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Dog Sitting

Today was different, my neighbor had to go into town, not the nearby town, but one further away, it is an all day trip, I volunteered to take care of his dog while he was gone, his dog does not do good at being left behind, my neighbor usually takes his dog everywhere, but this trip just wouldn’t work with a furry friend along. I got up early today, about 7:30am, boy was it COLD, the infrared temperature reading device said the ladder outside the door was 9 degrees F, the floor inside my cabin read 24 degrees, the food cabinet read 35 degrees (whew!). I walked to my neighbor’s house, I’ve been here most of the day, I did some laundry and dishes, I also cleaned up a bit, he is ex-military and he is very neat and clean, so it’s hard to find too much to clean, but I found a few things (grin).

Our other friends who live out here came by for a while, they went to the store in town, they offered to do some shopping if we needed anything, I gave a short list of food we needed from the store and they got it, it’s real nice to have such great friends out here, people really look out for each other out here.

The Roof

It might rain and/or snow later tonight, so the roof became the item of the day to work on, the roof, up until now had consisted of 3/4 inch plywood over 2×4’s, Bob used heavy builder’s plastic (sound familiar???) over the top of that to make it waterproof, since for the most part, it’s pretty dry here, that worked just fine, but since we have been here full time, we have walked on the roof quite a lot, and the builder’s plastic is not in as good of shape as it had been, so we knew that before the next rain or snow, we would need to take care of this.

Bob had collected recycled metal panels referred to as “R-Panel”, it’s called that because of the shape of the panel, he had enough to cover the roof, last week when he went to town to get his tooth looked at, he picked up a gallon of roof coating (tar), today he spent the day installing the metal panels to the roof, he also needed to pick up or cover up some of our stuff that is still outside to protect it from the possible wet weather. I wished I could have been there to help, but I was busy dog-sitting, so I had to suffer all day long, watching TV (the cooking channel and the DIY channel), washing with HOT water… life is tough out here… :)

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