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Old 10-14-2010, 06:27 PM   #141
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Fall is over, is it time to head south?
Then why did you winterize your motor home?
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Then why did you winterize your motor home?
My first trip, in a couple of days, is sans motorhome. Given the time of year I had to winterize it before I leave.
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If this winter will be anything like last winter, that's where I'm heading fur sure
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If you have updated us on the repair for the ice dam damage, I must have missed it.
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If you have updated us on the repair for the ice dam damage, I must have missed it.
No big deal - only $400 to fix it. Since the damage wasn't bad and no water was getting in, we waited a while to fix it. All the contractors were busy with much more critical jobs.

The big problem was the squirrels trapped in our attic. We didn't know they were there until the damage was fixed and the hole in the soffit was closed up. Momma squirrel was trapped outside desperately banging on our windows trying to get at her babies. Two tiny baby squirrels, too small to walk, were crying for their mom in our attic.

Naturally, she placed the nest in an impossible to reach area behind a heat duct. DH and I improvised a tool by taking fireplace tongs and taping long broom handles on them so we could reach them.

DH carefully picked the babies out of the nest and put them in a cardboard box. I took the box out on our deck and momma quickly came for them. She carried them off, one by one, like a mom cat with her kittens.
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A mere $400 And I remember you were so "bummed out" about it, compared to my own ordeal with the roof leak.

And by the way, as reported earlier, because my contractor was late in billing us, we still had a bill of $4K outstanding to use as leverage for them to fix it again. So, they did, before we took off in our RV.

Again, they were late in billing. So, we came back from the trip, and found the roof leaking AGAIN!!! ARGHHHHHHH

PS. Good thing you did for the baby squirrels by the way. We would do the same.
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I use Microsoft's FREE Image Composite Editor (ICE) to stitch panoramas together and am extremely pleased with the ease of use and results. Not perfect, but I panned with a hand-held P&S camera.

Here's an example from a recent trip to RMNP. There is an option to crop the image, but I left this one un-trimmed. There are 8 pictures stitched together.
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A mere $400 And I remember you were so "bummed out" about it, compared to my own ordeal with the roof leak.
Yeah, I remember being a bit overly dramatic. DH would tell you it's not the first time. Snowmagedon kinda wigged me out. Sorry about your ordeal with the roof leak.

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Yeah, I remember being a bit overly dramatic.
Just teasing.

I am glad for you that it was not an expensive repair. I would only wish my roof problems on my enemies (and I do not have any right now, and have not for a long time, ever since I left full-time work at megacorps ).

The main contractor probably felt sick to his stomach when we informed him about the leak not being fixed. He already had to patch the ceiling the second time, although the new stain area was only about a square foot. He will have to do that again.

This time, I happened to be home when it rained, and climbed up into the attic to see the exact leaky spot. This will help the roofers do it right this time, hopefully. Did I ever post here that you've got to do things yourself if you want it done right?

Anyway, back to photo posting...
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I use Microsoft's FREE Image Composite Editor (ICE) to stitch panoramas together and am extremely pleased with the ease of use and results. Not perfect, but I panned with a hand-held P&S camera.

Here's an example from a recent trip to RMNP. There is an option to crop the image, but I left this one un-trimmed. There are 8 pictures stitched together.
Very impressive. I am surprised, actually. It, on not very close inspecton, looks as good as Photoshop can do. I will definitely check this out.
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This time, I happened to be home when it rained, and climbed up into the attic to see the exact leaky spot. This will help the roofers do it right this time, hopefully. Did I ever post here that you've got to do things yourself if you want it done right?
I got no sympathy for contractors who don't use their troubleshooting tools. You could point out to them that you'd be happy to loan your garden hose to use on the roof for their own rainstorm investigations.

We had one of those intermittent roof leaks (just the right combination of wind & rain direction) for at least five years. I finally went into the crawl space (more like a wiggle space) and called out to spouse to start spraying the roof with the hose. When she got to the "right" spot I was nearly drowning in evidence...
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Bald eagles, this morning along the Des Moines river in southeast Iowa:









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Oh, how wonderful to be in the right place at the right time. Everyone should be so lucky.
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In a walk of less than a mile I counted 64 eagles. And froze my nose--windy and 9 above down here earlier this morning. I thought this was the semi-south. Much of the river has ice, but below a dam there is open water where birds are congregating.
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"Semi-south"? Iowa?

Martha I thought you knew nothing was considered even vaguely "south" if you see ice anywhere other than in your tea...
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Wouldn´t some of you exchange places with me?
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