Beggars can’t be choosy, right? But I would like it not to rain in my house please.

So during last year’s rainy season a leak sprung up in my roof. It was minor and dripping in a place where the water was easily contained. And it was right under what is probably a broken seal around a vent pipe on my 25 year old roof. Fine. Naturally the boys (SweetPrince, his brother and Music Man) assure me they can go up there and fix it since SP had dealt with this at one of his houses before. Nice. Thank you very much.

Only they never did.

After all, when it stops raining in San Diego – it stops. For months.

Then the first rain hit and reminded us, hey, there is a roof to repair! So SP brought the ladder and MM went up with some tar. He sealed what he could see, but of course they did this with waning daylight (!!) He reported though that he saw more that he could and should seal. And some broken tiles. Fine. He has a friend who has done repair work like this and SP left the tall ladder and tar with us. And I asked he and his friend twice during sunny days to please go up there.

Only they never did.

And the last couple of rains there was no leaking which lulled us I suppose.

Then this weekend we’ve had wind blown down pours over three days now. So this is what I have going on:


Water in the pans set up on the bridge from leaking overnight Sunday night. Leaks coming from this beam just above the bridge:


I left this ensemble down in the entryway below the bridge:


As you can see I htink, I am very very lucky that where the leak does come in, nothing inside is really being damaged (no furniture, electronics or carpet for instance and it is very slow flowing and easily containable). However, the reason I left a bit more substantial layer of protection is because this morning I spotted this on the other side of that beam above:


Yeah. Beggars can’t be choosy, but I am going to lighting some fire under some asses when this rain stops!

3 thoughts on “Beggars can’t be choosy, right? But I would like it not to rain in my house please.

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  1. Okay, you have got to go up there and do the job yourself.

    If you don’t, you’ll have way more damage to repair. You can do it, just go up there and take a look. Take some photos and head out to the roofing section at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Those guys will tell you exactly what you need to do.

    Kitty – there is a LOT I will do on my own. However, I don’t do heights – not like this. I kid you not that the leaky seal is at THE highest point of the two story high slanted part of the roof (of course, right?) I was unable to go to the top of that ladder INSIDE my house to paint the ceiling line. I might get up there, but like the proverbial cat, you’d need to call a hunky fireman to get me down. Hey…wait….. 😉


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