Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
~ Phyllis Diller
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"Keep the River on the Right,"
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Getting to know me....
15 February 2004
Scott showed up yesterday morning, wrecking equipment in hand. A mere 2-3 hours later, he had taken the bathroom down to the studs.
Theres no turning back now. Were really going to have a new bathroom.
Our time for remodeling is way overdue. In the 30+ years weve lived here we have done little to the house. Of course, when you move into a brand spanking new house, you dont think of remodeling anything. And then when you have five rough-and-tumble kids (well four rough-and-tumble kids and Jeri, cause she knows better), thinking of doing any remodeling or repairing sounds like an exercise in futility, because it would soon go the way of all walls, doors, and other moving parts in the house.
Ned decided several years ago that it was time to paint the outside of the house. I cant remember how long ago that was, but it had to be over 10 years now because they borrowed power painting equipment from my stepfather, who died 10 years ago. All the kids helped and the result was great, but they all vowed theyd never ever attempt a job like that again.
They also decided to paint the family room on year when one of the guys from Zaire was living with us. I have photos somewhere of them all covered with paint. They did a great job.
Walt painted the stairwell before we had new carpeting installed last year, and in my frenzy of cleaning up and making the house look presentable, I finally had him buy a new door for the downstairs bathroom. Its the first thing you see when the front door is opened, and its had a hole in it, where one of the kids punched it, for years. (There are also holes in doors and walls all over the house, but this one is visible.)
Ohand of course to pay me back for some money he borrowed from me, Ned painted the guest bedroom into what has become appropriately called "the Pepto Room," because 3 of the four walls are the color of Pepto Bismol and the fourth wall is a darker pink.
Other than that, weve pretty much gone by the philosophy of "live and let live" and havent done much around here, except replace the roof a couple of years ago--we were very lucky that it lasted as long as it did.
The bathroom project was supposed to happen before Peggy came here in 2000. But the guy I contracted with never came back and so its been sitting here untouched ever since.
Now, however, we have Scott and Im very excited to think about replacing the floor which has had gouges in it for years, the crumbling tile, and getting the room painted as well. The idea of "redecorating" is such a foreign one to me, I hardly know what to do with myself.
The problem, of course, with starting a project like this is the very cliche one. Once you start thinking of fixing things up, there are suddenly 1,000 things that start calling out for fixing. This was going to be just replacing the tile, but I expanded it to include replacing the tub, putting in a new floor, replacing the mirror and light over the mirror and painting the walls.
We have not settled on a final figure, but it all has to be done, so I figure it has to get done sooner or later and we might as well just get it all done at once.
Now Im looking at the holes in the kitchen floor, the kids are telling me how outdated our dark wood panel cupboards are, the living room rug looks very threadbare....we could spend another 30 years just fixing up the deterioration from the first 30!
But Im happy to just start with the bathroom. With Walt and I now both leaving for work at pretty much the same time, trying to negotiate shower time is frustrating, but soon that will no longer be a problem.
We may eventually replace the downstairs floors and the rug(s) and the kitchen cabinets, but for now Im just happy contemplating the very imminent coming of my new bathroom and that makes me very happy.
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