A fallen branch from the family tree…

Wow, time sure does fly since my first blog post as a blogging newbie… I guess I was having too much fun to realize how much time had passed!

Well, back at it, I go… Last year was a rough one for our family, I lost the only grandparent I ever knew in the early part of 2016. She was the top of our family tree. Our oldest living family member at the young age of only 76 years old! She was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2015. Although every day felt like a blessing, we lost her so suddenly from a heart attack during Holy Week of 2016. We tried to look on the bright side of things… she was no longer suffering, no longer ill, she could do crafting projects again, and see her favorite pups she missed so much in heaven. But, life ultimately changed in a huge way.

My beautiful grandmother
My beautiful grandmother… Isn’t she gorgeous?!

Her passing was rough. She was such a big part of my life. Her passing also left our family with three homes (and 3 mortgages!) and only two families to fill them. I wanted to make the transition easier on everyone so I decided to sell my condo and buy my childhood home from my parents. My grandmother left her home to my parents so it made sense in my mind. Plus, I loved the house I grew up in. Luckily, my condo sold in a month with a full cash offer! (Raise the roof on my stellar interior design and staging skills… thank you endless binge watching of HGTV!).

Thus, began the house swap. My parents gradually moved their items into my grandmother’s home and donated some of her items and our things we didn’t need anymore to a ton of different charities, schools, churches, etc. Once I moved into my parents in late October, I decided only to unpack a few small boxes of necessities and not to unpack anything else. I wanted to just get some house updates out of the way.

My parents 1980’s home only had a quarter bath in the master bedroom. I decided to gut the master closet and quarter bath to turn it into a full master bath with a walk-in closet. In addition to a complete remodel of the main bath at the same time. Yes, that left me without a shower for months now. Thank goodness my grandmother’s home is only 10 minutes away!

It is now February and the work is nearing completion. It’ll all be over soon! Although, the lack of access to my items in the house due to not unpacking really does lead me to feel I could embrace a minimalist lifestyle! **bright side** I would show you the before picture of the gorgeous (complete sarcasm) blue cast iron bathtub and icky walls but my mother would not be pleased to have that on display for the world to see… Instead, here’s a glimpse at the progress so far! Hello almost brand new potty rooms! Woop woop!

Bathroom remodels
New master bath and existing hall bathroom remodel for my house!

I cannot wait until they are done. It appears to be another few days or so and we will have working and fully functioning bathrooms! What do you think so far?

Inquiring minds want to know:

  • Have you ever tried living a minimalist but comfortable lifestyle? Or thought about giving it a try?
  • Have you ever had to go an extended amount of time without something that is a common necessity, like a working bathroom or shower?