knuckleheads at home

My husband took me out for lunch yesterday and we crossed the river. The ice was gone, for the most part, and the river was high as you’d expect with all this snow melting. I checked the weather report today. Below freezing again. Too cold to finish dusty work. I suppose I’ll work in the bathroom instead.

Have you ever started what was to be a relatively simple project only to have it cascade into one of those never ending tasks that had you known this ahead of time you never would have started the darn thing? That’s my bathroom. We are not completely inexperienced with home remodeling tasks. Together we’ve done all sorts of successful projects in the houses and apartments we’ve lived in over the past 36 years — everything from refinishing hardwood floors to hanging cabinets to roof shingles to new plumbing. The-Three-Stooges-three-stooges-56855_636_480










Our bathroom project could almost be a Three Stooges skit. I can’t understand why we’re having this comedy of errors now. So far we’re laughing it off. So far. After yesterday, it’s getting increasingly unfunny.  Here’s what’s been happening (“>>” denotes what came after)

Replace the counter top >> spackling, sanding, and painting two walls >> the “help” innocently gets the enamel paint on the ceiling >> paint the ceiling.
Replace the flooring  >> get one small spot of paint on it that innocently gets spread>> paint ruins the floor because enamel bonds to vinyl >> replace the floor again.
Replace molding >> tear off ceramic tiles in the process >> clean and reattach ceramic tiles >> discover a small adhesive drip removed all stain from the new molding >> re-stain molding.
Scrape old grout off three tub walls >> bounce off the tile while exerting a lot of pressure and gouge the freshly painted wall with the scraping tool >> spackle, sand, and repaint the wall.
Yesterday: Do exactly what three how-to videos say to do to replace old grout >> discover the new grout doesn’t do what you saw it do in how-to videos >> re-grout by hand, one fingerful of grout on one tile at a time.
Today I caulk the tub. I can’t wait to see what fiasco that’s going to turn in to! I just know I’ll finish and it’ll look great. Then the tub will drop through the floor.


I’ve temporarily cut back on blogging cleanfor my put-my-life-back-in-order spring cleaning — a project known far and wide as the Annual Purge. Thanks for stopping by even if there isn’t much new to see. I have no time for blogging right now, but the extinct word of the day is updated daily.


Another 100 Things Blogging Challenge! For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Words on the Verge of Extinction. There are 30 entries to come.

Here’s one for today:

Cecograph (noun 1851-1874)

Writing device for the blind. Computers have made the cecograph obsolete.


I’m participating in The Romance Reviews’ Anniversary party. My particular part in the contest is over, but the celebration runs all month long and there are a lot of prizes to be had. See what I have up on my newest satellite blog:


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Check out the newest contest on our website. We have Leprechauns to find! Our March contest will have 5 winners with one Grand Prize Winner: $50 gift card for Amazon/B&N. Other prizes will be split randomly among the remaining 4 winners.


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Download your copy of my free 1st and 2nd chapter sampler, I write what I’d like to read so my stories are rich in realistic/historically correct dialogue and factual information. My multidimensional characters are the sort you’d welcome into your home to share a cup of tea or a beer. Though I wouldn’t open the door to the villains…


Coming soon~

I’ll be blogging full bore in April with the A to Z Challenge. My list is growing and topics will cover fascinating aspects from history. I have a healthy sense of wonder. I promise your imagination will fly with mine.

For ten days in April I’ll be in the Authors in Bloom blog hop on one of my satellite blogs. It’s all about showing those many facets authors have outside of their novels. Many years ago, my husband and I led wild foods programs for Chicago’s Field Museum and I’ll be sharing my recipes.



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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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4 Responses to knuckleheads at home

  1. mikey2ct says:

    I have had a few projects that started out ‘simple-as-one-two-three’ and escalated. Some were were remodeling/fixing home projects. Others were vehicle related.

    When it comes to vehicles even the simplest project is not really simple. Changing your own motor oil is one example.

  2. Ray G says:

    I feel for you. I can only the simplest jobs. We had my son do some work for us that should have been simple, but he drew it out even though he does painting remodeling for a living.

    Years ago when I first got married we had a mobile home. I built a porch. It was sturdy, but so heavy it took four men to move it from where I built it to the door.

    Hope everything else goes ok.

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