Hello! I cannot believe it is August! Summer has just started to kick in, so hopefully we have two great months of beautiful weather ahead of us. I think we will.
Well, I can’t say July was the best month, but we are onto a new month and doing just fine! July 12th we had a fire in our bathroom. We are still unsure how it happened, but we think a candle sparked to catch our hanging towel on fire. It all happened so fast; we were right there and in and out of the bathroom even after the candle was lit. It was a new pillar candle that I had just lit that day. We will never know for sure, but everyone is safe and it happened and we are moving on from it. The first two days were hard, but every day since then has gotten easier. Now we are more than fine, but dealing with the mess. Although the fire was contained to the bathroom, the sprinklers were on about 40 minutes…..water damage hit 14 units and 5 hallways. Yes, lovely.
I wrote the following to my Instagram- GlamourGirlChicago/Facebook -The Glamour Girl Home after it happened.
I am thankful and blessed to have a great life, but with that said, everyone has crap they go through in life. One week ago today we had a fire in our master bathroom, while the fire was contained to the bathroom, the sprinklers went off for over 30 min. Water went down 5 floors and into many many units. Water damage is a nightmare. We have a mess to deal with in the next month or two, but hopefully the insurance and repairs go smoothly. We just got through our big renov…ation so at least we are pretty good living in caous. This time around isn’t fun, but I thank God no one was hurt. Once we got outside that night, the first thing I did was thank him. My husband tried to stop the fire, but once the sprinklers went off it blew up the fire before putting it out. I’ll never forget that picture of him running out with the fire spread in the entire bathroom behind him. He ran out with not a burn mark on him, just full of black soot and water. I know they say everything happens for a reason, so hopefully we don’t have to wait long until we see the reason for this fire. We are going to be just fine though, you just have to keep on going in life to get through bad things. Our family and friends have been so thoughtful during this shitty time and we are so thankful for them. 🌞Today is a new day and we might even try to do something fun later today. I always want life to be rainbows and lollipops and even though I am well aware it’s not that way, I am going to keep my same attitude. It’s who I am. 🌈🍭
Fast forward to today. It was 3 weeks ago yesterday, and we have been moving fast. I think 3 more weeks and the house will be back to normal. Since we have already lived through a long renovation, this is nothing. The insurance adjustor told us to get a hotel that first week, but little did he know we have lived through way worse. lol The night of the fire, the firemen ripped both toilets off so that they could get the water out. So yes, we lived without toilets for a day and a musty, wet house for a week, so what, we lived without a kitchen for over a month trying to keep food on our balcony during the coldest winter ever and then we lived without a shower/bathtub for another month. We told the insurance guy we were just fine sleeping in our home.
So while it really stinks it had to happen pretty much at the end of our renovation, and of course any other place we would not have cared about as much, we just have to clean it all up and move on. The good news is we picked out high quality materials the first time that could withstand the fire and water damage. Most of our stuff was able to be dry cleaned and professionally cleaned. Our bathroom is getting taken care of by an outside crew, but for the most part it’s my handy husband doing all the work. He’s choosing to do most of the work, since he wants it done his way. I’m just cleaning and reorganizing more along the way.
I added green velvet contact paper to our built in storage benches this weekend. Easy fix to not look at the water stains every time we open.
So that was our July, but I’m thinking August is going to be a great month. I know I am nearing the end of this blog, but I won’t end it with a fire post, so I will see you next month!
Follow me on Instagram – GlamourGirlChicago
Facebook – The Glamour Girl Home