After such a long dry spell, we are finally getting a little rain today. I can't remember the last time we've had more than just a few sprinkles. So far, the rain isn't much today, either, but we'll take what we can get. Our county is in the "moderate drought" zone.
And, of course, the drought affects the color of our trees this fall. They aren't as pretty as I've seen in years past. Once in awhile I'll see a pretty tree such as the lone tree above standing in the midst of walnuts which have already dropped their leaves. The prettiest trees I've seen are in parks or someone's yard.
Warning! I've been too busy, and too tired, to post since last time so this may turn into a lengthy post to try to catch up. But if you have a messy job coming up, you will want to read on to see what my sweet mother had to deal with once upon a time!
First, though, I do want to thank everyone for your comments on my last post. I think we are all pretty much in agreement on "blogging without obligation." Everyone recognizes that there are seasons when commenting and posting just can't be done as often as we'd like.
Now, on to what's new at Pond Hollow. I don't know whether to tell this...just like some days I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I've chosen to tell it like it is...just like I choose to laugh over crying. Crying makes my eyes puffy.
Most of you have surely forgotten, but I mentioned about 4 years ago that we were going to redo our main bathroom. Remember this is a 60's ranch-style house and has just one bathroom upstairs and one bathroom downstairs.
That may seem like a big pain in the tush to those that have 3 or 4 bathrooms, but I can remember not having a bathroom at all until I was 9 or 10. The house we lived in burned down when I was 9 years old. It didn't have a bathroom. We just had chamber pots in cold weather (we just called them pots) which was a round metal container large enough to sit on with a lid and handle to carry. In warmer weather, we used an outhouse. Washing hands was done in a bowl with a bucket of water with a dipper nearby. Or outside we just pumped out water from an outside well. Primitive, huh?
I want to tell a little sad story from that time of primitive living. When I think about it, my trials and tribulations regarding our "projects" seem to pale in comparison and I try...well, sorta try...not to complain too much.
When I was probably 8 or so, one of my chores was taking out the chamber pot and dumping it. Wellll...man, it makes me cringe even today when I think about it and, as you can see, I've never forgotten it...one morning I was carrying the nasty pot through the kitchen and had gotten to the next room where there was a threshold between that room and the kitchen that was raised and I tripped over the blasted thing. Oh No! You guessed it, I fell forward and the nasty pot lid came off and all the contents spilled out on the floor.
My poor mother. She was understandably livid and I got a few swats on the behind for being clumsy, but then she had that whole mess to clean up. Unfortunately, the pot was pretty full. The room was just sort of an enclosed porch and I vaguely remember boxes of stuff like canning jars and so forth out there. I don't know what was ruined or even how long it took her to clean the mess up. I think I went into hiding for awhile.
Back to the present...I haven't had to clean up messes like the one my mother had, but one of our cats has taken to peeing where they aren't supposed to. For example, BG left a sack of plumbing stuff on the floor night before last and I saw the puddle when I went to pick up the sack yesterday. I spent an hour scrubbing that up because while I was on my hands and knees, I just cleaned the whole kitchen floor. And it is a good sized floor, too. Any way, as soon as I figure out which kitty it is, I'm pretty sure it is either Peanut or Callie, then another home for her will have to be found. That is a deal breaker for me.
And why would BG have plumbing stuff in our kitchen, you might wonder? The bathroom we wanted to redo 4 years ago is finally going to get done. We are slow, there's no doubt about that, but getting someone nailed down to do a job in this town is nigh impossible sometimes.
We had one guy that promised on 2 different occasions, beginning 4 years ago, that he would do it. Turns out he likes his alcohol more than working, so it's probably just as well he didn't begin. The next fella was from several towns away, but he came and looked it over and said he could do it. Even sent me an email about the project. Then nothing. We called, he didn't answer. We didn't know if he had an accident, gotten sick, or what. Called numerous times and left messages. Nothing.
Well, we finally got the drift that he didn't want to do the job, but why not just tell us, for crying out loud?! Then time passed, we painted the bathroom as it was a shade of tan, which I since have grown tired of, and resigned ourselves to having to go to Plan B.
But I wasn't happy with Plan B, so BG located someone who lives in a nearby town who does ceramic tile work and he came by and said he would do the job. Yippee! He will begin Monday.
I wanted ceramic tile around the bathtub, not a surround like we put in the other house. Not every carpenter such as the one that worked on The Project does ceramic work, we found out. This guy keeps extremely busy and we've had to wait on him for a couple of months now, but what's a few months when you've been waiting 4 years?
~where vanity will sit, plumbing needs moving - the toilet is on other side of divider on right - the white is where mirror was~
I'm still pondering paint colors. I picked up some samples from Sherwin Williams. Two of the colors, Rain and Rainwashed, I had seen in photos of bathrooms on Pinterest and liked them. But, the colors look really different in the sample. They have a grayish tint to them and I'm not at all fond of gray. I'm still leaning toward a very light aqua.
I have made 3 trips to the home center this week for this project. BG went with me on 2 of these trips. I had wanted to keep our old vanity as it was about 5 feet long and had a lot of storage. But, in taking the old vanity top off, it was evident that it should be replaced. So I picked out one that is 4 foot long and is oak (my favorite wood). I like the darker wood, too, but they didn't have one in stock that I liked well enough to bring home. Anyway, the shorter vanity and placement of the bowl means that BG has to move the plumbing over so the drain pipe will clear the drawers. Hopefully, all this work will go smoothly and get done tomorrow. Then it will be back to work in his spare time on The Project. I'm very blessed to have a hubby who can and is willing to do many of these jobs himself. It does save us a ton of money!
One last photo I have to share...while waiting in the loading area at the home center this week for some waterproof drywall to be loaded, I couldn't help but watch the scene in front of me. These 2 guys were trying very hard to strap the mattress set down. I left before they did, so I don't know if they got it secured any better than what it looks like here. lol! I hope they made it home okay!
I hope your week has been a good one. Have a nice day and fantastic weekend!