Monday, January 27, 2020

Just a few bits...


I finally gave in last night sometime about 11:00 p.m. and got the got out this puzzle and set up to start it...


It is so hard for me to do anything other than work on it.  I have to just get up and allow myself to find a few pices...3-4-5, and then go on and do what needs to be done.    And I may pass by it again a bit later and do the same thing.  But it takes every bit of will power I have to not just stop everything and work on it.  LOL

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Daughter came from St. Louis Saturday for us to sew.  I won't show what we worked on till it is done.    But, she had been to one of her local quilt shops that was having a sale...and she brought me these:


First three more oranges for my leaves...and I LOVE them all.


I am showing two photos of the dark version of this print till you can see all the animals....


She also got some in the other color


I am not sure what I will do with them.  But they feel like such good fabric...

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At long last the guys came at the end of last week and did the last of the repairs from the hail damage of May of last year.  We have a deductible of course....I don't think one can get insurance that doesn't have a deductible.  So we owe...we have not received the bill yet.  I am so tempted to give them the run-around like they have done us.   I have come up with a dozen ways to put off paying them, but I just want to be done with them.

I don't know if I told about when they came to do the guttering on our garage, they guy they sent told me he didn't know why they wanted it replaced.  That he could not see anything wrong with it.  Did I want him to go ahead and do it.  And he tried to make me feel it would hurt the garage structurally.  I told him to do it.

Now, do you think he would have given the insurance company back their money if I had told them to leave it the way it was?  I don't think so...they would have pocketed it too quick to talk about and went on their merry way.

So, the other day they had two pieces of siding to replace.  I told Roger I wanted to be here, but being that they never have come early I ran Roger to McDonalds, and we hurried.  We came home and they were here.  A guy I had never met...he came and said he was here from 'the company' and said he was here to replace the piece of siding.  I said, no there are two.  He said he only saw one...so I had to take him and show him.  It was a hole in the siding almost 2 inches in diameter!  If I had not been here, there would still be that one that was not done.  One of the pieces really looks lighter than the others...but don't know if it was the way the light hit it and the other one was maybe dirtier.

Anyway,  when the guys had did the guttering on the garage, they had put a new piece on the end of the old one-car garage.  When the guy got up on top to clear the gutters...he noticed that one of the downspouts was not connected.  They had just stuck it against the bottom of the gutter and you would not notice.  So, these guys were to fix that, too.  He tried to convince me that it only needed the one downspout...but I made him fix it anyway.

This was a nightmare from start to finish.  Even if that piece of siding is off color, I am almost beyond dealing with this outfit any more.  I am telling our insurance how things have been from the start.

That is it from my little corner of the world...it does feel good that I don't have that weight hanging over me any more.  I hope you all are having a nice week.

22 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

I really like the puzzle, and have not seen it in any of the stores. I LOVE the animal prints!! I hope your insurance company gets another set of contractors!! What a pain to work with them.

Deb said...

I am wondering what part of the St. Louis area your daughter lives in, because we lived in Fairview Heights, IL, which is near Belleville, across the river from St. Louis. We lived there for five years. I really liked the St. Louis area. There was lots to do there. Good family place. We especially liked going to St.Louis Cardinals baseball games. I love the puzzle. They can be so fun, but also addictive ;-) Glad you got the hail damage fixed. Sounds like it has been a big frustration for you. Have a good week.

Joyful Quilter said...

Those oranges are beautiful! The prints are very pretty too. Have fun with them.

I can totally understand your frustration with the contractors, I'm dealing with the same issue. Why don't people take pride in their work anymore?

Bonnie said...

Oh I love working puzzles too! Those orange fabrics are just gorgeous! They will be a great addition to the leaf blocks you are making. The other fabric is nice too - do you know what you will do with it yet?

I'm sorry you've had so much trouble with those workers. It is so hard to get good repair people these days and equally hard to know who you can trust.

I hope the rest of your week goes well.

Nancy Chan said...

That is a beautiful puzzle and I am sure you want to finish it as soon as possible. The orange and animal fabrics are beautiful. I dread repair works because it is not easy dealing with some contractors and insurance company.

At Home In New Zealand said...

I totally understand your frustration with such shoddy workers. At least the work is done now, and hopefully that will be the end of the problem.
Have fun with your jigsaw :)

Hootin' Anni said...

Jigsaw puzzles are addictive! Those beautiful orange fabrics are perfect! And, love the animal print.

I had such a difficult time with our electric company after hurricane Harvey that I was forced to call Texas Attorney consumer advocet...don't p-off Anni! Lol

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh yes, I am puzzle fiend too!!! And an admirer of the orange cloth.

Am in the process of seeking quotes for changing the bathroom to a wetroom for father and I just dread having to make a decision on someone. The last time that room was upgraded, there was water disaster, tile disaster and ongoing tap issues... sigh... so I sympathise!!! YAM xx

Jane said...

Our next door neighbours just had an 8' extension on the back of their house. It took twice as long as it should have taken because 'the builders' had to keep coming back to sort out things that weren't right. Our neighbour stuck to her guns and refused to pay until everything was done right! Your orange fabrics look gorgeous; what a lovely daughter you have! I used to love doing jigsaws with Mum, but I haven't done one since she passed away 8 years ago. Best, Jane x

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

The kitty puzzle is cute. I love all the fabrics, the one with wildlife is pretty. What is with these companies, their work ethics are horrible. I hope everything gets fixed correctly. Enjoy your day, wishing you a good week ahead.

Cheryl Kimbley said...

The fabric is beautiful. I love the oranges.
When we had to have a ton of work done due to hail the company worked the deductible into the price they charged the insurance company so we didn't have to pay a dime.
Sorry you had so many problems with all that.
Have a good week.

Sandra said...

so happy the gutter mess is now over.. it has been a long and awful ordeal. good idea to tell the insurance company. might save someone else from dealing with them .
I love this puzzle, that morris cat is so beautiful.. I wish I loved puzzles like you do. maybe it is because you are a quilter, and used to putting pieces together. the material for leaves is beautiful. I love both animal prints. a lot...…. I would choose the black because I love black in all things from cars to clothing. our furniture is black also

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Speaking as a former insurance agency manager I can truthfully say that I don't think any of my customers ever had to deal with a shoddy contractor such as yours. Glad you stood your ground. Definitely sit down and write your agent a chronological list of issues with this contractor. The agency needs to know and they will pass it on to their company and adjuster. I dealt with a lot of hail damage claims and know this is the thing you need to do. THEN you will be done with it.
xx, Carol

Susan Zarzycki said...

Anxiety producing or what! It's so hard to get through repairs here at Mom's. We had a new door put on the little porch and when it's cold it sticks. The sliding doors on the porch wouldn't open either despite being told they were fine so now if we want to get in and out of the house we have to use the back door! I love love the orange fat quarters (?)! The other fabric is pretty a!so. What a good daughter!

happyone said...

What a nightmare some repairmen can be. I'm ever so thankful that Ken can fix just about anything!! What a blessing!

Puzzle coming along good. I noticed you don't do the border first! : )
We finished our puzzle just a little bit ago. Won't start another one for a couple of days or so.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I'm like you when I have a puzzle out, so I limit myself to one or two a year. That sounds so frustrating to have to deal with poor workmanship.

Hill Top Post said...

If there is something I need or want to do, it is best for me not to start working a puzzle or reading a book. I just can't leave them alone! I love your new fabric pieces. The animal prints are wonderful and are just perfect for you! No one does animals better than you!

Marie Smith said...

It must be a relief to be finished with that company. Our experience with insurance companies is not great either. It must be an industry thing.

Granny Marigold said...

I love your new fabrics... the oranges will be perfect for more leaves, and the animal printed fabric is gorgeous. What riches to have them to play with!!
Jigsaw puzzles can be very enticing!! Yours looks challenging. Have fun.

nick said...

Tradespeople are unpredictable. Some do a great job, others do a lousy job and mess you around in the process. I can't believe they didn't bother to connect the guttering to the downspout!

Jenny the Pirate said...

I'm sorry you had to go through all of that. I hate the suspicious feelings that crop up when insurance companies are involved. We had fire damage to a house many years ago and it was so frustrating and took forever. I thank God you don't have to deal with it anymore. I'm neither a seamstress nor a quilter but I love the animal fabric. Just lovely. I like the red color best. Can't wait to see the finished product. xoxo

Catherine:theMaker said...

I think I'll focus my reply on both your daughter and the orange fabrics...it's great that your lass, thinks of you in the right ways especially in a fabric store. Does she like orange colours as well?