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No shower or tub? Just use the lake

Published 10:48am Friday, July 5, 2013

“How about an early birthday present?” John asked.

I perked up because I love presents and my birthday. He had my full attention.

“You are going to tell me?” I respond in disbelief.

He never tells me anything, on purpose, just to torture me.

“I thought I’d redo the bathroom over the Fourth, since I’m off, and also build you a bathtub.”

I victory lapped around the room. It is an adult milestone once you find yourself geeking out over bathtubs and home improvement projects.

Fun fact to know and tell: baths are one of my absolute favorite things. I have been known to take up to two baths a day. During the wintertime, it may be because I’m cold. It may be a result of boredom. Or perhaps it has been a particularly long day and I can only recover with an Us Weekly and a glass of wine.

The craziest bathtub experience was on my honeymoon in Turks and Caicos at The Gansevoort. I could not figure out to run the water. It was very modern and there was no faucet that I could see. I finally located a knob and pulled it, hoping for the best. To my surprise, water jet streamed down from the ceiling. It was insane. It also quickly became annoying because it would splash up on your reading material.

Our little cinderblock cabin only has one full bathroom, and it is covered in 1960s peach and baby blue tile. It was time for a facelift.

When we chose our cabin, I felt a little let down that there was not a bathtub, but I looked out the window at our great point and decided I could live with that … for the time being.

I knew exactly what I wanted in a bathroom. I wanted white subway tile and black and white hexagon tile floor – with copper accents.

We knew we had to take advantage of the warm weather and do this project now. As a result of this 3-4 day project, our current bathtub is Lake Martin.

Post-workout Tuesday, I collected a towel and shampoo and jumped straight into the water with my workout clothes still on. It was invigorating. With my hair freshly shampooed, I walked back up through the yard with my hair wrapped up in a towel. No sweat!

It is summertime on Lake Martin, and it is a rite of passage to partake in a lake bath. Keep some shampoo and a bar of soap on the dock. It is a time saver. However, this stormy weather may affect my hygiene over the next few days. Do not judge.

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. Contact Howell at to keep her In the Loop of events.

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