Whistling in Westborough

Woo-wee! There was a stiff wind today! Its howling woke me up this morning before the alarm did. Let me tell you, that takes some doing.

Weather.com says that in my zip code, the wind was 45 mph. I could have sworn it blew through our house faster than that. It’s important to explain, here, that our windows are actually thin, drafty sheets of ice in disguise.

We were given three pieces of advice from our neighbors when we moved into Westborough:

  1. It’s the best deal in Columbus. You’ll love it!
  2. The windows suck. They are supposed to be replaced soon.
  3. They’ve been saying that for years. Plan on covering them with plastic in the winter or you’ll end up paying to heat up all of Columbus.

Gulp. Ok. Well, how bad can they be? We bought the thickest painter’s drop cloth plastic we could find, cut it to more than cover each window and secured it with an elaborate clear packing tape job. Surprisingly, it didn’t look too bad.

Enter 45mph winds (at least). The plastic/packing tape concoction blew right off our enormous front window so 35 degree chill rushed into our family room. We brought out the big guns: duct tape. After a two-man secure-and-tape mission, we thought we had it under control. But, when we turned our backs on that window (just for a second), we heard the ominous sound of tape relinquishing its hold. That gusty gusty wind had gotten the better of us!

Enter handyman. Friendly, but not too helpful because the “replace the awful windows proposition” is apparently stuck in the bureaucracy stage. Technically the lawyers are “approving the proposition”. Hmmm… I think I’m better off looking at the store for “super duct tape”. šŸ™‚


About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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