One of my favorite things about my husband is he is likely to swoop me into his arms at the most busy times and click his phone into our favorite song and invite me to dance. The world stops and only his deep brown eyes matter. It is one of the most loving things he does, to interrupt whatever life is happening to remind me that joy is present where ever we choose to let go of what’s happening and focus on the gifts before us.
Have you ever hired handymen? We have many times, we supplement timelines and sometimes frustrations by hiring experience we struggle to achieve. Sometimes that’s so we can work alongside the worker to learn as they earn. The vetting process is usually the same, call references, check out pictures of work, listen to the dudes and dudettes at the hardware stores about who they think is trustworthy, a good craftsman and reliable. Redbird Cottage has not had her shoes on since we moved in, no flooring and at times no flooring joists. 🙂 It was time to get her dressed for spring.
Sometimes though, it just doesn’t work out. Last week we interviewed, hired and paid for materials then hired a man who fit the credentials, but after 5 rows of flooring he had to help someone with a roof. We understood that and sent him on his way. The next day he didn’t return, nor the next or the next or the next. He left with $600 and our trust broken. A week later and he bother to make up another excuse as to why he wasn’t here and he left an $1800 saw. We called the Sheriff yesterday, concerned the saw might be stolen, but so far it’s legitimate…though the man’s ability to tell the truth wasn’t. The money and the worker are no where to be seen. Thankfully it’s just money, but right now, taking $$$$ wasn’t easy on our budget. That’s between God and the worker though, we’ll do fine.
Meanwhile our second pick, handyman Josh, came after taking his children to school. He bid the job, had conversations about why his bid would be different and we hired him on the spot. By the end of the day the living room floors were in, by day two the molding was in and painted, and today we had the pantry torn out to make way for the use of its space differently. Wow. What progress. We are definitely handman Josh fans. He’s focused on doing things well, pleasant to work with and his ideas for improvement are out of this world.
Meanwhile I managed to park the 27 foot UHaul truck where it would sink 6 inches after rain. It wasn’t pretty and Mr. Berry had much fun asking me about my new lawn ornament. Personally they should put a uhaul truck on my tombstone saying “A loyal uhaul driver who never missed a sale” I better be careful or he’ll do just that. However, he might prefer to be the one who parks the truck in the future.
When you go from an Antebellum home to a modern lake home to a cottage on a mini farm, it takes a good bit of shuffling the furniture around. My days of being a single mom taught me that folks throw away better things than you can afford. I believe that is true every day of my existence as a strategist. I love to connect people to their needs and excess surplus supplies to schools and programs that cannot afford them. Case in point, recently a corporation did a retreat training for 40 folks and used brand new laptops for it, they trained each group on those laptops. At the end of the workshops each had taken home a boxed, loaded laptop but the set used for training was donated to a local school to avoid flying them back East. Wallah…brand new top of the line MacBook Pro’s for free for a program I work with and the company was only too happy to donate, get the tax value credit and they threw in their service agreement transfer from a local national brand. I simply asked if they had a plan for them, then shared the plan I could help them have for them.
Feller has seen everything from vehicles, to building supplies, to antiques, to clothes, to computers shared this way. He just shakes his head and asks “what size truck shall I get?” He thought buying the Volkswagen Beetle would hinder me some, but it turns out they just drive in a truck or on a trailer and I keep on going!
That’s the word for today, keep on going. It’s all going to work out, sometimes, like Handyman Josh, better than you imagined.