Monday, April 6, 2009

Cosmetic Surgery for our home...

This is my 1st Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. So grab a cup of tea and head on over to see what is happening this week.

Due to weather conditions of wind, rain & hail, along with age, shingles start to recede. We have owned multiply homes but this is our first experience purchasing a new roof. Since I have a habit of researching information until the cows come home, I feel I could become a representative for roofing products.

Did you know that certain roofing ventilation products help protect your roof from moisture damage, such as warping and cracked shingles, by releasing heat from the attic? I could go on and on but who really wants to hear about flashing materials? My priority was color choice. The choices are abundant. There is desert tan, beach wood sand, brown wood, teak & driftwood. Translation? Brown, brown and more brown. I was hoping for a nice shade of pink so that my house would look like a giant cupcake with pink frosting. No such luck! We have many laws and codes in our development to avoid living next to a cupcake house. Our house is tan and we have one choice. I guess by now you have guessed what that color is...BROWN!

Act I: A fine balancing act.

The show begins promptly as scheduled at 8 AM. with ladders reaching to the roof and the performers climbing quickly into position. The performers are perched high above the treetops with shinning tools in hand. The noisy symphony begins. The old shingles are flying into the air at the speed of lightening. The performers move in balanced motion.

It is safe to say that one walking below needs a hard hat and goggles. I must remember to tell the contractor that a pair of ear plugs and a large bottle of Excedrin would be a nice extra for the homeowners when they sign the contract. The next phase is to hammer on a waterproof lining before installing the new shingles. The decibel range is now exceedingly louder.

Act II: Mother Nature

Act II was interrupted not by a workers strike but by Mother Nature. It began to rain for three days and three nights. We noticed all the animals heading for the Ark and had the sinking feeling we were in trouble. Remember the movie Money Pit? We had pots in all the rooms and towels wrapped around windows. I was so slap happy by 4 AM that I decided to let the water flow into jars to different levels. I then composed a complete water jar musical score and I will be performing this original score on next season of American Idol. Please call in and vote for me. I will be the one performing in a canoe.

Act III: Sunny days are here again.

The performers arrive bright and early to take their cues. Mother Nature takes center stage and begins to play with her big bright yellow ball that she calls her Sun. Everyone begins to sing in perfect harmony. I am so antsy in my seat watching. Oh wait! Is that the fat lady walking onto the stage? It's almost over but I have to have some patience because it is not over until the fat lady sings or in this case the roofer sings!

The End!
* It was reported yesterday on the news that we received record breaking rain on the island this week. Now why am I not surprised?*


  1. Funny post. I laughed all the way through. You know what they say, "When it rains, it pours". And you know that when the roof is off, it's always gonna rain!

  2. I can't help but notice the fabulous trees you have all around your house. When we reroofed our last house, in August mind you, we had a huge rain storm and we had rain coming in too. My father had passed away that same week and we had to leave and go to his memorial, not knowing what we would come back to. Fortunately, the sun came out, but while it was raining I felt like the sky was crying with me. I'm glad the sun came out for you! Happy Easter.

  3. Lovely choreography. And don't you HATE HOA? We ended up living down the street from two houses in clashing shades of blue. WHY was that allowed but they wouldn't let me have a flamingo UP in the tree where it could only be seen if you looked for it?

  4. Very nice! I'm glad it all got done.

  5. Happy new roof! Thanks for stopping by to visit me!

  6. How scary to be in the middle of that project and have it rain and rain. It looks great - worth the effort and worry!! Now go relax and enjoy Easter week. Sally

  7. The wind around here has been horrible for the past month. I noticed a neighbor down the street is missing shingles. I need to get out and check on mine. Glad Y'all got it done. The pine trees look so nice.

  8. Okay, you may be right~we were twins separated at birth! This would SO happen to me!! But it looks great and your home is beautiful!! And your roofers were friendly!! Smiling and waving for the camer...bless their hearts!

    Hope you have a great week, and thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!

    Lou Cinda :)

  9. This post just cracked me up. Too funny! I love the idea of you playing all the different jars. Did your family ever make your wineglasses sing? We would do that. Dip your finger in what is left of the wind, I mean wine in your glass and rub quickly around the rim until the glass starts singing. Different glasses and amounts of wine left in glass made different sounds. We don't do that so much anymore. But we used to a lot. Oh, and I am glad I have a partner in eating M&M's while working on projects.

  10. thanks for stopping by my blog.Yea! for a new roof!

  11. It really looks beautiful!

    ~Happy MM! :)

  12. Thank goodness for a strong sense of humor (and a great story)!

  13. The important thing is you kept your sense of humor through it all. I had my roof done a few years ago and was lucky enough to be away for most of it...but just a little warning,even though they clean up...I'm still finding roofing nails in my yard every once in awhile.
    Your house did come out beautiful...and even though pink would be pretty cool, I like the brown. I loved your blog and you sure know how to tell a story! I enjoyed it.
    p.s. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

  14. Hey Joyce....lovely looking house you got there lady...looks much like all the trees...glad you got the roof put back on before the big snow storm hits...Okay I gotta go put those chains on the VW.

  15. What a nicely wooded area you live in! Lucky you have the new roof - not a fun project, but it has to be done!

  16. oh gosh i bet you have peace of mind now, looks fantastic!


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