Of oopses and wooly boogers


It’s been a productive weekend, and much painting has been done. I’m about 3/4 done with this project, but there are a few lessons I’ve had to relearn since the last time I painted.

First lesson, remember to dust dark corners so that I don’t get wooly boogers on my paint brush. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a wooly booger is just a clump of fluffy dust that gathers in dark corners, or on undersides of things. It’s a terrible thing to be painting along and run into one of those because it sticks to the paint on your brush, and then you have to stop and pull it off. It’s a momentum busting problem that can cause much huffing of breath, and I’m told much swearing. At least, that’s what I’ve heard.

Second lesson, make sure to watch where your paint-filled roller or brush go. In two seconds, a wall you just painted will need to be fixed because you weren’t paying attention and accidentally smacked it with another color. It’s especially vexing when you are close to being done.

Not having learned this lesson will cause a loud shout of “Oops!!”, and I hear that some oopses may cause loud swearing on occasion.

Ahem…

Oh, well. It just paint, and I can paint over this oops it when it dries. This is certainly frustrating, but if this is the worst it gets I guess life isn’t so terrible. This definitely comes under the heading of silly first world problems.

Painting is done for the day, and I’m waiting on The Flirt to stop and get me. We are thinking about driving two hours to go fishing, but it’s raining and at this point I’d rather stay home. Maybe I can talk him into just going to supper and a movie.

Here’s hoping that you experience few oopses or wooly boogers, and that your projects go smoothly. Blessings all!

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Home renovation isn’t for the faint of heart


It’s been in my To Do List to paint my entryway, kitchen and hallway for quite a while. I bought the paint, and it’s been sitting in my kitchen gathering dust for a long time waiting for me to get myself together and get going.

I have two days off in conjunction with 4th of July, so I took this as a great opportunity to get started. Last night, all things (and there were a LOT of things) were dislodged from the entry and put into my kitchen and spare room. Disgorged might be a better word. There’s stuff everywhere, and it looks like I’m going to be downsizing as I put things back. I can’t believe I had all that stuff stored in that little room!

Having emptied the room, I opened the can of paint and began. It felt scary and fantastic to put those first brush strokes of paint on the wall.

Holy buckets… the paint is called “washed denim”, but went on very purplish. Luckily it dried darker, but still has quite a purple cast to it. I like it, but both of my kids were put off by the color when I sent them pictures. Good thing I’m an empty nester…LOL.

There are a couple of crappy things about painting a room. First, the rest of your home looks like a bomb blew up in it for having the contents of the room you’re painting having to go somewhere else.

Second, there is the problem of heights. I am not a fan of ladders, and now that I have a bad knee, and terrible balance, things get a little dicey trying to reach high places like the ceiling over a stairwell.

There are some good things about painting a room. There is the obvious bonus of getting a boost from having a new color in your environment. Change is a good thing, and paint is one of the cheapest ways to make a big change without breaking the bank.

It’s a good opportunity to change the organization of a room since you have to put things back in it, once the paint is dry. It’s also a great time to evaluate what goes back in the room. If you haven’t used something, time to downsize.

So, as much as I love blogging, I must confess that I am really just avoiding getting on that ladder. I quit earlier than I wanted to last night, just because the idea of getting on that ladder to do the high places was so daunting. Sunshine streaming in the windows helps a little, and I’m not exactly sure why.

Home renovation isn’t for the faint of heart, so I best screw my back bone into place and get on with it.

Maybe I will finish my coffee first. 😉☕️

Here’s hoping you all can dig down and find that place where bravery dwells when having to do something that scares or intimidates you. The results will be worth it. Blessings all!

Ahh….the joys of a nice hot bath!


I finally finished painting the bathroom today and we got the new shower curtain up. It’s not completely done as it still needs to have the new light fixture put in and the

I need to get a duck to go with my new tub

mirror and towel bars hung up, etc., but it’s usable for now. The boys have been teasing me that the paint looks pink, though it is a light mocha, so light it’s almost white. I hate pink, and can’t see it myself, but if that’s all they have to tease me about then life’s not so bad.

The boys went out to the YMCA with their father for a few hours, so I took the opportunity to try out the new tub. Ah! It was so nice to soak in hot water again! I laid my head back down into the water and just let it float there for a while and closed my eyes. I thought about all the stuff that’s happened in the last two weeks with this bathroom remodeling project, and reveled in how grateful I am that it’s almost done.  I must have laid there for about 15 minutes just meditating on the joys of a nice, quite bath in my new bathroom.

Then I opened my eyes…and the paint wasn’t pink. Life is good!

Oh a tangled web they weave when the plumber doesn’t show up


So I get home today and sign on to my work laptop, and while I’m doing that, I call the plumber to let him know that I’m ready. The boys and I were up late here painting last night to make sure we were good to go with the plumbing being finished today. He said he would be back to put the sink, toilet and shower head in on Thursday morning.

When I called in to their office today, the answer I got was not what I was expecting or desiring. Apparently they’ve had a few people call in sick and are short-handed, so they’ve had to push finishing my bathroom back until Friday.  Argh. You just never fully appreciate a bathroom until you are stuck in a house all day without one!

Seriously, though. With the building boom that is taking place in Minot and the surrounding area now, I should thank my lucky stars that I didn’t get pushed back until next week. So, it’s not as bad as it could be. Still…I’m bummed. I’ve got my bath salts ready for a nice hot soak. It appears that I’m pouting because it will have to wait. I guess I need to put on my big girl panties and suck it up for another day.

The good news is that the drywall guy came today, after not showing up at noon yesterday, and fixed the dings in the wall that happened when the flooring guy was here, and one I put in by accident yesterday -oops!  He’s supposed to be coming back after 12:30 to do a final sanding, so we’ll see if he makes it.

So, since I’m going back to the office tomorrow, Older Son will come and be here to let them in. Thank goodness for Older Son…I know I can count on him to hold the fort down.

Waiting for paint to dry


It’s 10:52pm as I sit down to write this, and I am waiting for paint to dry. Yes, it is as boring as it sounds, and I’m grateful to have this blog to blather on while I’m waiting. I have two coats of primer on, and I am just waiting for one wall to dry so I can get a coat of the top coat on before we go to Mom and Dad’s for the night. The plumber is coming tomorrow to put the toilet and sink in, and that wall has to be done before that happens.

I’ll be so slap-happy to get this project done and get back into my house. Don’t get me wrong…I love my parents, but there is nothing like staying in your own house with your own bed, and your own house rules. I especially want to wake up and take a shower in my own new bathroom, with the brand new quiet fan. Cancel that…I want a nice long bath. I bought some new bath salts just for the occasion!  Here are some more pictures of the ongoing progress:

This week has gone by fast, and I am hoping that tomorrow is as successful as I hope it will be. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

My new floor is in!
The primer is on! You can just see Older Son peeking in at the right.

Back to work today


After all the hubbub of last week, I had a nice peaceful weekend at my parent’s house with the boys and my Aunt. Now that the weekend is over, it’s back to business as usual. Well, perhaps not as it usually is.

Given that work is still ongoing with my bathroom remodel, and I keep a laptop for work, my boss let me work from home Monday through Thursday. Already this morning the young man who’s doing the drywall has been here, and will be back periodically throughout the day. It will be interesting trying to stay focused on work, with so much in my house that needs doing, but I’m hoping it will work out ok.

With any luck, the drywall will be done by Tuesday so I can paint. Then the floor guy is supposed to come Wednesday morning, and then the rest of the plumbing can be done Thursday. Once that’s all done, we can move back into our house and I can go back to work at the office!

Day #2 of the remodel


Well, it was quite a day yesterday. I feel like my seat belt broke and my crash helmet has some dings in it, but I’m still hanging on!

Not only did the bathroom get gutted, but it was re-insulated and prepped for the tub to go in today. With any luck, the tub will go in and the sheet rock will follow this afternoon. Whew!

There was a bit of a hiccup in the plan late yesterday as the light , the ceiling vent and one of the light switches weren’t mounted onto anything but the old sheet rock. Of course there was no electrician at hand, so my Dad came to the rescue again last night, and got things fixed up enough that the sheet rock can go up today. I told him if he keeps coming to my rescue like this, I’m going to have to buy him a white horse. Gods bless him…I just don’t know what I do without his help with stuff around the house.

No more window!

So, this picture at the left what we’re starting with this morning. It sure is dark in there without a window, but that’s ok.  Having a decent tub surround, and not having to have a curtain in my shower, will be worth it.

Right now my carpenter is replacing a bad piece of sub-flooring, and then…drum roll, please… the tub will go in! My plumber is a nice young man who seems to have a good head on his shoulders. He explained how the tub will go in, in good detail, and answered all of my questions. I’ve been very lucky in that I have good people doing this work for me. This morning I have to call the electrician to come and fix up the ceiling vent/fan and install a new light fixture. I haven’t met her yet, but I’ve had some good word of mouth references from people whose homes she’s done work in, and Casper says he’s met her and likes her work. Good enough for me!

So, in talking with the plumber, I have come to realize that I need to make sure to get the bathroom painted before the sink and tub go in. Ah, the joys of picking colors and making everything match. So, off I go to the flooring store today to get a sample of the flooring I bought, and then off to the paint store to get paint to match.  Good times!

The Carpenter is just finishing getting the new sub-floor screwed into place, and then the plumber will take over with the tub placement. Hmmm…I love the smell of fresh-cut wood in the morning!

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