#1,569 Up On the Rooftop.
by Erin Napier
When we bought our house, the home inspector told us, “There’s this one rotten board facing the backyard—on the roofline. Needs to be replaced, but it’s nothing structural.”
We put it on the BIG to-do list on our fridge (which includes other hits like ‘build garage, fix up patio,’ etc.), and it’s been there ever since. A few nights ago a big storm blew through town and finally ripped off that rotten piece of trim and so today and yesterday Ben set to work fixing it. The thing is, the trim was cut in 1925 and they don’t really carry that anymore at Lowe’s. So it all had to come down on the backside of the house, so Ben could replace it all at once. It’s been a heck of a job. I was so proud of he and Jesse up there in the blazing sun when they had a couple free hours!
Baker and I supervised from the ground level.
It’s not quite finished, but a couple more days of hammering, caulking and touch-up painting should do it. I’ve got a tired, sunburned man on my hands tonight.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!