What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The gales of November coming early

The forecast has snow and rain for Thursday.

Spent the day taking care of business. Went up on the roof to sweep off the gutters. I had hoped that with the removal of the trees closest to the house that we wouldn't have as many leaves on the roof. However, I was wrong. One of these years I should get gutter guards or gutter helmet which are while gutter systems that rely on water tension to shed debris and channel the water down the gutter system. Right now I have plastic gutter tops which help keep the leaves out of the gutters, but they have the bad habit on holding leaves on top (the stems get caught in the openings, or sticks get lodged in them creating a leaf damn). I still go up on the roof and sweep off the gutters. At least I don't have to scoop out the gutters any more. Going to gutter helmets would be about a $1000+.

Then we took down the Halloween decorations and set up the Thanksgiving displays. In some cases this meant turning the jack o' lanterns around. We put away the rest of the stuff. This year we had a first, someone decided to take some of our stuff. It eventually showed up on someone else's lawn. They were good about it, telling me that the stuff just started showing up and they put it out by the street hoping someone would recognize it.

And then we raked up the leaves on the lawn. With our weird weather and with our decorations on the lawn we hadn't been able to rake yet. So this was like two of our normal raking periods.

I guess this is a long winded way of saying I'm tired, I hurt, the muscles don't want to work the same. This getting old sucks. Add in the time change and I'm really out of sorts.

Trying to get back in the swing of things writing wise. I have one novel I need to finish proofing soon and it's going very slowly. Some of the short stories are calling for attention (the deep-space and Somali Cthulhu stories). I'm working on breaking my distractions and procrastination habits.


Rick said...

You're a busy guy, Steve! Hope you had a great Halloween.

Steve Buchheit said...

It was pretty good. Hope they didn't burn down the city where you live, Rick. And that you also had a good holiday.