So Much Trouble
DT and I were up with the chickens this morning. Much to
accomplish today. First coffee
the New York Times crossword puzzle
and a run - then we tackled Lisa's childhood bedroom suite, which we are
transforming into a family-friendly retreat for Lisa, Lenny and Leo's visits to Oregon.
And by visits, I mean Thursday.
Amazing how someone so small can cause
so many changes in our lives.
I realize I neglected to post "after" photos of Lisa's
bathroom remodel, finished last November - just as we
were heading south for the winter. My bad. Everything
came down to such a crunch before our departure, we
ended-up postponing the new carpet for her room until
New carpet being installed by
Koeber's in Beaverton, Oregon
Newly painted (in November), this is
Lisa's sitting room. The room beyond this room (with the
dark blue wall) is her bedroom. To the left of the
bedroom is a bath and walk-in closet. Everything is in
one all-inclusive suite.
Poor Little Thang.
Today, we re-positioned the furniture, dusted, vacuumed,
put the "art" on the wall
and baby-proofed as much as possible to ready the room
for their first-ever stay in Lisa's room. Every time
Lisa and Lenny visit Oregon, they stay in our guest
room. No more! There is still a massive "void" on the
wall above the little media cabinet. A TV will soon
occupy that wall. And by "soon", I mean sometime after
we return next spring.
Or whenever we get around to buying a television.
Or when Leo demands some sort of video gaming
system/console/whatever so he isn't bored while visiting
Little Dude has not been forgotten. Spaceship sheets on
his little crib. Lisa's childhood baby books on the shelf. Lisa's
31-year-old baby blankets ready to keep him warm.
Hope Leo likes pink!
Fluffy duvet on a four-poster! Pillows needlepointed by
me! The framed "art" on the wall is a fabulous Hermes silk scarf. Lisa
had it framed in high school - she is so clever.
So here - apparently for the first time ever - are the
"after" photos of the bathroom remodel. We did not change the floor
plan, just updated everything. Replaced the vanity, replaced the
fiberglass shower stall with a custom marble shower. Replaced a set-in
tub with a free-standing tub. Replaced the vinyl floor with marble. The
bathroom is massive - 10x14 - with 10-foot ceilings.
Did someone just throw-up a Pottery Barn catalog?
Not so quick. I found the little antique drawer (hanging between the
vanity mirrors) - with an Eiffel Tower liner - on eBay for just a few
Yes, this bathtub looks luxurious and inviting, but
there is a
Sponge Bob Square Pants tub mat in there somewhere.
The bathroom has a Paris/Eiffel Tower theme. Everything
is very French. The oak table is not French, but it belonged to My
Mother. I refinished it for her and I am so happy it has been repurposed
in the remodel. The fancy antique wooden French champagne crate is
stashed with rolls of toilet paper.
After our hard work, DT and I were so pleased with ourselves. We really
do work well together. To celebrate, I made a huge all-organic salad
with greens, green pepper, avocado, radish, cucumber, sliced olives and
grape tomatoes - while DT grilled chicken breasts that had been
marinating all day in garlic and white wine.
Every time DT grills chicken or fish, our meddlesome
neighbors come out and stare at him. They are so rude. I have no idea
how many raccoons are in this photo. We saw at least three at one point.
We deserved this delicious meal.
Until my next update, I remain, your "I love trouble" correspondent.
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