And they all said . . .

"AMEN"  (fans of Fr. Jim Trick will understand this one)

I'm so very happy to report that the roofing project is done!  Dad and Adam still have work to do on the edges, gutters, whatever.  But the bulk of the work is done!!  

{ Even Batman is Happy }

We're so lucky to have had so many great people helping.  I told our helpers that if we found a million dollars lining the inside of the roof - well, they'd all get a cut.  Nothing exciting happened except for the hard labor of removing 5 layers of shingles (a total of 5.78 tons according to the Dumpsterman invoice I received today - yikes!)


Dad Schmidt, Dad Suchland, my brother Steve,  our friends Eric (a.k.a Partner), Justin, and Jeff.  Brothers Munch, Bruce, Rod (Mr. Pleiman) Pleiman.  Also, cousins Cory, Jace and Tommy Walkoff.  Geez, I hope I didn't forget anyone.

Special thanks to the spouses of the above.  I know it's not fun having your husband be gone two beautiful weekends in a row.  We so appreciate the help and look forward to returning the favor someday.

But seriously - these guys worked really, really hard.  And they loaned us tools, donated some of their old supplies and didn't grump once (to my face).  It really meant alot to us that so many quality people were on hand to help.

{ Progression of the Roof }

Clearly there is still a lot of work to be done on the exterior.  Fresh paint (very obviously), a spiffy door, windows with clean glass, an awning and window boxes are all on the list.  The inside is still a mess.  A big one.  But we will have all winter to transform 55 North Main into something great.

More pictures will follow after I get my work caught up!!  Special thanks also go to my fabulous clients who are being patient as I figure out how to balance everything.

What I learned.

First of all - the roofing is not done so I'm going to wait to show photos.  If you want to take a look cruise by 55 North Main and check it out.  Many people over the weekend did.

In addition to roofing we took down a wall in the back of the building and worked to expose brick walls in the new room.  Super excited about this room.

{ Batman Helped }


Top Ten Things I Learned This Weekend
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  1. Don't bother wearing lip gloss when you participate in a day of roofing.  No one cares how you look and after the first wave of shingles flies your lips will be coated in gritty dust.

  2. 25 yard dumpsters fill up fast.  Real fast.

  3. It's really not THAT big of a deal to see daylight through the roof - from the inside of your building.  175 year old buildings have seen worse.

  4. Hammering plaster is FUN!

  5. Carting away plaster is NOT.

  6. Our friend Eric is a squirrel.  He zoomed across that roof like magic.

  7. I quite easily fall to prayer when I watched all these guys go up and down and do hard labor perched on a questionable roof.

  8. Cory really is a nice guy.  A wall falls on his back and he doesn't sue.  Thanks Cory!

  9. We have super HARD WORKING friends and family members.  Seriously - roofing is hard but I suspect this roof was harder than most.  5 Layers of roofing in some areas.  Yikes!

  10. Yup, we're really doing this. Nope, there is no turning back.

{ Here we are }

Adam with his 'stach and me looking like a hot mess!

Here We GO!

My day started (at 7:30am) with a phone call from Ron at Menards.  He had a load of roofing materials and could I tell him where he should put all of it?  Reasonable question.  I had no clue how to answer.  Quick call to good ole dad and it was all straightened out.  Dad was conveniently across the street having coffee at Willy's and was happy to direct the pallets of materials.

pfew . . .first crisis averted.
The second crisis was getting locked into 55 North Main - but more on that later.

Today kicks off ROOFING WEEKEND!  Rain is coming but what can you do?  We've got plenty of work inside to keep us busy until it passes.

{ Starting Point } 

{ The Chimney - Removed }

{ Ohhh, Look.  A ladder and no supervision }

{ Guess I'll go up and take a gander }

Not much happening up here.  Lots of blown in insulation.  But curiously there seems to be metal printing plates hanging everywhere.  I don't have a clue what that is all about but I intend to investigate.

{ A metal printing plate for a yearbook - can't tell if it's local or not }

Now for my second crisis of the day.  While I had my head in the rafters dad assumed I had left.  So he slapped the padlock back on the door and headed back up to the roof.  -see photo below for evidence of dad on the roof and said lock (lower left of photo).  

The street exits were sealed and have probably not been used for many years.  Using the alternate back exit would mean I'd have to "walk the plank" to get across the missing floor to reach it.  Which wouldn't be a big deal if I weren't wearing flip flops.  But I was.  And I'm not allowed to wear flip flops in 55 North Main anymore.  Not since I almost stepped on a nail - yikes.

Luckily I could see dad happily hammering away.  I didn't want to startle him so I decided to wait until he climbed down.  I banged on the door, which did nothing.  Finally I placed a call and luckily his cell phone was on him and not inside the house.  And luckily he didn't ignore my call.  And then I was freed.  The end.

Third Crisis of the Day?  Probably bringing Jenkins to the vet.  He needs a checkup from his recent blood platelet issue.  Typically Jenkins will go and do anything without much fuss.  But it's now storming and that is probably the only thing he HATES.  So transporting him to the vet should be a treat.

Saying prayers for a safe working weekend for our friends and family who will be in attendance.  Can't wait to post the after photos!