Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Monday, 29 March 2021
Friday, 26 March 2021
Last night I went to bed early to read for a while.
Only I didn't pick up my book I picked up my phone. Two hours later as the hands of the clock passed midnight I looked up. I had played my word puzzle game, I had caught up with Instagram and I had had 'a quick look at TikTok' ... I hadn't read my book at all.
This morning as I woke up I pondered this straight away.
What a waste of time ... it had left me unfulfilled, dissatisfied and with little flashes of light in my eyes rather than a satisfying turning down of a corner and happy putting down of a book. So before I had even cleaned my teeth or put the kettle on, I sat up in bed and uninstalled most of the time wasters from my phone, I had unfollowed people and companies on Facebook that constantly send me messages and I put my book in a prominent place ready for tonight.
Tonight I will read about the family that sold all their belongings and bought a barge to cruise up and down the canals making jewellery and enriching their children's lives, and I won't turn the light off wondering why somebody would film a little clip for TikTok of 'a brave person' rescuing a little drowning puppy as it's mother ran up and down the side of the deep water panicking ... while they filmed it and did nothing at all to help.
Heading back to simplicity one uninstall at a time.
Thursday, 25 March 2021
I went into the bedroom yesterday to fetch something and look what I spied.
I just had to tickle those pretty little feet ...
... and look who popped out.
Ginger is settling in well to his temporary home here at the flat and is getting used to sitting on the doorstep for fresh air whenever I pop out to the recycling bins. Although he's really not used to people being able to walk so close to our door, and if he hears anyone talking or walking along the road that leads to the riverbank he scoots back in to safety. He's slightly braver at night when it's dark and will come out with the dogs when they go out for their last toilet break, but for now he's happiest and very content to be indoors
It won't be long until he has a small garden to call his own territory, and hopefully he'll let us share it with him.
The dogs seem happy enough. Suky is over her dental work and fully recovered, and although Mavis was a bit unsure of the new routines at first she has finally settled down now that she's been here for almost two full weeks.
So all is well in animal world. which makes life in our human world very happy too.
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
So as you can see I have been thinking about, and indeed still am thinking about so much. We are going to the properties today to take more measurements and to get the info needed that the window repair people have asked for as we are having some of Alan's windows repaired, a very necessary cat-flap fitted into his back door in a new panel, and we are also having all the locks changed.
First though it's time for some lunch.
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Now imagine this with the cupboards at either side of the radiator cover a little bit wider and therefore the shelves too. The cupboards used for a couple of my larger pots and dishes and the shelves full of cookbooks and in the middle instead of a television ... a drop down table leaf. When it's closed to give the kitchen/hallway more space it has one of my favourite pictures on view and when it's open is the perfect little table for two people to sit at or me to spread out my reading material and mugs and bowls.
It could of course also have some narrow shelves behind that could hold salt, pepper and anything else that I wanted to keep ready for table use to save me jumping up and down, that would be neatly hidden from sight when the table was folded up.
I'm finding things like this and making a sort of mood board to show the kitchen fitters when we meet with them on Friday morning and have a chat about re-doing both kitchens. If they can manufacture something like this to tie in with my new kitchen units it would be brilliant.
What do you think?
Sunday, 21 March 2021
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Looking back at the house from Chicken World.
The Chicken Shed.
Walking across the front of our garage, looking towards the view I will miss.
The Tunnels and the Veggie Patch
Including brewing up supplies, a New Home card ... and a cheeky bottle of wine.
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
I'm in no rush to move into my new place, yes I have the key from next week and that is exciting but it's from then on that I will be making more solid plans. For now I am just dreaming and pondering over what I could have.
As I said on the previous posts, I swing one way and then the next and while I am in that frame of mind I won't make any drastic changes. But hey, even if I did when you only have 341 square feet to worry about there's not much that can go too drastically wrong.
The boilers in both properties have been serviced so we know they are safe, the repairs that needed doing to the house have been done and the cost shared between us and the vendors, so we both know we have safe, secure and fully working homes to go to.
All I am planning for sure is a complete redecoration right the way through my little home by professional painters and decorators. I have spent far too long working on my homes in the past, tiring myself out in the process and making me fall out of love with them right from the get-go, that I think it's time now that I am in the position to be able to do it and make my own mind up about it, to have someone else do it for me and in the process support a small, local business.
That reminds me I must take down the swing this weekend!!
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
I love this image.
The lacy drapes at the windows, the pot plants on the windowsill, books and blousy roses in a vase on the old table. I can imagine myself at the window drinking in the view of the gorgeous Spring flower filled garden. Wafting around in my lightweight 'posh frock' and sipping my coffee out of a delicate bone china cup.
Monday, 8 March 2021
Haha ... nope, I'm moving away from this particular one 😄
Then I Googled simply 'Cluttered Kitchens' and just got a page of something that looked like it came off a hoarding show ... most definitely not the way forward.
So what do I like:
I like clean lines ... and battered edges.
I like white ... and a riotous patchwork of colour.
I like easy cleaning ... and wood and stone with nooks and crannies.
I like airy and bright ... and cosy and subdued.
I like clear space ... and I like my things all around me.
I hope in one way that the kitchen is in such good condition, that to rip it out and start again would be a crime, but I remember doors slightly askew, a missing oven and wasted space in a tiny area. I only need to hold my patience for just under two weeks and I will have my keys. Then my mind will have to be made up and choices will have to be made.