I’m A Foolish Grasshopper

by Josh on September 17, 2006 · 4 comments

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One of Aesop’s fables compares a hard-working ant and a free-wheeling grasshopper. During the summer, the ant works hard gathering food while the grasshopper plays. But when winter comes the grasshopper finds himself starving and cold, while the ant has saved enough to be comfortable.

Well, it is the middle of September and I have been one naughty, loafing, foolish grasshopper. For nearly two months I have had weekends full of parties, weddings, parades and picnics–lovely stuff, for sure– but I now find myself on winter’s doorstep completely unprepared for the cold days ahead.

P1000267A cold snap in the temperature earlier this week showed me exactly how precarious my situation is. My remodelling project upstairs has been stalled for weeks, with the radiator disconnected and the boiler drained, so the heating system is completely off-line. After a few days where the temperature outside didn’t reach much above 60 degrees, it was getting dowright chilly in the house. The thermostat read 65 degrees inside and I was using an electric space heater in my office and burning logs in the fireplace to try to keep the place comfortable.

I’ve still got a few weeks to channel my “inner ant” and kick this project into gear, before the temperatures become a real concern. However, I’ve left myself woefully short of project time and the result wil be some form of compromise in what I can hope to accomplish with the time remaining.

The good news is that I should find myself with a bit of mid-week project time over the next couple weeks that should help me get things jumpstarted. This would have been so much easier if I had just stuck with it back in July– but I bet all the grasshoppers say that.

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Stuccohouse September 17, 2006 at 9:16 pm

Lol….if it makes you feel any better, there is another grasshopper across town that is working like mad to get her windows sashes done and back in the windows before the first flake falls. Also, calling every roofer in town to try to get my front door overhang read for the ice dam that we know is coming oh-too-soon. Ditto, the “back in July” thoughts……


kris September 18, 2006 at 9:56 pm

Glad to hear we aren’t the only grasshoppers in town…we are replacing our boiler and hooking up our newly installed infloor radiant. We just received the last delivery of supplies before we start the installation. We have a few portable oil radiators to get by for a little while. Let’s all think 70-degree thoughts 🙂


nadja September 26, 2006 at 10:36 am

Ah, I think there is a grasshopper infestation! We are frantically trying to finish our windows (yeah, pretty necessary to keep out the cold!) and the rest of the painting so we can put storms back up! Fingers crossed for Indian Summer in October!


Josh September 26, 2006 at 12:24 pm

It’s an infestation! Good luck with your last chance summer projects, my fellow grasshoppers. I’m happy to say I’m making a bit of progress!


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