At the end of May last year, I bought a precious condo near work in the Medical Center in Houston. The floors are beige marble throughout, except for the dark hardwoods in the piano room. (The piano room is the second bedroom, but the piano commands center stage in its red room with white plantation shutters and track lighting focused on the keyboard). The desk where I write faces the corner fireplace, with a marble surround, in the living/dining area.
I bought, framed and hung three prints by one of my favorite artists, Jim Booth, who uses the South Carolina Low Country in his works. They are Storm Warnings, which depicts the day before Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, The Storm (the day of the hurricane) and The Bridges (the Cooper River Bridges in an eerie mist). Charleston is the setting for my vampire novel Sinners Opera (as yet unpublished).
And my commute to work was only 15 minutes door-to-door! I was cruising along just fine.
Then October 1, an upstairs neighbor didn’t repair a leak in their bathtub. The water spilled into the wall between my condo and the one next door. We both suffered water and mold damage. The mold was in my kitchen and so strong I had to abandon ship. Most of my clothes, my piano, all my “stuff” is still there, and I have been camping out at a friend’s house for 2 months now. I occupied my condo for four months. So I have been ousted half the amount of time I lived there in total.
Finally, they started the tear-out, remediation and soon will begin the rebuild. Upside to this nightmare is that I’m getting new kitchen cabinets, new granite which I chose (the black granite proudly displayed ever glass ring) and they are going to repaint my LR/DR area with the same custom color.
I’m counting the days until I can go home (better than counting the seconds). Then it will be like moving in again!
I moved back in shortly after January 1 but the construction wasn’t complete until the middle of February. It is DIFFICULT to live without a kitchen—even the kitchen sink!
I wrote this blog at the time but never posted it, so I thought I would post it to Bianca’s blog today. PS. The new kitchen is quite nice and the angst is wearing off.