Skip This Please – #SoCS

No, I didn’t mean skip the post, that’s the…well, you’ll see (I hope). I generally start these posts with an idea of a subject. Linda says we shouldn’t do much in the way of planning (I’ve been training my entire life for this role). Anyway, Linda gave us an interesting challenge for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week:

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘mean(s).’ Use it with or without the “s,” any way you’d like. Have fun!”

Ah yeah, en-joy.

If we were having a beer, you’d be surprised to see me.

“Look who’s here early.”

“Why the surprise? I’m always here by three o’clock.”

“Yeah, but with all the progress you’ve been making, I thought you would have turned the corner to meander down that long wall.”

“Have you been checking up on me again?”

“I drove by last night. It looks like you’re almost done with the front of your garage.”

“Hey, checking up on you guys is my job. Dan sounds like he’s in the mood for a Corona, but you, you’re always a mystery.”

“No mysteries today, Cheryl. I will have a glass of red wine.”

“Still with a side of seltzer?”

“Yes, but no ice.”

“You boys want any food?”

“I would like a bowl of chowder, Cheryl.”

“OK, Dan. I’ll get that right in.”

“Chowder? Warming up after working outside?”

“Yes, working outside does chill a body deep.”

“So, did you turn the corner?”

“No, I finished some odds and ends on the front wall. I also installed the support post for the roof over my shop.”

“I’ve been meaning to ask when you were going to do that.”

“OK boys, one Corona – frosted glass – fresh lime, a glass of Meiomi and a snifter of seltzer.”

“Thanks Cheryl.”

“Your soup will be right up, Dan”

“Thanks Cheryl.

“Can I assume that by ‘odds and ends’ you mean that huge gap in the stuff covering the overhang.”



“The stuff covering the overhang, it’s called soffit.”

“Whatever. I was curious about how you were going to bring the two sides together.”

“Normally, I would have continued up, over and down, and just trimmed the last panel to fit.”

“Why didn’t you do that?”

“That flat spot where the gap was, is under where the hoist goes. I need to have an access panel of some sort for the cable.”

“Here’s your chowder, Dan. Careful, it’s piping hot.”

“Mmmm, thanks Cheryl.”

“I still can’t believe you’re going to put a hoist up there.”

“It’s already there, it’s just tucked inside the attic.”

“OK, now that that’s done, are you moving to the long wall, or the shop?”

“I have a skip coming on Monday, so the long wall is next.”

“A what?”

“A skip. According to David, that’s what they call dumpsters in England. I like the sound of it.”

“You can’t go messing with our language like that.”

“Like what? Like introducing English words into ‘our’ language?”

“There’s a reason we’re different. Remember? I think it was called the Revolutionary War.”

“Actually, David gave my wife a book about that war, and they call it the Civil War.”

“Well, we won, so I call it what we call it.”

“It’s not like we fought about the over-use of the letter ‘U’, or the meaning of ‘bonnet’ and ‘boot’.”

“Fine, but for this conversation, just call it a dumpster.”


“It’s not mean. It’s normal – something you seem to struggle with.”

“Now that was mean. You boys doing OK? Another round? More crackers? Separate tables?”

“We’re fine, Cheryl. He’s stubborn, but he means well.”

“I’m not stubborn. But, in answer to your question, Cheryl. I think another round would be good.”

“More fuel for the fire? I’ll get that going.”

“Thanks. Meanwhile, what’s the connection between the dumpster and the long wall?”

“I’ve got a bunch of debris piled against that wall. Once the sk..dumpster arrives, I can get the junk off the wall, put up the Tyvek and get going.”

“Help me again, what’s the Tyvek for?”

“It keeps wind and water out.”

“Why not just use plastic? I mean, I hear Tyvek is pretty expensive.”

“A little over a hundred bucks a roll, but plastic doesn’t breathe. Technically, it provides no vapor permeance

“See, I don’t understand that. You put stuff up to keep wind and water out, but it has to let and water vapor – which is basically water and air – through.”

“Only from the inside.”

“So, it’s different from one side to the other?”

“Yes, it’s an engineered fabric. Install it correctly and it works.”

“Correctly? What does that mean?”

“It has to be installed with the logo out and horizontal.”

“You mean you can’t hang it vertically?”

“Not according to DuPont’s website.”

“That’s a little over-engineered, if you ask me.”

“I tend to agree. I hung some vertically so I could avoid wasting a big piece.”

“Here’s your beer, your wine and a taste from a fresh batch of our chickpea salad.”

“Thanks, Cheryl.”

“Thanks Cheryl??? I though you hated chickpeas.”

“I do, but I like this stuff.”

“See, that’s what I mean – you’re not comfortable with normal.”

The gallery has some progress pictures and some of the critters. Cheryl shared a comical view of autumn in Georgia yesterday.


  1. When I saw the prompt, Dan, my mind immediately went to the song, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.” I think that you did a great job, in including “mean” in so many different ways. Some of them were pretty obvious, but “permeance” was a masterful choice. I don’t know how others will do in meeting the challenge, but I suspect that your post will be way above the average, or should I say the “mean?” :)

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    • Ha ha – you played that very well, Mike. It’s funny, but I had actually looked up whether or not putting the Tyvek up vertically was a problem. I did it any way.

      That song, sung by Boris Karloff would have been a great choice to accompany this post. I wish I had thought of that 🙂


  2. Okay since it’s not even 6 am I’m going to have to plead sleeping brain for all the technical talk. So, I’m going to have to “skip” (by both definitions) the soffit and Tyvek talk and leave that to you and DuPont. I’m not into Clam Chowder but gumbo would sure do me well in these chilly days. Chickpeas are fine as long as they are called Humus. 😉 Like I said, I have been awake since 4 am. Hmm…why, you ask, on a Saturday would I do something so wildly insane? Our crazy sensor alarm has decided to have random bouts of going off for no reason and apparently finds humor in robbing me of one of my two days of uninterrupted sleep. 😱
    Good luck with your ongoing garage project, Dan. It looks awesome. Try to have some relaxing fun too. i’m just waiting for ten am so I can chill my own Corona. Or maybe take a nap. 🙄

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    • Thanks Cheryl. This was the last tricky bit (as David would say) on this project, do keep the Corona cold for me.

      That alarm would be suffering mightily if it woke me up at 4:00.

      It looks like it will be s nice day. I’ll get some work done and get to the bar on time. And, shhhh, but I’m about to take Miss Maddie for a W A L K.


  3. I’m with Cheryl. Too early for technical stuff, but I am laughing about the “over use of the letter U.” I wonder what Joanne will have to say about her neighbour to the south picking on the Queen’s English. Blasphemy.

    I hope you are done with the garage before the first snowstorm. Maddie would prefer that dad spend more time on the couch. Happy Saturday, Dan!

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      • No, not a weirdo at all. As one who has watched Monty Python, Bennie Hill, Downton Abbey and a bevy of other British TV shows, plus has blogging friends in Canada, England and Australia, I enjoy learning both proper English and slang. I will use it on occasion as well, although this is the first I’ve heard of a skip. Learn something new every day…


  4. When I see “mean” I think of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Holly’s “mean reds.” They’re that feeling when you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Clearly if I was doing your garage project I’d be a constant state of mean redness, but you? You’ll do great. Looking forward to the photos of the finished structure.

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    • Thanks Pam! I like skip, too. I’m getting pretty excited at the prospect of moving off this wall. It’s the last difficult bit of siding I have to deal with. That long wall is almost nothing but full sheets. Hammer hammer hammer!

      I hope you have a nice weekend.

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  5. Bonus points all around. Garage is looking great! Smokey is new? Don’t recall seeing him before. Install with the logo out—all this time I thought it was very clever advertising…The three M’s are adorable–even MiMi’s ‘smile.’

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  6. Great post! You sure got your money’s worth using the word “mean(s)”.

    The garage is truly looking very impressive. What you’ve accomplished to date is no mean feat! 🙄 I love that magnetic wrist band. Kudos to the Editor. I bet that’s going on the Christmas List of a lot of your readers!

    Good thing our Maddie got some couch time with you. I’m sure watching you from her cot or out the window is wearing her out! And MiMi. What can I say? I’m laughing at the first photo captioned “Hi MiMi. Care to give the folks a smile?” I scan down to the next photo, not reading the caption, and I am laughing my you-know-what off! Thanks for the laugh MiMi. You deserve a special treat. You too MuMu….even blurry you’re soooo cute.

    Hope you and all your girls have a great weekend. I think Mother Nature is going to lose this race, and rightly so. She’s been a real meanie lately.

    Happy Veterans Day (tomorrow) to all our men and women who have served. Thank you one and all.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    • Thanks Ginger. That wrist band is the best thing ever. Maddie had a walk before I started today, and some couch time. She’ll be in her glory tomorrow as Faith is coming to celebrate my birthday.

      I still have a bunch of work to do, but I’m hoping I can beat Mom N. to the finish line.

      Definitely thinking of those who have served. Thanks for that too.


  7. “A skip. According to David, that’s what they call dumpsters in England. I like the sound of it.”

    Back when I worked in the steel foundry, we would pour slag into “skips”. For those unfamiliar with the term, slag is the slop that forms at the top of the furnace when you melt steel.

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    • Thanks for that. There’s a steel making thing I never heard of. Our church youth group used to go out once a year on a Friday night to watch them dump slag down a mountain of slag. Special rail cars that tipped were used.


    • Thanks John. The Little Giant ladders are great front to back. But they like to tip sideways. I always anchor one to a wall if I can. I added a shorter overhang on the gable ends of the house too. Years ago and I liked the look.

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  8. Garage is really looking good. Love the second floor barn type door. Chowder is good but chick peas in any form, not so much. My youngest is a chef and tried to show me the best way eat them…still didn’t like them. An acquired taste I am sure.

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    • I have always hated chickpeas in any form. It goes back to when I was a kid. But this stuff is pretty good. Maybe changed with age, I don’t know but I like it. Thanks for comment on garage. I made that access door last summer.

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  9. Happy Saturday, Dan. LOL… a title that could be instructions to NOT click was great reverse psychology. Who could resist? I sure couldn’t skip it.
    Beautiful work on the garage! I always thought soffit was an interesting word. It seems so misplaced — like it should be a knitting term, or part of a sock, rather than construction. ;)
    Smokey is looking gorgeous — so are the indoor critters. MiMi’s “smile” cracked me up. And I know that chowder is definitely what’s for lunch, although Progresso won’t be half as good as Cheryl’s. I’ll toss in some shrimp.
    Have yourself a very satisfying Saturday. You’ve earned it. Hugs.

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  10. I once trained some wild squirrels to perch on the bedroom windowsill and accept peanuts from me. The kids thought it was the best thing ever. The landlord wasn’t particularly amused. And I imagine the squirrels missed us when we moved.

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  11. I thought for sure there would be something about the Golden Mean or mean/median/mode. Ah, well. I mean the garage is looking great but the mention of chowder pushes that almost out of my mind. Chowder sounds wonderful on a very cold Illinois day! Happy Saturday.


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    • Thanks Janet. There were posts that touched on the math. I’ve been beaten up soundly over math, so, I wasn’t going to go there. This was the last difficult section, so I wanted to talk about it. The chowder was necessary, and it does steal the show (as do the critters).

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  12. I like ‘skip’ but then I also like ‘loo’. :-) That garage is looking good! Nice work, and that is a cool tool for holding nails. I’m going to look that up. When you go to buy a new couch do you have to measure the width to make sure Maddie can stretch out and you still have enough room to not roll off? :-) Hope the weather cooperates a little longer for you to finish up in the manner to which I know you like to work – quality first. I also liked the chain on the ladder, and I’m sure the Editor does too.

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    • It’s funny you ask Judy. When we bought this couch, they showed us s different one first. We said no because the arms were too high for the dog (Molley) to rest her head on.

      I use that band a lot. Nails, screws, wire, even small tools. The next wall should go very fast. Almost entirely full sheets of siding. Very few cuts, no notches, no angles other than 90°.

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  13. Dan, for me it’s New England clam chowder like the pic, and not Manhattan! The garage looks incredible. I’m getting used to the technical construction education, and actually learning stuff (I may never need to know).🤣 Any post with Maddie & MiMi is a winner! Now include Smokey along with Sammy (squirrels). Have a great weekend. 🎶📚 Christine

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  14. Good to see you are putting your © on your photos, Dan. I’ve gone so far as to hide as best I can a watermark plus the © on my images. Oh for the life our pets have, right? Now, I’m not sure if I missed out on something over here but I must ask … what is that door on your garage for, the upper one? Or is that only for decoration? I didn’t see a handle yet there are hinges. Don’t give up … great job you have done, and you are really almost finished. LOVE that gift the editor gave to you. Hubby would love something like that too. Hmmmmm …. He’s busy right now on a project that I know I will be involved with soon. You “boys” make the “girls” life interesting, to say the least. 😉

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    • Thanks Amy. We do make life interesting, but we’re trying to make it better.

      The doors provide access to a storage area above the garage. There are no handles because they open from the inside. The old ones had outside hardware, but it failed several times. The way this will work, is that the doors open and a hoist that is tucked in the flat spot of the soffit is used to get stuff up and down. If you want to read about the doors, I built them last year

      This wall was the last difficult section. I don’t mind working in the cold, so as long as we don’t get deep snow, I’ll get this done.

      That magnetic strip is the best!

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  15. I’m completely going with the idea that the revolutionary war was fought over spelling. However,surely the civil war should be re-named? Only the English can fight a civil war where politeness is very much the done thing. Normally our wars have breaks for tea and biscuits. Yes – biscuits not scones!Way back, there was also the odd-break between killing to play football. Yes. Football :)

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  16. Garage looks great!
    Love MiMi’s yawn-smile :)
    Last weekend I had roasted chickpeas, which I thought might be a bit dull, and they were NOT, they were yummy and people should serve them lots.
    We need a vapor barrier under our front room, which was an addition in the 60s. Moo and the dog can get to the crawl space, but the inspector and The Mister could only get their heads in there, so I’m guessing this will never get done. Other than that, I know nothing about vapor barriers, including Tyvek.

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    • We have a similar you-can’t-really-crawl-there crawl space under our family room. There are people who specialize in insulating crawl spaces, but I’m not sure they could do anything with this.

      The garage is coming close to the finish line. I’m liking the results. Thanks for the comment.

      MiMi is a cutie, but she really wants me to leave her alone in the AM.

      I’ve tried roasted chickpeas. I’m not a fan, but apparently, tastes can change,

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