We’ve come a long, long way together, through the hard times and the good…*

I have to celebrate you, J.J., I have to praise you like I should.

After weeks and weeks of incrementally improving the family bath, and after hours and hours of extra effort and care the tile is officially DONE! I know, I can’t believe it either! Scheduling work on the weekends can be over (for now, until we need the plumber back), and we can finally, finally break down the work-room protections in the guest room. Seriously, I can’t even tell you how ready I was/am for this to be over. Of course I still have tons of painting, patching and protecting to do (as well as figuring out window treatments and shower curtains), but J.J. is done, and for that, I am soooo grateful.

I must officially thank J.J. for pulling through for us, and for working so hard to make us happy (we are!) even when the scope and time estimates (and cost) were grossly underestimated by everyone. J.J., you’re a good man, an excellent tile-man, and a most excellent father and husband. I hope you are as proud of your job as we are. It’s beautiful, if I do say so myself. Thank you from the bottom, the edges and the middle of my heart. I don’t know what we did to deserve such a dedicated, honest, careful and skilled group of people, but I’ll take them! Go Team Renovate!

Next on the agenda, aside from dismantling the dust-soaked pile of extra lumber, construction materials and leftover tile, is to complete the painting of the built-in, shelves and walls. I need to get this done before the plumber can come back in, and before the toilet gets installed (not so easy to paint around a commode). But we’re in the home stretch, and I’m so, so glad. It’s been a busy couple of weeks here, and mustering the energy to tackle so many things (so many things that are energy and soul sucking) on my own has been difficult. I’m glad that I’ll have a partner in crime again, at least for the tedious things like hauling tile scraps to the attic for future repairs.

So, some photos of the efforts of a truly wonderful person. There is nothing like grout and caulking to tie a tile scheme together, and make a space feel like it’s in a home and not a construction site. Enjoy!