Here's what is happening outside. This gentleman, who also happens to be the grandfather of one of Iain's wee playmates, is a Godsend! Every time it snows, in he comes with his tractor to clear the drive way for us! Get this - he does it for free because he 'enjoys it'. Now that's a small town advantage!
On Wednesday, February 13, all of that lovely snow melted and we had this problem.
Yes, that's water pouring in from around our chimney. Yes, our gas insert fireplace has sustained some damage (it's turned on in the picture in a desperate attempt to dry things up). The hardwood floor and basement also sustained some damage. Yes, that bucket is filling quickly - about 12 minutes a bucket full. DH ended up on the roof with a blow torch (no, I'm not joking) and buckets of hot water to melt the ice dam that he believes was causing the problem. No, the roofing company has not made it over to remedy the situation. Yes, DH is now away and we're going through another melt/freeze cycle. Good. Times.
On February 17th, I finished this:
Okay, I lied. I am giving you a preview of my FO! I'm very proud, what can I say? More details to follow when I get pictures of the recipient modelling her pressie!