Okay, I admit it. I needed a bit of a pick-me-up the other day while pounding away at my keyboard, but I never dreamed it was going to come in the way of . . .
I heard a lot of hammering, sawing, and deep male voices at my next door neighbor’s house. Not normal, to say the least. Curious and more than ready for a break, I grabbed a sweater and my cell phone. I stepped out my front door into cool crisp air and looked to the left past my front lawn. Low and behold, four tall, broad-shouldered, cowboy-hatted Texans were putting up white siding on the Mid-Century Modern brick house. As much as I appreciate MCM, pretty winter days, and redbirds in pecan trees, at that moment I appreciated the eye candy more.
A guy standing on the ground was cutting vinyl on sawhorses. He saw me, gave me a big grin, and called me over. He motioned at the three men on ladders, explained what they were doing, and wondered if I’d be interested in putting siding on my MCM. Up to that moment, I hadn’t considered it, but I was suddenly getting a hankering for vinyl—or at least the installation. I asked for his business card. He stopped and thought about it, felt of his pockets, shook his head, and explained that he didn’t have one with him. And then a light bulb obviously went off in his head. He grinned, flashing white teeth at me, and pointed up at his friend on a ladder facing the house. He called for him to come down and show us his shirt with the company logo so I could get a photo of it.
The long, tall Texan stopped what he was doing and climbed down the ladder—all with his back to me. He was wearing faded jeans, a light jacket, and a wide leather tool belt. He slowly shrugged one arm and then the other out of the sleeves of his jacket before he let it drop to be caught by his tool belt. And there, indeed, on the back of his long-sleeve T-shirt was the company logo and contact information.
Ah yes, I thought to myself, that had to be my very favorite type of business card because it was definitely enhanced by broad shoulders. As long as I’m admitting things, I guess I’d better go ahead and confess that I actually said that out loud. With my words hanging in the air, he looked over his wide shoulder, gave me a sly smile, and tipped his cowboy hat.
And so, I’m sharing my photo here just in case someone else might be in need of vinyl siding—or at least the business card.
About the Author:
Kim Redford is an acclaimed, bestselling author of Western romance novels. She grew up in Texas with cowboys, cowgirls, horses, cattle, and rodeos for inspiration. She divides her time between homes in Texas and Oklahoma, where she's a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider—when she takes a break from her keyboard. Visit her at www.kimredford.com.