No Sleep…Again

This is the second time this week I have woken up coughing with a tickle in my throat that won’t go away. With being quite busy yesterday and having to work quite late into the evening (I was informed that the Tribal Council primary list needed to be posted by midnight and didn’t get the list until around 9:00 PM), I was tired and felt like I could really sleep. No Dice. So I’ve fired up the pellet stove and made coffee. The pellet stove, well yesterday I picked up 4 bags of pellets from Tractor Supply and I have to say that they are much better quality than the stuff I’ve been burning, they even look different. They seem to burn hotter and with less ash. I only have 4 40# bags left of the 2 tons I got last fall, so I’m thinking I’ll start getting a few bags every Friday when I go shopping. I can make one bag last almost 3 days now ever since I’ve worked/fixed/cleaned the pellet stove.

Half Day Off

I took this afternoon off to get some things done before the snowstorm. I got the remaining ice off the roof and fixed (finally) the snowblower tire. I also got my grocery shopping done. I was planning on only getting the shopping and ice done today, then the snowblower tomorrow, but the storm is going to hit sooner so I did both today. Was a nice sunny warm day, we hit 38°F.

It doesn’t look like I’m going anywhere this weekend.
So let’s see, 12-23 inches of snow in the next couple days. Then add in some winds at 45 MPH and this could be the making of a fun storm.



Light to moderate snow expected during the day Saturday. Accumulations during this period are expected to be 2 to 5 inches. Beginning Saturday night, heavy snow and mixed precipitation is likely. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 18 inches, except 9 to 12 inches from Marquette to Skandia. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph on Sunday, leading to areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially near Lake Superior.

Another Drive Up The Keweenaw

Took a needed day out of the house, so with it being winter and not many places to go, a drive in the Keweenaw was the call. I was hoping to get some nice ice photos, but the snowbanks along the road were so high I couldn’t hardly even see the lake. There were a number of areas that looked like they got pretty drifted in with very high banks on both sides of the road.
Anyway, the drive was really pretty, especially along US-41 just south of Copper Harbor.


Marina Rd in Eagle Harbor

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

Roof Shoveling Day

Getting pooped out already. I have the roof about 1/3rd done, but it’s taking a bit as it’s almost waist deep up there. 🤓

The Roof Is Done! I think it’s a 4 ibuprofen night. I tried my best to not slide down too much snow in front of my front windows, there still was quite a bit, so that had to be removed to. Ugh.

Snow Day

Another snow day off from work, and it’s a good thing as I got a foot of snow early this morning and had to get it cleaned up. First thing this morning I measured the snow we got over night and it was on 3 inches, then it started to dump. By noon we had some sunshine. I also had to get up on the roof again because there was another leak. I could hear it dripping behind the shower. I found the spot and cleared it up. Getting really tired of this leak shit.
Also early this morning I sent off an email to the ex-owner stating that I will not be paying them any money they think I owe them. We both signed the same purchase agreement that stated there is a seller credit, that’s what they feel I should pay back. Well, not after all the problems I’ve found with the house. No. Fucking. Way.
Around noon I headed into Houghton for groceries. Houghton didn’t get hardly any snow last night. Quite surprising.
Tomorrow will be a work day around the house to try and take care of some more of the ice on the roof. Then Sunday I plan to get out. I really need it!

Front of house


Path to shop

Can’t Sleep

Once again I can’t sleep, too much on my mind. I keep thinking about the damn roof problems and some other things. I know I just need to get through this winter with the roof because I plan to put heat tape up this coming summer or fall and that should take care of the problem.
One of the other things that’s been running around in my head is that this winter seems to be really getting me down, in fact, just last night I was wondering when the last time I was happy. It’s been that long that I had to think about it. I so so rarely even talk to anyone anymore. I just hope that spring helps to bring me around again, I hope.
I also keep thinking about what colors to paint the inside of this place and what to do with the outside to make it look better. I just fucking hate all the green, inside and out.
I could go on and on, but won’t, for now.

I’ve been trying to work on the roof again today (remove ice), but I’m just so fucking tired and out of breath.

Roof Cleaning/Raking

We closed at work early today, so I headed out to TruValue to see if they got their roof rakes in. No dice, and the truck won’t be in until tomorrow due to the snow storm. They were kind enough to call around other places to see if anyone had a roof rake, well, only one place had one left and that was Wilkinson’s Hardware in Baraga. I drove to Wilkinson’s to pick it up. This is the first time I’ve been in there, and wow, are they packed with stuff in there, they have just about anything you could think of. So anyway, got home, put the rake together and started working. I have half the house done now as I take a break and get something to eat. The rake it self is working quite well, the only problem I’m having is breaking through the hardened layer when we had freezing rain. The snow pack is kind of like a sandwich, snow on the bottom, a layer of icy stuff, then another 8-10 inches of snow on top.

Well fuck. one of the rake support members lost it’s nut and bolt, so now I’m about to head up on the roof on foot with shovels.

Okay, I’m done for the day, I just can’t do any more. I’m warn out and too fucking old for this shit.
I still have quite a bit of shoveling on the roof to do, but I can’t go any further right now. One last thing I did do was to put down some more salt where the ice is the thickest above the guest room. Along the back there was some light standing water along about half the house.
Next winter I’ll put up heat tape to keep the ice from building.