Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I've done harder things

I was looking at this photo of the back of my sewing loft tonight.  The trash shed has got to go and Steven has been working on that project in his spare time.  Or, as he jokes, "While I'm resting."   Those two elm trees provide wonderful, cooling shade for the loft.  The lilac in the front of the building provides shade there.  These elms, though, are crucial in heat management.

"Honey, I have a question."


"It's just a question.  I was just wondering."

"Wondering what?"

"When you take down the trash shed, will you need to take down the two elms, too?"

"I'm hoping not."

"But how will you get that corrugated metal down"  (Readers, you may not be able to see it in this photo but the metal roofing has been quite distorted by the larger elm tree).

"I can do it.  I've done harder things."

It has been my dream to have a deck out the back of the loft.  The sliding glass door can open out onto such a structure and with a railing surrounding it, I could just keep that door opened and the dogs could go right out and down a set of stairs to their pen. 

But you know what they say about cobblers. kids and shoes, right?  


  1. Love the sewing loft. A sewing cutting room hideaway must be wonderful.

    1. It is absolutely wonderful. We finished off the loft about 13 years ago. I remember tacking that black roofing paper to the back wall after Steven put the door in. It was New Years Eve 1999. Remember Y2K? I have been assured that new tar paper and new siding are "on the list" for this year. We shall see. New tar paper for sure. There is a critter nesting in it now. Gotta evict 'em.

  2. If you can take down that shed all by YOURSELF, you have my "Wonder Woman" applause!!!!!!!!!!!

    Perhaps, cutting down 2 of the elm trunks and leaving the one furthest out would make the 'take down' easier. Plants are forgiving and that single trunk will fill out fast as soon as you remove the other 2 competing for space.

    The 'dream deck' to the dog kennel sounds like a wonderful idea. Hope your dream comes true.

    1. No, I am not doing that. I could, I suppose. Maybe I will see if he wants me to help him. I think Mother Nature has likely done most of the hard work. I hope we can leave the elms, at least for this year.

  3. I would say do not damage the elms. They are endangered already by elm disease beetles; cutting them would risk infection. The corrugated metal is not such a big deal to remove, though it may take some noisy metal-cutting saw work during which earplugs should be worn.

    Actually, both elms look as though they had been cut or otherwise injured at least once and then budded multiple trunks. They don't usually do that.

    1. Not to worry. The elm trees are staying. Steven is a tree preservationist.

  4. Yes, I can see a deck already. With a handcrank or treadle on a nice day, the waste threads just blow away! And shade from the elms, too.