The contractor was here today to do a little more work. I was the cause of the delay as I purchased a vanity top and toilet that wasn't in stock, so it put him behind a day or so. He'll be back later this week to hang a mirror and finish the painting.
Saku also approved of his work.
I didn't take any other photos today. M installed the vanity top and sink and did some painting on Friday. I learned a couple of new things as well. First the wall on the right side of the vanity is not straight. M had to cut into the wall and slide part of the counter top into the wall so it wasn't off-kilter. (He's since siliconed the edge and it looks fine.
The other thing I learned is that when you purchase a toilet, it likely doesn't come with a toilet seat. Who knew? Not me!
The next couple of photos were taken today. M installed the new light fixture, sealed the shower, put the hardware on the vanity, and filled the hole where the original light fixture was located.
I thought I had ordered a white vanity top, but this is more of a taupe color. I don't mind it and if the next owner does, he/she can change it out.
It's not a close up, but the top looks square despite the fact a corner of it is actually in the wall.
M installed the toilet seat for me as well. Good thing, as it isn't the same as the old ones I'm used to, he said it was a bit of a pain as it isn't as easy as dropping in the bolts and tightening. I'm sure I would have gotten frustrated and given up.
Here is the finished, well almost finished, shower area. The reason I say almost finished is, before he left today, M asked if I would be okay with him putting a thin MDF border around the edge of the built in shelves. He felt it would make it look more finished. He definitely takes pride in his work.
I did not doing any of the painting as I learned in this renovation that M is also a far better painter than I am. I think if I decide to re-paint the house before I sell I'll be contracting him to do it!
He'll be back later this week to add the edging, finish the painting, and hang the mirror. I splurged a little (less than I thought because I got the family and friend's discount) on the mirror after seeing the work his sister does with mosaic tile.
M had suggested I check out her Facebook page and see samples of the work she does. The one that caught my eye is in the picture below (I snagged it from her Facebook page, edited and cropped it). Isn't it beautiful?
Olga had asked on the last post, whether I was planning to sell and move. Not immediately but most certainly in about 2 1/2 years. The plan is to sell a few months before I plan to retire, rent temporarily while I finish the last few months at the office and then make the move to Vancouver Island. I would not be able to afford living here on my projected pension, especially since by then my son will be out on his own (he knows, I've told him so), and the house is far too big for one person.
I've owned the house nearly 6 years now and had set a goal of doing some work every year to update or improve on the house so that it would retain its value. I'm nearing the end of that list and will leave some projects for the new owner. Who knows, they might not like anything I've done and re-do it all anyway.
Now for the getting close. In less than 3 weeks I'll be boarding the Norwegian Escape in Miami for a seven day Eastern Caribbean cruise. I actually booked the cruise before we left on our cruise last spring, and I'm so happy I did with the way the Canadian dollar has fallen. I'd also booked my hotel and flights earlier in the fall. I'm not sure if I had to pay the current exchange rate if I would be going.
The Norwegian cruise line offers studio rooms for solo passengers. The studios are small at about 100 square feet with a 48" inch bed, shower, tub, sink and closet. (If I've told you all this before, just ignore me) The studios are also on the interior so there is no balcony or natural light. Since I use the room for sleeping, bathing and changing clothes, it really doesn't matter to me.
In addition NCL also provides a separate lounge where solo travellers can meet. There are 89 studios on board the Escape so I'm certain there will be lots of opportunities to go for a meal or go on an excursion with others. Most of the time I'm quite happy to be on my own but I appreciate company, especially at meal time. I've been following and posting a couple of threads on Cruise Critic and met a woman who will be on the same cruise, along with four other solos. We've agreed to keep an eye out for one another at the lounge.
Speaking of excursions, I have booked an excursion at our first port, St. Thomas. I've been to the island before and while there is lots more to do and see, I've chosen to take a catamaran cruise from St. Thomas to St. John. We'll be stopping at a beach with an opportunity to snorkel. I've never done it so I'll probably just hang out in the water or on the beach.
I've not booked anything for the other two ports, Tortola and Nassau, Bahamas. I've read a lot of reviews and it seems Tortola is a new-ish port and a walk-about sounds like a good choice. Nassau will be busy, as it is a popular port for cruise ships so I may decide to simply visit the pier and then spend the rest of the day on board the ship. I could take a trip out to Atlantis but it's pricey and the reviews aren't all that positive .
I'm looking forward to getting away from it all, if only briefly. Although we've been getting a lot of sun the last few days, I crave the lush green foliage and blue seas. Add in the soft ocean breeze, the heat of the sun, and a cold lemonade in my hand and I'm in heaven.
Have a great week everyone!