We got so much rain in July, I almost took the kayak out for a paddle in our backyard.
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…
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
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.
September 6, 2018 at 10:40 am
Can your phone work as a wi-fi hotspot?
September 6, 2018 at 4:46 pm
Thanks. I like it, too but I’m not keeping it. I wonder what it would cost to ship to you.
September 6, 2018 at 10:43 am
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
September 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm
Thank you, Jane. I’m feeling the love. ❤ XxX
September 6, 2018 at 11:54 am
September 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm
lol. You got that right. Thank for the chuckle. I have to keep a sense of humor about this!
September 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm
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.
September 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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.
September 6, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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
September 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm
You do have wisdom and so much love. Thank you for sharing these sweet memories about your granny and gramps. They reminded me of my parents. My mother died first and Dad missed her so much. I know they are happy together. 🙂
September 7, 2018 at 8:36 am
🙂 Stay in touch when you get back in your home.
September 7, 2018 at 9:15 am
I will. And hope to keep blogging while at my “parent’s” house. Thank you!
September 7, 2018 at 9:16 am
I’ll talk with you then and maybe not blogging for that time will spark all kinds of creativity. Take care. 🙂
September 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm
That’s something I’ve thought about. I’ll at least cut back on the blogging. Thanks.
September 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm
September 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm
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. 💜
September 6, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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. ❤
September 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm
Looks like more good news than bad. I hope it all goes well.
September 6, 2018 at 10:42 pm
Definitely more good news! Thanks, Dan.
September 7, 2018 at 3:28 am
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. 😊.
September 7, 2018 at 8:51 am
Oh, I do like thinking of these things as an adventure! Thank you so much for your encouraging support, Miriam. 🙂 ❤
September 7, 2018 at 9:33 am
September 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm
wishing you drying conditions, JoAnna
and an imbalance
of more good
than bad news 🙂
September 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm
Thanks, David. In the big picture, there’s always more good news. 🙂
September 7, 2018 at 12:35 pm
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.
September 7, 2018 at 2:03 pm
Thanks, Deborah. ❤
September 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm
Well, dang, but then, yay! I hope the time passes just right and you get a lot done while your bathroom gets done 🙂
September 10, 2018 at 11:06 pm
Thanks, Joey. We’re getting settled in now and waiting to see what happens with Hurricane Florence.
September 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm
September 11, 2018 at 9:49 pm
September 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm
JoAnna, just watching the updates on Florence. Prayers are with you. Stay safe. 🙏🤗
September 11, 2018 at 9:50 pm
Thank you, Deborah. I appreciate that very much. ❤
January 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm
Hope all went well with the repairs! Having a remodeled bathroom is nice. Is it finished? How did it go?
Matt – REinvestWise.com
January 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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.
January 7, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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 – REinvestWise.com
January 8, 2019 at 10:04 am
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.
January 8, 2019 at 10:48 am
I find surrounding myself with positive people helps bring my perspective up. I have been very blessed, and I am thankful.
I hope your painting goes well, when you get to that part. I’m not a fan of painting. I’m actually good at interior painting, but I just don’t enjoy it.
January 8, 2019 at 11:07 am
Thankfully, I enjoy it. Except ceilings. I will not paint ceilings.
January 8, 2019 at 11:13 am
Ceilings are a challenge. Even when I wear safety goggles I still end up with a drop of paint in my eye some how.
January 8, 2019 at 12:08 pm
Yet you still do it! My neck would complain too much.