It was a beautiful day here today -12C but the sun was shining and I had to wear sunglasses. My husband was on the roof getting the last of the snow off and I was pushing it up to the road. It was hard work, my legs and arms were shaking with fatigue before I could finish. Thankfully my husband is in super shape for nearly 69 and finished it for me. So a metal roof is a must for next year. We have stopped the leaks but a small part of the ceiling around one of the fire alarms is damp. Learning about ice and snow and how it affects things has been an expensive exercise.
As I said my husband is in fantastic shape for his age, I have never seen anyone else who could put in so much work in one day, and that is hard physical work. He seems to thrive on it. When he was a young man in Cheshire, England he biked a lot, several hundred miles a week. He was training for the Tour de France , a well known bicycle race, but at the last moment he couldn't go. He often says those years of hard exercise has paid off now as he approaches old age. Compared to the other men, I see of his age, he is lean and mean and I think he still could take on many of the younger men we see. As for myself I battle to keep my weight within an acceptable range. It is really unfair that women have more fat cells than men. I am still vain enough at nearly 60 to care about my appearance, although I know that the health benefits are really important too. What is the point of looking good and being sick. We are both fortunate in that we have our health, but we are practical enough to realize that at our age things will start breaking down, so we try to plan everything for the future so we can stay independent as long as possible.
That is where the metal roof comes in. We have been talking about it for a while, but the roof we had was good for another 15 years so we thought there was no rush. However, with this huge dump of snow we have had this year and the consequent ice build up it has been hard on the roof. Some of the shingles have been lifted off when the ice was removed. Now we have snow all around the perimeter of our place some of it taller than me and right up to the window ledges. I can hardly imagine it will be gone until August. With a metal roof the snow will slide off so he won't have to get up there and shovel. Also we have to consider a method of removing it from the driveway other than he and I pushing or shoveling it. So I need to win the lottery except I never get around to buying a ticket.