It's been a loud week around here for us. Back when we were house-hunting, Paul didn't have any strong opinions about what he wanted in a house except he knew he did not want cedar shakes. As someone who worked as a house painter during high school and college, he wanted to avoid them at all costs. Then, of course, we found our house which had original 1914 cedar shakes and they weren't in good shape. This year, we knew we had to decide between paying to paint the house and replace the gutters and soffits or paying to replace said items with vinyl. Goodbye mud-colored, peeling, warped cedar shakes. Hello maintenance-free siding.