Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy and Bailey in Exile.

“Hey, Lucy. You look down. What’s going on?”

“Aw, Boss. We’ve been stuck on the lower level for years. It is getting tiring.”

“It’s been a week and five days. It just seems like years.”


“I’m sure sick of Candy Crush, Pops.”

“You guys want to go and check the progress?”

Lucy and Bailey

“Whoa, Pops. Now you’re talking.”

“Okay follow me. We’ll have to take the elevator.”

“My goodness. Look at this. Where’s the food bowl?

“It is still downstairs, Lucy. What do you think, Bailey?

“Let’s just say I’ve seen bigger messes but can’t remember where.”

“Come on you two. This is the new floor. It was a bigger mess before the baseboards were put back and painted.”

“Yes, Pops. We expected everything to look like it did before.”

“Yeah, I can see that. Well, it is going to be a while. The floors need washing and furnitureย moved back.”

“What is all that, Boss?”

“A shop vac, tools and some trash.”

“Geeze, Pops. Looks like this stuff will be here forever.”

“Well, it might be the weekend. But certainly not forever.”

“Hey, Baily. The day is beautiful. Let’s go out.”

“Uh. You should see the stairs, Lucy.”

Lucy and Bailey

“Oh yeah. What’s the problem?

“Come see for yourself.”

“Check it out.”

“OMG. You know what that rough surface can do to your mani-pedi?”

“Ladies. We will take the elevator down. No mani-pedi needs toย be disturbed.”

“Boss you are such a Mensch.”


  1. yeah, what’s going on?? am with them. Time to goooooo ouuuuutttttt haha

    1. Thanks, Ray. They like your comment. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Lift (elevator) inside the house – such luxury ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s for Lucy and her arthritic hips and me with my bad knees….yeah it is a luxury. When we built the house we decided to equip it so that stairs would not be an issue to any of us. So far so good. Thanks, Keith.

      1. Growing older’s a pain, isn’t it? We’re spread over three floors plus the basement, and the terrain around here is very hilly. I’m just hoping that our joints (and the dogs’ – Trevor will be 12 next month) will hold on for a good while yet.

      2. I think Jack Russels live a long time. Not sure about writers.

      3. He’s becoming a little arthritic, but still has probably five or six years left. As for this writer – I have a team of highly trained ologists keeping me on an even keel.

      4. I have seven myself so I understand. I’m a walking testimonial to big pharma.

      5. Beats me. I can only manage four, and one of those is only an ologist in French (UK chiropodist, US podiatrist)

      6. I’m older than you. You’ll pick up a few more along the way. (At least I look older)

      7. Ah, but do you feel it? (69 in June, btw)

      8. 77 in May. No I do not.

  3. I had to check that last word to make sure the girls weren’t insulting you John. The place is coming along nicely.

    1. Thank you, David. It is getting there. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. It looks great, John! I always look forward to these posts. Happy Thursday!

    1. To you as well, Jill. Thank you.

  5. Love these girls, their parents, one particular mensch, and the property! Soon, girls, Pops will have it all done! โ™ฅ

    1. Soon, very soon. Thanks, Billy Ray.

      1. All the best, John! Quick note: There’s a bit of confusion with AUTHORSdb re. my password – should all be worked out soon. I’ve been a member for years, yet not too active for a while… โ™ฅ

      2. I sent you a message to just enter “Willett” and you should be good to go.

  6. Gwen Plano · ·

    The floors and baseboards look magnificent. Soon, all the frustrations will be something of the past, and pups will roam freely Maybe we could have an internet toast? ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Make mine sour dough. Oh, that’s not what you meant. Yes a toast. Last night we were surprised with the news that the stairs won’t be done for another week. The wrong parts came in and so a reorder is needed. (of course.) Thanks, Gwen.

  7. I look forward to hearing from the girls every week. Seems they’ve been roughing it. lol

    The headache’s almost over, John. Wishing you all the best.

    1. Thank you, Staci.

  8. Loved this one. Great to see them use the word Mensch too.

    1. Thanks Charles. A little nod to you.

      1. Appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Their take on this is adorable, John. The new floor is looking great. I got a kick out of Bailey and Candy Crush. Hugs.

    1. Ha haha. Thanks, Teagan. Hugs.

  10. Lucy does not look happy in that first pic – but the floors look great!

    1. Thank you, Teri. She is okay. I caught her when she was sulking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Speaking as a contractor (which I must be, since I have to pay contractor’s liability insurance) I can assure you that you’re not the only one eager to finish up the job! It looks great, John.

    1. I’m sure. Thanks, Linda.

  12. Gosh John, around here, the cats have to sign off on before any renovation begins. Heck, I need to get their approval to start the Roomba.

    1. I understand. We had the same restrictions with Stella before she passed. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Cats can be so controlling. On the other hand, all Scooter wants out of life is to roll in the remains of a dead skunk.

      2. Life is easy that way. ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. OMG, the mani-peds did it for me. Good thing you have that elevator, John.
    I’m still giggling!

    1. I’m glad we gave you a fun moment, Mae.

  14. This pictures in this one are beyond great. Serious looks at all the goings on. Great post.

    1. Thank you, Craig. They were actually interested in the new space. They hadn’t seen it before.

  15. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell delights us with another episode featuring his furry kids, Lucy and Bailey, and the progress on the floor replacement project. Please enjoy and share.

    1. Thank you for the reblog, John

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  16. Wow, look at the progress! Sure, I know it *feels* like forever to you and the girls, but I know you’re reminding yourselves that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Dallas says he wishes he had an elevator so his achy hips wouldn’t have to climb three levels of stairs (and his mama says he’s too … ahem, heavy … to carry!!)

    1. Lucy does appreciate the lift. (pun intended) Thanks, Debbie.

  17. Oh, these two! They are a joy. Glad to see progress!

    1. Thank you, Jan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Looking good, John! I love the color of the floor.

    1. We do too. Thanks, Jo. It is a change from the other for sure.

  19. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    More domestic rediscovery for Lucy and Bailey – they might be a bit phased for now by the refurbs, but I’m sure they’ll like their new floors even better than the old ones! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you for the reblog, Jan

    1. Thank you , Adam.

  20. Seeing the progress and your girls brings a smile to my face. Looking good.

    1. Glad for the smile, Audrey.

  21. Love the new flooring, John. You have a beautiful home!

    1. Thank you, Jacquie. Such a nice compliment.

  22. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Looks nice! I wouldn’t want to go down those stairs and ruin my mani-pedi either:) My favorite picture is of the girls looking down the stairs. It could be a perfect writing prompt!

    1. Ha ha ha. Please feel free to pen one. Thanks, Denise.

  23. I love those two character, John. The floor looks pretty good. I’m surprised the baseboard is back up again. Tell Lucy those guys are making good progress. Then again, I’m not living with the mess.

    1. The baseboard guy was a whiz.. He caulked and painted al the boards in two days. Nice job too.

      1. I would still be there…with caulk everywhere.

  24. These two ladies (love โ€˜em) need to have their blankies and lovies. Theyโ€™ll be fine. Kids and dogs rebound quickly. Love the post, John.

    1. They are feeling much better. They have their couch back.

      1. Thank goodness!

  25. with such character and such expressions.
    Where did you find dogs (if I may call them that) with such character and expressions on their faces?

    if I may call them thatJ

    1. They are rescues and a joy to us. They do have a lot of expressions. Thank you, Ronnie. ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Forgive the chopped up typing job!

  27. Boss man knows not to mess with the mani-pedi! lol

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Marc.

  28. Love these two! It’s wonderful to see it coming together, John. Patience is a virtue indeed.
    Happy weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Patience is a learned virtue too, Natalie. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. The puppies’ exile looks better than most people’s homes, John.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks Hook

  30. Your floors look great, John, and the photo of the girls looking downstairs made me laugh out loud. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are too cute! Happy Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Lauren. That was an unposed picture. They were really looking.

      1. Too cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. You go girls, make sure you get your priorities right [smile]

  32. Does Bailey get to ride the lift?

    1. Yes. She enjoys the stairs though. Lucy is 100% lift.

  33. I just wanna hang out with those two! You are such a funny guy, John.

    1. Thank you so much, Cheryl.

      1. On to the weekend!

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