Oh, my goodness, what a windy day it is today! As I sit at my computer, I can see the trees behind the other house in the yard, swaying back and forth. This is the sort of weather that brings trees down!
I’m rather concerned about that.
Oh, I just heard a door banging. Excuse me while I go check that…
Back. I’ve just had to tie down one of our screen doors!
Our sun room has two pairs of doors. It was tacked onto the Old Kitchen, which had its own inner door and screen door, plus there is another inner door and screen door to enter/exit the sun room from outside. The screen part of the screen door has no glass, so the wind has been pushing the inner door open. When I went to close them, I found the inner door of the Old Kitchen had also been blown open, held in place only by the security latch on the inside.
The doors and frames are in need of repair and/or replacement, and there was no way I could keep the inside door of the sun room from opening, so I blocked it with my dad’s walker for now.
In the process of moving it, I found a corded weed wacker! Yay! I hope it works.
The walker is at least keeping the door from swinging, but the outside screen door is also being blown open, so I just tied it to the arm bar in the door frame.
We’ve learned to appreciate all the arm bars installed around the house, just for the aid in mobility, but I never thought I’d appreciate them as something to secure a door closed!
We’ll have to find a better solution soon, though, since that exit is our only remaining fire escape, now that the front door at the dining room is stuck closed.
The wind had also blown the metal roof pieces off the dog house the cats have been using. Turns out, they’re not fastened in any way; the pieces just got placed over the shingled roof underneath.
I did a walk around to see what else might be blowing in the wind, and discovered this.
The back door to the garage can only be fastened shut from the outside. Which means, when my daughter went in to open the main garage door from the inside, after the handle broke off, she could only close the door, but not latch it. So no surprise that it was being blown around, too.
It takes a bit more to blow open the outhouse door, though.
I don’t recall ever looking inside the outhouse, since moving here. I did not expect it to be so colorful!
Also, it has a mirror.
Why is there a medicine cabinet in the outhouse?
There’s also a fluorescent light fixture stored on one side of the door, and some shelf boards on the other.
As far as I know, the last time anyone’s been in here was back in late November, when the guy who tried to find an internet signal somewhere in our yard had to use it, because we only have one bathroom, and my daughter had just got in the shower.
That poor man.
I’m fascinated by the effort taken to decorate the inside of the outhouse like that.
The stacks of books reminds me of back in the days before we had indoor plumbing, and we used old catalogs as toilet paper. I don’t think we ever bought toilet paper until we got an indoor bathroom.
While closing up the door, I could hear the sound of another door banging, so I checked the front of the garage.
It’s even more surprising to see this door open, because of these…
It takes a fair bit for this type of latch to come undone.
Since I was there anyhow, I took a look at the main garage door, thinking I might be able to install the new handle.
It looks like we won’t be able to use it.
The mechanism works by pulling on cables on the inside that unlatches the door at the sides. The cable runs through a hole in a squared post that the handle is attached to. Turn the handle, turn the post, which pulls the cables.
The new handle’s post doesn’t have a hole the cable can run through. It’s obviously designed for a different mechanism. Which would be fine if we could just remove the squared post on the new handle and use the old one, but it’s all one piece.
Looks like we might have to make a trip to the city to find the right kind of handle.
As I checked around the yard, I noticed something else that’s concerning. The smell of smoke. This time of year, it’s common for people to do controlled burns. The municipality, for example, might burn the dead foliage along the sides of ditches, or farmers might burn last year’s stubble. We’ve seen some areas along the sides of roads that had been done earlier in the month. Right now, however, it’s so dry that there are a lot of burn bans. Coupled with the wind, it’s unlikely that someone would be doing a burn. Which means, if there is a fire somewhere, it’s not a controlled burn.
There is no visible smoke, at least. In these high winds, if there was visible smoke, it would mean there’s a really large fire somewhere. According to the weather app, the winds are south winds at 57kmh (35.4mph), with gusts up to 74 (50mph).
I think I’ll go check the government fire maps right now, and see if anything’s been reported that we need to be concerned about!