Notes from the construction site…Something is rotten in the state of Maine!


The most recent bad news: rotting fascia

While avoiding more lucrative pursuits, I often look up word origins. It was no surprise to me that the word construction has its beginnings in the late 14th century and indicates a piling up, an accumulation. I don’t know exactly what they were piling up in the late 14th century, but here in the 21st we are piling up tar paper, paint cans, bills, and decaying pieces of my house.

We have been informed we have some rotting fascia and soffits. This was not in the plan. Is rotting fascia ever in the plan? Can you have only some rotting fascia? I am at dis-ease with my rotting fascia.

Another avoidance activity is reading my word-a-day page. Writers Block was my word of the day recently. Seriously. Like rotting fascia, writers block is never in the plan. I’m not sure I believe in writers block. If I decide it is something to believe in, like rotting fascia, then I have to accept I might get it. I am firmly making a stand to not believe in writers block. I fear it is too late to not believe in rotting fascia.

Now that you know what’s rotten in the state of Maine, what’s rotten with you?



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8 Responses to Notes from the construction site…Something is rotten in the state of Maine!

  1. joan chandler says:

    I recommend hiring Dr. Forest Plank, M.D., R.F., R.S. (He specializes in rotting fascia and soffit problems). Unfortunately not covered by Medicare.

    Your other ailment is easier to treat. Isn’t one of your alter egos Sally L. Wright, M.D., W.B.? If not – I must say that the medical group that I meet with every Thursday morning seems to have found a cure, or at least a treatment that puts Writer’s Block in remission. We have pulled fascinating weekly writing prompts out of the oddest places lately, and suddenly all of us (well, all two or all three of us, usually) are doing our homework with uncommon zeal. One week we met at Double Diamond Cafe for breakfast, and while we were trying to think of an inspiring prompt as homework, Dr. Cohen (M.D., W.B.) glanced out the window at a food supply truck and yelled, “Crisp!”
    The several varied stories that resulted were marvelous. A local art show asked, “If not for art, what would our lives be like?”, and we leaped on the topic. We’ve found that getting away from our usual genres and topics, but still writing, has lit a fire under us all.

    Unfortunately, getting away from soffits and fascia doesn’t solve their problems; but getting your mind away from them for an hour or so might be Tylenol for your sometimes unexpected and painful household dilemmas.

    Take two Writing Prompts and call me in the morning.


  2. Martha Madsen says:

    I find fascia fascinating. I hope your rotting fascia isn’t painful like John’s plantar fasciitis.

  3. Linda Morris says:

    One of your best yet! Loved it! Oh, and I am up to my elbows in rotten wallpaper adhesive! Ugh. I am stripping the kitchen walls-finally! I’ve been wanting to do it for about 6 years. I even tore off a bit of paper about that time to see what was underneath, and tested a few colors. That torn paper and splotches of paint have been on the wall in my kitchen for roughly 6 years! Damn this feels good!! (:

  4. Deb says:

    OMG – this is too funny — Sally, I can’t get enough of your wit…and JOAN!!!!! I am so jealous, I want to be in your writing group – I need some crisp!

  5. Trudy says:

    Fascia sounds like one of Deb’s 57 point words on “Words with Friends”. FYI: Fascia is not found in Webster’s New World Dictionary. How about fascine (a small bundle of sticks used in building forifications)? When my husband and I built our Yankee Barn home in Grantham, we began repairing, fixing, and redoing one week after it’s completion. That never stopped until we sold the place. Whether your home is old or new, you are always “doing” for it; kind of like having a husband.

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