I know I just posted that we are working on our upstairs bathroom and we are. But that project will take months and the tile and shower door will be done by someone else before John even begins the vanity. So, in the meantime, John has started work on our big downstairs walk in closet... this closet is almost nine feet long, which is pretty big for an old house!
It's always been in disrepair. It has some holes in the wall from some wiring projects and the ceiling has water damage that pre-dates our time here. So yes, that says we have been living with this dilapidated closet for the nineteen years we have been here. Even dilapidated, it's a nice closet. But it will be beautiful when John gets done.
John is going to put beadboard on the ceiling as well as repairing the walls and painting the closet. I love beadboard ceilings. I wanted one in the kitchen but I'll love it in the closet, too. Maybe I should move my bedroom into the closet, like Harry Potter. My closet has a window. Harry's closet was under the stairs and it didn't have a window. I like windows in closets a lot, too.
I've always loved portulaca with its delicate beautifully colored flowers. It's a kind of purslane, I think or at least a relative. Some kinds of purslane are annoying weeds. But not this one; this is Purslane Rio Scarlet, which is new to me. It has really beautiful flowers and loves this heat. It really is more beautiful than either of the photos shows. Of course I got this beauty at Portland Nursery.
We've been pretty busy for several months between the garden and getting ready to paint the house. But now some other projects are underway.
We've started work on the upstairs bathroom. The bathroom was remodeled by the previous owner about twenty years ago and it wasn't the best quality job. We are doing a relatively simple and inexpensive bathroom remodel.... We don't want to go through the process or expense of getting all new tile so we are leaving most of the tile in place. Most of the tile is in good shape and fairly innocuous though not our taste. The shower floor tile is failing so we are replacing it. We are also getting new shower doors. John will make a new vanity and we will get a new faucet and sink (just one sink, not two). John gets a lot of say in this remodel because this is mostly his bathroom.
I already got two rag rugs made for the floor. I bought them on Etsy from the Vermont Rug Farm.
The state of the bathroom now:
The shower has hard to clean sliding doors with a failing track... the new doors will not be clear glass. We don't really want to showcase the tile in our shower.
the shower floor grout is failing and the drain has never been the low point
The vanity screams cheap
The faucets are really falling apart and it is more than cosmetic
These days most kitchens and bathrooms get remodeled more often than every twenty years. However, old kitchens and bathrooms held up much longer than today's shoddy workmanship and materials.
We are in the midst of a hot spell, though it hasn't been as hot as they predicted. But still, it has been too hot. Hot spells always make me think of Oneonta Gorge.
When we had our first hot spell in this house (nearly twenty years ago), our neighbor Charlie took us there to escape the heat. You wade up the narrow gorge to a swimming hole and waterfall. It's harder these days because there is a giant log jam at the opening.
I moved a lot of the garden pots to less sunny spots for the duration of the hot spell. It's fun to have things in pots. Moving them around can change the garden dramatically. A few garden photos of our own small oasis in the backyard ...
And here are some of the plants hunkered down in the shade for the heat spell...
Today we walked to the Wednesday Portland Farmers Market. We parked on the East side and walked across the Hawthorne Bridge. It was a beautiful morning. The air was cool and refreshing and the walk was fun. And we got TOMATOES!!! BLT's in my future! We also got nectarines, green beans, a cucumber, hot dogs and salami. There were many more things to tempt us....