Friday we woke to sunny skies and very little wind. With 40mph gusts in the forecast we knew working fast would be in our best interest! Both of us were on the roof by 6am and by 8am we had all the tar paper and rolled roofing stapled and nailed down against the wind. The Cowboy had in weeks past coated one side of the guest house roof with Henry’s TropiCool and while he began cutting all the little pieces of roofing material to cover the parapets, I started rolling the Henry’s onto the other side of the guest house roof nearest the new garage roof.
One summer in Montana the Cowboy was insanely busy with our excavating business and it was also haying season. When we married I learned to drive the swather which cuts the hay but had never learned to drive the tractor and baler. That summer he was so busy I made him teach me to bale hay. Well–on one of those 95 degree Montana days in a tractor with no air conditioning with hay dust blowing all over me–I knew I had made a mistake.
Yesterday on the end of that paint roller I knew I had made a grave mistake in telling the Cowboy I thought I could get on the roof if he lifted me in the backhoe bucket. I should have just gone my merry way telling him I was too afraid to get on the roof! 😉
The wind begin to blow with a vengeance and we still persevered! We stopped for a quick mid morning breakfast and were quickly back to work. The wind howled and we still persevered! We sometimes felt as if we had to plant our feet against the wind. The Cowboy was wearing his black felt hat as there was no way a straw hat was going to stay on his head. The wind tried to snatch the hat–the Cowboy was quicker and handed me his hat to hold. Well, the wind had the last laugh–about the time my hand touched the hat a mighty gust of wind grabbed that black hat, dipped its brim right down into that bucket of sticky white roof coating and sent it flying off the edge of the roof. Uh-oh!
Here’s what we both looked like at 3pm when we finally staggered down off the roof–
Wonder if I could get somebody to pay me a lot of money for those splattered jeans?? We were beyond exhausted, barely able to put one foot in front of the other but the roof was mostly finished. We probably have a couple more hours work to do–touching up the roof coating and the caulking but the most of the work is done!
The wind has been relentless–last night we had 50mph gusts–this motorhome was rocking and rolling making me feel nauseous again! Today, the wind was once again relentless–blowing not quite as hard as on Friday but still blowing. As I type this blog the wind is still blowing!