Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter: everything takes longer

We have plenty of snow and ice on the ground this time of year in Northern New Hampshire. I can't believe how much of my time has been lost due to winter conditions. There's all that time lost shoveling snow. Come spring it all melts anyway, leaving no trace of all that work.

The new neighbors are doing extensive renovations to their place. They are in the middle of replacing the roof. Everything is wrapped in giant tarps. Massive space heaters are going full blast. In the winter, not only does everything take long, it cost more too.

So why in the heck do people attempt such big jobs in the winter? Well, if you didn't do anything in winter, there won't be enough months in the year to get things done. Still, you won't find me doing a roofing job in the snow.

A friend of mine is in the middle of changing a truck transmission and he's working outside. Imagine lying on your back in the snow while working with parts so cold they become brittle could break. Large heated garages are at a premium around there.

Once I changed a car's water pump when it was 35 below zero. I had to keep running into the house to warm up. When the job was done I discovered the part's store had sold me a defective part. The job had to be done all over again.

It's a darn good thing everything looks like a Currier and Ives winter postcard. I must admit it's darn pretty. Even better is looking a the snow from my daughter's massive hot tub. That's one way to deal with winter. If winter's going to slow everything down, might as well find a good way to relax.



  1. If the cold don't get 'ya, the dampness does! Thermals help though.

  2. yes neighbors can be strange in both habits and mental views

    a friend of mine invested in a "instant garage" for working on his car...... but it is now chock full of stuff so he got to work in the cold....

    so how long you going to stay in your winter wonder land??????


    1. We plan on leaving sometime in early January, depending on the weather.

    2. I know you saw the picture on my blog yesterday of my thermometer, since you commented. I understand that you want to spend the holidays with your friends and family up their in New England before heading south. Another reason for sticking around in the cold is to better appreciate the warm in the south. . .

    3. I think I'll appreciate it. I miss the sun.

  3. When is it a good time to roof? Rain, sleet, summer heat....that's the one thing I wouldn't do for a living if I was a man: roofer.

    1. 65 degrees on an overcast day with no wind or chance or rain. Then it's just a bad job, not an awful one.