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Cold and cloudy

The weather has been unseasonably clear, or overcast but not actually raining, for several weeks now. Usually by October we're already starting to feel soggy from the fall rains.
This was a marvelous thing for our home repair issues - Last week we got 5/7th of the roof de-mossed and swept, This week we managed to get the deck sanded, cleaned and sealed. I slept like a dead thing last night, no doubt as a result of every muscle complaining at the unusual demands on them.

I would be unhappy at the cold, but since I have lots of schoolwork to do at the desk, and a very nice (and efficient!) tiny space heater here, the fact that the rest of the house is somewhat chilly doesn't bother me. I did turn the central heat system on, but only enough to keep things from getting ridiculous.

Now to resume the battle with PowerPoint, or quite likely some other graphics manipulation program, in the so far unsuccessful battle to get the chart I have looking the way I want it to.

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sff_corgi
Oct. 12th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
That's great! You sound wonderfully productive.
forestweather
Oct. 13th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Hey Alice, what do you use to de-moss the roof? Also, have you considered putting copper or zinc strips up there to prevent moss?
alicebentley
Oct. 13th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
I wait until it's been dry for at least a week, and then I use a dry deck broom to scrape/roll the ridges of moss off. It also pushes all the (many) pine needles off.
Once the roof is cleared I hand scoop all the much out of the gutter.

I don't use zinc or copper because
1) from what I've read it doesn't work very well and
2) our gutters drain straight into Puget Sound and adding metals is a no no. I don't know if they've gone to the trouble of legislating against it, but so much work goes into trying to keep this ecosystem surviving that adding to the "destroy all life" part is, um, counterindicated.
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