I have to say that this was the worst week yet. Monday started out well enough as Wolfman arrived. I left as I expected some dust and a lot of smoke. When I arrived back at our apartment the new counter was in but our apartment, every bit of it, was covered in dust. Two square areas had to be cut out of the new counter top for the stove and sink and to say that a lot of dust was made is an understatement. When I walked in it was all I could do to not cry. It seems like all I have done since this renovation started is vacuum and dust. Iâ€™d have insisted on a plastic curtain to the kitchen door if Iâ€™d know this was going to happen. Not only was the floor covered in dust, but it was on the curtains and the walls. I had shut the bedroom door but dust made its way under and around it. The workers had also walked through the dust and into the bathroom leaving tracks on the bedroom floor and our new bathroom floor.
To add to the misery, when the tile was removed from the kitchen wall an area that stuck out turned out to be a sort of false wall we guess to hide some electrical wiring so the cut to order kitchen counter didnâ€™t fit. Wolfman fashioned an insert and supposedly some people will come and be able to fill it in so it wonâ€™t be seen and he also chisled a sort of tunnel for the electrical lines. At this point I donâ€™t really care. The contractor came shortly after I arrived and I just stayed in the living room not wanting to talk to him. Maurice called me into the kitchen to explain to me what would be done to the counter and I walked in the kitchen and couldnâ€™t even look at the contractor much less talk to him. Iâ€™m not usually rude but I didnâ€™t have it within me to be pleasant.
I told Maurice, â€œTheyâ€™ve beaten me down Maurice. They arenâ€™t ever going to finish and we are never getting rid of all of the dust.â€ He said, â€œWhereâ€™s that American spirit? You never say never, you never give up.â€ But I think I canâ€™t work up any more optimism.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday came but not a tile man. We did vacuum and dust but I still need to wash down the walls and vacuum the curtains if I can get up the energy.
We had to leave for Provence on the TGV at Noon and I have no idea when we come back and if we will walk in the door to find no plastic sheets on the floor and the tile in the kitchen finished. I wouldnâ€™t surprise me to find it just like we left it.
A back view of Wolfman. I wish I had gotten one from the front with his hair covered in dust. I noticed that he has a wedding ring. Someone has to live with him! If I had had my camera at one point I could have gotten a shot of his crack as he bent over but I’m sure you don’t mind missing out on that.