Welcome to my little ol' blog. I'll be upfront about it: I don't blog very often any more. If you found your way here because you read my book "Trailer Life," have a gander! But it's easier to keep up with me on Instagram or on my Facebook page. I have this long, drawn out theory on why I'm a terrible blogger, but that is a story for another day. Enjoy the ramblings of my life from the last 8 years or so.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Our Metal Roof

Ryan needed my help on the roof today. I hate heights. I climbed the ladder and my heart started pounding really fast, and I started laughing nervously, and thinking, "I am such a wimp. Just work through it. Ryan and Michael and Josh do this all the time. Look at the sky... holy crap, I'm gonna die!" And then I got stuck on the ladder. And my nervous laughter that made my eyes water quickly turned into sheer panic. Sheer panic=crying for me. I just couldn't do it. I ended up "helping" for five minutes (not on the roof), getting him a razor blade and a hammer. While looking for the razor blade, I calmed down and thought about how grateful I was to be on flat ground. Being up high hurts my heart, literally.

Our roof is 98% done, and should be completely finished Tuesday afternoon. That's a huge accomplishment. My favorite thing about the roof is the conversation I had while ordering the materials. I called Home Depot (they were the cheapest) to order it, and this is how the conversation went. (I had ordered from these guys before, and they remember us.)

"I need to order some corrugated tin roofing."

"Okay. What length do you want?"

"Eight foot lengths."

"How many?"

"Six hundred and sixty."

Then there was the pause. "What?"

"Six hundred and sixty."

"WHAT are you roofing?"

"Our house."

"How big is your house?!?"

"Um, well, it's got a lot of roof because of a wrap-around porch..."

"Oh. Okay. Six hundred and sixty. Wow. Okay. That'll be in in three weeks, we'll give you a call."

Fun facts about our corrugated tin roof:
*it's Energy Star rated
*it's good for like, 100 years
*it cost as much as any other roofing material, but is very labor intensive. VERY. So a metal roof is expensive if you want someone to put it in for you.
*it took 11,000 (eleven THOUSAND) screws to install it, minus the ones that fell out of hands and slid down, down, down into the dirt.


  1. I am so with you when it comes to heights and ladders! I hate it! When we did our roof last year I did not like to get on the roof, but the worse part was getting down. It freaked me out. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I love your roof, and how you kept track of how many screws you used. Looking good!

  2. This is so funny. I used to not be afraid of heights at all but I am becoming more of a wimp as of lately. I can't believe 11000 screws!!! Holy crap!

  3. Sure miss your kids tons. Can't wait to see you all. Love the tin roof, my favorite ice cream. Cat on a hot tin roof. Rain on a hot tine roof. No worries about the height issue. We all have our waterloos. Did you see me repeling of a 100 foot cliff. It was so cool.