Thursday, December 1, 2011

Feeling A Bit Crabby

I don't know if it is because the weather changed or if I am just sore and tired from working horses...

But I have been feeling rather crabby lately.

The electrician has never come back to finish my lighting.

The insulation guy finally showed up yesterday...but only because I got bitchy with my contractor. After being put off since last week...and waiting around the day the insulator was supposed to show up and never did. I got pissed and told my contractor I would not have let them tear down my ceiling and start that project if I had known that his sub-contractors were not going to be here to finish the damn job.

I was also irked that my contractor...despite me telling him NOT to...decided to apply sealer to the new patio...the day before Thanksgiving. It stunk to high heaven in the house and actually made me sick to my stomach. I had told him that *I* would apply the sealer myself after Thanksgiving to avoid that happening...and to save on hours paid out.

The hubby and I have talked quite a bit and I know that I am just tired of having people around all the time. After all, these guys have been working on projects for almost 4 months. It's getting expensive and I think the guys are just getting used to that regular paycheck. MH is getting tired or writing those checks.

Right now, the guys are working on a shelter that attaches to the permanent corrals and I told them that would be the last project for a while...like until next spring or summer. I swear I saw panic in their eyes. I don't know if they thought this was the land of never-ending projects and endless money or what, but we have exceeded what we intended on spending and both the hubs and I are done. He wants to stop paying out and I want my lonely existence back.

I feel bad for feeling irritated with the guys. They have done such a wonderful job on everything they have accomplished for us. They are great guys and we actually count them as friends...so I am kind of trying to avoid them because I do not want my irrational irritation to spill over. We have more things we want done...eventually...and I don't want to use anyone but these guys. So I'm just venting a bit online as a release.

I will say this...I spent a lot of time backing them off of over-building my 'loafing shed'...and they still insisted on building the damn thing as if I was keeping buffalo...or elephants. Holy Hell...Two x Twelve stringers? Six x six posts? Chriminy! I WILL be able to keep buffalo or elephants in this thing. I put the serious ki-bosh on their elaborate framing and lining of the inside though. I about crapped when I saw what they were designing.

NO, NO, NO!!!

I showed them how pole barns are lined to make them equine safe and they tried to tell me that was not acceptable. I blew up a little bit!

I may not know the exact way to build a barn, but I damn sure know what is acceptable...and ECONOMICAL...when it comes to making them horse safe. I flat out told them if they did not follow the plan the way I wanted it...I wasn't paying for the work or the materials.

I HATE having to get bitchy!

One thing I always liked about these guys is that they worked at a slow, steady pace. No ramming and jamming or short-cuts. Everything they have done is high-quality work and built to last. It's a rare and endearing quality to find in people these days. This last week I have noticed a much slower pace and an almost determined will to 'help' me with small, odd projects I am perfectly able to do on my own.

Thanks guys...but No Thanks...please just get my shelter built. I don't need help strapping my hay tarp down..or bringing firewood to the house or loading or unloading materials I have for some small projects.

In my heart, I know that they are just really good guys and just being helpful and gentlemanly. That's the kind of guys they are. Seriously!

I just want my shelter built and be able to putter around at my own pace again...alone! The excitement of getting the projects I envisioned built is over and I want my hermit status back. If I did not so desperately need the shelter for the horses, I would have put that project off, but it was a necessity and unfortunate that it ended up being the last project. Totally MY BAD for not being able to decide exactly what I wanted to do.

Thanks for letting me vent a little! I feel better now.

P.S. I would like to have my lighting finished and the rest of the insulation blown in the walls though.

10 comments:

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Sounds like you are in the movie "The Money Pit". I have to hire a handyman or contractor to fix the ceiling, floor and lighting in my studio, and I'm so hesitant to make that first call. These things always turn into a nightmare, it seems. I suspect, in your case, the guys enjoy working around you because you are a pretty lady.

Mikey said...

Feel free to vent, that's what we're here for :)
I hear ya on needing quiet, alone time. And doing your own projects, by yourself. There's satisfaction in that.

Kristen said...

good luck with getting all of those projects finished! I totally understand wanting your alone time.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, we went with 6x6 in our barn remodel becasue we found the original 4x6 weren't heavy enough. I know the never ending project thing tho; they will drag it out forever unless you give them a deadline.

fernvalley01 said...

I felt that way when we were doing the addition on the house , couldn't even be home with the plague alone! It is worth it in the end but...

Laura said...

Ditto to what Mikey said! Vent away!

The situation does sound frustrating - you aren't an endless source of money that can just keep paying these guys...

Hopefully everything is finished up soon so you can have your alone time!

Shirley said...

Like Mikey said.
Sure is going to be nice to have that shelter finished though.

kestrel said...

I know the feeling well! At least they're overbuilding rather than slopping through the job, but still...

SunnySD said...

Sounds like you're entitled to growl a bit :)

Cut-N-Jump said...

I was told once I am too damned independant. I like to do things myself, so I see your point. And if you paid them to do the job, do the job and get out! Better to have them overbuild than half ass it and quit arly before it is finished.