I tempted fate today... and WON! :)
I've been very open about the fact that home repair chores I attempt don't normally end up well. I either hurt myself or spend hours doing something that should take 15 minutes. And you would think that with a cruise coming up in three weeks, I'd steer clear of anything that might endanger that trip in any way...
So what was on tap today? Repainting the peeling shutters on our gable window... 2nd story... on a ladder. After reading two prayer requests at our church for people who are recovering from injuries... after falling off ladders.
We were able to reach the one shutter from inside the room, but the other shutter was on the opposite side from where the window is hinged. So we got out the ladder, extended it to the full 17 feet, and I cautiously climbed to the top to start the scraping and painting. This was after I was emphatic that my wife would not be going up the ladder. The neighbor across the street is over 90, and he climbs up and down his ladder all the time.
Yeah, it's a pride thing. :)
Surprisingly, it all went flawlessly. The scraping was quick, and the primer went on quickly with me on the ladder and Sue holding the paint from inside the window. One more time up to repaint with the trim color, and I was done. No one got injured, nothing broke, and I felt like a normal person doing a home repair.
And I won't be doing anything that risky again before our trip. :)