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Mother Scratching WOE.

So, I live on the edge of Tornado Alley. I also live on the cusp of where three weather systems routinely collide. In other words, we get some weather. Which means due to the four bouts of insanely sized hail (which demolished my husbands brand new vehicle one month after purchase - yay for insurance!) straightline winds gusting to 100 mph, and 110 degree summers, we needed a new roof.

A new roof is going up right now, started last night a 6pm. (I know. Go home! [/Ferris Bueller]) To put on a NEW roof, you have to take off the OLD roof. Which is being systematically tossed down onto my METICULOUS FLOWER BEDS. That only exist on the FRONT of the house. There are three full sides of house they could toss things down onto. But NO. Sally Von Schtupp started barking her head off (a lovely deep threatening bark) and the Mr. ran out in his skivvies (hee) and started barking himself to get them to STOP KILLING MY FLOWERS.

He has since told me to not go outside, and has shut all the curtains/blinds, and that we'll ask the roofer to knock $x off the final price so we can get new plants. *cries* I DON'T WANNA KNOW. *cries bitterly* Well, I totally do, but my jaw in clenched so tight... Waaaaaaaaaah. I'm going to look at the photos I posted the other day, hold my lighter aloft, and play Heart's "What About Love (I only wanna share it with you?)" for maximum affect.

Bwah bwah bwaaaaaaaaaah, L'il Brudder! [whiney joke a handful will - hopefully - get]


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May. 3rd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
::puts on insurance adjuster hat::

Uhm, they should have either parked a dumpster in one area next to the roof and be tossing everything direct in or they should be putting all the roofing in ONE AREA and then hand carrying out to a dumpster (only if you have restricted access) (this also costs more due to labor).

they should NOT be tossing everything all over the place willy nilly. Raise a HUGE stink.

Also, INSIST that they roll the magnet thingie they have ALL OVER THE YARD if they are doing this because they're going to be leaving some nails behind otherwise.
May. 3rd, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
oh, they have a dumpster. They have it parked in my large driveway. But on the other side of my sharply peaked roof, things are... not making it into the dumpster. Large sheets of tile with fat nails, packaging materials, a large rolled up thing of sheet metal.

Ooooh, I didn't know about the magnet thingy. I will make sure of that! (We're having them hand nail the roof, not use nail guns.)

May. 3rd, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)

Our tradesmen did the same thing, and when we complained and asked them to be more careful, they looked around and said "it's not exactly a botanic park here, lady." Infidels! Fiends! Just because we don't have an acre of lawn and a phalanx of iceberg roses? My herbs! My ferns! My delicate little flowering grasses!

Big Smacks!
May. 3rd, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Just because THEY don't know what we're growing doesn't mean it has no value! Also... it has value because it is ON MY PROPERTY. And YOU, sir, are WORKING FOR ME. FIE!

I hope you were able to salvage some of your green babies...
May. 3rd, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Roofers are evil. There are reasons they are, despite it being counterintuitive, the basement slime of contractors.

I wish you'd said something, because I would have told you about their conscious and malign intent when it comes to landscaping.

Julia, Uncle Mervie won't hire about 90% of the roofing contractors in the county because they are such plant-killing idiots.
May. 3rd, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
We now have them using a tarp tacked to one side of the roof so they can slide materials down. That's something I saw another company do, and I think I expected this company to do it, as well.

Fortunately, we're friends with the roofing company's owner (her daughter and my daughter play softball together) so if there ARE plants that need replacing, he'll do it. (I just don't want to have to replace any!)

..I've still not looked outside. I don't think I can handle it, yet.
May. 3rd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, man. That sucks so hard. The jerks.

Oh, Li'l Brudda!
*pets you*
May. 3rd, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
BWAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!! And it was looking so nice....

(Still haven't surveyed the damage. Don't think I can, yet.)

*climbs into your lap*
May. 3rd, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)

Okay, yes, don't look until later, and it will all work out, and I'm so sorry they did this to your beeyoootiful garden!


Heart of a champion!
May. 3rd, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
*buries face in your neck*

All the little wee babies!! *holds lighter*

heart of a lion, you have!
May. 3rd, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey! Your beautiful flowers! I weep for you.

*hugs you so tight*
May. 3rd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Bwah. :(

I keep hearing some of the guys hollering "Floras!" at some of the other workers, so they're... trying?
May. 3rd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Woe! Stupid roofers!

You will make the garden even prettier.

You deserve a stiff drink.
May. 3rd, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
I have a new bottle of Milagro tequila waiting for me. And the fajitas for tonight's dinner.

*sad faces*
May. 3rd, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Dear Dumbasses:

Okay, look. See those really pretty flowers and plants down there? Yeah, those flowers. Well, here's what you do: DON'T THROW ROOF SHIT ON THEM. You have a dumpster, right? USE IT. IDIOTS.

You suck,


Let's get drunk, okay? Alcohol fixes everything. Or so said Betty Ford. <----Bad taste? Yeah, probably.

May. 3rd, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD. You know just what to say, number one. Number two, check out the newest wank a'brewin'. SHE'S MORMON.

May. 3rd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Keep scrawpin' along, buddy. ::hugs you:: Those IDIOTS!!!

;;offers to key their truck::
May. 3rd, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)

*hands you the gold prize for the day*
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May. 3rd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Nooooo! All your hard work! ::SMITES THEM OMG::
May. 3rd, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
*keeps fresh ninja supplies on hand*

That way, they won't know what him them. KARMA.
May. 3rd, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
OH NO!! If they don't make every single thing right, how about you get to use a nailgun on them? *cuddles tight* Stay inside and don't go out until it's all said and done. *happy thoughts happy thoughts happy thoughts*
May. 3rd, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like that idea. Those go all the way to the bone, too. *rubs hands*
May. 3rd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Jerks! I hate when the HIRED HELP acts like they're doing you A FAVOR or something!

I'm glad you recently took all those garden pics, because now you have proof of what these idiots destroyed.
May. 3rd, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
OOOOOOOOH. I didn't even think of that!!!

AWESOME. I'm beyond the woe stage. I'm itching to get scrapping.
May. 3rd, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Why are people so stupid?! Poor you, and poor, innocent flowers.
May. 3rd, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I have found a way to channel my upset. A wank is a'brewin'. And she's MORMON. *points you to latest post*
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May. 3rd, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh stony - I am praying to whatever powers that be - sitting up there awatchin' us - that your plants prove to be sproingy and reslilient. Yep - that would do the trick wouldn't it? If they just bounced back up and shook themselves and went on with their day. That is an incredibly beautiufl and well thought out garden I must say.
*admires from afar*
May. 4th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
I hope they are, too!!

I'm about to go check; the roofer are packed up and gone. (And - if the roots are fine, the plants will come back. <-- I'm telling myself that like a chant.)
May. 4th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)

I told my dad about this. He keeps our huge yard looking fabulous (people think we hire a gardener - nope - my dad does it all) and he was nodding in grim sympathy the second I mentioned "roofers." FIE ON THEM ALL.

You have a nice stiff drink and beat down a Mormon beyotch and you'll feel all kinds of better. And you'll make your garden even awesomer!
May. 4th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)

Aye, aye, Cap'n! (I'm about to go survey. Wish me luck. I did see a roofer reach in to grab some garbage before they left. He got cut to ribbons by my climbing rose. WELL, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE PUT TRASH THERE, BUDDY.)
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