Because our business is run out of the house, my husband is often literally running in and out, the phones are ringing off the hooks, and sometimes customers/clients are knocking on the door. I do the bookkeeping at home, too. Because of the type of business there is no such thing as a 9 to 5 work day. And, everyone pretty much has to use the front door of the house. (Yes, we had to get a variance and permit from the city.)
My problem: I have two elderly friends whom I love dearly, but who just show up at the house unannounced. They both know I work, but evidently because I work at home it isn't important? These two friends seldom come when I feel I can take time to visit. Also, they seem to show up when my husband is the busiest. They seem to instinctively know! To make matters worse, I have no private or quiet place to sit and visit with them.
(Robin, you do realize I'm not talking about you, don't you? You aren't elderly ;), and I hardly ever see you or talk to you! Besides, I would tell you if I was too busy to visit, because I think you would understand.)
The eldest friend sometimes comes to the house several times a day, several times a week. Even after all these years (15 plus) that my husband has had the business, she can't or won't understand why I don't get my housework done, why my husband won't sit down and visit, why the phones ring so much, etc. If my husband is home when she arrives, she always blocks his car with hers. (DH, park on the street so this doesn't happen!)
The other friend drives about 20 miles to get here. She'll ask if I'm busy, but come in anyway and stay for hours (literally). I won't give her my cell phone number, because she'd call me all the time. I even find myself not returning her calls. If I call her on my cell phone she'll get the number on her caller ID. If I call her on the business phone she'll tie the line up for an hour and a half.
I've tried inviting them to come at a specific times thinking that would help. They don't seem to enjoy each others' company, either, so I don't feel I can invite them to come at the same time.
I know that these people are more important than the business, bookkeeping, or housekeeping. But, this is a place of business; this is what pays the bills and puts food on the table. Sometimes I have to answer the phone or the door or run errands for my husband. (I know, I'm wasting time blogging.)