I went to Lowe's today to pick up some black mammy and a roll of aluminum flashing to repair my roof. Both were about $10 when I checked two or three weeks ago. The flashing was still the same price, but I swear it was a shorter length roll, though I could be mistaken. The black mammy was $14.50, nearly a 50% increase in less than a month! Between that and needing to buy TWO rolls of the current sized flashing, I would have needed to spend nearly double what I'd planned. I was so disgusted that I left without buying anything.
With our tight budget these days, I've been buying a thing or two at a time that I would need to repair my roof, including a cheap but safe pair of shoes to wear up there. If I have to pay that much for the black mammy, I may check with the local mom and pop to see if their price is anywhere close. I also think I'll check with my roofer neighbor to see if he has any stray shingles that he'll sell cheap, instead of using flashing, like I'd planned. Then, all I'll need to do is cut a hole in my bedroom wall where the window is, so I can get out onto the roof, since I can't climb a ladder anymore.
My wife doesn't want me on the roof, since I usually walk with a cane, but I usually have it with me more as a precautionary measure than anything, including for self defense. I WILL use a rope to be sure that I won't go rolling off the 28 degree angle roof (almost a 1/3 pitch). I'd probably make an awfully big grease-spot after falling two stories. Old folks don't bounce like young ones. I wish I could just afford to hire it done, but I never have the winning ticket, probably because I rarely BUY a ticket.
On another note, something has apparently crawled under our front porch and died. I suspect a cat that hung around here some, and may have been a stray. I couldn't be sure if it WAS a stray, or belonged to one of the neighbors, though. I guess I'll find what it is tomorrow, because the smell is getting noticeable. Of course, if it's a mouse, I'll never see it anyway; there's only about four inches of clearance some places, and the best I could do would be to hook something with a pole.
On a BRIGHTER note, while my wife looked through one of the local craft supply stores, wishing she had the money to spend that she once did, I scouted for future foraging. I found a couple small patches of wild Jerusalem artichoke that I can dig later for "seed." I'm not big with them, but if I can keep the deer and the voles out of them, they certainly don't take any effort to grow. I haven't had much success yet, but my plan is to have several wild edible plants around that don't require honey bees to pollinate, or much effort to grow. I'm going to have to build a deer fence before I have any luck, though. Thankfully, I can build it out of poles from my woods and spend little or no money. It's something to work towards. © 2016