December 20th, 2008

Well, Dam! Mamma Mia!

daisy_knotwise and I had planned to watch Mamma Mia while the girls took a nap this afternoon, a plan that was altered about halfway through the film when it became obvious that Katie had no intention of actually sleeping. While Gretchen took care of the resulting mess, I grabbed a push broom and worked ineffectually through the bedroom window to try to knock some snow off the roof where it looks like we have an ice dam. I need a longer broom. We'll look at Home Depot later to see if they have any of the correct tools left in stock.

Oh, yes. The film. Well, I may not look as good as Pierce Brosnan, but I can outsing him. :)

Katie and Julie joined us to watch the end of the film. Afterwards, we took a quick look at the very limited bonus features on the disk, which included a sing-along section. I cued up the Dancing Queen / Waterloo bit just before the end credits and we started singing.

And Katie started dancing.

We are so doomed. :)

I Wouldn't Brush That With a Ten Foot Pole

That's because a ten foot pole wouldn't have been nearly long enough to do the job of clearing some of the snow off of our roof where we appear to have an ice dam. I'd made an assault on it using a push broom from the bedroom window earlier, but I really didn't have enough reach. So after dinner, we went off to Home Depot to look for a roof rake or something of that sort.

I didn't find a roof rake. What I did find was a sixteen foot long telescoping aluminum pole designed for removing cobwebs and washing windows. I bought the accessories for doing both, as we've been in this house for twelve years and there are a few windows that just need to be cleaned and can't possibly be reached. I also bought what was intended as a flow-through deck brush that I determined weighed a fair amount and could be screwed into the end of the pole.

I have now removed a good bit of snow from the front edge of the roof. This may be enough to allow the sun to take care of the problem. We'll see.