i had big plans for a photographic ending to 2015 and my 365 photo-a-day project, but alas life got in the way. i suppose it’s appropriate that i find myself ending both in a hockey arena watching odin run hockey drills 🙂
after practice, we’ll end 2015 the same as 2014, going to bed early to get up at 5:45am for early morning new year’s day hockey tournament. stay safe, ya’ll. see you on the flipside.
after a week away, we arrived home at 10pm after a seven hour drive to find a Good Samaritan slow blowed our 100 feet of sidewalks and our 100 foot driveway!
they didn’t leave a calling card, but i think i know who did it. THANK YOU! Mightily appreciate not having to come home and dig out of 8 inches of snow that fell while we were gone.
i was manning the penalty box with a great view of a tough game against black river falls. odin’s team lost 2-8 and hopefully learned a lesson about not playing as a team against a formidable opponent.
odin’s hockey team played a rough and tumble game against a team with players from reedsburg and wisconsin dells.
it’s always tough to play a team “coop” team that can select the best players from two towns so we knew it’d be tough, but i was super impressed and proud that odin and his team held it together, stayed in the game, and played with a lot of heart.
back in southwest wisconsin. FIRST SNOW! we’ve gotten away with a relatively mild winter so far, but the november shorts running weather is probably gone for good. how much snow will we get and will our friend the wooly bear caterpillar be proven correct? time will tell!
first, some detail might be in helpful. the 11’x5’ treehouse movie theater screen hangs off the 2nd floor of the house and is attached at the top to the house soffit. there’s a 10 pound piece of metal conduit in a hem on the bottom of the screen to keep it even and flat. support ropes are linked to clamps that are attached to the bar to keep the bar from banging against the house when it gets windy.
recently, we had a couple days and nights with crazy winds and on one of those nights we could hear the treehouse movie theater screen banging against the side of the house. great. the winds were so strong they snapped the support lines on the bottom of the screen. but there was nothing to be done in the dark during 40mph gusts so we settled in for a night of listening to the banging.
but then it stopped. “huh.” i thought. “i guess the screen must have ripped apart and fallen down entirely.”
not exactly. somehow a gust of wind got in the foot of so space between the screen and house and whipped it onto the roof and over the drain waste vent?! you can sort of see the metal conduit that runs along the bottom of the screen in this photo and how it had to make it up and over the vent.
it might be hard to visualize but if hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, i wouldn’t have thought it was possible.
i have to admit, lacking a 30 foot ladder, it took some time to figure out how to get myself perched on what is probably the most inaccessible section of our roof to try to get the bar back over the vent. i’m looking down on the treehouse movie theater deck which itself is 15 feet off the ground.
for a small town in southwest wisconsin we have no shortage of murals! this one is on the forgotten works warehouse. i run by this newish mural almost every day and it always gets me to thinking what might be going on in the scene. i haven’t come up with any answers yet.