Coffee Talk 01.16.22

sweater // jeans // bag // sunnies

Well, friends, I don’t even know where to begin. I feel like I’ve lived a month in the past week. I can’t believe it was just this past Monday that Paul took C back to college. I’ve been on a roller coaster of dental woes, and my pain came back last night, so that root canal isn’t resolved yet, although I thought it was.

We’ve also have been having work done here at the house. Two projects that had been in the works for many months both happened to be ready at once, so we now have a new deck, and we also started on the powder room remodel.

Yes, a new deck in January. With supply chain issues and all the deck companies having long wait lists, this is just when they happened to be ready, so we decided to go with it.

There isn’t much to show you with that; it really doesn’t look a whole lot different than the old one, but that one was warped and rotting in spots underneath I guess… stuff that Paul noticed, not so much something I cared about. But the new one does look really nice!

Now the powder room, that will be fun to show you when all is said and done. I’ll do a full post on it with before and after photos like I did we when made over the other rooms in this house, but here’s a little sneak peek.

This is how we found it when we moved in, except we painted the walls. It’s impossible to get a wide angle shot of the whole room, plus no one really wants to see a picture of my toilet, I’m sure. But this wall be the focal point.

I really wanted a big square pedestal sink, but I’m working with Magda at ReImagine Interiors, and she talked me into a vanity. I have to admit, the storage will be really nice. We also considered some fancier options with marble and brass that were more open on the bottom, but I was worried about covering the spot on the wood floor left from the pedestal, so we decided to go with a more traditional vanity.

We’re also planning to do wallpaper, which is totally new for me. Paul is dubious, but I think it will look really cool. I wanted to make this room kind of dramatic, since most of my house is so neutral.

The contractor started this week by installing an exhaust fan, since we didn’t have one in there. It’s not required to meet code since there’s a window in the room, but I wanted one for sound absorption. Of course, fans these days aren’t as noisy as they used to be, but it helps!

I have all of the other components here and ready to go in as soon as the wallpaper arrives. He wants to install that first, which makes sense.

This is the mockup Magda and I finally agreed on, although I accidentally ordered brushed gold fixtures instead of matte black. Ooops! I guess that will be okay. (Our doorknobs and hinges are matte black.)

We are planning a window treatment, as well — something that will let in some light but also provide privacy. Right now, we have wood blinds, which I try to open occasionally, but people always close them… for obvious reasons. There are some tall pine trees outside that window that offer some privacy, but at night, you still feel like you’re in a fishbowl.

Anyway, that will probably take a while longer because it will be a custom order, but everything else will hopefully be installed by the end of the week!

Other than that, I’m just over here hoping I can get the nerves in this tooth to settle down. For anyone not following along, here’s the short version: I lost a filling before Christmas, got a temp to get me through the holidays, and went back to my dentist last week to get a rebuild and a crown.

It was just a temporary crown, and I was still having pain while chewing, so I went to an endodontist on Tuesday. He performed a root canal, but even after that, I was still having pain. I went back on Thursday, he ground down the temp crown a bit and gave me steroids to take every hour for that evening and a script for a 5-day pack if that didn’t do the trick.

I was feeling better Friday, so I thought I was out of the woods, but the pain came back when I tried eating something last night. So I’m off to fill that script and hope the 5-day steroid pack will calm everything down. He doesn’t think I have a need for antibiotics or further dental work, and I’m praying he’s right.

All that to say, I’ve had better Januarys! I’m trying to focus on the fun stuff and not stress over this tooth. I know it will all be fixed in due time.

As far as the rest of the family is concerned, C has settled back in at college and doing well. R is back at school, and happily, it’s still in-person. D starts back to college next week, but he will be virtual for two weeks, which is a bummer. I’m hoping COVId case counts start to decline so they can get back to in-person classes asap.

With that, I’m off to get ready for church. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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35 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 01.16.22

  1. Hope you get your dental issue resolved. Pray you get some relief. We woke up to 2 plus inches of snow in NE Mississippi! Unusual but pretty!

    1. Jane…..I bet the snow is fun if unusual for you. We had a snow over Christmas and we don’t get much either in NW Oregon. Usually one good snow a year. I would like another before this Winter is over. Have fun.

  2. I wish your tooth would settle down for you. If he got all the nerve out and you had been on antibiotic to get rid of any infection, it should. You did do antibiotic right? Your powder room is going to look really nice. I bet you are glad to have it almost done. Decks can really start to show wear and lots of maintenance. Did you do wood or one of the tech deck material ones? We have a wood one and we are always having to replace boards and we stain it every other year. Living in the NW, it gets lots of rain, so its hard to keep up on it. I’m sure this Summer, you will be so glad to have a new one. Its hard to believe we are already half way through Jan. Crazy how fast time is going. Have a good day and hope you find time to rest.

  3. Jolynne.
    I had the exact same tooth as yours worked on right before Christmas… when I read yours
    woes it sounds like we went through the same agony.. My endodontist also had me on steroids and antibiotics. The steroids cleared things up within a day or two and he was able to finish the root canal without me hitting the roof every time he touched me! That very back upper is close to a large nerve and for obvious reasons, I guess it doesn’t freeze so well! I feel your pain 😩good luck!

  4. LOVE your choices for the powder room! Get plantation shutters for the window…so classy and lets your wallpaper be the star!

  5. Good morning! Tooth pain is awful, so sorry you are experiencing that. Looking forward to seeing the completed powder room. Happy Sunday!

  6. That dang tooth just doesn’t want to give you a break. I hope that the script will do the trick for you! The mock up of the powder room looks great. I can’t wait to see the real McCoy. I know what you mean about the supply chain issues. We ordered new windows for three rooms and a half bath back in early Oct. and are still waiting on them. It’s crazy! Have a blessed day!

  7. The bathroom is going to look fantastic. I’m kinda happy wallpaper is making a comeback. Love what you picked out and the gold is going to be really sharp! Hope you get the root canal all figured out soon. That’s the pits. Happy Sunday. XO

  8. Do you realize people are not made of money? Those jeans cost over $200. Your bath remodel and deck are each in the thousands. TOO braggy.

  9. We just had a nor’easter pass through Friday night into Saturday! Rain, freezing rain and snow! Our roads have been a mess even though we are used to this but temperatures have been feels like -23 with the windchill (degrees Celsius).. better days ahead this week!
    I sure hope your dental issues get better there’s nothing worse than mouth pain!
    Your updated powder room is going to look gorgeous! I’ve seen wallpaper added to many tv home renovations and it makes such a statement! Looking forward to seeing the end pictures:)

  10. I really like the powder room design, especially the wallpaper. My husband is sometimes unsure of my ideas, but usually trusts me and likes it once it’s done. I sure hope the steroid pack helps you.

  11. You should consider drop down shades where you can drop down for light but still have privacy with maybe a simple wood valance so as not to complete with wallpaper????

  12. Oh, your powder room is going to be so pretty. I’m envious of your wallpaper. I really wanted to put wallpaper in our main bathroom but hubby hates wallpaper. 😞 I think the gold will look stunning. Mixing metals is in style too.
    I hope that tooth sorts itself out soon. I’m with you. I hate going to the dentist.
    Happy Sunday!

  13. The remodel in your 1/2 bath is going to be fabulous!! Congrats.

    I’m so sorry about your dental problems. I hate it that you thought it was resolved to have the pain start again. Hang in there – this too shall pass, but I’m praying the RX will relieve he pain for sure.

    Here’s looking to a new week!!

  14. Sorry to hear the tooth is still acting up. Hope the meds will help. Love the powder room! I think the wallpaper looks beautiful. It’s really dramatic looking with the contrasting white/cream vanity. It will be good to have a window treatment for privacy. I have the same issue with my first floor powder room – it overlooks the driveway and the blinds always need to be closed. Hope you feel better soon!

  15. So sorry to hear this about your tooth.
    Prayers for healing … this blog has been
    Wonderful during my omicron isolation!!!
    Thank you for all your hard work!
    I love the new bathroom paper…usually not a
    fan of wallpaper.
    Stay Healthy!!

  16. So sorry you still have tooth issues. Headaches and tooth aches are the worst. That pick sweater looks so good on you. A great color.

  17. I sympathize with that toothache. I hope they figure it out soon. I love your bathroom remodel. That wallpaper is stunning! I vowed that I’d never paper again but I think some of the newer paper is easier to remove and very attractive. You know never say never. So there’s that!

  18. While you’re redoing your bathroom, I recommend taking this opportunity to get a bidet toilet seat. I got one a few months ago for our master bath and it.is.awesome. don’t even worry if you don’t have a nearby electric plug – ours isn’t heated which I was a little dubious about but I’m telling you, it’s amazing.

  19. I love the bathroom mock up! That is going to be so pretty! I think you might like the brushed gold fixtures! I’m so sorry your tooth is acting up again. I was really hoping that was over for you. I’m still loving that sweater! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  20. To Judy who commented earlier. I sympathize with you. I was widowed young with two daughters who were only 10 and 6 at the time and I have always been on a tight budget. But I have to say, Jo-Lynne is really good at recommending high quality clothing items and her analytics help me decide if a particular peice will work for me. If it’s something I can afford, I buy it, but if not I shop around for something similar for less. I’ve gotten lucky at Nordstrom Rack, for instance, I found a pair of Citizens Jean’s for about $80 that had been $250 and they look a lot like the Mother Insiders with the distressing. I love them, and they were a great find, but I wouldn’t have tried them if not for Jo-lynne. You can link to the website from the blog if you don’t have one near you. I definitely don’t and can’t buy all I see, but it’s nice to know quality when you come across a good buy that you need or want for your wardrobe. Happy shopping🙂

  21. Man, I’m sorry about your tooth woes. Even with good dental hygiene, I constantly need work on my teeth. I remember my mother being the exact same way. I’ve been told it can be genetic, and there’s not alot you can do about it. I keep flossing and brushing anyway because the less I see my dentist, the better!

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