Monday, May 20, 2013

A Roof Over Our Heads

Our air conditioner has been acting up lately. DH looked at it and decided it was the pump. So he ran to the barn and came back with this:


This is a gun we use to pour Cydectin (a wormer) on cattle, and yes, that is a really, really old, ugly floor from the 50's.

4 or 5 times a day, I use that gun to empty the water out of the pump.


Next trip to town, we'll pick up a new pump, but for now, I pump:


With the temps hovering at the 100° mark, and my oven working overtime to feed a cowboy crew, we're sure wanting to keep that air conditioner humming.

However, trips to town have been put on hold for just  bit. DH has been helping the neighbors brand for a few days in between our own cow works and my peace and quiet has been temporarily interrupted by a roofing crew:


This is not a fun time of year to be roofing in NM. It was 102°. I'm thinking that if I were a roofer in NM, I would be on that roof at 5 am and not show up at 11, but what do I know?


I imagine the average customer would not appreciate 6 roofers beating on their roof at 5 am, but heck, we're up and heading out at that hour.

I took a video while these guys were hammering away, but I can not figure out how to post it. I was trimming some HSTs and all you can really hear is the hammering and thuds, but they were singing at the tops of their lungs. A roofers' serenade!

They worked 3 days last week. They do not work on Saturday and on Friday evening we had a heck of a wind storm that made the dirt and shingles... and plywood... and felting... and everything else that was not nailed down, fly. It's a mess and I'm sure they will not be happy come Monday.

Praise God we are getting a new roof.


Wishing it was going to be a tin one, but in a drought ravaged ranch country, I'll take what I can get, and be darn thankful for it. Maybe I've got some of Grandma Lillian in me after all.

15 comments:

Pauline said...

Yea for a new roof! Roofers are a separate breed of people. They can stand heat better than a desert camel. Good that they are happy and singing. I love that floor, it's so natural looking, anything that does a good job of mimicing nature is beautiful to me. Is that a screened in sleep porch? Oh how wonderful! I had a sleeping porch once and loved it. If I could figure out how to have one now I'd do it. But because we harvest rainwater I can't interfer with the gutters. Your DH is clever to figure out how to remove to water so you can keep using the AC. I know a lot of people who would have dialed an emergency service, paid a fortune and had it fixed before another finger could be raised.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I agree - those roofers should be up there at 5 AM when it is cooler! my DH is re-roofing a small area of the roof and he is having a bit of trouble with the heat and I keep telling him to get up there earlier.

Sarah said...

Hehe, I was thinking why has she got a drench gun on her blog!? What do they use for roofing if not iron? Pardon the ignorance, we only have iron or tile roofs in Australia. It's so hot for you already. I hope you get some storms brewing that bring you inches of rain. How do you water your stock during a drought?

sherry said...

we got a new roof last year due to the hail storm that wrecked the shingles...yes a new roof over your head is a sense of security

Nancy said...

Singing? It must be a happy crew.

My next roof is going to be metal, too, for the low maintenance.

Vickie said...

If I was a roofer I would only work in fall and spring...before it got hot. However, food might not show up on the table very often with a work strategy like that ! I'm off to the garden, have a great day my friend !

Julie Feldhaus said...

I saw on the news all the bad weather down south. I feel bad for everyone that lost their homes and much more. Stay cool !!!

Alycia said...

yay for the new roof, bummer on the ac. My grandpa was a contractor and in the summer we started at 3:30 am for roofs, and quit by 10 - it was TOO hot!

Cindy said...

If I was a roofer...I'd be roofing my house quilt block...okay, I'm bad. lOL

Doniene said...

Yeah!!! New roof - now the rain will come!! Got a new pump yet? We had some rain last night - Praise the Lord!

Blessings Sweet Friend!

Cathy said...

I live in the Pacific Northwest in Canada, so our climates could not be more different! I just wanted to say that I so appreciate thevwindow you have given me into another way of life, and I hope for all the best for you. And yes, I 'd gladly send some of our rain to you. :-)

Cheryl said...

Such hard, hot work....but how wonderful a new roof!

laverne said...

Sure have been enjoying your blog even though I don't do much commenting.Im ranch raised in north Texas and need rain also,not as bad as your part of the country though.Praying you get some.Missing your blog ,hope you have just been busy nwith spring works and haven't quit blogging.

Francisco Close said...

Cheers for the new roof! These men are really professional, by the way. They continued working despite the hundred degrees of heat. Thumbs up! This will definitely keep you safe and comfortable no matter how how or cold it is outside.

Francisco Close

Lue Madson said...

Wow! I can feel that the guys love roofing projects like this. They find the time to sing at the top of their lungs even though they were very busy working on the roof. I can imagine how cool it was! Did you enjoy watching them? :)

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