Still No Bathroom & No Progress In Sight


Well, here I sit, Tuesday, Day 4, with no bathroom sink. And nothing more done.


No one was in the office yesterday for some odd reason. I didn't hear Kenny's truck all day long. So I assumed that they had meetings somewhere.

He told me he would try to work on the bathroom in between his other jobs on the property here and there.  

I just saw Kenny outside. He is very sick and going back home. Just came to pick up the trash. 

I knew he had had to take his wife to the Urgent Care Clinic on Sunday. Seems he has whatever it is now. And so does the apartment manager. So that's why no one was around.

I SO thought I'd have everything squared away by now. But seems I picked the wrong time. No telling when I'll actually have this project done now.

This seemed so simple. Take the old vanity out, ugly old thing, and put the new one in its place.

It never occurred to me that the bathroom wall would be so "off" that the vanity would look ridiculous when it was first set in place.

Or that there would be no floor, just dirty concrete, in which to set it on.

Or that the floor tiles would get broken as things got moved about. 

In the middle of the night, I get a bit confused. I wander around and nothing is where it's supposed to be. My water glass is not in the bathroom. Oh yeah, it's temporarily in the kitchen.

I have stacks of things that are supposed to be in the bathroom, but have no place to go. They are expatriates in a foreign land. With no home in sight.

I feel set adrift. Like an old canoe that someone forgot to secure, that suddenly starts bobbing out to sea. Headed who knows where.

I don't handle changes like this well. And the older I get, the harder it is to handle.

I don't like being confused in the middle of the night.

I am fidgety and cranky. My food doesn't settle well in my stomach. I keep heading for the generic Tums bottle.
 
Of course, months from now, this will merely be a footnote. I will have a bathroom set up again and all will be well with my world. (Surely that will happen...)

Hopefully it will be warm then and I will be outside planting flowers. Birds will be chirping and flitting among the new green leaves. 

Spring will have sprung and the world will be set to rights. 

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  1. I hate that feeling Brenda. Chaos in my home right now and while I know I'm making progress it feels too slow and it's bothering me. Today I'll make a huge effort to get more done. Hang in there with the bathroom, like you say a few weeks from now it will just be a memory!

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    1. I sure hope so. I never thought THIS would happen!

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  2. Oh I understand your pain. I have not had a kitchen for over 6 days. no appliances, sink or anything. It really gets old fast. Hopefully your bathroom will be done soon.

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    1. Oh, and you cook a lot. Must be driving you nuts.

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  3. Ugh it is very inconvenient. On the other hand if he was there working yesterday or the day prior when he was catchy, you'd have that awful flu right now !!

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    1. Knock on wood, I tend not to catch things. I think it's due to the constant hand washing.

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  4. ah, I see the struggle to get that bathroom done continues. Won't be long once everyone is well again, it will happen and you'll love the finished result.

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    1. And then I'll have memorized going to the kitchen in the middle of the night for my water glass and have to get situated all over again!

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  5. I know what you mean about feeling displaced, especially in the middle of the night. That is just one reason why my anxiety was sky-high during my current renovations. Nothing was where it was supposed to be. Everything from my kitchen and living room were in the basement. Everything in my bathroom was in my closet or in the other bathroom (because they had to re-do some tiles in my bathroom). It's very unnerving.

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    1. I was just over at your blog and it looks very nice. And I'm VERY jealous that yours is done.

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  6. I just discovered you and your lovely writing. Good luck with the bathroom!

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    1. I just found your blog and left you a comment. I've just discovered hygge recently myself.

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  7. So hard coping with a house torn apart, and especially your only bathroom! Hoping everyone there gets well (and you don't catch it!) and the work can continue.
    Mary

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    1. Heavens, probably be the weekend before anything else happens...

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  8. So sorry that is taking so long to get your bathroom done. I have been sick since the end of December and so I really feel sorry for anyone who has this respiratory illness that is going around. Hope they get well soon so they can get your work done and I hope you don't catch it. xo Laura

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  9. I am sorry you are living in a state of flux. That is never easy for anyone and I know it is even harder for you than for most people. I hope you have a good week and, hopefully, Kenny can get the job finished soon. xo Diana

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    1. Well, I guess it's better than catching whatever bug he's got.

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  10. Re-do's and remodels ALWAYS have a few unwanted wrenches thrown into the mix. Sorry to hear this is not done yet.....

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    1. If I owned a wrench, I'd probably be throwing it somewhere myself.

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  11. This is why I never have things done on the inside of the house. Neither my husband nor I can cope with a big mess. Most of my walls were painted in 2000 when the house was built, and have not been painted since!! They need it so bad, but we would be at each others throats if we were to have a major thing done. I wish we weren't that way, but we are. Hope you get everything put back soon!! Take care!

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  12. Show us a picture of how it looks right now. Then we can appreciate the new look.

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    1. I think it would throw me into a tizzy just to post a photo...I'm trying not to think about it.

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  13. I'm confused . The old vanity sat against the wall properly and the new one doesn't? What happened? Has Kenny ever done a project like this before? Does he know how to lay tile?
    I cannot imagine what all of this is like for you. It would be almost tolerable if there was some progress being made each day but to have things at a complete standstill is hellish!

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    1. Heavens, I don't know if he has. But he's the only one they'll let do it. I guess the old vanity had sunk or the walls went awry. Everything in this place is un-level. I can't take a photo anywhere in here that doesn't come out crazy looking. I no longer even bother with my wide angle lens. I just crop all I can and post what doesn't look leaning.

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  14. Brenda, I know this is difficult...but this too shall pass. Renovations are so disruptive to everyday life, but know that you have people who care about you! You are warm, you are not hungry and you are safe...and we who are your blog friends feel your pain!

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  15. Reno projects never go as quickly as we plan. How about putting your water glass on your bedside table (night stand)? That would eliminate having to search for it in the middle of the night. Just a thought!

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  16. Oh Brenda, hang on, breathe, and then breathe again. Wen built our home is 2001, we handles every board, wire and we paid all of the bills. 6 months later we moved in and had to run a hose from the house next door to flush our toilets. 12 years later, I finally got the last job done, tile around my bath tub. I was mad about it for 12 years. I know your pain...

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  17. I hope your bathroom project will be finished soon. Maybe Kenny will figure out some solutions to your vanity/floor/wall problem while he is recovering. Trying to find one bright spot in all of this, it is lucky that he wasn't around when he was contagious so you didn't get the respiratory thing that is going around. Three people in a friend of mine's family were hospitalized because of it. Apparently it can go from bad to real bad pretty fast.

    Keep visualizing how pretty it will be when it is done.

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  18. I'm so sorry to hear of your delay...I am just getting over being sick myself...I had to go the our local ER on Sat. at 4:00 pm and sat there until 9:00 pm waiting for an exam room..I never left the hospital until 8:30 Sun. morning..The place was packed with sick people...mine is a viral stomach flu and I have been very sick...I am now praying that I don't get the respiratory problem going around too..you be careful wondering around in the middle of the night searching for your water glass..we don't want you falling again..Take care Brenda

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  19. I have found that taking a glass of water into the bedroom with me, and setting it in the same place each night, keeps me from becoming disoriented in the night when I go to the bathroom 2 or 3 times each night. I hope your apartment is back in order soon. I know the feeling you have when things aren't in their assigned place.☺

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  20. "This too shall pass". Don't get discouraged. Soon it will be fixed and beautiful.

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  21. I pray that this will soon be over for you. I know if I was in your shoes, I'd be a very very crabby bear. I hate change too at my age, and when there is change, I want it done and over with...Good Luck, the good thing is, this wait will be worth it in the long run, and you will have a beautiful bathroom. HANG IN THERE....

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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.
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