#458: The "Good" Bathroom

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I have been having a few things repaired and upgraded around the house the past couple of months emoticon. One has been the back bathroom. New floor tile, new comfort height terlet, as Archie Bunker would call it, cracks repaired from the house settling and soon, new paint to match the tile, new shower curtain and window drapes (I'm not rich enough to have "window treatments" like on TV redesign shows). emoticon

Last night at dinner with my brother and his family and our sister and her grown daughter and son, I joked about getting some crime scene tape from my nephew, the police officer emoticon, and putting it across this bathroom's door when the painting is completed to keep anyone from using it emoticon. When asked why, I responded that this was going to be the "good" bathroom.

You know, like when our Moms always had the "good" scissors we were not allowed to use? Or the "good" china and silverware, "good" linens, bedsheets and tablecloths that all never saw the light of day unless company came for dinner or for an overnight visit? And, no, visiting family members didn't rank high enough to warrant pulling out and displaying the "good" things. emoticon

Then we had our "good" clothes for church emoticon and for the rare occasions when we went out to dinner at a real restaurant with white cloth napkins and tablecloths and waitresses and waiters. To our "going to church clothes" we always had to add our "good" shoes. Of course, later while in the Army this was a good thing. The smart ones among us kept a pair of freshly spit-shined dress uniform shoes in cloth shoe covers for inspections so they wouldn't get scratched or dirty. emoticon

There was also the matter of Dad's tools. We could use what we needed -- screwdrivers, hammers, etc., as long as we didn't use his "good" tools, heaven forbid. If we did, our bottoms would be sore for the rest of the day. emoticon

One day I used a thermos to put lemonade in, tossed it in the basket on the front of my bike and went wherever it was I was going emoticon. When I stopped, the thermos flew out of the basket and crashed to the concrete, shattering the glass-like coating inside and making the thermos unusable. I thought little about it, being a kid and all, but when I got home I caught the dickens from both Mom and Dad because it had been...the "good" thermos. emoticon

The last thing I will need for the remodeled bathroom is a new scale. emoticon But I have decided that, based on the indoctrination I received during my formative years, that neither I nor anyone else will ever use it.

Because it will be my "good" scale. And we all know we never use our "good" things, don't we? emoticon
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    oh, yes, growing up, my house also had the "good scissors," "the good pens,"... dishware, clothing, etc. Isn't that funny how everyone knows this? LOL!
    3697 days ago
    I try to use my "good" things as much as I can. I broke my good glass, but I was not mad because while I used it I enjoyed it. The girlfriend who gave it to me might not agree though. I don't where my good clothes at home because Boo gets hair all over them. But when I go somewhere, I try to wear the good stuff as much as I remember to. I skimp on my scrapbooking pages, I always use as little as possible. I should stop doing that. Got use it or lose it, right? But the old saying goes "She who dies with the most supplies wins!"
    3700 days ago
    This brought back many memories, Lou, and some good laughs. However I have started using my "good" things or giving them away. No reason for me to continue to keep things I haven't used in years.
    Keep these wonderful blogs coming...
    3703 days ago
    That is so funny, Lou. I also had a Mom who kept her "good" things for those special events (which never came). One day I dared to use one of her "good" tablecloths and it literally fell apart - from dry rot! From that day I decided to enjoy my "good" things and treat them as a blessing that God intended me to enjoy.

    Post a picture of that bathroom when it is done.

    3704 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    LOL! Great blog! I too have "Good" things that I don't use.
    3704 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I remember all the "good" things when I was growing up too. I also remember the sound of a breaking thermos from the time I dropped the one my dad used for work. Sure glad they don't make them like that anymore.

    3705 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Oh yes, I remember those days!! "Good" things were only brought out for special occasions!!! Good silverware, dishes, towels, you name it, reserved only for "company", which at my house, was just other family members!! lol emoticon
    3705 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    hahahahaha great blog again Lou!!

    I always use the good stuff, life is to short!
    3705 days ago
    Oh how true! Thanks for this blog, Lou. It made me laugh, and that is a good thing! I remember all the "good" things we had, too, that we were not allowed to use except for certain occasions.

    Have a wonderful evening!
    3706 days ago
    We had "good" dishes.....they were the dishes my grandmother pulled out of flour sacks, now they are collectibles called Depression Glass. My grandparents had a parlor that we were not allowed to go into because that was for special guests.

    Ah the memories.....so nice.

    Thanks for sharing.
    3706 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Boy that sure tells it like it is.

    WHy do we not use the GOOD stuff ALL THE TIME?
    3706 days ago
    LOL I do relate! Ahhh and I broke Daddy's good Thermos, too, when I was a kid. He was NOT happy about it!
    3706 days ago
    Yes and back then jeans were play clothes that we changed into after school.

    emoticon no scale in the "good" bathroom
    3706 days ago
    Great blog! I still have a tendency to save back the "good" things, but I'm working on getting over it because who am I really saving them for? Thanks for sharing this...love the idea of a "good" scale!
    3706 days ago
    Yes I agree!! The good things we never use...we save to keep good and use them like once a year...like my good shoes I wear to church on Easter.

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    3706 days ago
    I remember all those "good" items around the house.

    Do you remember the plastic slipcovers that some folks had to cover up and protect their sofas and chairs? Nobody ever got to sit on the fabric. OMG!!

    Those were not the "good" old days!

    3706 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    3706 days ago
    I agree, Pat, about window treatments. It's the same as having a "water feature" in the yard instead of a small waterfall or something. just fancy designer terms. -- Lou
    3706 days ago
    ROFLMAO... I do remember the "good dishes", and many of the other "goods" we had. What really cracked me up was window treatments... My DH swears that if you want to call them window treatments even if you buy them at Wal-Mart you have to add an extra $100 per window. Needless to say, I have curtains and blinds! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for the good laugh and great memories!

    3706 days ago
    I love it! Whatever happened to the "good" things? My mom is now using her "good" china for every day ... and why not?

    3706 days ago
    Lou, I can't stop laughing! Did we grow up in the same house???
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    Comment edited on: 2/24/2011 9:28:26 AM
    Great! I thought we were the only ones with good scissors.
    3706 days ago
    Lou you always manage to bring a smile to my face. I love it......I too have a "good bathroom", but no one ever uses it. lol. Sad part is we are just laid back country folk, so what is up with a good anything? lol. Like the last post says, good things are a blessing and we should use them. Have a wonderful day and enjoy that new bath.
    3706 days ago
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  • no profile photo CD6035648
    I whole heartedly think that we should use the "good things" daily. If we were blessed enough to have these things, shouldn't we enjoy them? I believe there is a scripture that says something like, we are to put our hope in God who richly provides us everything for our enjoyment..
    I think you deserve to enjoy the "good bathroom"! emoticon
    3706 days ago
  • ERIKO1908
    Giggling now...thanks!!
    3707 days ago
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