I remember after a few years of marriage, my husband, Les, decided to change the baseboards in our bedroom. He went to Home Depot and purchased some beautiful wood. Over the next few weeks he cut the baseboards to perfection, goes back to Home Depot purchases more wood, cuts, attaches and keeps repeating the process. Unfortunately, after about 2 months we were short about 3 feet of wood. Nine months later and lots of nagging, Les finally goes to Home Depot only to discover that the baseboards we own are not sold any more. Being incredibly fast thinking, he simply moved the bed in front of the missing baseboards. Problem solved. Out of sight out of mind.
Unless like me you have a type A personality and continuously remember this story and politely, (with a hammer), knocks him upside his head every time he starts a project.
Fast forward to May 2015. I come home on a Saturday after an event to find my guest bathroom magically transferred into my living room. Yes, there was my beautifully huge mirror, bathroom cupboard, shower curtain, bathtub and other bathroom essentials. All the stuff that was under the sink is now in Melissa’s bedroom. Yuck! “What’s going on here I ask?” We are finally redoing the guest bathroom. Great! A project I have wanted to do forever. In our defense we immediately tried to hire contractors, but no one “Gelled” with Les. Really? No One? My friends tried to help me find a handyman, a general contractor… anyone!
Finally, it is February 2016 and I reminded him of the baseboard escapade, “Please let’s get this done. Can we hire my ABWA friend Brenda Tucci, interior designer? A fabulous resource.” Les reluctantly said yes, he likes Brenda and we really needed to do something.
I tricked, I mean convinced, Brenda to take on this little bathroom project. I mean really, who hires an interior designer for a bathroom? My husband of course. They are having a wonderful time selecting granite, flooring, sinks, ordering special cabinets… Great! Les take lots of time off of work to meet all these perfect contractors. When can we start? June. Again Les takes off time to be with the workers in June, things are moving along, bless you Brenda! June turns into July where we are on a 2-week vacation. It is difficult to get started back up I hear. Yes, Les promises, the bathroom will all be done by Labor Day. Below is the progress to date, it is beautiful
On Labor Day the lawn company severed our air conditioning Freon. (Squirrel, but stay with me on this). We called our air conditioning company and they came out the next day and replaced the Freon.
One Saturday I came home only to find our gym is jam packed with stuff. Yes, the gym I was planning to use to lose weight was not available… well rats (notice this is not in capital letters)! Unfortunately, the Freon episode started the ball rolling on the fact that we needed to replace one of the air conditioning units. Les not being a slouch had moved everything out of the attic into our gym. How long will this take? We should have the unit replaced on Tuesday. I can wait 3 days for the gym, no problem. I waited this long, what’s 3 days?
Tuesday we have our brand new air conditioning unit, yet the gym is still stuffed from ceiling to floor. I figure this is a Saturday project. Saturday I come back from a Toastmaster event to find pink stuff all over my garage. Yes, Les has a new project! We are now insulating the attic. “Think of the savings on the electric bill. Then we can finally drywall the attic.” A project we have been talking about since 1999.
Les promised that his friend Mark would come over this week and we could use his truck to get the drywall. A simple bunch of nailing stuff up and voila! A finished project. The week came and went without Mark. Hmmmm. What’s going on? Friday Les and I are driving to an appointment and Carl calls. Carl? The only Carl I know is the handyman who worked on our kitchen 4 years ago. The one-sided conversation sounded like this. “It’s a small job. When can you come see it? Thursday great! A few weeks, no problem, it’s waited this long. Ok see you on Thursday.” I believe I just heard a date. After some silence, Les told me he is hiring Carl to drywall the attic.
Yesterday, September 24th, my friend Kathy asked me about the bathroom. This is now a running joke. I started laughing and said you are not going to believe this.
- We are missing a high hat light (Les said no problem, he will put it in).
- The chandelier needs to still be hung (Les is watching YouTube to figure this out),
- The shower curtain and shades need to be ordered, though we know what we want and are ready to order it, but Les needs to measure something, I don’t understand this one.
- On top of that, Les is now onto another project. The attic, which won’t be finished for another month, if I’m lucky.
How do you know you still love your man after 40 years? If after not being able to use your guest bathroom for 16 months, losing your gym AND a second bedroom and recognizing the signs of another baseboard episode makes you smile, you know you are still in love!
What do I see as the timeline? I am personally targeting February 2017 for the bathroom, but don’t tell Les… then it will be much longer. The drywall in the attic, maybe December?
The real problem, this morning Les is talking about tackling OUR bathroom. Run Brenda!