summer. Less work next summer means more time to do the fun stuff in the yard, flowers etc. Less work next summer means more time to enjoy summer. More work now means more time to drink cheap wine while rocking on your side porch.

    This is just my my case I am better off continuing a job/chore when I have the enthusiasm because sometimes it is hard to get jump started again.

    Either way you should be proud of what you have accomplished. Everything looks great.

  2. That's the thing about opinions, everybody's got one.

    If it were me....I'd tell them all, "hey, I'm the boss around here!"

  3. Far be it from me to be a dissenter, BUT ...

    hundreds of little holes opened up to invite moisture onto and into the house surface and then throw in the possibility of freezing temps to FREEZE that moisture and expand under the house surface ...


    But I SO understand the want to. And Jan's right about wanting to get a jump on the job. You're right to wonder what you might find AND there's always that beeotch Mother Nature ready to throw us curve ball after curve ball.

  4. It will still be there in the spring. Why not tear into one of the indoor projects? I've got wallpaper than needs stripping if you're so inclined.

  5. Jan--That first sentence is exactly what I told WTB! I am seriously thinking of doing it. Thanks for giving me even more reasons to justify it.

    Milah--Yeah! I am!

    NV--But I'm thinking, if I just strip a little and fill the holes as I go along...

    Christine--The voice of reason. Sigh. I still haven't finished hanging the wallpaper in the kitchen. I started that in April. And then there's all that painted-over wallpaper in the entryway and the front parlor...