O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Our bathroom has been a piece of crap structurally for a very long time – broken and cracked sink, every single tap corroded and leaking, vanity shelf rotted away, bathtub spout running constantly (2 bathtubs full a day), shower walls wet and rotting inside the wall…

It has caused much unhappiness and annoyance, watching our bathroom collapse in on itself, but, as the house belongs to my parents (it used to be my grandmother’s and was inherited by my dad when she died), it’s not really in our power to ‘make thing happen’ to help the situation, other than minor cosmetic fixes.

Today – hooray! We had a contractor in and WE NOW HAVE A MOSTLY WORKING BATHROOM! The complete tear-down and replacement of the shower is on the back-burner, but just about everything else is in perfect working order.

It feels luxurious to be able to store toiletries on a shelf without a huge rotted hole in the middle, to be able to fill the sink without having it drip through to the vanity underneath, to use taps that turn on and off easily and that aren’t corroded so badly at the base that they constantly pool water, and to go to bed without having to shut the bathroom door to stop the sound of gallon after gallon of water pouring down the drain. I say again – hooray!

(And, in honour of the author of the words that make up the title of this post, here’s an extract from Jabberwocky:

Extract from Jabberwocky
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!”

Lewis Carroll   )


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