Windows, Tubs, & Doors

Hello, friends!  This week I feel like I have been wrestling with my ever-growing to-do list, and even though I planned on posting this Monday, here it is on Thursday!  Like most people I’m sure, I have a love/hate relationship with my to-do list.  Without it, I’d be lost; but with it, I can get so overwhelmed!  Sigh…

[Y.O.G.A. @ 2pm.  Breathe.]

First off, how ’bout that new blog header, eh?!  My wonderful friend Aubrey whipped that up for me this last week (literally, she’s so talented I think she just wiggled her nose and it was done), and I adore it!  I’d love to hear your feedback on the design, too, so please leave your comments and let me know what you think!  Also, if you need your own graphic design services, let me know and I will get you in touch with this dear friend of mine.

Now, on to a house update!  With the nice(-ish) weather that we had last weekend, Mr. Fixer started putting in more windows at the back of the house.  These windows were a little more time-consuming because they weren’t just replacement windows — we (cough, cough, I mean, he) actually had to pull off the siding and cut new openings.  Saturday he was on his own while I hung out with sneaky surprise visitors (thanks again, Mom and Mike!), but on Sunday we had some great help thanks to our friends Jamie and Caleb.  What troopers, too — Jamie was coming off night shift as a nurse at the hospital and hadn’t even napped before she came over to dig in!

Meanwhile, I feel like I have been all over town looking for one piece shower-tub units that do not cost an arm and a leg.  One piece units are not commonly found at your run-of-the-mill hardware store (like Home Depot or Lowe’s) because those types of stores mostly cater to remodels, not new construction.  In a remodel, for instance, it is almost impossible to get the one piece units inside your home.  For us, though, since we have exterior wall openings that are moving (and a one-level home), we have a good opportunity to drag them through the house. In the end, the search will have been worth the trouble — no ugly caulking lines and mold/mildew build-up at the seams.

Behind the scenes, Mr. Fixer and I have also been discussing doors.  Yes, friends, doors. Fascinating stuff, really (ha!).  Seriously, though, do not pass over this design detail and make hasty decisions, because an annoying door can be, that’s right — annoying!  Consider the way it swings, what it will be running into, whether a pocket door/barn door/bi-fold door/double door/etc. might be a better option, and so forth.  Cost, of course, comes into play, too.  Who knew doors could be so expensive?!  Our initial quote from Home Depot was over $4000! We’ve since found less expensive (and better) vendors, but it has been a process.

Well, that’s about it for now!  I have to get a move on with the rest of my to-do list, so I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday! 🙂


Mrs. Fab

New bedroom window

Mr. Fixer enjoying a smoothie break.

Pile of siding

Guess who got to clean up this pile?! 😉


Future kitchen & bathroom

Walls are opening up! Our future kitchen and bathroom space.

Jamie on bucket

Post night-shift worker bee. You rock, Jamie!




You too, Caleb! 😉




Eeek, blood! Caleb’s battle wound.



Mr. Fixer framing new window

Mr. Fixer is framing our new tiny bathroom window.



Lumber difference

The age difference in this lumber is amazing! The piece on the left is from the original 1950s house, and the piece on the right was just purchased.



I worked on removing old insulation from the addition done in the 80s. We will update this with warmer, up-to-code insulation.


A yucky surprise that I found in one of the walls!



Corroded pipe

More corroded pipe. Seriously!

Jamie and Caleb

They made amazing progress and were such a huge help! Many, many, thanks!





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