A Clean Roof is a Happy Roof

As you know we’ve had some issues with roof cleanliness. We’ve tried a bunch of DIY solutions and none of them worked. We saw a commercial and tried “Spray and Forget” with no luck. We also tried scrubbing with oxygen bleach (aka OxiClean) and the algae stains never went away.
Roof Stains - Algae
I’ve been up on the roof enough as of late and now with the days getting shorter, I was running out of chances to get up there. Last week we finally caved and had a professional come out. Despite the cold weather, the roof shampoo cleaned the roof with no issue.
Roof Shampoo Clean Roof Shampoo After
We love to DIY, but unfortunately, this was one job we couldn’t do ourselves. Stay tuned for some more interesting projects coming up as we return to our first love, paint.
Roof Shampoo Before After

Hurricane Sandy/Nor’Easter Updates!

First of all, I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since our last post! Sorry for the inactivity on here, we’ve definitely still been active around the house.

Secondly, we’ve survived Hurricane Sandy. And now we’ve woken up this morning to a sort of winter wonderland. Have these two weather events really signaled the end of our favorite season? Check out a few photos from the past month.

Fall in Blauvelt, NYAutumn, Palisades Parkway, NJ

Those two were taken in Rockland County, NY and along the Palisades Parkway in NJ, respectively.

Hurricane Sandy Tree on Car

Yes, that’s what we came home to after the storm. Yes, that is Megan’s car. Not a drop of water anywhere in the house, and not another tree down in the entire yard.

Broken Tree after Hurricane Sandy

It was a big pine, and a tree I never thought would snap like a twig.

Hurricane Sandy Tree Debris

Hurricane Sandy Yard Cleanup

And then the clean up began. Not a bad pile, it definitely wasn’t as easy as Irene.

House and Snow

Here we are just over a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, and I come home to this, a nice mix of rain and heavy, wet snow. It did, however, make for a pretty good looking, yet difficult, commute this morning. Here’s two shots from our respective commutes.

Snow on Laurel Hill, Secaucus, NJ

Snowy Road in NJ


Ideal Views from Ideal Beach

September 11th 2012 Tribute in Light Ideal Beach, NJ

This photo was taken last night at Ideal Beach in Middletown, NJ. Obviously yesterday was September 11th, 2012 and the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York City. Although never directly affected, being residents of the state of New Jersey, the attacks and their memory will always be a part of our lives. What you’re seeing in the photo is the “Tribute in Light” from the site of Ground Zero.

Let me give you some direct context to go with this photo. Megan and I were driving around on our way back from Target when we noticed the light in the distance to the north. All we could see was a beam extending above the tree line. We knew that just across Route 36 we could easily get to the bay shore for a clear view of New York and the memorial. I guess that makes sense, but what we didn’t realize was just how good the view would be and how clear of a night it was. One of the people you see in the photo above was overheard as saying “every year I come down here to take a look and it has never been this clear.”

While driving up we figured we would just hop out of the car, take a look and go home. After all, it was a week night and the beach was probably (technically) closed. It turns out there were a bunch of other people there doing the same thing. Taking pictures, talking and there was even one guy who lit and placed a candle by the water. Sometimes being young, I forget that there is a sense of togetherness that exists in these situations. I’m not even talking about on a larger level, or the idea that “we were all there.” I’m just talking about the feeling you get when you realize that you are a part of a shared experience on a very small, local level. Here we are going to the beach to see what we can see, and there are a handful of other people who had the same idea. And they probably acted on it the same way we did. No one made a scene or a big deal. Everyone had an understanding that we were all there for the same reason. And that’s a good feeling.