January thaw & new garage addition roof

One Queen Anne's Lace

We’re experiencing a January thaw here in the North Country.  Temps have soared generously into the 30’s for a week or more.  It feels almost tropical outside at times.  We only need a light fleece jacket.  And sometimes no hat or gloves. 

Two Queen Anne's Lace

The National Weather Service spokesman in Marquette explains:  the average highs have been about three degrees above average during the month of January, and the average lows almost ten degrees above average.  That translates to “warm” weather.

Not everybody likes a January thaw.  The ice fishermen and snowmobilers and skiers do not.  I happen to enjoy these winter thaws, while my husband does not.  We’re at stalemate.

Melting icicles

Of course Barry isn’t moaning as much as usual this year.  He–almost–has enjoyed the thaw.  Or at least he’s been utilizing it.  Last Friday he hired some assistance and installed the metal roof on the garage addition.  (The addition he’s building for the 24 foot boat.)

I am posting the pic of the metal roof for all family members who have expressed interest.  You non-family members may view it also.  You may even congratulate him. 

Just don’t taunt him about the January thaw, will you?

New garage addition roof

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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20 Responses to January thaw & new garage addition roof

  1. Dawn says:

    I have fantasized about building a little house in the woods of Kentucky or Tennessee with a metal roof so I could hear the rain. My husband says I am nuts, that the rain on the roof would drive me crazy. I doubt it. On the other hand, finding the toilet seat up AGAIN might drive me crazy…

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, even though our house doesn’t have a metal roof (the garage and the shed do) I still like the sound of rain falling on it. It can be so soothing. I understand what you mean…

  2. Kiah says:

    It looks great! Can’t wait to see this change in the landscape when I come home this summer. Can’t wait to come home this summer.

  3. Mom and Dad says:

    Kathy—Please tell Barry I like that roof !!!!! Dad

  4. Cindy Lou says:

    “Up on the rooftop, Barry was…” And didn’t it seem like a longer January thaw this year? Lovely!

  5. fountainpen says:

    About the addition for the boat….I remember the pictures of you, Kathy, up on the new addition’s beam, or trying not to look down…having forgotten your camera, but once you had camera in hand, you were up there!


    • Kathy says:

      Oh yes indeed, fountainpen, you brought back those memories very clearly. Laughing…how awful it was, and then how fun. Thanks for reminding us! We laughed reading your comment.

  6. Hey, I found Gerry who lives near Lake Michigan and now you on Lake Superior. I don’t live on Lake Ontario but it’s about 30 miles north of me. Not to find bloggers on Lakes Erie and Huron. 🙂

  7. p.j. grath says:

    The good thing about disagreeing over weather is that neither of you can blame the other for it. I always like a January thaw myself, but then I love the traditional January blizzard, too. And your new metal roof is GORGEOUS!

    • Kathy says:

      Pamela, those traditional January blizzards are wonderful when you’re cozy inside the house and NOT on the road. Wonder if we’ll get another blizzard before the end of January? Can’t believe next week is February already.

  8. Emma says:

    Nice roof! 🙂

    Enjoy the thaw. We’ve had some of that thaw here, though of course it wasn’t as cold to begin with here as it is there. For a couple days recently, we had the windows open! =O

    • Kathy says:

      Windows open? Oh my goodness, that IS warm. Every once in awhile we get the woodstove heated up too high and have to open the windows just to cool us down. Wood heat is wonderful…

  9. Georgia Mom says:

    Barry, Think your addition is really a nice job! The roof in brown looks good and gives the whole project an almost complete appearance. Aren’t you glad you built all those forts in Royal Oak and Rochester!! Mom and Dad

    • Kathy says:

      I will pass on your comment to your son, Mom, when I get home from Marquette… I’m sure he’s glad about all those fort-building activities.

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