on ‘what’s that musty smell’

This morning, early, my wife took our daughter and son off to Sea-Tac for their return to BJU. A few tears were shed, I can assure you. I want them both to launch out on their lives of service for the Lord, but in my heart, I’d kind of like to keep them as kids forever.

After they left, I got one of my deacons and we proceeded to demolish the main bathroom of our house. We have had a long standing problem with leaks in the shower. It is time to fix it, and with the shower population cut in half, now was the opportune time.

Man… what a mess. I discovered that my leak (yes, it was my fault!!) had soaked into the particle board on the floor (the particle board was someone else’s fault) and the musty smell was emanating from there. Tonight, as we head for bed, the floor is ripped up, the drywall around the tub is ripped out [and partly replaced] and the place is drying out. Tomorrow we should get the drywall in, a ceiling fan installed and the subfloor replaced. We also hope to have the tub surround in place. The painting and linoleum will have to wait a day or two, but at least the bathroom will be functional again.

NAU Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. 18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; 19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”

Don Johnson
Jer 33.3


  1. Chris Anderson says:

    Ewwww. Leaking showers are the worst, especially when the leak gets to the drywall. Been there & done that, friend, replacing plenty of drywall (even on the bedroom closet on the opposite side of the wall) and a few studs. Yuck.

    BTW, in the quotation, are you blaming the fall or your wife?

  2. Don Johnson says:

    Hi Chris

    Well, I was only thinking about the sweat and toil and things breaking… We renovated this bathroom once before, 15 years ago…

    I think we will plan to just move away so we don’t have to renovate again!

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3

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