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    Lovely! I hope it holds up well and is easy to maintain and gives you years of trouble-free use!
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    Rose, I've been reading your updates. I was so excited to see that it's done! The pictures are amazing! What a beautiful bathroom you have. It brought tears to my eyes reading the posts for your finished bathroom. In this time of unrest and uncertainty it was so nice to see all of these people helping and caring for you. It melted my heart. I'm so glad that you were able to use the materials that you already had and hopefully it will bring you comfort. You have a lovely new space now and you so deserve this. That floor is beautiful everything fits together so nicely. Thanks for all the updates!
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    Rose, what a lovely and looks like very useable bathroom you have. You did so well choosing everything - and to think for the things you did not already have you didn't even have to leave home. I am so pleased for you. I know you are going to enjoy this new space. You can just hop from your bed and get right in your new shower. So convenient.
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    Dear Rose,

    Your new bathroom is beautiful! Love the shower!

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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    jeanie ~

    Thank you. It turned out very well.

    I wish that I could relax, but I have a ton of things I need to do, which I haven't been able to do during this upheaval. Our 2019 taxes, the stimulus check, other legal matters as a consequence of Jim's passing.

    And, I still have mold in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. So, I'll just hire the same contractor to take care of that, put in a new sink, faucet (the reason for the mold as it was leaking), and disposer, install a floor, paint the walls and finish the window frame.

    We also need termite extermination. That is a huge job requiring dismantling everything in the office walk in closet where access to the attics is located.

    Realistically, I don't know at what point I will actually have time to relax and "just be" for longer than a few days in between crises and things, which must be done.

    I also have a tremendous amount of housekeeping to do, as the entire house is covered in dust. The stair chair track is splattered with something. And the laundry ... well, that is just absurdly huge. I'm dreading when the pod is emptied on Monday.

    One thing at a time is all I can do.

    agate ~

    Thank you. I hope it holds up well, too. But, let's put it this way: this is the last bathroom remodel I'll ever do. So, it should last longer than I do.

    Mary Grace ~

    Thank you. Yes, these people were so nice to me, so respectful, and they worked really hard for 8 hours a day to make everything perfect for me. I'm sure that they will do the same for all of the other projects needing to be finished here.

    I love the floor too, and the doors turned out so well.

    These are solid wood doors, so they are heavy. Jim installed 3 doors downstairs by himself. And he changed the trim around the doors. They were never stained or conditioned, but they are beautiful as they are, and someday, they will look like the upstairs doors.

    The next time John visits, I'll ask him to take a photo of the lights above the mirror. The lights were turned on to illuminate the bathroom, when he was taking these photos, so you can't see how lovely the cone shaped glass shades are, which Jim chose so many years ago.

    I just love how the bathroom reflects Jim's vision. I know that he is smiling and happy for me.

    Virginia ~

    Thank you. What amazes me is how well the flooring and doors stood up through all of those years in the garage. I am so grateful that they are now in the bathroom, as I keep repeating.

    Before I can hop out of bed and into the shower, I have to reorganize the bedroom and bathroom. It will be some time, before I can accomplish all of that.

    Today, I realized how utterly exhausted I am, and I am experiencing an RA flare. Now that all of this is finished, and the tension and stress hormones have done their number on me, my body is saying: "Whoa!"

    Even as I'm writing this, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking about what other things I need to be doing, or should be doing, or will have to do at some point soon. It's a never-ending stream of thoughts and realities.

    And, I'm so tired and so grief stricken that I don't even know where to begin.

    But, I will find my way, with faith and my Angels watching over me.

    Marcie ~

    Thank you. I've missed you! How are you and your guys?

    When I think about the shabbiness of our former bathroom as I look at this new one, it's even more beautiful to me. I'm so glad that the acrylic showers were too large, because I have this cool tile. Supervisor estimated "high end" for everything. But, he got a really good deal on the tile and the granite.

    And for the entire project, Jon's closet, master's closet, bathroom, and garage, I paid 1/4 of the total cost. So, the leak was a blessing, because having all of these things repaired and the bathroom remodeled would have cost me a lot of money without it. I also wouldn't have found this wonderful construction company.

    Everything happens for a reason, I believe.

    Today, I ordered bath mats in grey and a towel set in coral. The floor has many shades in it from a deep red to a coral, brick, etc. I looked at rust towels, but they seemed too orange. I hope the coral isn't too pink. I'm tempted to add some turquoise, since I enjoy it with coral. It might give the room a bit of zest? Still thinking about it.

    I love all of the fixtures, especially that they all work perfectly, where the old ones did not (obviously, we had a leak ). I'm particularly tickled with the toilet paper holder. I think they were all amused at my reaction to it.

    True Story:

    Shortly after I married my former spouse, he decided to replace the toilet paper holder in the apartment bathroom. It was a hovel at the time, but seems to have been improved through the years, as I drive by it frequently on my outings.

    Traditional old style TP holder, with two arms with holes and a plastic, tension rod to go into the holes.

    He came out of the bathroom, chest puffed, so proud. "I did it!" He declared.

    "Good for you!" I said, as I walked into the bathroom to praise his work.

    Instead, I burst into hysterical, tear-inducing, doubled over laughter.

    "What's wrong?" He said, not laughing.

    "The holes are facing outward instead of inward! You can't put the rod in!"

    He was a scholar, and the mechanical part of his brain didn't get enough attention.

    Every time I recalled this tale to Jim, we laughed just as I did at the time it occurred.

    And now I have this modern, fancy TP holder. I've come a long way from that apartment, even though it's just 3 miles from my home.

    CHORES

    I did a load of laundry today. Wiped down the stainless steel fridge and dishwasher, which is painful for me with bending and reaching. I don't know why stainless steel is so popular, since it is difficult (for me) to keep clean and unstreaked.

    I thought about clearing off all of the stuff stacked on the laundry table to make room for the bags of laundry coming out of the pod. Then I thought, "No, let these people move that, and I'll tell them where to put them on the shelves and what to throw out.

    And, I made a big breakfast with an egg white cheese omelet, sauteed hash browns, organic tomato and avocado slices, 3 Amy's breakfast veggie sausages, and half a slice of toast with butter.

    I also filled Michael's pond with water and raked leaves out of it.

    My back is aching, so I've had to stop. When the construction was ensuing, I spent a lot of time sitting, which helped my back and hip pain. Now, with the clean up and end of the road, I have to do more things.

    Thank you all for your love, prayers, support and understanding, during this most challenging time. I love you, and I pray for you and your loved ones, sending you healing, strengthening energy.

    Love & Light,



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    Rose, I almost spit my coffee when I read that little story about the TP holder!! OMG! Thank for the laugh this morning. I really hope that the new bathroom bring you joy and replaces some of the grief with good feelings of how strong your bonds and your love was/is. I'm sure your sons and Jim are smiling at you and so thankful that you have some very kind people helping you out. I do hope you get some rest time, I'm not sure but your body may go into shock if it gets too much rest HAHAHHA. Stay well stay safe and stay strong!!!
    Mary Grace

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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    Mary Grace ~

    I'm glad that story gave you a chuckle. He never improved in the "Mr. Fix It" department.

    After we moved to our new home, our neighbor approached us about putting up the fence between our properties, as a joint project between him and my former spouse. I had to stifle my laughter, because I didn't want to embarrass him. He managed to do that on his own, when they started putting in the fence. The neighbor did all of the labor, while former spouse handed him tools and wood. He was successful in his own way and didn't care about being mechanically-inclined.

    My plan to clear off the laundry table and put stuff on the new garage shelves today failed. The workers stacked some old hospital bed guard rails on top of an empty box, which is on top of the stuff I need to put away on the shelves. I can't lift the rails.

    So, the first thing to be done, when they arrive tomorrow is to find another location in the garage for the rails, throw out the box, and let me put the stuff on the shelves. Then, they can unload the pod, so I have space for the bags of laundry.

    I swept the open areas for walkways in the garage today, and the amount of dust and debris was amazing. They did sweep up every day, but I guess not enough.

    I'm going to wait to dust, swiffer, vacuum and mop the floors until after the pod removal is done. They will be tracking in more dirt tomorrow.

    John texted this morning to ask how I like my new shower. I told him that I have to have bath mats and new towels, and I have to transfer all of my stuff back up from the downstairs bathroom. I have a way to go, before anything here even resembles some sort of normalcy.

    Right now, I just want to admire it all. I want to take some time for the finishing touches.

    So much of my life has been "rushed." This situation, in particular, has been rushed. Jim passed, and within the next 2 days, John and I were cleaning out Jonathan's closet so I could get on with the repairs/restoration. I didn't have time to mull over my decisions on anything. Fortunately, Supervisor seemed to know me. I guess that was by looking at the rest of our home. So, everything he showed me turned out to be perfect. He also wanted me to have the best of everything, after living for 42 years with the original cheap stuff.

    My grieving has been rushed and thwarted for Jim and for Jonathan. And what awaits me will be urgent too. The Taxes (ugh!). Legal stuff (ugh!).

    So, somehow, I have to pace myself on everything. It's not easy to do.

    I did sleep well last night. I guess I was just so tired, my body gave me a break. Lots of dreams, which I can't remember, but I'm sure I'm working overtime in that area.

    Thank you, Mary Grace, for your love, prayers, support, and positive energy.

    And thank you all so much for your love, prayers, and continuing support. You know you and your loved ones are in my prayers.

    * ~ * ~ * Remembering Nuthatch ~ * ~ * ~ *

    Today, Virginia shared on the MS Forum that nuthatch (Joan) passed on June 4. Nuthatch posted on my threads here several times, and I post regularly on MS threads.

    Such a lovely, strong, courageous person, nuthatch was a birder and started threads for nest watching, as well as shared many photos of birds and other wildlife in her neighborhood in her posts. And the spontaneous poppies surrounding her after we had rain and a super bloom. Two adorable grandchildren, Tula and Everett, whose pictures warmed our hearts and filled us with joy.

    She was also a gifted beader and created many beautiful beaded designs.

    Please join in prayer for Joan's husband, children, grandchildren, and her many friends here on the MS forum. We are all blessed having known her and sharing in her life and family. Thank you so much.

    I love you all.

    God Bless You ~

    Love & Light,



    Rose
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    Thank you Rose for the tribute to Nuthatch-Joan. She would have loved it. She was a generous and caring person and I was very fortunate to be able to call her my friend. We became telephone/text friends. It was mostly telephone because I can't text very well.
    Virginia

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    Hi Rose,

    I agree. More cases of COVID19 do seem inevitable. Thanks so much for the uplifting veteran story! Your bathroom looks fantastic! I’m jealous! :) I love that you have accessibility features for safety. The story of your scholarly ex is hilarious and reminds me of a person with a PhD I know who is good at academia but is pretty inept and naive at EVERY OTHER THING LOL. Thanks for your tribute to nuthatch (Joan). I’m heartbroken she passed. When somebody passes away at Braintalk it always seems to happen so fast and in light of current events it’s just awful we lost yet another precious life. Oh now I know what a birder is! Yes my prayers to nuthatch’s (Joan’s) family for sure!!
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    Virginia ~

    You're going to miss those phone chats with Joan, I know. I'm so sorry.

    I'm going to miss Joan too. I just loved all of her photos. Sweet Tula and her big dog. My heart hurts for her family.

    While we're in shock, because it was sudden and unexpected, perhaps we can take comfort knowing that she didn't endure a prolonged, painful illness. And, she was at home, not at the hospital, so she could be surrounded by her husband and children. Tender mercies.

    I embrace you, and all of us, who love Joan, in a healing hug.

    funnylegs4 ~

    One of Jim's, Jon's and my favorite movies is "The Big Year," with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. They are "birders," not bird watchers, which is evidently passe'. They are competing to spot the most birds among birders for a year. It's a lovely, delightful movie, with a sweet message about what is truly important in life.

    Nuthatch virtually sent us to various bird's nests to watch videos of nest building, egg laying, birthing, and the daily life of birds. She also photographed a quail family in her front yard of yellow poppies.

    I remember her bead work, which I admire so much. For awhile, I took up beading to make earrings and bracelets in memory of Michael to give as gifts. It takes a lot of concentration and eye power to bead, and steady hands.

    We will all miss you, Joan, very much.

    Regarding my ex ~ My father said, "He may be smart, but he doesn't have any common sense."

    TODAY

    About 9 a.m., the crew of two arrived to unload the pod.

    First, we tackled the laundry table. They helped me relocate stuff to the shelves. It's not organized, but oh well. I wiped off the table, and they brought the bags of laundry from the pod. And they kept going back to the pod, returning with more laundry bags, and on and on ...

    "Wait! How many more are there?" I asked panicking.

    "Two."

    UGH! These are huge lawn and leaf bags. There are 12 bags full to the brim with laundry. Plus two very large buckets, which go under the table, filled with laundry.

    How did this happen? Well, if you've been following my posts in recent years, you know. I only had time to do immediately needed laundry, and only every so often, because I was tending to my beloveds. Some of that laundry could be 5 or more years old. I'm not exaggerating. There is an Indian blanket in there somewhere, which I know I'm never going to wash. Ever. And will my washer and dryer hold up through all of this laundry? I doubt it.

    Next the boxes of clothes and other linens for the upstairs closet. I couldn't believe how many boxes there are! The crew opened them up and started putting clothes back on the hanging rod. When we got to the other side of the closet, we discovered that the rod was bending under the pressure. A brace in the middle of the rod was missing. Thus concluded emptying the boxes. So now the bedroom is full of boxes.

    One of the boxes was full of stuff from the old bathroom cabinet. If I had been present when that was being unloaded, I would have told them to throw it all out. But now I have a box of it all, very heavy, which I'll ask them to throw out.

    So now, I have to schedule a crew from the construction team to return to secure that rod, put the clothes in the closet (all of which should be washed first, but that ain't happening), and take away the boxes.

    The house is filthy. I need to Swiffer, vacuum, mop every floor and the stairs. But why? In a few days, they'll be here again.

    Wednesday, the pod will be removed between 10 a.m. and noon. I do not have to be involved in that process, unless, of course, something goes wrong on our narrow street, where we have a hydrant and street light. It was difficult to get it into our driveway, which is sloped, so it will be a challenge to remove it. Oh, yay! More for me to worry about! Don't have enough!

    In between, I attempt to rest, to grieve, to eat, to sleep. But it is never-ending. Even the construction part is not over yet, and I thought it was!

    OUR HOME IS WHERE WE ARE

    As I have said many times, our home reflects what we are experiencing in our lives. If it's in chaos, then we are in chaos. That is why we derive so much satisfaction from accomplishing any improvement in our home. When our home is better, we feel better.

    Our home, a large part of it, is better. But the other large part of it needs attention.

    And I have medical and legal issues to handle, plus the taxes.

    I have no idea when I will be able to shower and enjoy the new bathroom. Or have room to maneuver around the master bedroom. Or the garage, where all of the other upstairs boxes are now stored.

    Just thinking about it all wears me out.

    I now await the arrival of the bath mats and towels I ordered. I am decorating the bathroom for the day when I can actually use it.

    As it is in home repairs it is in life: there are no simple fixes.

    Improvement is always necessary. In every nook and cranny of our home, improvement is necessary.

    When we leave problems unattended for too long, they become catastrophes.

    It takes a team of committed people to solve these problems. That requires communication, understanding, compassion, fairness, and equality. We have to listen, so everyone can be heard.

    Send prayers around the world, for we are all hurting, with so many catastrophes.

    Earth, Our Home, is in disrepair, and so are we. We need healing.



    I love you all and thank you for the blessing you are in our lives, for walking beside us, and now me, on our journey and allowing me to walk with you. You and your loved ones are in my prayers, and I send you all healing, positive energy.

    Love & Light,



    Rose

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