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Friday, April 17, 2015

All that remains is the need to breathe...

So remember a few weeks ago when I talked about the construction going on in my home?  Well...what a nightmare!!  After NINE days of being covered in dust and plastic, they work crew claimed to be done.  The only problem?  They weren't.  And if anything, they made matters worse.  I don't even know how that's possible.

The ceilings look WORSE than they did before and there was a thick coating of dust on just about every surface in my home even though they had covered everything.  So the builder sent in a cleaning crew and got at least that taken care of.  Now we have to decide what to do with what we were left with construction-wise.

Oh, and my need to breathe.

That's right, thanks to this bang-up job I have developed asthma!  At my age, that is just one big annoyance!  I can't breathe.  All I do is cough.  And none of the meds and inhalers (with the exception of the steroids) seem to help.  I'm a mess.

And angry.

I mean, all I wanted was to have my ceilings be smooth and flat like every other ceiling on the planet.  That's not too much to ask, right?  Obviously it is and now my builder is ignoring me.  He doesn't answer my calls or texts.  Clearly he doesn't know who he's dealing with.  I am the QUEEN of writing complaint letters to corporate offices to get results.  I hate to rat the guy out, but he's kind of not leaving me a choice.

This may end up in a book at some point - he'll be the weasely contractor that gets fired and a new, HOT contractor comes in to sweep our heroine off her feet?  What do you think?  Actually, we have a hot contractor coming up in August in the first Shaughnessy book, "Made for Us".   Aidan owns his own construction company and he is obsessive about the quality of craftsmanship he and his crew put out there.  Zoe is a decorator working with him who has the same kind of work ethic and yet they clash a lot on the job site.  It makes for a very fun (and sexy!) relationship with some great bantering.  But in the real world - or at least in my current world - that is so not the case!!  Although, I'm married to my own sexy contractor and that does tend to make things a whole lot better.

 And who can forget the very sexy Sawyer from "A Touch of Heaven"?  He was very yummy.  And he was also very conscientious of his quality of work and making sure the homeowners got what they wanted.  Why don't guys like this really exist in real life???  Where is my Aidan?  Or my Sawyer??  Meanwhile, my poor husband is having to clean up the mess these guys made of our home and he's not happy about it.

Neither are my lungs. 

Any nightmare contractor stories?  Ever been stuck in a mess like this?  Any home remedies so I can breathe again?  I'm open for all suggestions!!


  1. Am so sorry you are going through a construction nightmare. We remodeled our home about 10 years or so and it went smoothly. Had a great contractor. There were days when every thing was covered in dust and the noise was loud--my corgis became sound proof! Having a dumpster in the driveway for a month was very attractive!

    It will get better....and you can definitely use these events in your next novel or two!

    1. I think I can definitely fit this in a future novel!!