Monday, 5 December 2016

Memorandum Monday - is kitchen sink day

We have had a busy weekend. We bought a little heater for the cellar, just to take the edge off the cold down there. It works a treat. That's a new thing. We also bought a new light fitting for the breakfast room - I still call it that even though it is really the dining part of the kitchen-diner. We also bought a doormat to go by the door in the cellar. This means that after a hard day digging my enormous (18 feet by 15 feet and mostly paved except for a flower bed) garden I won't track mud through the house. I am teasing a bit here because the doormat is an excellent idea to keep those little gritty stones from reaching my wooden stairs.
The new sink will go over in that corner
 My kitchen is long and narrow and tailored to my needs - mostly. The wall units all have a top shelf that I cannot reach and I was grumbling in my head about this until I thought
"My carers can worry about that!"
End of problemo!
No, they are not dancing just discussing next moves
 The glimpse of "my" builders is something very rare. I just love the way they discuss each step of the way. They talk quietly, map out the next moves and then just get on with it. As a long time watcher of people it has been a really fascinating experience for me to see a father and son so in tune with each other. Each contributing and each listening to the other.
Friday night the guys have gone home leaving temporary worktops
Now we can see the shape of things to come
 There will be a new floor. It will co-ordinate with the worktops which are a sandy-brown swirly colour much lighter than the brown you can see. That is actually the back of the boards that will go on the walls.
Monday will bring the real worktop and a sink that works
No more washing up in a bowl balanced on the toilet seat
As I write I can hear the jigsaw cutting and there is also a drill. They are going to put the shelves into the one larder unit today so I can start to fill them with the contents of the old larder - there will be a sink with hot and cold water, the electrics will be done AND food can go into the larder.
See that teeny tiny light in the distance? that's the end of the tunnel! Hurrah

My  thanks to Sian over at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing even in the darkest part of this tunnel of work.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Me on Monday - Dry and Dark

There are no pictures. I had no electricity or water for most of the morning. For some reason the stress has captured me today. I can't do anything I want to do because......... I have no idea why not I just cannot settle to anything.
It seems that the moment the water is turned off your bladder is suddenly FULL and needs emptying and that's when you realise that the "for now" place for the new dishwasher (still in its packaging) is the doorway to the downstairs loo. This means going upstairs - again - to the bathroom and I just don't want to!!

Having the front door, the cellar door and the kitchen window all open at the same time meant that any vestige of heat in the house was gone with the howling wind. I took off the thin bodywarmer and put on the thick one, then I took that off and put the thin one on and then the thick one over the top. Seriously considered going back to bed but I just knew that there would be constant knocks on the door as I was consulted over something.

Now I am in the study, can't close the door because the innards of the new larder unit are leaning on it, my feet under the desk just inches from the radiator and the bettermaker quilt taucked around me to stave off the draught

The joys of refurbishment

My thanks to Sian over at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing even in the most odd circumstances

Friday, 25 November 2016

I declare our house officially FULL!

The empty space where my kitchen will go. Note in the bottom left corner a cool box that is run on electricity this replaced the fridge that is now in the cellar and will be full of water and pop very soon

The same space after the delivery man had nearly finished. I had to put a plaster on his finger because he couldn't rip the packaging off it. "Were you a nurse?" he asked. "No I'm a mother, we can do these things" I replied. 

Looking along the hall from the breakfast room: note the end panels against the wall and lots of unidentified long boxes. Also note that I am quickly becoming fluent in kitchen-fitter speak

Looking at the same stuff from the study door. 

The worktops waiting to continue their journey upstairs to the back landing

The front room before the new fridge-freezer went in there. I can still just get in there to sit and elevate my legs and watch TV if I want to. It is rather claustrophobic though
So that was Friday. The guys will be back on Monday to finish the electrics and water downstairs and then they move the washing machine and the sink and the building of my new kitchen will start. I will be sorting and moving stuff on Sunday but tomorrow we are going out.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Phase two begins - Emptying

This was the kitchen on Tuesday

This is the kitchen on Thursday

Units now in nice clean cellar work tops
will be added tomorrow

Those shelves still to be sorted and cleaned
The wall cabinets go up tomorrow

Final placing of those cupboards

Monday, 21 November 2016

Memorandum Monday - Dips, that's plural right?

We went out for lunch on Saturday because I can sit in the front of the hire car provided while our car is being fixed. We like the Hungry Horse chain and there is one in our twon now so we thought that while breakfast wasn't so good there a few weeks ago, they could be better at lunch.

NOPE, nope definitely not.

Make no mistake the food is good - except for the dips and I will get to those - but the service is just AWFUL.

We arrived at the place at 12.40pm it was Saturday so we expected to find the place full. it was just about half full and most tables had at least one child crying. OK so we can cope with screaming kids as long as they stay at their own table.
We chose from the menu and Mr M went to the bar to order and pay. The till receipt was timed at 12.58pm Mr M came back to the table with his cold drink and five minutes later the barman walked past and tried to give my coffee to another customer. Then we waited.

and waited

and waited.

at 1.40pm Mr M went back to the bar and asked how much longer we had to wait and they said "Your meals are being plated up now"

It took another ten minutes before the food arrived and then we had to wait for them to bring us the cutlery to be able to eat it.

Mr M had the Tikka Banquet which comes with poppadoms and dips. Usually, in other Hungry Horse pubs he gets a sourcream and mint dip and a mango chutney dip. This time he got two dishes of the same stuff. It tasted like a mixture of vinegar and mustard and was swimming in oil.

I have sent my thoughts to Green KIng, the brewery company that owns the chain and we will not be returning to that particular venue until they have done serious staff training.

My thanks to Sian at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing

Monday, 14 November 2016

Me on Monday - Coping

We are into week three of the great refurbishment and Mr M has learned that he can cope with strangers in his house and I have learned that I can cope with him coping.
The new kitchen window is now fitted and looks wonderful. The bonus is that this one can be opened, something we had forgotten could happen because the old one bent one of its metal bits. Opening it wasn't a problem but closing it, well, that took The Big Screwdriver, The Smaller Screwdriver and The Funny Metal Bar thingy (sorry about the technical terms) together with brute force and ignorance and a lot of swearing.
Now I have a window that I can open and close with one hand - luxury!

The cellar continues to improve and will be decidedly better when they fix the leaky drain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The door has now been fitted and sealed with insulation and the floor is nearly completely dry after its jet-washing and scraping.

YS has started decorating the bathroom and the new bathroom door will be fitted tomorrow. Did I mention that I went into the bathroom at 5am one day last week and because it is a bi-fold door I did the customary flick of the wrist to shut it and it came off in my hand. I believe I said on Farcebook that I... "didn't cry, I just leaned it against the wall, had a wee and got on with my life"

I have found somewhere for all the tools that my Dad brought here that no one wants a charity called Tools for Self Reliance Cwmru. The take old and neglected tools and stuff and refurbish them for sale and also they make up kits and take them to Africa where they teach people how to use them so they can be self reliant - sewing machines and blacksmithing and mechanics tools. I have so much for them.

Dinner on Sunday evening with Lady B, It was a good evening. We understand each other so well and we trust each other with confidences so I could tell her the latest news without having to watch my word in case something upset her. When it got hard she said "Right, change of subject" and we moved on.I suppose its at times like these that you discover just how much you care about people. I knew I loved her, just didn't realise how much

My Thanks to Sian at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing

Friday, 11 November 2016

Fank FFF it's Friday

we are coping , no honestly we are coping. Mr M is getting used to having builders in our house and we are at that point where everything is beginning to come together.
New window, waiting. You can see the barricade around the hole
where the handrail and spindles will go next week

Window fitter removing old window. Brave man, he is 15 feet above
the ground there

New window, fitted. beautiful

Meanwhile down in the cellar we have a new door. waiting for finishing