I learned today that excelling at one type of contractor job does not mean excelling at another type of contractor job. I have laid tile before. And this boy/man who has done a lot of work for me told me he could do tile. I arrived today and saw that the dining room was such a mess. It looked like a seven year old laid it; or someone severely vision challenged. I spent the whole afternoon pulling tiles, scrubbing tiles, and scraping mud.
A professional tiling company did come by an hour later (after most of the evidence of the mess had been removed). They will have the entire house completed by next week. So I do feel blessed that way.
In my aging, I am being a little more gentle with myself. I was almost going to start laying tile, but mother said she was afraid I would breathe in the particles.