This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

A House – Update XXV – External Siding – Update I

Well, after putting on the siding for the upper west side of the house, I decided to try to knock out the upper north side, given it was during Winter, which is from where most of the rains come, and that the water running off the main roof has a tendency to bounce back toward the house — something I hadn’t considered in the design. I guess the worst part is having to close the north and south upper windows if it rains, which is only a minor inconvenience.

First was the tar paper, which Sue and I are able to do:

House Upper North Side Tar Paper

And then the window trim. Once again, we’re using cedar fence slats for the siding, for aesthetics and durability:

House Upper North Side Window Trim

And then the main courses for the siding. After climbing the ladder himself, here is foreman William, our cat, making sure I do a good job on things:

William Our Cat Supervising Putting on the Siding

And here is some of the siding complete:

Cedar Fence Slat Siding Partially Done

Here’s supervisor William up on the roof again with me. He had tried to jump up to the main roof, but didn’t quite make it; so I set him up there, and he went and took a look around:

William Our Cat Supervising from the Upper Roof

And here is the upper north siding complete!

House Upper North Side Cedar Fence Slat Siding Complete
Another View of the Completed Siding of Upper North Side

So that’s two upper sides done now, both of which I’m starting to paint with wood preserver.

We are once again very grateful to the Lord for granting the provisions to continue on the house, and safety while we are up there.

— David


  1. gail

    Hello David and Susan,
    So nice to see the progress you are making on your home. It's looking lovely. Our weather comes mainly from the south west and blows in under our verandah which is a bit of a nuisance at times. Our Autumn has been beautiful this year and today it is 23 degrees celsius. The colder weather will be here before we know it. We picked our first bunch of kale today to have with our lunch. This is the first time we have grown kale. I lightly, wilted it in a little olive oil and a small amount of garlic. We loved it, however my Dad who is 92 wasn't so impressed. I asked him what he thought of it and his answer was "I could take it or leave it". Do you grow kale?
    Blessings Gail

  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Gail,

    We personally haven't grown it — not sure about anyone else here. I'm not even sure I've ever eaten it. I think a long time ago when we had pet bunnies we fed them kale, and they loved it! 🙂

    Thanks for saying hi. May the Lord guide you, and help you through the winter time and grant you His mercies, in accordance with His will and for His glory.

    — David

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