Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The porch project didn't produce any tangible progress yesterday. We stalled out. We spent nearly 30 minutes at the steel company and simply became ever more confused. Then we called in the city's Premier Roofer--the #1 Guy, and asked him to lead us to the Promised Land. Jerry was gracious enough to oblige and gave us all the professional advice we could ever hope to have. Luckily, we got him involved BEFORE we made a bunch of costly blunders. The next few steps in this process are going to be VERY tricky. We begin this morning by renting a 12-foot "a frame" ladder. We have to remove a whole set of roofing screws and then carefully pry out the flashing below the roofing sheet metal. Then begins the real fun--attaching a new fascia board and framing up the 2x4 roof rafters. Then it's on to the decking, etc. We can't get Jerry involved again until the next phase is complete.
Meanwhile, the clock ticks on our really good weather. Here's how it shakes out:
.SHORT TERM...TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY. UPPER LEVEL RIDGING OVER
SOUTHEAST IDAHO WILL ALLOW FOR DRY CONDITIONS...LIGHT WINDS AND
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES THROUGH FRIDAY. EXPECT TEMPERATURES
5 TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.
.LONG TERM...SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY. A PACIFIC NW TROUGH MOVES
THROUGH SATURDAY WHICH WILL BREAK DOWN THE UPPER LEVEL RIDGE AND
BRING PRECIPITATION CHANCES MAINLY OVER THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.
THEN...MODELS ARE AGREEING ON MOIST...ZONAL FLOW SUNDAY INTO
MONDAY. THIS WILL BRING VERY GOOD PRECIPITATION CHANCES ACROSS THE
AREA. LOOK FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW FALL ACROSS HIGHER TERRAIN...
PARTICULARLY UPSLOPE AREAS ACROSS THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND THE
UPPER SNAKE HIGHLANDS. WYATT
As you can see by the "feature foto" above, the trees are beginning to do their thing here. Although collectively they are far from their peak colors, some individual trees are magnificent. The red maples are particularly awesome this time of year. It won't be long now until the laggards join the autumn chorus and Leaf Season begins in earnest.
The tree above is across the street at Kenyon's house. It's upwind from us so we can expect ALL of its leaves to be in our yard soon. That particular tree is one reason we bought the Monster Leaf Sucker. There are several such prolific leaf-producing trees upwind from us. They sure are beautiful to behold at the peak of their color but they are a bear to deal with when autumn's splendor falls to the ground.
Somehow, Susun's flowers continue to flourish despite a few freezing mornings. It won't be long and we will have to wave "bye bye" to them.
Posted by John Parsons at 6:20 AM