If there were an Olympic event in procrastination…

…I like to think I’d be the betting man’s favorite for U.S. gold.


Yup: Only five years after I tiled the main cabin, and more than a year after I put a fake-wood floor over the tiles which hadn’t worked out very well, I finally got around to tiling the bathroom – which is less than 10 square feet.

Yup #2: When the voice in your head says something like, “You should go ahead and put the toilet back in, you can always take it up later to finish the tiling,” you must always tell that voice to shut right the hell up.

You may notice that the rest of the bathroom is entirely unfinished after more than 10 years of residence and absolutely will remain so for the rest of my residence, so clearly it wasn’t a particularly emotional issue. Never would have gotten around to finishing the floor if the toilet hadn’t worked loose – entirely due to the unfinished floor.

I guess the good news is that I had everything I needed to knock out the job right at hand. Mortar, grout, a nice tile saw abandoned by a former neighbor several-going-on-many years ago…


…which has seen a lot of use since then, and of course…


…that free Honda Generator which has become one of my most prized possessions. No more trouble with power tools at the cabin!

Tomorrow I’ll grout (yes, really) and then Thursday I’ll remount the toilet. In the meantime, I hope the rain holds off because I’ll be getting use from the Plan B chair out on the porch – one of the benefits of no neighbors within visual range. 🙂

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4 Responses to If there were an Olympic event in procrastination…

  1. jabrwok says:

    Those un-finished walls would look good with a layer of (sanded) pallet-wood planks nailed over them.

  2. Terrapod says:

    Took me a minute to figure out J stored the toilet in his shower (temporarily.)

    Joel – after grouting and letting that set and dry, get some grout sealant and brush it over all the seams. I did not do that to my regret, it saves a lot of pain in cleaning later.

  3. Spud says:

    My wife ,insisted that I install a walk in type shower. To replace our old cast iron tub.
    We live in a hundred year old house…with only one bathroom and I’m disabled but not totally unable.
    Needless to say , we were using a porta potty and solar showers in the backyard for around a month last year lol.
    Ended up ripping out all the plumbing and drains ànd electrical. Big job for a guy who can’t hardly walk . Sooo , work ten minutes, rest for thirty minutes ! Repeat until finished.,.

  4. Ben says:

    You probably already know but…. Set your toilet on a thin bed of grout to prevent rocking.

To the stake with the heretic!