Monday, June 29, 2009

Abdul and the New Roof

It's been exciting around the ReformingGeek household. That's right. A big YEE HAW and beer (or Diet Dr Pepper!) all around.

The roofers came and went and Gosh Dern It none of them looked like this guy. I know that you probably wanted me to re-post the picture of the hottie but last time I sent some of you into convulsions so I played it safe this time. Also, I sent the hottie photo to some former work buddies in response to a hot female picture they sent out and I think some of the guys nearly passed out. I guess I shocked them or made them feel incredibly inadequate. I sure hope they recovered OK.

Yeah, right.

Unfortunately, my roofers looked more like this guy. They had the same crazed look but with a Hispanic flair or maybe it was just indigestion.

Sheik Abdul Garcia poses for the camera

Instead of the "nice" silky shirt and vest and a colorful turban, it was old shirts and ratty jeans and I'm not sure I want to know what their headgear was made of. I guess if you worked on top of roofs all day in the blazing sun then you might want to keep your skin covered. I don't want to do their laundry.

Here's a picture of the backside of my house and, um, yes, you can see the new roof. Not that I took a picture of the roof or anything. It's the plants. No, really, the plants but, believe it or not, the roof is "black".

The hummingbirds love the Lantanas. Those are the hot and tired green bushes against the side of the house next to the bay window. Yes, there really are juicy colorful blooms on the bushes. There is also a flower arrangement in the bay window. Lately, I've been hearing something like a "thump" against the house. Using my amazingly accurate sleuthing skills, I noticed a poor wittle bird hitting the window trying to reach the flowers. Hum... Maybe I should move the flowers!

Unfortunately, you are getting a view of the sunny side of my house after nearly a week of blistering temps and roofers letting shingles sit on the grass more than five minutes. They also put a tarp over some bushes and flowers and I think at least two plants committed harry-karry by asphyxiation. ;-(

It doesn't take long to toast landscaping in this weather. I thought about frying an egg on the sidewalk but I wasn't sure what would show up to eat it so I passed.

Here's a picture of the front of my house:

Yes, I know you can see the roof but look at the Asian Jasmine. It's FINALLY climbing up the bricks. Yes, I also know my house kind of resembles a barn. Maybe that's why we have so many visitors from the animal kingdom. There is a reason we don't have a cat door.

In other news, a male member of the family received this fortune cookie when we went out for Chinese recently. I'm having a bit of a problem with the Engrish:

"You have had long-term success relative to business [in bed]."

By adding "in bed", my guess is that he took one of those little pills and needs to call the doctor after 6 hours and shame on him for conducting business in bed! Or, you have been doing business in bed and the cat's finally out of the bag? Oh, my, my. What do you think?

Be safe out there folks. Specifically, if you are age 50 and a celebrity, OK?

Photo credits: ReformingGeek house: wanna-be photographer ReformingGeek, Abdul: jflashphoto on, Creative Commons license (see sidebar)


Hit 40 said...

I might go trim back the poor scrubs a little to help their roots after the stress of being buried by tarps. Give them plenty of water for a while. Then, miracle grow them after a week or two.

My roofers were a bunch of drunks who came with a 24 pack. I was concerned that they would roll off my roof.

ReformingGeek said...

@Hit 40 - Thanks. I did some trimming and have been watering. I'm hopeful.

Marissa said...

LOL "Sheik Abdul Garcia"! I love all the brick, so pretty. Your roof looks like it would be fun to slide off of (assuming there's no rosebush below).

Mama-Face said...

Wow, you are really into the gardening. So many talents you do have.

What kind of fortunes do they put in those cookies now? Every time we open our cookies some kind of nonsense pops out. Nothing that can really help us plan our life. sheesh. I guess we will have to rely on our horoscopes now.

I love your house.

glnroz said...

over 50 here and a celebrity in my OWN mind,, lol,, It issss hot. Texas here also. Nice
I enjoy your type of humor. thnx,,glenn

Anonymous said...

Heh heh heh.

Love the house Reffie! Niiice!

And the roof looks great too!

That pic of Abdul Garcia...too funny.

I can always count on a chuckle or two or three or four from my Reffie! *smile*

Jean Knee said...

you put a black roof on a house in Texas???
ackkkkk, your poor utility bill

ReformingGeek said...

@Marissa - Thanks. That would be a great way to get into the non-existent pool.

@mama-face - Thanks. Yeah. Horoscopes. I'm going for my reading now.

@glnroz - Welcome, Glenn and thanks. We're getting a break from the heat today but tomorrow is another story.

@Quirky - Thanks and I'm glad you liked Abdul. He's also zombie bait!

@jean - It really appears to be more grey than black. The ridge vents (replacing the old turbines) should help the utility bills. We'll see.

Unknown said...

We had a lantana bush out back that the hummingbirds loved.. but alas it was slowly dieing and we had to cut ut down.

I was hoping for that pic againn.. I went to that post and copy and saved it tom my puter.. now I can make it life size and tape it to my ceiling. Hubby sleeps on the couch sometimes..he shouldn't mind too much right?

ReformingGeek said...

@dizzblnd - Just heard another thump. I'm gonna have to move the flowers.

I glad you got that pic. ;-)

Christina Bledsoe said...

Your house is beautiful! It may be a good thing the guy wasn't Joe Cool its cause for distractions :(

Bee said...

It's 60 degrees in my land today. A lot of my plants offed themselves due to cold weather. Stupid Al Gore!

Nooter said...

those bushes look nice. thats all im going to say about that.

ReformingGeek said...

@Christina - Thanks and you are so right!

@Bee - 75 would be perfect. Do you think Al could arrange that?

@Nooter - No digging, Nooter!

Suzanne said...

We had a bird that kept flying into our lunch room window at work and one of the tech drew a smiley face on a 8.5 x 11 piece of copier paper, taped it on the window and the bird never came back. Yes, it's just that simple!

Marvin D Wilson said...

"You have had long-term success relative to business [in bed]."

Hmmm - must've gotten the wrong cookie. That one was clearly meant for an elderly successful jigelo! :)

The Old Silly

ReformingGeek said...

@Sue - Good idea!

@Marvin - Oh, my, my!

Anonymous said...

DANG your house is gorgeous! Who can see the roof for all your landscaping....And here I am, homesick for my little ol' country cottage.

Maureen said...

Um, yeah, beautiful house! And beautiful new roof!

ReformingGeek said...

@dana - Thanks. I would miss my cottage, too.

@Maureen - Thanks.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, I love your house. And the shingles in that first picture look like the edges are a little rounded. They're really pretty. It's probably a good thing you don't have a cat door, you might wake up one morning with an armadillo in your kitchen!! (Armadillos do live in Texas, right?)

ReformingGeek said...

@Elizabeth - Thanks and you have a good eye. The shingles are "rounded" giving them a "slate" look which is something we've always wanted on this house. Yes, an armadillo (and we have plenty) may come in but more likely it would be a skunk or a raccoon!

ReformingGeek said...

@Anon - Freakin' brilliant! Now go away and stop spamming blogger comments.

Ed & Jeanne said...

Whew...from the title I was worried that Paula Abduhl was on your roof. She's hard to get rid of...I was worried.

ReformingGeek said...

@VE - Paula stopped by and started dancing up there but she had a hard time keeping her balance and fell off. Fortunately, only her pride was hurt and she left.

honeypiehorse said...

We've had some beefy handymen and some scrubby ones and all in all the scrubby ones did a better job.

United Studies said...

Very nice roof! Even though they might have been ugly, they did do a great job!

Marvin D Wilson said...

HEY Reforming One - I shouted your blog out with appreciation today on The Old Silly's Free Spirit Blog (wink)

ReformingGeek said...

@honeypiehorse - Yeah. We know that good looks doesn't mean good brains!

@Jacki - Thanks!

@Marvin - You're a doll, Marvin. I'll be right there.

The Constant Complainer said...

I normally get the drunk roofer at my house...

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