Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof...

As most of you will recall, 2 weeks ago high winds ripped the roof of my parents dock, and damaged their 1945 trailer.  Well 2 days after that my Dad and I went to the lake in the pouring rain and measured, then went to town and got the new tin, and lumber to fix the roof.  I didn't get many pictures because once again my Father is strictly business  and he was yelling enough with out me stopping to snap pictures.

The current joke around the lake is "The Jordan Family may never speak to one another again, but their cabins are IMPECCABLE!"  As if the project of building a roof and tin-ing it in 2 days wasn't enough Saturday morning the wind kicked up to about 30 MPH...  which was just lovely wrestling 8ft sheets of tin in high winds... but none the less the roof went on!
Everyone was tired by Sunday, but with the trailer patched, dock roof replaced, and new tin wall put up you'd never even know it had been torn up.  We'd accomplished a lot thanks to my fathers Perfectionist SLAVE DRIVER ways and by Sunday evening im not gonna lie, This cat's ass was dragging! 
I literally drove back and forth all weekend! Friday night I got caught up with rehearsal and some cast stuff and didn't get to the lake until 2 am Saturday, up at 8 am Saturday morning, quit around 3:30 to drive back into town get cleaned up and dress like a pirate at 6 Pm, Went back to the lake 1 am Sunday morning to get up at 8 to help dad put the wall up and we quit around 4 pm...  Meanwhile back at the sunny Casablanca Hotel & Resort there were a MILLION things to be done with only 25 days left until "As Time Goes By", so I waited until 7 to mow and weed eat the Drive-In and around the front, cleaned inside the house for a little bit and then went to bed at 11:00 Pm.
Now what Im about to tell you is a secret, because at the Jordan's it is an UNGODLY SIN to sleep past 9:01Am and if you do "Your low life dead beat that wont amount to anything" as my father would rant... so here's the secret, I spent Sunday night at the lake and Monday morning I got up at 7:30 to use the bathroom I was going to start cleaning and painting and scraping and then I thought....

SCREW IT!
Then went back to bed and slept to 11:00 am!  Guess that makes me a real low life dead beat ;)

However when I got up at 11 I went straight to work in the kitchen,  scraping paint off of the glass cabinets.  Honestly If they ever invent time travel i'm going to go back in time and smack my 15yr old self with a paint stick....REPEATEDLY.  What what was I thinking?! Flat paint on the walls....  mixing "dreamy chiffon green" (which it really chartreuse, but that would be to damn simple for our local True Value to call it that)  with Navy Blue. I slopped paint on the glass, on the pulls everywhere...  So as i scraped with a razor I decied the pulls needed some TLC as well.
Here they are before... you can see the blue paint I tried to make work with the green... and the white is from the edged of the cabinets.  Lucky for me my dad basically owns a machine shop and he has an electric wire brush that's on a stand, and since the pulls are brass  I just held them with a pair of pliers and ran them through the wire brush a few times and...
Viola! Just as shiny as they must have been in 1943. 

This week is going to be busy! Tomorrow is Grandmas day (and I may or may not be buying a rug at walmart for the Den) Thursday I will be painting the Casablanca all day, and Should be back Friday evening...

See you then!

-Mick-

8 comments:

Linda said...

Busy Busy! So glad the roof is up and all is well. Now you can concentrate on the Casablanca!

Chickens in the Basement said...

Be careful! With all of that wind and roofs spinning around, you might find yourself starring in Wicked instead of Pirates!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Whoo hoo, great tip on the brass knobs!

Yikes, I wake up every morning between 3-4 a.m.

Sleep late, what's that? lol....

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Your dad sounds like Dick's dad. Funny, now that he's gone, those same characteristics is what Dick fondly remembers. Good for you to have worked so hard!

Missouri Michael said...

You sure you were in Texas and not Kansas when that roof blew off? I don't guess the roof landed on anybody green with ruby slippers and a cackle laugh?

Zootsuitmama said...

You really are a good son, and grandson. A lot of kids your age, and I'm sorry but everyone young seems like a kid...would NoT do this, so you are very special.zootsuitmama

Vintage Christine said...

I've NEVER been able to sleep late--when I worked I didn't want to sleep late on the weekend because there was so much to do (I lived in San Francisco) and now that I'm older I do that "go to bed early and get up early" thing that all the old farts do. Plus the cat wakes me up between 4 and 4:30. Who needs an alarm clock? Congrats on getting all that stuff done. Now will you please come over to my house and help me, too?????

Maggi said...

Love the knobs!