Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gutter Cleaning!

Depending on where your house is relative to trees, you may or may not be able to fully relate to how I spent my Saturday afternoon and last day of November, 2013.  With Fall now in full swing, many trees are nearly fully shed of their leaves, which is the case of the two large trees that hover over the front left of my house (front left if you're facing it).

When we got home from Ceres yesterday it was time to take action.  I went to Home Depot to buy an electric blower (my gas one is no longer working), grabbed my ladder and 100 foot extension cord, and ascended to my roof.

Here is some video footage:

After nearly an hour on the roof I had cleaned out all the gutters and blew off about 90% of the leaves that were on the roof prior to the start of my work.   You can never get them all, so why try.

Unfortunately, there is more to the project than just walking around my roof with the blower, which is actually kind of fun, albeit a little dangerous (especially with electric blower rather than gas since the cord is a tripping hazard, although I much prefer electric and not having to deal with gas running out and pulling string to get it started, etc).  Once I safely got down from the roof, I had to deal with a circular pile of leaves surrounding my house.  It was so obnoxious that my attempt to tell Darcy we could wait until the gardeners come on Thursday was met with a, "no way".

I was half joking when I suggested this.  The front door was totally blocked.

I smiled and agreed and got to work with the push broom and garbage bucket, sweeping and scooping away.  Pretty soon, the pile in front of my house looked like this!

The lack of rain, despite contributing to our looming drought, was beneficial for me in this years gutter cleaning because there was minimal "swampy-ness" at the bottom of the gutters.  Swampy gutters make much more of a mess along the ground and outside of your house (from the blower).  In the past years with more pre-Thanksgiving rain, the gutters have been much wetter, and therefore cleanup has been much nastier.

I look forward to doing this again next year!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

33 1/2

They say life is like a roll of toilet paper... The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.  And it's so true.  Mathematically speaking, as we get older each day becomes a smaller percentage of our life, so it should be no surprise each day would seem shorter.  I'm scared and nervous to experience how fast it will go when I get even older.

Today I turn 33 1/2, and before I know it, I'll be 34 and officially in my mid 30's.  My kids are now 5 1/4 (today actually as Sean's birthday is August 5th), and nearly 3 1/2.

However, I couldn't be more happy about where we're at.  Darcy and I both have fulfilling and challenging jobs, our kids make us laugh and surprise us with what they know every day, and we have a good home in one of the better places to live in the world (at least we feel that it is).

I'm saddened that I gave up on this blog a few years back.  I was burnt out, and also came the emergence of Facebook, with status updates, pictures, and even videos, that could be posted on the fly right from the smartphone.  Why spend all this time writing posts to share pictures, when I could easily just post them to my wall in a quick second for all my "friends" to see, which was a lot larger group than my loyal Narduzzi Nation following?

Because of that decision, I have lost two years of documentation, color, and analysis of our events, travels, and milestones.  Yes, we have plenty of pictures and videos in our phones, on Facebook, and downloaded to my Youtube account, but it's not the same.

Thus, I pledge to write 3-4 times a month about what is going on in the Narduzzi Nation:  starting now.

Welcome back everyone!