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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Rub a dub, dub, I likes me tub

bath 1 (bth, bäth)n. pl.
1. baths (bz, bäz, bths, bäths)
a. The act of soaking or cleansing the body, as in water or steam.
b. The water used for cleansing the body.

What is it about a bath that is so amazingly wonderful and luxurious? I mean, it's just water for Pete's sake, with maybe a little Epsom salt, some essential oils, a glass of wine or champagne close by and a good book. Just thinking about it makes me woozy. And in a few short weeks I think I will finally be able to take a bath in the tub I have been holding onto for 30 years.

I know, 30 years, I agree it's ridiculous but it's the best I could do. When I moved to the Central Coast (30 years ago) I found this claw foot tub behind the old workshop/barn on the property. My dad was going to get rid of it but I begged to keep it. "It doesn't even have any feet" he said. I love claw foot tubs and just knew someday I would get to use it, so we struck a deal. If I could find the feet I could keep it. I was 15 and determined so I dug around the place until I found all four feet. The tub was mine!

My dad set it up on the back patio and they kept it for almost 20 years until the Cowboy and I remodeled our last place and thought we would use it. We picked it up but one thing led to another and into storage it went waiting for it's proper home. Well it's finally made it but it had to have just the right finish on it to go into our master bedroom. I wanted it to look like old zinc. So I added some emblems to the end and each side to give a regal feel and then a little paint here and there and it's perfect. The feet have been silver leafed are sitting inside the tub awaiting to be put in place.
Next to a glass of Champagne.


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