A Good Excuse

I was all ready to paint the shutters Saturday morning.

It seems painting the shutters is a difficult job to start.

Just as I laid them out and was going to get the compressor I heard a loud crash.

Our narrow road is once again block by fallen limbs.

I huge branch fell out of a tree just up the road from the house. I called the electric company immediately and said the magic word “sparking”.

In the mean time another neighbor called 911 and the fire department showed up in short order and waited until the power was turned off to the downed lines.

The local electric company came 2 hours after I called.

Foliage and limbs blocked passage in and out of the dead end road on which we live.

The lines were repaired after the wood and foliage were cleared from the street.

More importantly the limb, maybe it was 2 limbs, pulled down power lines and created some sparking and fire.  The electric company came in 2 shifts: first to clear the debris and second to repair the lines.

The start of a short hedge.

We were without power until late afternoon so I did some planting instead of painting.

Still no shutters.

Another weekend’s plans foiled.

Are you getting things accomplished?


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.

5 thoughts on “A Good Excuse”

    1. As the wind blew I heard a cracking sound 3 different times during the morning. I looked I the direction of the noise and watched the branches fall to the ground pull others along with it. A little scary knowing the same thing could happen to trees near my house. Jo

  1. Those shutters are leading a charmed life regarding staying in their old, unpainted state. Amazing. I’m glad everything worked out okay regarding the power lines. I’m glad it only sparked and didn’t start a fire.

  2. You are so lucky to have had rain recently, which may have saved this situation from becoming much worse. If it had happened here, where we will set a new record tomorrow for days without rainfall (52), the little fire would not have gone out. Hope you can get to those shutters soon!

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