Today was the day Mr. President got up on the granary roof to remove some tin. This meant that I had to spend 45 minutes getting all the safety gear set up and in place. If he falls off the roof I don’t want his mother
coming back to me, so he wore the harness all day long while he was on the roof. He only almost went off the roof face first once. The roof is a pretty steep pitch. Once the first piece of tin was off there would be a place to stand. It just was not happening. My ladder is about 10 feet too short. I really need a 30 foot ladder and those are not very common or very cheap. I tried to get the nails but straddling the roof and holding on while trying to pry screws out was not easy nor fast. I finally ended up screwing a standing block directly onto the tin that allowed me to pull the nails above it. Once the first piece was gone it went much faster. One side of the roof is fairly modern. The East side is new tin held in place with screws and the West side has those old galvanized twisted nails. I am working on the modern side and it is fairly obvious why it needed to be replaced, the boards underneath are rotten and brittle. I have already broke two different boards, yes, I am also wearing a harness. It will hurt when I fall, but I won’t die.
I spent the morning spraying again today. I am all the way down by the bluffs now. I am still concentrating on the upper hillside. The star thistle is the worst on the dry hot hilllside. I ran out of 2-4-D today and had get some more. I will spray the bottoms last as they are mostly just Russian thistle and 2-4-d will kill it. The fancy spray is for the hillside.
At 1500 today I was done working on the tin roof. It was just too hot. I drank over 2 gallons of liquid today. I never drink that much fluid. We went into the barn and worked on the inside cleaning up nails and getting ready for the second elevated storage room from the grain tower conversion.
When I was spraying I saw lots of baby birds, baby woodpeckers, blackbirds and a whole covey of Hungarian Partridges (around 20 birds). The most Huns I have seen on the property have been five a couple of years ago. I am hoping they make it to adulthood. I did see the baby deer twins up on top of the hillside. I saw the little two point buck this evening as he wandered down to the front creek in front of the house for a drink of water. He is living by the metal grain bins.
Side note, the mule has 1250 hours on it after the engine rebuild.