Well, I must admit, 2012 turned into a real crap show. After that, all I ended up doing for the rest of the year was live a depressed existence. There was a lot of funeral attendance that year and several other sad things going on at the same time. So, I had to retreat from everything for a while. As some of you might know, I went into the Indie writing game under the pen name of J. Gunn in 2010. Well, in the spirit of accepting who I am, I now go by the name I was given at birth. I think coming out of that depression gave me a little more strength to be me. I didn’t need permission. And the same can be said for when I started in April of 2017 to accept this house and try to make it what I want it to be.
In April, I did something fairly simple. I painted my bedroom. Then, I started looking around at all the damage from moisture from almost seven years of living here. It started with the laundry room. And so did some crazy rash. (No idea what it is yet, but I’ll let you know.) I began peeling away layers of ceiling that were falling off from the moisture and this involved messing with lead paint a bit. Which is what I believe began the rash train wreck that this year consumes my life.
After the laundry room, when I decided to stop messing with possible lead content, I moved on to the ceiling in the kitchen which had plaster coming off because of the moisture issues. I think I should remind you, this place has low ceilings in all of it and poor ventilation so things are naturally going to happen when you have a young family living in and old house built by old people.
One room I was able to finish to a degree through fighting bouts of rash and money for things, was the bathroom. This was important to me because I hate carpeting in the bathroom especially with children living in the home. I understand why they did it, but really, young families don’t need such a disgusting thing in their baths.
I started with the floor and went the opposite of what you’re supposed to, but I think the end result so far is an improvement over the scariness and smelliness of that room.
It may not look like a lot has changed in that room. It has. I’m not longer scared of my shower and having even the cheap stick down tiles on the floor has helped with cleaning up messes in there a lot. It’s already paid for itself a few times over. And the shower! Oh, man. Even the little it looks like I’ve done there took a lot of effort on my part because I had no idea what I was doing so it was arduous to say the least. The walls had scary-looking old black grout on the edges and there wasn’t a lick of in the tub area when I started. I was and sort of still am a ceramic tile virgin LOL!
The very last thing I’m doing in this room is giving it a backsplash that matches the kitchen then I’m done with the bathroom, having succeeded in my mission of giving this room surfaces that can be cleaned and nothing falls on your head when you shower.
Next up, I talk about those doggone rashes that have plagued me since I began trying to fix this old buzzard.
Jennifer Oneal Gunn