|Red cedar shingles, a view from the end.|
Project #1: Shingle the east/northeast side of the house
Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? Sadly, in our case, it is actually rather embarrassing. You see, we started this shingle project about eighteen years ago when our daughter was just a little thing, barely able to peek over the bottom edge of the window openings of what eventually became her bedroom. She just turned 22! What were we busy doing for all those years? Well, aside from making excuses: surviving thyroid cancer and dealing with its aftereffects; homeschooling; raising our daughter; volunteering in the homeschool and church communities; serving aboard two seagoing fast-attack submarines, one submarine support ship, the USS Nautilus Submarine Force Library and Museum, and a shore-based submarine maintenance facility; helping our friends through life crises that included the loss of parents and infant children; and saying goodbye to my own beloved father when he passed away in late 2005. We also lost three cats in those eighteen years: one to kidney failure, a second to heart failure, and third to abdominal cancer. In short, we allowed life to interfere a bit too much with our home improvement efforts.
Well, now that we are back on track, life may still interfere with our plans but, at least for now, my husband and I are on the same page, the page dedicated to a shingling project.