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Home Repairs: Bad News & Good News


We got so much rain in July, I almost took the kayak out for a paddle in our backyard.

kayak refected in the backyard water

The monsoons delivered bad news in the form water seeping into our bathroom where the wall meets the tub. I knew we needed a new bathroom floor because of the soft spots.  The house was built in the 1940s and is way overdue for some updates. So, I’m going to get a whole new bathroom with a WINDOW which I’ve wanted for a long time – ever since the hurricane when we lost electricity (notice I didn’t write power) for ten days in the summer and had to take candles into the hot bathroom. Now, I’ll have some natural light in the bathroom! We’re also getting a metal roof. That’s the good news.

The bad news is we only have one bathroom. That by itself has not been an issue. I’ve lived most of my life with one bathroom – a condition that teaches patience, planning, and courtesy. But because of the single bathroom, we have to relocate for “6 to 8 weeks.”

The good news is that we can stay at the house my parents left me, so I’ll have lots of time to finish sorting and organizing their stuff for donation, sale, recycling, keeping, or the hardest one, disposal. I still think of it as their stuff, but technically, it’s my stuff. Hard to wrap my brain around that…

Zenith Radio


hutch with china etc. (2)


The bad news is that we’ll be an hour away from “home,” which could be worse, and there is currently no internet or cable at the house that was my parent’s.

The good news is that apparently I can transfer my internet and cable temporarily. We’ll see. I’ll be crossing my fingers.

Going through my parents’ stuff  will be my job for the next two months. That’s how I’m going to approach it because I want to get it done.  It’s also going to be emotional. The good news is I’m “retired” so I have time. I get to make my  own schedule and rest when I need to. My plan is to journal about the experience and cut back on social media and other activities without guilt. I won’t be volunteering at the school on Wednesday mornings, so maybe I’ll get back into One-liner Wednesday because that’s fun and easy.

I’m a little nervous about vacating the house I’ve lived in for 30 years. It’s going to be an adjustment for the dogs, too. But it’s temporary. And when I come back home, I’ll have a new bathroom with a window and new walls painted elfin sage. That means goodbye to the familiar faces in the old paneling. This one looks like Admiral Akbar from Star Wars

Bathroom fish face

It might sound weird, but you get used to these things. The good news is, I’ve put all the faces in my sketch book and will turn them into art that will not be in the bathroom.

In the end, it will all be good.


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

40 thoughts on “Home Repairs: Bad News & Good News

  1. Nice radio!

    Can your phone work as a wi-fi hotspot?

  2. JoAnna, here’s to smooth transitioning back and forth for you both and your furry brood. Wrapping you in love for sifting and sorting your parents treasures. ❤ xXx

  3. It was painful when I slowed down and starting with the memories of the item. A 25 cent drink cup with a clown face, all those memories over the years, since childhood. I made myself go back into caregiver mode to hurry it along. We’ll always have the memories we don’t have to have the cup. If I was unsure it went in a corner for later. I was at my grandparents for 10 days after my gramps death and got most done except packing. One difference is both knew they were dying so many treasures came our way before death. That helped me. My granny had a story for every expensive thing her brother bought her, she even had notes inside telling me who gave it to her or her mother. I have all those notes and plan a post for them when I’m up for the emotions.
    You’re in for a lot of work and mixed feelings. God is watching over you, reach for his hand when you need to.

    • Thank you for this powerful encouragement, M. I love that your granny had notes in the special items. I have found treasures of note from my father to me and also card to my mother. I’ll be organizing scrapbooks and ways to keep these treasures. Your support and understanding mean a lot.

      • My granny died first and after a few years we starting some cleaning up. She had put every card he ever gave her in a drawer. He has shocked, he had no clue. I could see in his eyes how much he missed her. I was fortunate my grandparents raised me, the generation gap gave me a world of knowledge my parents could not provide. My granny was so beautiful and my gramps was drop dead good looking. My granny so shy, she was crossed eyed and very self conscious of it. She never saw her beauty or her brains. I was shocked to kind patterns my granny made herself. I still have the yardstick she used. I miss them both and know I’ll see them soon. Have a great weekend. Enjoy the time of silence, enjoy living in the memories, let yourself celebrate life. 🙂 Sounds like good wisdom coming out of a 55 yr old mouth! HAHA

  4. Ah! Lots of changes, Joanna. But it seems you’ve thought about them all and I can feel a peace, a resignation to complete the tasks at hand.
    Take your time, and honor the process. Be on the lookout for treasures that may be worth more than you think. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way when an antique dealer seemed really hot to trot to purchase two vases for a couple dollars from my friend (her mom had passed.) I had a funny feeling about the woman and told my friend she shouldn’t sell them to her. A few days later while waiting in a doctor’s office I was going through a magazine and I saw a very similar vase…It was a Roseville…I told my friend to check the bottom of the vases…yup! And the value??? Between 500-800 dollars apiece!!
    I’m not saying everyone has bad intentions…just nudging you to know what you might have.
    Sending love. 💜

    • Thank you very much, Lorrie. I have looked on ebay at a few items, but I can see how it would be easy to overlook some things. I’m feeling the love you send and sending some to you. ❤

  5. Looks like more good news than bad. I hope it all goes well.

  6. JoAnna, you will be just fine. There are more positives than negatives. You get a new bathroom
    which will be bright and welcoming. You have a home to stay in whilst the work progresses.
    You can sort your parents treasures and make decisions in peace.
    Ordinary phone signal works well for WordPress. It is the only thing I use when I stay in Sweden.

    Like Winnie the Poh, you are having an adventure. 😊.


  7. wishing you drying conditions, JoAnna
    and an imbalance
    of more good
    than bad news 🙂

  8. Good luck on this whole plan! The bathroom, the temporary move, the escape from social media, et al. The end result will be wonderful. I look forward to keeping up with your progress.

  9. Well, dang, but then, yay! I hope the time passes just right and you get a lot done while your bathroom gets done 🙂

  10. JoAnna, just watching the updates on Florence. Prayers are with you. Stay safe. 🙏🤗

  11. Hope all went well with the repairs! Having a remodeled bathroom is nice. Is it finished? How did it go?

    Matt –

    • Thank you. It is an opportunity to practice acceptance and patience. The work went into the kitchen which is next to the bathroom. It turns out our old house has to be rewired. We’re hoping to be back home sometime in February. Since the walls have to be removed for re-wiring, we get to choose new paint colors.

      • Well having to wait longer isn’t ideal but you will get a better and safer home out of it! I like your positive look on the fact that you get to paint now! I hope the rest of the renovation it goes well and finishes on time! Are you going with neutral colors or something more exciting?

        Matt –

        • Elfin sage is what I picked for the bathroom and I might use that for the living room too. I like quiet greens and blues with a dash of yellow here and there. The other positive is that I get plenty of time to work on clearing out the house I inherited from my parents since we’re staying there. Thanks for encouraging me to continue to look at the positives. I hope you have many positives in your life too.

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