2 July 2013

sneak peak into H's bedroom cupboard
sneak peak into H’s bedroom cupboard
F's cupboard door handles
F’s cupboard door handles

Today I’m sharing some of the things I love about our new rooms.  Instead of getting bogged down by what I’ve got to do, I am going to enjoy what has been done and what we have gained.   The chaos downstairs will get sorted slowly but surely over the next wee while.  These things take time (good line for a song).

view from my bed
view from my bed – shutters are fab
upstairs bathroom
upstairs bathroom
how long have I loved these radiators? now I have one in my bedroom
how long have I loved these radiators? now I have one in my bedroom

Other Stuff

Instagram is something I’ve been aware of for some time but have never really got into, I’m wary of it I guess.  This post from  Tales from a Happy House Instagram has changed my mind, now I’m keen to get on and use it.  My goal is a photo a day for the whole of the school holidays.  I will let you know once I’ve got organised with a name and so on, technoteenboy will be on hand if I get stuck

Daisies cannot be beaten – look at these super hair accessories being modelled by the gorgeous H.  Wish I’d got myself some now.

love a daisy
love a daisy

The Glasonbury father returned eventually last night.  Tired, brown and happy that he was home after a super-long bus journey.   The kids all have their very own Glasto t-shirts now, H and F have all the bands that played on their backs – one is not that great for a 5 year old to notice.  Never mind. L has a Rolling Stones one which he absolutely loves. It’s good to have C back xx

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Day Seventy-Three

Yesterday nothing happened works wise but we did move the big cupboards that have been taking up a huge amount of the hall.  The hall is now clear and tidyish – it feels massive – a bit like ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ by Julia Donaldson.  The old lady in the story fills her tiny house up with animals so that it’s seriously overcrowded, she’s guided by a wise old man.  When she gets rid of them all she feels like the house is much bigger and better than ever before.  Great message there.

new shower and screen
new shower and screen
Haven't seen that wee corner of the hall for months.
Haven’t seen that wee corner of the hall for months.
H looking out - yes, it was that sunny today, gorgeous
H looking out – yes, it was that sunny today, gorgeous
slightly useable front room with L's desk
slightly useable front room with L’s desk

We have the last shower and screen in place, it looks brilliant and huge – need to wait a bit to use it though.  The grout in the upstairs bathroom had a little issue which is now fixed thank goodness.  The front room is now useable, in a kind  of haphazard mismatched kindof way, L needs to study for some end of year exams so it’s only fair he has somewhere that does not look like an obsessive hoarder’s house.

Other Stuff

The guineas thought they had gone to heaven today when I put them in some long long grass in their run.  They had a good go at it – just as well since the lawn mower is at the mender’s (up a wee st in Edinburgh that looks like an old Wild West set – really).

Guineas in the long long grass
Guineas in the long long grass

Well,  it’s that time again, have a brilliant weekend, I am hoping lots of painting and sorting is going to make the place an oasis of calm by Monday. as if!  xx

p.s. Sorry HC, no flowers for you today, hope you’re not too upset. xx

Day Sixty-Six and Sixty-Seven

The regeneration had a busy weekend so I’m doing the two days in one post.  It should really be 3, but who’s counting?  The upstairs radiators and shower screen went in along with some more painting and work on the bannister/hand rail.  The carpet has been ordered, at last, it is on the neutral theme after all, there’ll be a strict shoes off upstairs rule coming in I’m sure (we’ll all forget after a couple of weeks, knowing us).  The shower screen has been decided on, I think, just a case of finding the best price we can for it now, needless to say it’s way more than we expected to pay but when you are fussy that’s what always happens.

Here’s a wee visual roundup of what’s going on here at the moment.

blue skies through the skylight
blue skies through the skylight
bedroom at the back, started painting at last
bedroom at the back, started painting at last
back to front
back to front
front to back
front to back
shower screen in upstairs bathroom
shower screen in upstairs bathroom

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Other Stuff

F has an enterprise task on at school at the moment and he is keen to make and sell tablet to make money.  I looked out Mum’s recipe book and we made a batch.

tablet and with Mum's recipe
tablet and with Mum’s recipe – oops a bit out of focus

I was so sure we would undercook it  that it was a little overdone but my expert guest tester on Sunday said it was fine, she even gave F his first sale! My sister said, “yes, it looks just like Mum’s” followed by a funny look on her face.  I guess that means Mum often overdid it too – she’s probably who instilled the thought in my head in the first place.  Anyway, it tasted pretty good, it had the right grainy texture, it was just a bit too hard. F seemed pleased when he took a large lump of the seriously sugary stuff off to his business partner’s house yesterday. He’s off to P7 camp this week, it will be quiet here without him

His big brother has taken to watch the Simpsons in the little round and round chair. Have to say it doesn’t look that comfortable but he likes it.

teenboy in round and round chair
teenboy in round and round chair