I am trying my hardest to stay positive each and every day to set an example for children, my husband, and to make myself feel happy. I have not always seen the ups of things but I am trying to turn a new leaf and see the bigger more positive picture. With that being said, things just keep hitting us hard around here. It’s enough that I have found myself crying on multiple occasions, as well as wondering why we are being kicked around a little.
We started our master bathroom remodel a little sooner than we had originally anticipated. The decision came to start the bathroom because we were ready to move on to something else and it was good timing with family not coming to visit for a while. Perfect time to go down to one bathroom or so we thought. Although, the timing seemed right nothing else seemed to come together. We called plumber after plumber for quotes and found that what we originally thought was going to be fairly inexpensive, actually was quite costly. We finally picked a plumber after two weeks of meeting with them. The next week he started work. He was supposed to start on Monday but called us two hours after his scheduled arrival time to tell us he was not coming that day. Then Tuesday he comes out but does not have all of his equipment so he has to leave after working just a few short hours. He comes back Wednesday and Thursday to work, again these are only partial work days. Now what I did not mention earlier is that this job was supposed to take three days max to move a tad bit of plumbing. So day three would have been Thursday. Friday, he came to work but again was several hours late like he had been each day he had been working at our house. I have tried to stay patient and calm through this whole thing. But I am a person who believes that you must always be on time to your job and it does not look good if you are constantly late. So, this of course was one of the many things bothering me about our plumber. So, this Friday he comes to work three hours late because he had other things to do. It was also a day that a cold front came in and we were having extremely cold weather for November. He was again unable to finish his job because he didn’t have the right tools. He was supposed to come finish on Sunday. On Sunday, the roads were too cold and bad for him to drive so he didn’t come. Monday he came out to finish the pouring of the concrete. That is all he did for Monday. The entire rest of the week was a bust because of Thanksgiving holiday so we expected him to come out the next Monday. No…he didn’t come back out until the following Saturday. Finally, after three weeks of dealing with this guy being late, working part time, jack hammering in my house, cutting lines he shouldn’t have and then having those extra repairs. He finally finished the job.
So, we thought it would be okay to continue with the next part of the bathroom remodel. Then another cold front comes in and we start noticing that our heater isn’t warming the house right. The laundry room and half bathroom are maintaining 50 degrees and below. Laundry was becoming a hated event in my house because your froze just trying to switch it over. In October we decided to have the air ducts cleaned. We live in a 50 year old house so it needed the cleaning. I need to also mention that we have a reverse system in our house. Our supply ducts blow at ground level with all air ducts below the slab in the ground. We have returns in each room that are at the ceiling level. It is completely backwards from most houses we have seen but evidently, this is the we people built houses out here in the 1960’s. We got all of the ducts cleaned and installed a whole home hepa filter to help block dust or any germs that come into the house that could be blown across the floor where the girls are playing.
This was the first time we had really had to use the heater so we didn’t realize that it wasn’t heating properly. We had it checked in October and they told us it was fine. The ac seemed to be keeping the house cool, not as cool as we wanted but it was still working. So, we were shocked when it wasn’t working. Joel took apart the unit under the furnace to check for damages. He found a lot of rust and dirt where they should have cleaned. So, he called the company back out to clean the ducts again. He was upset that they did not do the job right in the beginning. Well, the guys came out this week to clean and check the systems. When they took it apart to clean they found that it had been cleaned properly but that the ducts had collapsed underneath the house. There is no way to fix air ducts that are beneath a concrete slab. So, the only thing we could do was reverse the units. Of course, our furnace was only a down draft so we had to buy a new one. And of course, the ducts are 50 years old and need replacing because of the lack of proper air flow throughout the house. So, this was becoming really pricey. Especially since our ac unit is a high end one therefore the furnace has to match it in order to properly communicate. This is the only time I had ever been frustrated with having a high end unit. Well, when we looked at the two units and what to do, it actually became cheaper to buy a whole new home unit. This meant we were replacing the outside ac, the furnace, and the air ducts in the attic. The company worked with us and we were able to get the new equipment in within two days of ordering.
So, that brings me to today. I have been stuck all day long in the house, actually trapped in one room with my girls and our dog. It is too cold to go outside and play or go for a walk. Not to mention I have a lot of people in here working on the ac and furnace. They got here at 9:30 am and have been working nonstop. But that means drilling and banging all day long for me to listen to as well. I have to admit, they have been really respectful of my wishes and tried to not disturb my children during nap time. It has just been a very long day. The stresses of having this nightmare on top of trying to remodel our home has been a bit much for me. I want to pack up and get the heck out of here as fast as I can drive but I know that that is not the right thing to do.
I know that everyone has their ups and downs in life and that it is just something we must deal with. But does it ever feel like enough is enough? Or does anyone else want to scream because its non stop? I know that I do. And I’m sure that makes me fail sometimes at being a Christian and not having my full faith and trust in the Lord. But I think it also makes me human. As I said before, I am trying to be a better person and show a good example with my children which is why I am turning to my blog to vent. My husband cannot sit and listen to my complaints because it makes him feel bad for having us in a house like this. I know that he didn’t intend on the massive amount of remodel that we would face. I am so ready for these projects to end so we can sit back and relax for a moment. Life becomes too much sometimes and I miss those days where it was easy. I think most people feel that way.
Thanks for listening to my vent.
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