Wow, it's been faaar to long since I posted a confessional! The last one was in January! Now you know this Armchair Housewife has had plenty I could have confessed between then and now, but let's just catch up with the following two items.
My Black Thumb- I decided to get some pretty potted flowers for my front porch in May, something to spruce up the front of the house a bit. They were lovely, but with all the travelling we did in May, June, and July of this year, they didn't stand a chance at living. Behold:
They were a pretty bright red flowers. Let's all have a moment of silence for these poor neglected plants. :(
Yikes. I threw them out today. I'll try again next year.
My Black Shower- This is more a confession of my lack of gratitude than it is a lack of effort around the house. I am very thankful for the home the Lord has blessed us with, but I must confess I do not like my shower one little bit. It's an older house that's been converted into multiple apartments and at some time in the last few decades they took the existing shower and put in a drop ceiling (with a cardboard lining, no less) and one of those bad, cheap plastic linings for the shower walls. The tubs is old and filthy and stained. See for yourself:
You can see what I mean in this wide shot of the bad plastic lining for the shower wall. I despise this cheap solution to shower fixing, because it looks bad to begin with and only gets worse as it gets stained.
Yuck! I have scrubbed and scrubbed this corner until I am blue in the face (and red raw in the hands) and nothing. I have tried various abbrasive cleaners,bleach, this stuff that's suppose to bleach grout and tile, etc, and nothing will remove the gross old rust stains and mildew stains on the porcelain and the cracks between the tub and the cheap plastic lining. If ANY of you have any other suggestions, please let me know. I took this photo after washing the tube today, so it was clean, but you can see it still looks filthy.
Of course the porcelain by the drain is stained as well, and also worn away. Again, I've soaked,srubbed, bleached. Nothing will fix it.
And the piece de resistance: The Drop Ceiling. Ugh.. .i get creeped out just looking at this. Some bright soul decided to put a drop ceiling in over the shower and the lining is this horrible, cheap cardboard-like material. And of course it is terribly mildew stained. Again, I've tried bleaching, scrubbing, and that's not easy to do with a ceiling, and nothing seems to help. It's like stained paper, you can't do anything about it. I am thinking about looking into some sort of water-resistant paint that I might be able to use. Again, any tips, ladies, i'd love them.
Here you can see where the tile once was , where it met the ceiling, and where the dreaded plastic lining starts. They didn't even put the plastic lining flush up to the ceiling. It's pretty bad.
I must say that this is the biggest, nicest apartment we've lived in since we've been married, with the one glaring exception of this horrid shower. To be honest I am glad we haven't had many people stay with us since moving in here, because I'd be a bit embarassed for them to use the shower. I know it's clean, so I don't mind using it, but I'd hate for someone to step in there and think it was just dirty. As a renter there's not much I can but cosmetic fixes.
So, again this is more of a confession of the heart; some days I just can't stand the shower and wish we had something different. If any of you ladies have any suggestions on how I could improve the way it looks, I'd love to hear them.
Thanks for stopping by for another installment of the Confessionals. Now it's your turn, ladies.. any housework or home making confessions you'd like to share?