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In & Out

   May 14

In & Out

I have to say, it’s been fun coming home and finding Rob here. The way he thinks is both unique and entertaining. Also it’s fun to see the developments on the bathroom front.

Yesterday, I arrived just as Rob was installing the shower pan. The new drain hole was in a different spot than the old one, so Rob cut a new hole and put the cut out piece in the old hole to seal it. Or as he put it, “I put the new hole in the old hole!” After installing the shower pan, he created a confection of towels and wood to clamp it in place as it dried overnight:

As you can see in the background, Rob has cancelled the window, as Mark puts it, by sheetrocking over it. He also removed the peeling green wallpaper from around the shower and painted over it, ready to tile. Here’s the cancelled window from the outside:

Yes, having a drafty window in my shower was a little odd, and the wood was rotten, but it always makes me sad to see windows boarded up and know that no-one will ever look out of them again. Also the bathroom is a dark cave without a window, so Rob is trying to figure out if he can cut one in the door to the back porch or maybe put a narrow one beside the shower, or both. Stay tuned.

We’re on Day Three of the latest heatwave, which broke records in downtown San Francisco yesterday by hitting 90 degrees, and it was about the same here in Hooterville. Today is supposed to be the final day of this hellacious weather – for now, they always come back in my bitter experience – and it was the perfect time to enjoy the outdoor shower on the back porch:

It’s a relic from the good old (or possibly bad old) days when there was no bathroom at all, simply an outhouse and an outdoor shower, both of which must have been uncomfortable when it was below freezing in the winter. But on a warm morning like this, it was delightful to shower outside and admire the view:

It’s close to high noon and the temperatures are inching up inexorably. Audrey is lounging in a lounge chair on the balcony and the boys are puddles of melted fur in front of the floor fan. Let’s hope Karl the Fog comes riding in on his silvery mist to save us all soon.

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  1. Guy says:

    Rob is at it again and doing a great job and as usual improvising and finding ways to make everything better for his sister. As for covering the window, just think of it as nobody looking in rather than nobody looking out, it might make you feel a bit better about covering it. I’m sure Rob will come up with something to let some light in for you.

  2. Mike says:

    Can he do a skylight over the shower? Looks like there’s room.

  3. suzy says:

    That is an awesome idea! Thank you! Will ask Rob today.

  4. suzy says:

    Ro pointed out that the storage loft extends over the bathroom, darn it!

  5. Joy says:

    What about a transom above the doorway, or a slot at the top of the door, to let in the light or even to open & let the air flow…. It would be nice to have daylight in there.
    Things are looking up for you Suzy….


  6. suzy says:

    There’s only a couple of inches between the door and the ceiling. We’ll figure something out!

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