Psalm 85:5-6

Blessed are those whose strength is in You,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
asTea they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Finding joy in simple things

It's been a long time between posts and this will be just a quick update, too, because I had a small in-office surgery on my right thumb today which not only wasn't improving but has continued to be so painful that typing, texting and turning a key in an ignition, shifting a car out of park, holding mugs, etc. have all been difficult. I thought I was an extraordinarily left-handed person until these last couple of weeks, when I've understood the joy of opposable thumbs by the loss of one of mine!

So after a bout of antibiotics and more to come, a rather excruciating ("Do you have a bullet I can bite?") session with silver nitrate last week, and today's surgery, I am hopeful that I will finally be able to stop wearing a bandage and thumb protector the size of Beve's ring finger (size 14 finger), and will be down to a simple band-aid soon.

In the meantime, our remodel moves along slowly. It's amazing how long these things take. We hoped to be finished by the end of this month. It looks like we'll be a couple weeks behind schedule--mostly because of a window kerfuffle. Sigh. But a whole lot has changed I wish I had pictures of our ordinary hallway bathroom of before, but alas, I didn't think to take those pictures. Still I've takes plenty during this process--from the rough openings, to the sound-proof insulation installation to the the current tape and texture stage we're at now. Tiles are at the ready, fixtures are picked out, we have widened doorways and stacked washer and dryer, and our entire hardwood is covered with paper ready for the texturing. And we're living in a constant mess. Oh, the joy of remodeling mess. But we're getting there.

So here are a few pictures.








So I'm looking forward to the wooden vanity being made to fit in this space, the rainhead shower that will come down from the ceiling behind the wall, the beautiful finished cedar post you see wrapped in plastic at the moment and the way we'll use it to care for our Grampie (and the many others who will use it as well!). AND, our daughters will be glad to know there are FOUR electric outlets in available just for them. I made sure of that, and their dad bought a heated towel rack. It's not a big room, but our guests will enjoy it.

And I'll enjoy the use of my thumb soon.
Yep, there's joy in simple things. Thumbs and finishing projects.

2 comments:

M said...

I need to come and visit your bathroom soon!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Your thumb experience still makes me cringe...but I'm glad to hear you are on the mend and hopefully it will be completely healed SOON! And I know you and your whole family are going to enjoy the new bathroom. It sounds wonderful. Grampie is a blessed fellow to have such a family as you! Praying for a happy homecoming for him soon.