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A Roof Over my Head 
Oct. 25, 2012 2:23 pm 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2012 3:57 am
Since September 2 we have been living without a roof over our heads.  Well... figuratively speaking that is.  There has been a roof over my head; albeit a blue-tarp one.  After the huge tree fell (that was blogged about already) it seemed like it took forever for us to get everything assessed and quoted for the insurance company.  Our insurance company has been fantastic.  And finally we have received the insurance check for part of the repair work to be done. 

On Monday Jon made arrangements for the roofer to get his part done.  He said he could squeeze us in on Thursday (which is today).  The forecast called for nice, dry weather and let me just say that God did not disappoint!  This morning the sun rose and it is one of the most beautiful Fall days ever!  Not a cloud in the sky.  I took the day off work so someone would be home while the roofers were here.  Then, yesterday Jon had a cancellation at work and was able to also be home.  So - since the weather is so perfect we have spent most of this day outside.  Cutting, splitting and stacking firewood.  We've only been doing that every day since about September 10 or so.  But I do believe the end is in sight.  There really isn't so much left to do.  And we have firewood for the next several years. Make that for about the next ten years.

I knew we would be hungry from working so hard all morning outside so I dug around in the freezer and found a container of chili. Hmmm...... not really enough for bowls of chili, but plenty for chili dogs. Back into the freezer I went in search of some hot dogs. I found some! Next I headed back into the freezer to see if I could find some buns. Score!  A dig in the fridge and I found sour cream and cheddar cheese. It turned out to be a great filling lunch. I had plans to make a big dinner, too. But - duty calls us to the restaurant tonight so I think I'll let my favorite Mexican cook prepare my dinner.

As I finally sit here in my livingroom taking a break from stacking firewood, I take a look around wondering where my cats are.  Then I hear a thud from the roof.  I know exactly where my cats are; hiding in the basement up in the rafters.  I won't be seeing them until well after dark tonight!
Oct. 25, 2012 2:41 pm
so great to hear ma! remember the movie," money pit?" i know it doesn't apply here..but the line is the same. " i don't care whose doing it ( the work) as long as someone is here" so glad things are looking up and not just thru a blue tarp!
Oct. 25, 2012 2:46 pm
Hi gderr! I do remember that movie. I like that line - I really don't care whose doing it.... I will say this has been tough on hubby, though. We have NEVER had someone else at our house doing work; he's always been our repair, remodel man. He is a carpenter (not to mention just an all-around handy guy) after all. But, he (thankfully) agreed with me to let someone else do the roof repair as he would never get it done quickly enough with everything else there is to do in our lives. Though, I just went out to see how things are coming along and he's up there helping them. I knew he couldn't stay off the roof! LOL
Oct. 25, 2012 3:05 pm
So Did the Roofers Ever Show Up?
Oct. 25, 2012 3:09 pm
KingSparta - Yes they did and have been working very hard all day long. The way they can scramble up those ladders with those squares of shingles tossed over their shoulders is beyond me! It is nearing dark here and they aren't quite finished so they'll be back in the morning to finish up.
Oct. 25, 2012 3:21 pm
I had my roof done last year, it took 4 People 3 Full Days. Not sure I would ever do that job, All day in the heat (more so in the summer). I gave them each $100 extra\bonus. They were very happy with that.
Oct. 25, 2012 4:05 pm
These are some hard-working guys! It is full-out dark and I was certain they would be cleaning up a long time ago. No! They pulled out some big lights and are working away up there. Four of them plus hubby.
Oct. 25, 2012 5:09 pm
Mother Ann, I am glad you are finally getting a roof. I have never froze sour cream. How is the texture when you thaw it out?
Oct. 25, 2012 8:29 pm
Mother Ann - Good to know progress is being made.
Oct. 25, 2012 9:29 pm
glad you are getting your roof fixed! Unfortunately, around here, it would be several winters of blue tarp and bailing snow before it made the list! :)
Oct. 26, 2012 3:11 am
Lela - I've never frozen sour cream either. I found that and the cheddar cheese in the fridge. My guess is it would separate.
Oct. 26, 2012 3:12 am
petey, I don't think I could stand the blue tarp for more than what I had to! Every time the wind blew or it rained I was afraid it would get into my house. My hubby put that stuff up good and sturdy, though, it held perfectly!
Oct. 26, 2012 3:24 pm
Isn't that an oxymoron? Great Insurance Company? Lol, glad you got your roof back MA
Oct. 27, 2012 3:57 am
Raedwulf - I would have never believed it myself, but they truly have not given us any argument about cost of repair, etc. They sent someone out to take a look after they received the quote and they didn't argue or cut back one thing! I'm glad I have a roof, too! Now we need the siding, gutters, repaired yard, walkway, etc., etc., etc. But I can wait on those things....
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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