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The Last Laugh…

I live in an HGTV ‘before’ house.  You know what I mean; popcorn ceilings, carpet on the floor, in need of updating.  Updating.  So functional but not au courant is just not up to snuff?  Yes, I like granite, etc., but I’ve lived long enough to know that I can spend big bucks fixing up my house now, but eventually  someone will look at it and declare that it’s in need of updating, again.

I don’t know who I would prefer to come and give my house a facelift though.  Tarek and Christina sort of lost me with all the drama a few months ago.  My favorites were always Chip and Joanna, and they are still in the running, but Ben and Erin (Home Town) are giving them a run for the money.  I like their low key style.  I lived across the street from a designer back in the day.  Trust me, if you called her a ‘decorator’ she would correct you.  She once told me that people love to boast about all the money they spent on a room.  The polar opposite of my attitude which is to boast, “Look how great this looks and I only spent $1.98!”  If you throw enough money at it it had better look great, where’s the challenge in that?


Years ago I took out the old, worn out shower doors in the master bath and put up a shower curtain.  That solved the immediate problem of rickety doors, but now I paid the price in that the wall behind the toilet had turned to mush from the overspray.  My quick fix of new shower doors had turned into a wall repair, and since they had to take out the toilet to fix the wall, a new toilet.  Same old tile, same old everything else.  I have good taste, really I do, and if I had let myself I could have turned this into a really big deal.  But as much as I daydream about ‘fixing up’, I’m too practical (read cheap) to actually do it.

So I never pictured the new shower doors in the room and what they would look like, this wasn’t a fun remodel this was a repair.  But they look great!  I told the kid who installed them that I couldn’t possibly use that shower because those doors will never look like that again.  Hence the photo.  He said, “Want to know the secret to that?”  There was a pause, and he said, “Rain-X.”  And I cracked up.  Rain-X, of all things.

Rain-X almost caused me a divorce.  I’m serious.  Once Charley discovered Rain-X he became a disciple!  Sung it’s praises to anyone who would listen.  And boy did he love when it rained!  He’d be driving and pointing out how the rain drops were beading up and rolling off the windshield.  No matter how hard it was raining, think about that a second, he wouldn’t turn the windshield wipers on.  And when I would say something about it he would dig in his heels and insist that it was fine.  So I’d flip them on… and flip him out.

So yesterday I applied Rain-X to my brand new, virginal, shower doors.  And had the strongest sense that Charley was loving every minute of it.  Shame he isn’t around to enjoy the water beading up and rolling down the doors, but I have no doubt that he is enjoying that he got the last laugh…



12 thoughts on “The Last Laugh…”

  1. Thank you for putting into words my 4am thoughts as I toss and turn. I have an HGTV before house, too! I got the popcorn ceiling, post-rickety shower door bathroom design look, and 3 of my kitchen cabinets are in the garage, just returned after being repaired. So much needs to be done, I dream of someone coming in and making it all nice so we can sell this place and downsize. Like you, there is no way I am putting in granite or fancy glass tiles to have someone else put it in a dumpster someday. Now that I have seen your photo of your bathroom, I think I will call someone to fix mine, put in those doors and of course, I will apply Rainex!


    1. Your father had better not hear about you ‘getting someone in’. Honestly, it’s just that the semi-frameless doors look SO good, and it was only about $30 more than the ‘framed’ ones. In other words a no brainer! Thank you. It does look better, and it really started with the new counter and sink in the other bathroom. LOL. We know who is really responsible!


  2. I love this blog! Your photo of the bathroom is great…I like reflections. As for fixing up houses, I am the despair of my grown children, who all have those picturesque rooms you see in magazines. At the risk of not being politically correct, I refer to my brand of decoration as “hillbilly garage sale.” They don’t think that’s very funny, but I do. 🙂


      1. Thank you. That’s how the photography thing really got going. I couldn’t get the iPhone to give me the same colors in a photo that I saw in person. I said something about buying a camera and got a FB ad for the and took their classes. Fabulous camera, all the sunset photos are iPhone photos. I did buy a Canon eventually, for the zoom. Thanks for the compliment. The cranes have taken over sunrises and sunsets for the moment, but I’ll get back to them eventually.


      2. My daughter has done some gorgeous sunsets with phones. I bought a new Sony that does nice intricate work, but it went to the repair shop … and my older, more limited little cheapy Sony came back into service honorably.


    1. If you put it on your shower doors know that he said that you put it on a cloth to apply it. Don’t spray it on the glass or you might turn your shower into a skating rink! And he recommended using a squeegee, which my mother used to gift me with regularly and I never used them. I found two of them this morning, both are hard as rock. I’ll have to buy one and my mother will get her own last laugh.


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