The Porcelain Sink

“Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.”

For most of my seven decades, the complexities of each day demanded more than I could give. Reflecting on it all, I managed to do the right thing 25-35% of the time. I think.

The rest of it I made a royal mess of.

So, as I move through the twilight years, simplicity has become my ataraxia. Single syllables. Life is surprisingly easy when the madness and caprice is eliminated.

Recently we engaged in a mission that required time, money, and decisions. We don’t have a lot of time and very little money. As for decisions, especially those that relate to color and style, I’ve developed a fondness for procrastination.

So…………….the task of remodeling the RV with new furniture, a new floor, and new curtains as well as repairing the integrity of our structure destroyed by years at a gate in the oil patch took on a daunting vastitude.

Somehow we muddled through it all.

Despite thousands of dollars, several weeks, and hundreds of miles, the crown jewel of it all, for me, is something very simple.

A porcelain sink.


It is the one thing I did myself. I measured myself. I went to Lowes myself. I selected a new sink myself. I installed it myself.

It wasn’t hard to do. Actually, it was very simple. And it was only $39. The least expensive repair we made. But it was the only task I performed and I did good.

My God but I love that porcelain sink. Something I got right.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

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6 Responses to The Porcelain Sink

  1. Vickie says:

    I saw the other photos of your reno and loved what you guys did. I laughed when I read your final quote. You give more time than I ever did. Our question always had a short term…will it matter a year from now? Yours makes more sense because I’d always yell in frustration, “Yes, it WILL still matter a year from now!” Now, I’m older and I let go of the “small things” in a shorter amount of time…which equals the amount of time left in my life! I try to stay away from people who try to project their negativity on me. Fortunately, you are a positive influence:)


  2. Mark Bass says:

    Here’s the deal. I’m not stupid, I understand RV manufacturers are trying to save a dime. However, I wonder if any of them ever took the time to figure out how much a little quality (especially in bulk) might impress a customer. I would gladly pay a couple of thousand dollars extra for quality plumbing, real wood, nice carpets and flooring and a porcelain sink (and throne). And I bet I’m not the only one.


    • Texas Heat says:

      Your take on this post is interesting. Quality and craftsmanship were not points of concern. A symbol of achievement was. But that’s OK. For the record, I agree with your point.


  3. blueheron98 says:

    Porcelain sink & toilet… I love them both-LOL!
    Are you retiring from the gate?


    • Texas Heat says:

      We are not retiring. Go back first week in Sept. Just took some time off. Is your birthday 8/8? My wife’s is 8/8. Meant to ask you that on FB.

      On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM, Texas Heat wrote:



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