A Sincere Invitation

I invited my friend up to the porch adjacent to the master suite for 4th of July morning coffee.

I pulled out the furniture cushions to give us a comfortable vantage point.

The deck is shaded in the morning and looks over the wooded yard.

The gutters on the edge of the roof of the conservatory and conservatory bathroom are fairly easy to reach from the porch.

After talking for a few minutes and enjoying our coffees she started cleaning out one of the many rain gutters reachable from the porch.

Oak trees hang over the house and fill the gutters with matted organic matter.

Since they had not been cleaned since before the oak tree flowers had fallen this spring some of the down spouts were clogged. Handily there was an A-frame ladder already on the porch.

A basketful of muck from the gutters.

We made a tool from a wire hanger to loosen up the muck.

This little frog is about the size of a silver dollar.

In the corner gutter by the French doors where there previously had been growing some green plants a little froggie actually had been living. She helped him out of the gutter and off the porch.

The downspout elbow was clogged until the specialty tool — bent hanger — was worked into the space.

My job was to turn the hose on and off as my friend moved from gutter to gutter. Honestly I did not mean for the invitation to turn into a chore but I’m happy the gutters are running freely.  I am VERY grateful for the help.

The master porch is an oasis with a spectacular view.

Later in the day we enjoyed snowballs on the same porch which also shades over in the late afternoon.

Do you have a determined friend?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “A Sincere Invitation”

  1. That worked out well. Your friend is quite a worker! That kind of job is very rewarding because you get instant gratification and it has a quick completion date – my favorite kind of job. Still shredding paper here.

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