And.....Skeeter and Mike got into it. Mike got here a little before 9. No Skeeter. Mike and I moved the pool boxes down to the tractor shed (we used the tractor - he kept telling me he could get it, but I figured he was "just out of the hospital" (I don't really believe it, but whatever) and didn't need the strain of trying to haul all 900 pounds down there alone) - no Skeeter. I swept the studio out (I gotta get used to calling it that - it is no longer a garage. :happy dance:)
Mike asked casually if I had any horses for sale. As a matter of fact, I do - Finn. I love him, but he and I do NOT get along. He's a good horse - gentle, nicely built - but he doesn't have his sire's personality, and he's a bit too "pushy" for me. NOT aggressive, just...not as laid-back and "whatever" as Dusty is. Mike and I went to the paddock, and both boys came running up. Finn was on his best behavior, and Mike seemed impressed. Even more so when I told him I wanted $1K, but make me an offer - he's got papers, he's gentle, and I'm slowly working on getting him broke. He offered $750..of course, I haven't SEEN the $$$ yet, so it's not a done deal, but....maybe. Mike claims he's got a horse-training friend...I don't CARE, I don't need 7 horses lounging around. :lol: I ask about the pool; it'll get done next week - depends on the weather. Right.
At 10:30, Mike hauls off to go find Skeeter. He tells me he's sorry, but Skeeter won't be working for him ever again. (Right). He's got other guys that'll be happy to work (Right), and he's going to tell Skeeter so when he finds him. OK, whatever. I wait until he's gone, then I load up the kids and run to the Post Office, and we grab a quick, leaven-free lunch.
At 12, I hear noises - Skeeter and #5 are in the garage, grumpily working. Mike is...supervising?or something. The atmosphere was VERY tense, so I didn't say much - except hi.
Mike leaves about....oh, 1:15, maybe. I go out, brush Dusty and Finn, then head back in. Skeeter is alone, so I tell him that it wasn't ME that made Mike go get him - I was FINE with them not showing up until 2. (And I was - and am. I don't CARE, as long as the job gets done, and I have an idea that they are coming. It's when no one shows up that I have a problem.) He thanked me, and the atmosphere got a lot calmer.
Until 3:45. They're done; I go out, thank them, and find out about the screwy light switch. I hit Mike up about the pool again...he says plan on Monday, but watch the weather. OKey DOkey.... I grab a broom....and Mike goes outside and tears into Skeeter. BIG time...I mean, I cuss like a sailor, and this was....well, you don't talk like that when a customer is Right There. I shut the door and went into the house - I didn't want to get involved. Call SG - he's almost home. Brief him on the situation - he says OK, he'll handle it.
They leave at 4. SG passes Mike, but no Skeeter. He calls me.....and I see Skeeter's truck coming back down the road. He stops at the gate (I was checking the mailbox)....seems that Mike hasn't paid him since the 2nd day they came out. And they don't think that the pool will get done. And if he doesn't pay him (Skeeter) tomorrow, he might end up in the hospital again. I take it calmly...and inform Skeeter that I'm not worried; I have 2 attorney friends (true), I "work" for an attorney (not really...but the attorney on retainer at work has offered us work, so.....almost true), and I have a clan-cousin who is the K. County DA (very true. :heh: He's a really nice guy.) Skeeter and #5 kinda blinked at that.....but I wanted to be sure THAT bit of news got back to Mike. Just in case. :nods: (And it will....because I'm pretty sure Skeeter's the type to toss stuff like that along.)
So. My studio needs the floor done, the last wall painted, the ceiling painted, and trim put up. I'm not worried about the trim - that can be done around my stuff - and the rest will (hopefully) be done this weekend. The current plan is to move my fiber stuff into the studio next week.....:fingers crossed: SG is working on my pantry right now - that doesn't have to go in Right Now, although it would be nice. The next project is the pantry for the beer- and cheese-making stuff. I can move that into the shop for now.....to clear up space. :lol: I'm also planning on redoing the work-table top; it's laminate, so I'll give it a faux-finish and douse it in the epoxy bar-top stuff. I can't wait!
Gotta check dinner - I have a souffle in the oven. Shabbat Shalom!
This entry was originally posted at http://fiberaddict.dreamwidth.org/677703.html. Please comment there using OpenID.