Monday, July 01, 2013


The Glenwood house will always be my home.  My pink room will always be my pink room.  The pink and black bathroom, no matter how dreadful, is a permanent fixture in my heart.  So many years of memories in my home.  Mom in the kitchen cooking and baking.  Dad tinkering with his bicycle. Collecting junk.  Me in my room of pink ribbons and rose wallpaper and rose colored shag carpet playing with my Barbie Dream House.

The house has weighed heavily on me in the last 20 months.  Just.....  trying to make sense of all the chaos there.  The stuff.  What to keep, what to toss.  What to do with it all.  Where to put it??!!  WHY did they keep this?!?  I don't want to deal with it so leave it alone. The endless painting.  The heartache of driving up over there and having a fleeing moment of anticipation that I'd be greeted at the door.  The silence of an empty house.  I felt bad un-doing my Mom's handiwork - painting over her endless stenciled borders, pulling up the peel and stick tile she put down herself.  The mess we got ourselves into with a fake contractor who stole $6,000 from us.  More painting.  More sorting through junk.  New contractor.

Finally, after all of this time, I can say it is finished.  I think we did a pretty good job on repairs.  What a difference new floors and paint will do!   New Formica in the kitchen, new vanity and lights in the pink hall bath, new toilet.  New garage door.  New back door.  New interior doors.  More electrical work and plumbing work.

I know change is inevitable and this change has been a long time coming.  Still.... even though it's for the best, it pains me to know that even though the house is still mine, for the first time in 41 years it is someone else's home.  Someone else lives there now.  Another Mom will cook in the kitchen.  Another Dad will fill the shed with junk. The pink room will be someone else's.  It's an odd feeling that I can no longer go home.

Still though, somehow, it is better than an empty house.  I hope our tenants will be happy in my home.

Here's a few before/during/after pics.

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