Thursday, July 24, 2008

What Do YOU Do When It's 100 Degrees?

We decided to empty both our attics!

This wasn't decided on a whim though. We have an older house, built in 1975 (I think) and I think it has maybe a quarter inch of insulation in the attic (sadly, that's only a slight exaggeration). We had somebody come out and give us an estimate on more insulation and the radiant barrier thingy in the attic. When all was said and done it seemed good to us, so we've signed up. They told us that we could leave our stuff in the attic and they would just work around it, but that seemed silly to us. Makes much more sense to remove it so that they could add even more insulation!

So Keith went up in the attic at about 5:00 in the know, the hot part of the day...and handed stuff down to me. Bless his heart, I didn't realize what a box packrat he was until all these large empty boxes started coming down! And the funny thing is that these were probably moved twice! And don't ever think that only women get nostalgic. Keith would look at all these computer boxes and say things like "remember when we bought this"? No honey, that was over 20 years ago and I guess it didn't hold the sentimental value for me that it apparently does for you.

After everything was down I told him that he needed to sit for a while (but not on the furniture dear, you're sweaty!) to cool off and went to get him a glass of water. He kept insisting he was fine and was ready to start the garage attic, but I put my foot down. For heaven's sake, if it's 100 degrees outside what must it be in the attic?

When it was time to do the garage attic, really just a small space over the garage, one of our neighbors came over to ask why we were doing this when it was so hot. She nodded sagely after we explained it to her, but she did also hightail it back to her house to get inside out of the heat.

Hours later I told Keith that we should head up to Braum's for ice cream because we deserved it after all that work. Loaded up the dog and we headed through the drive-thru for a scoop of chocolate chip in a sugar cone. Yes, we've been together for a long time and got the same thing. As I'm driving home he remarked that it makes sense for it to be illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving, but maybe we shouldn't be allowed to eat ice cream and drive at the same time as well. Perhaps this was a commentary on my driving???

Good times.....

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.

By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work." Genesis 2:2


Renna said...

Ugh. My hubby wants to replace one of the vent fans in our attic. It's only been out for 3 or 4 years, but NOW he wants to replace it, when our summer temps are running in the upper 90's and the heat index much higher than that. I can only imagine how hot it must be in the attic. Stubborn, silly man. Oh, well, at least we do also have a Braum's nearby. ;-Þ

Susie said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by! I think that ice cream cone sounds wonderful after being up there in that heat! Our house was built in 1976 and we had to put more insulation in the attic too. We did it when we re roofed the house, but what a job that was..
Stop in again anytime, and I'll be back to see you too!