Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Plumber's Squat

In my mind, I'm still very young and active. I can still do flips, cartwheels, climb trees and jump fences...


I called to get an estimate to get my bathroom remodeled. Wow...what are those guys thinking? Who can afford that? They wanted $2000.00 for shower floor and shower back splash. That figure did not include anything like soap dish, shower doors or towel rack...just the bare bones.


Shoot...I can do it myself and save the money! Right! No Big Deal...Right????


The actual work is not that hard, but being down on my knees, or stretching up high, or reaching around corners has taken its toll on this ole bod........


Here's where I've stopped for awhile. I've got some touch up, then I'll need to grout. But currently I have no desire to go back into that room. I'm tired...I hurt...I now know that cartwheels are no longer part of my life.


What hurts the most are my feet and toes. I think that's from doing the "plumber's squat"...














15 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

"The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be," is a song lyric I can so relate to. My feet hurt by late afternoon. I did a number on them several years ago when I made a big move, but being close to my sixth decade of life might have something to do with it, too. Just maybe. :)

I never could do a cartwheel. My athletic maneuvers would best be described, then and now, as Special Olympic material.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You're doing a beautiful job! Does your "plumber's squat" result in "plumber's crack," LOL?

turquoisemoon said...

Teresa, OMG...The tops of my toes hurt so much. Hey, do you remember when Arkansas Patti wrote about skipping? I think of that post often when I'm trying to do something I can't seem to do anymore. That post made me laugh sooo hard!
Debra, There would be a "plumber's crack" if I weren't wearing "mommy jeans"...ha ha ha!

Kittie Howard said...

Gorgeous work, TM! Love those railroad tiles...and the colors. I remember Arkansas Patti's blog- and so related. It's a bummer, being the ole grey mare, but, hey, the legs still kick (most of the time!)

turquoisemoon said...

Kittie, the legs mostly kick at night, when I'm tryin to sleep. I think it's called restless leg syndrom

turquoisemoon said...

syndrome

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so impressed with what you have accomplished and also that you just decided to do it your self. Kudos.
I will try once more to post a comment to your blog. I have been unable to do this for days ever since the big blogger shake up. I even did a post on my frustration. Well--here goes.

turquoisemoon said...

Patti, I think of your skipping post all the time. I think that was the funniest ever. I never laughed so hard in my entire life...and, I must admit I tried skipping down my hall. I'm still having trouble posting comments too. Sometimes it goes on and other times it doesn't. I'm soooo frustrated...

One Fly said...

I hear you. I had to buy my first claw hammer awhile back. Mechanics don't use claw hammers. I can do this stuff but really don't get much satisfaction from it.

Good on you TMoon.

Manzanita said...

I'm sitting here applauding you for even thinking about doing any of that kind of work your yourself. Hear the applause???. I like your colors in your shower. Yeah.... that post of Patti's cracked me up too.

turquoisemoon said...

Fly, I am certainly not having fun and for sure not getting any satisfaction. It just needed to be done and I'm doing it. There's a few mistakes and today I'm patching some of my errors.
Manzanita, Thanks... BTW, I just printed off your aloe recipe.

NitWit1 said...

Well we will see if I can post to you as you at least go to comment on mine. Your bathroom looks great. We did a kitchen. You don't want to hear about it, although we did have plumbing and flooring done by others.

Linda Starr said...

That is amazing work and a beautiful job; I know only too well all that physical labor dos take it's toll.

Manzanita said...

I'm going to comment here on yours.... don't know if you always check back. Yes, it's serious. Usually even ends in divorce but there are some fixes. Tall evergreem shrubs in front and a big pond between the house and the road. Put mirrors up to deflect back. Too bad. When ever I looked at houses I'd never buy in a cul-de-sac or on the end of a street or a T. You seem to know some about feng-shui..... get some books and look it up. Placement of rooms is important too for money and sex and romance. I used to live by it and I guess I still do but not as diligent about it as when the kids were growing up. My kids lived with it so they still feng shui their houses and cars, etc.
Also sharp objects pointing toward your house. When we lived in Florida in a condo the condo next door had sharp pointy parts of the building directed right at us. I deflected with lots of mirrors in the window. Is she into that kind of thing or would she think you are crazy? I'd tell her and get busy planting some very tall shrubs and dig a pond.
Let me know ..... good luck.
Manzi

Terrence Flendersen said...

Well we will see if I can post to you as you at least go to comment on mine. Your bathroom looks great. We did a kitchen. You don't want to hear about it, although we did have plumbing and flooring done by others. calgary plumbers