Jun 22, 2013

Game of Life

Here's mosh pit of updates on topics we've sampled before.

Summer Tan
I was feeling a little dispirited about dropping my daughter off at the school gym for another summer of $700 a month feces flinging.  Kids should spend the hot days drinking lemonade and lapping the pool. 

Readers offered dozens of ideas in the comments for a fun summer.  We were ready to try a camp or nanny when the neighbor girl casually announced one evening while I was out trimming my bushes:

"You know that my mom is going to watch her this summer, right?"   

I had the bewildered "shut the front door" look and dropped my hedge shears.

Our neighbors have four kids, Pigtails is good friends with the older girl and boy.  Their dad has brain cancer (the same type as P's mom), so I didn't think it would be wise for me to ask them to take on another face to feed this summer.  Apparently, Pigtails shared with the neighbor girl we were looking for summer camps, the girl talked to her mom and they decided it was a done deal.

The clouds rolled back in the sky and I heard hallelujahs, this would be great!

Our summer care commute is walking next door, I pay the mom each week for her time, and my daughter is having a blast.  Last week, they did a woods hike and logged miles on their bikes around the neighborhood.  Pigtails is tan from her daily pool play, and beams when I get home from work.

House Nada
I've gotten jack and squat done for house projects lately.  This summer I need to slap on a new roof, replace the picture window and do some plasti-surgery on the fireplace.  

The idea of a steel roof is appealing, although I may be less enthused when I see the estimate.  Having trouble getting a company to come and and shoot me some numbers on the roof and window.  A steel roof and commercial glass are not as common for residential use, so neither the residential nor commercial roof and window companies are ringing me back. 

The fireplace is on hold since I'm not sure what I want.  Painted brick looks a-okay, but I dislike the permanent nature of latex.  Antique hammered tin plates covering part of the brick would be tight, but tin doesn't really fit with the character of a mid-century ranch.  I usually know what I want and get to it, but haven't been able to on this project.

Fall Foot Race
Liz finished her first 5K this spring, so I'm ready to fire up the clipboard and whistle for another round of remote training.  I'll put up a post soon with more details on how to sign up.  If you're thinking about running your first 5K, 10K or half marathon this fall and would like some coaching to help you hit goal, considering tossing your name into the hat.

Bento Box
Four B&P Bento Boxes remain.  If you enjoy tolerate this blog and would like to support it, or if you just want some yummy marshmallows and other locally made treats, order today and you'll have the stash within three days. 

-Beard

22 comments:

  1. We are currently trying to get estimates for a metal roof as well, and it has been SUCH a headache! We started with 6 roofers and are down to 2 based simply on the fact that we cant get anyone to call us back! In Florida, the wind rating alone sold me on the extra $$, but the myriad of other benefits really leave me wondering why they're not more common. Good luck!

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    1. Metal roofs are common on countryside farmhouses around here, but less so for city homes. Most commercial building roofs are metal, but those installers don't want to muck with residential. I'll keep digging until I find a company to stop by for an estimate. Cost is likely double compared to asphalt shingels, could be worth it.

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  2. Anonymous6/23/2013

    Happy Birthday!!

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  3. So glas Pigtails summer care worked out so perfectly!
    Have you considered (lightly) whitewashing your fireplace? I really like the look of it, and thought it might suit you as well! Check out this space similar to your living room whitewashed: http://www.eastcoastcreativeblog.com/2012/11/brass-fireplace-update.html They've done a great job on their brass surround...

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    1. I clicked the link, the whitewashed fireplace looks good. Not sure I want to do the permanent paint thing though, covering natural material with latex is hard to swallow.

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  4. Happiness! Glad the summer is working out. And it seems to be your birthday? Congrats.
    What type of roofs do you then usually have in the US? We usually have tiles/corrugated iron, some slate and thatch.

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    1. Yes to getting old today, wish my daughter was with me. She was away for her birthday, too.

      Most city homes do asphalt shingles, more expensive houses go with slate or cedar shakes. Farm houses in the country often do metal roofs (large sheets of steel). Metal shingles are less common but look superb, cost a lot.

      I want something different than the 200,000 homes around me, a metal roof would do the trick. Steel lasts 50 years, maybe 100.

      Would you mind e-mailing me a couple photos of the corrugated iron roofs in your area? I'm also curious what unpainted, galvanized steel would look like atop my red brick.

      Thanks Stel.

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    2. Will do, will get a pic or two on tomorrow's walkabout.

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  5. Love these updates. Pigtail's summer days sound awesome and I remember my mom watching neighborhood kids during the summer. We all had a blast.

    There are a few metal roofs in my neighborhood and I adore them.

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    1. Thanks Annapolady, send me photos of the metal roofs if you can snap some without looking creepy/stalker. There aren't many metal roofs in town here, so curious what color combos people go with.

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  6. Wow, what a score in the summer "school" department. Gotta love a giving neighbor.
    Projects will wait. I cleaned out a shower today that we built 6 years ago. Still hasn't been tiled. It has been affectionately nick-named the bathroom "closet". Such is life.

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    1. Agree on generous neighbors, a burden lifted when they offered to watch mini-me.

      So what you're saying is it has been 6 yrs since your last shower.

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  7. Sounds like one of the best solutions all around for summer plans! One of these days we'll have jobs that pay like teachers and get the summers off too . . . .

    So glad to hear the boxes are still around! Just placed my order. Didn't have the opportunity to buy a few weeks ago, and thought they would have all been snapped up by now!

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    1. Thanks for the order, look for it to arrive within 3 days.

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  8. Happy Birthday! I wish I could still go to "camp" and have the summer to hike and play. Sounds like Pigtails will have a blast all summer!

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    1. Thanks, daughter says I'm nearly 40.

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  9. Just FYI that I finally got down to business and ordered not one but two bento boxes because A) the blog is great B) I couldn't decide what marshmallow flavor I wanted (so ordered both vanilla and caramel) C) I love tea so excited to get double the tea and D) knew that you can hammer away those last two rather easily now that two are gone. I'm impressed by your mix of tenacity and vulnerability in your writing (I'm an English teacher and your writing voice is one of my favorites on the blogosphere)-hang in there as it looks like your summer is going to get uglier before it gets good again w/pigtails' mom.
    -Sarah

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    1. Awesome, doubling up on the Bentos, thanks! I shipped #7 today, two coming your way and the last box goes to my neighbor for helping watch my kid. That'll do it for the first batch.

      Speaking of English class, I was graded a negative score on an essay in high school. She took off several points for each incorrectly formatted footnote, those dings added up quickly. Classmates laughed. If I saw Mrs. Webb today, I would tell her, "You missed the point. Writing is all about creativity and voice, not robo-mechanics of footnote formatting and other nonsense that no one cares about. MS Word can fix spelling errors, but it can't fix a boring author." She pretty much destroyed my joy of scribbling pen to paper, didn't come back until I was in the late 20s. Then I published a piece for an international running magazine. Eat that, Webb.

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  10. DSMama6/27/2013

    You share a birthday with my husband ... only he's 5 years wiser :) If you want some ideas on the fireplace, feel free to invite us over for a walkthrough. Jay is amazing when it comes to keeping the style true to the house/period and has tons of experience.

    PS - like I how I just basically invited us over to your house? Creeped out yet?

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    1. That will balance out the self invite to the the old bungalow. I'd like to see what ideas Jay has, the fireplace is stuck in a rut.

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  11. Sorry to be so late with this, but wanted to mention we installed a metal roof on our house about 4 years ago and are very pleased with it. The company we found does metal roofing (and buildings) only -- the bulk of their business is commercial but they welcomed the residential business. It was a delight to see their guys install it; they were real pros and had experience and expertise with the materials that we wouldn't have gotten from the typical residential roofers that have metal as a (minor) sideline. While it cost more than going with ashphalt shingles again, the price differential wasn't as significant as I thought it would be -- no regrets here about the extra $$ as it's always been a dream to put a metal roof on our home.

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