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!