This morning I had my plans, and as I do every morning, I was logged in to my Etsy Store convoing with customers, tweaking listings, and promoting on social media, but then all my plans went up the pipe, literally, when I heard noises of fluttering inside that stove pipe that I had not finished taking down from the old wood burning heater, that I took down recently, and that is still sitting on the front porch!
I was gripped by anxiety thinking that a bird was trapped in the pipe and chastising myself for not having the forethought to cover the pipe cap on the roof!
The first thing I did was to put Zoie and Terra in the other room and contain them with the safety gate at the door so that they could still see me and not feel punished. I thought if the bird, or whatever else might be scratching around inside the pipe; I thought maybe it was a baby squirrel!
I didn’t want the girls chasing around after whatever critter it was in that pipe in case it escaped into the house, so once they were safely gated in the other room, they could still observe me and they watched carefully making sure I was doing it right!
After much PB Blaster sprayed on screws and beating with hammer I loosened screws from the pipe inside the house and had a cloth ready to cover the open end of the bottom section of pipe when it came loose. I was feeling sorry for the critter in the pipe enduring that beating racket I had made loosening the rusted screws, and I wondered if I damaged it’s hearing.
Then I took the freed pipe outside, and as I removed the cover two birds blasted out flying; one bird looked back at me and the expression was priceless! I wish I could of had a picture of that!
I then fixed a ditty bag with items I would need on the roof and I climbed up there to remove the top part of the pipe and close off the roof boot as best I could for now.
I need to do a roof repair and remove the boot, patch the wood, waterproof membrane and roofing, but this will suffice for now.
My knee and hip is a misery, my ankles are swollen, but what a great feeling to have saved those birds and get that pipe out of my house!
I put my feet up to let the swelling in ankles go down and to take the pressure off my knee and hip, but now I will get back to my weekend plans of bag washing outside in the glorious Florida weather!
Have a GREAT weekend Everyone!