At the end of last week forecasters were already predicting the storm that we are currently under. Actually more than 100 million people are being affected by this storm. This one is a one-two punch today and tomorrow. The problem is that tomorrow is supposed to be an ice storm. Ice on top of several feet of snow is a very bad thing. As it is, roofs have been collapsing all over the place and all of last week, emergency management personnel were recommending removing snow off of flat roofs and decks.
I suppose one of the really good things about our home is that it is a New England Colonial with pretty steeply pitched roofs. If it warms up at all, the snow usually slides off it. We haven't had much of a warmup here but still our roof has not been as bad as some we've seen around town.
You can only imagine my surprise then when I was cleaning the bathroom on our 3rd level last Saturday and thought I saw something moving just below my eye level. My first thought was that it was a bird about to dive bomb the bathroom window. So I openend the shutters and this is what I saw (all pics are clickable to make them bigger):
I thought, "What the heck is he doing? Oh, no, you've got to be kidding me!" (That's our garage, which does not have a steeply pitched roof)
"Oh geez. I hope he doesn't fall! I wonder if that ladder is secure?"
"That looks like he's going higher? What the HECK IS HE DOING!" I tried to rap on the window to get his attention but of course he had his iPod blasting.
So then I went outside and yelled and jumped up and down until he noticed me. When I protested what he was doing his response was that at least if he fell, it would be into the four feet of snow on the patio. Sigh.
I went back in and decided I would not watch. People, it was like a bad accident, I couldn't look away! So I'd clean a little, then I would go back upstairs to the window in the hallway and check to see what he was doing. (I also changed from my iPhone camera to my real camera lol!)
OK, he's almost done, and I'm done cleaning. He hasn't fallen yet so let me get in the shower.
"Let me check one more time..." When I first looked he was standing on the peak of the roof surveying his kingdom, but just as I lifted the camera...
Hahahahahaha he caught me - had no idea I'd been documenting his adventurous afternoon.. When he came inside, he literally spent the rest of the afternoon eating. Just grazing on this that and the other. Finally I pulled up the Sparkpeople activity tracker online and input his height and weight and the 3 hours of snow shoveling he did to find out that he burned 1.946 calories. And that was in addition to whatever he'd burned at his two hour martial arts class that morning. (No wonder he doesn't have a weight issue.)
Maybe I should have helped. But I didn't. So while Mr. Helen ate cake, I booked a vacation. Granted, we're not going for a while. But the thought of a bathing suit in my current condition? *Ahem* It might be enough to get me to shovel a roof.