Rhiannon Enjoys Brushed Nickel in the Bath

The bathroom is finished. Now the pixies that live under my bed can come out at night and magically apply primer and paint.

In a perfect world this could happen. In the real world the spouse and I have to scrub and sand and apply primer and paint ourselves. We did however nab two decorative plates for the bathroom for $6 each. We also have the shower curtain and some display towels and a glass.


It is small, but compared to the previous 1969 pink bathtub, the blue and black tiles, and the peel and stick vinyl tiles where the pattern had worn off, it is clean and bright. Paint and decorative elements will perk it up. I spent money on good fixtures.



Your home is your castle, and slumbering under an old bathtub and years of wear is a new baby waiting to spring out. Well, not quite.

This is the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon. She had an affinity for horses, but her story is rather a horrible one of having been falsely accused of infanticide and then of cannibalizing her baby. She did penance for it although she didn’t do it. The baby was eventually found and also grew to be a leader and also had an affinity for horses.

Rhiannon treated the first man who was betrothed to her very badly, so maybe she needed a bit of penance and humility? I find her a good example of how we can treat others badly, and yet in turnabout we can be gossiped about and abandoned, lied about.

Inner truth is important, and it’s important to question our own beliefs and what others say. I like that Sue says “We are all magical people, just in our own ways.”

Rhiannon might have had a better life if she had remembered this about others. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater Rhiannon.




8 thoughts on “Rhiannon Enjoys Brushed Nickel in the Bath

  1. What an interesting take on Rhiannon’s story, the need to stay with your Inner Truth! Good luck with the priming and painting, sounds like you are following your own priorities well – take care of the basics and the prettiness is secondary.

    • If I’m really honest I want pretty and good bones!

      But you know Chloe, there is something very fine about a brushed nickel faucet, the weight of it in the hand, the heft of it.

    • Oh Bev, this wringing out, we are told to expect it never to happen, but it always happens. I am quite sure Rhiannon learned her lesson.

      Years ago I remember reading of a case where a forensic anthropologist had to build the face of a murdered girl from the skull. He said it wasn’t too hard to get a good likeness because she was a young teenager and “Life’s truck hadn’t run over her yet.”

      My husband and I often turn to each and say “Life’s truck” and shrug.

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