Lately …

iPhone photo showing the macabre green stuff that got painted on my walls before they were skimmed.

iPhone photo showing the macabre green stuff that got painted on my walls before they were skimmed.


Lately it seems as if time has ghosted by and yet Christmas 2014 still feels as if it is as far away as the twenty-fifth century. And I have been absent from the blog. Again! That’s because, for the three weeks just gone by, I decamped to the back bedroom of my lilliputian house while a builder took over most of the rest of it. A diagram of my brain during that period would have shown that I was ninety-five per cent preoccupied with the building work, leaving a mere five per cent for dealing everything else. Yesterday the work was complete and I got my house, now transformed, back.

The builder wasn’t doing any work to my kitchen or bathroom, they are both projects for another day, so it was perfectly possible, if somewhat stressful, to live here while the work was done. Anyone that I told I was planning on staying put, thought that to do was the  distillation of insanity at one hundred per cent proof.  However it worked out well. I may have seemed like a mad idea but I am in agreement with one of my favourite poets Emily Dickinson who said: “Much madness is the divinest sense.” Not only did I save on the cost of alternative accommodation but I was on hand to check on progress

What suffered most during the three weeks were my healthy-ish eating habits. I lived on a merry-go-round of take away foods and ready prepared meals for the duration. Not to mention way too many cups of coffee and worse I have been greedily hovering up the biscuits I bought for the builders to eat. So once January dawns it’s definitely time to reverse that. I am also in need of more exercise so I am idly wondering whether I might join a gym. Maybe, just maybe!

I have much to do in the next four days so it’s time to make a super long to-do list. I hope your Christmas preparations are a great deal more on track than mine.

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  1. Most people I know have lived through a renovation while inhabiting the premises. It’s not easy that I know but one thing is that workmen tend to be more efficient, work more quickly and do a better job when you are hovering. Good for you and I hope it went well.

  2. I hope your life settles down and that you have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. H

    B sounds like perfect timing getting your home back for Christmas. Have a very happy one. Hx

    • Perfect timing indeed. The weekend was devoted to cleaning – most definitely not my most favourite activity. But now that’s it done and my furniture arrived back from storage I am able to enjoy my ‘new home’. I hope you have a super lovely Christmas. πŸ˜‰

  4. Surey Cousin

    Total insanity B! But looking forward to seeing the “after’ photos. Hope you cach up over the next four days and have a wonderful Christmas. XXX

  5. Wise to stay in situ, I think, to check on progress… I feel the need to up my exercise regime but can’t face the thought of a gym. Have a lovely Christmas and a happy, healthy year in 2015 πŸ™‚

  6. You were brave to camp out while the work was being done. I’m sure you are relieved. The downside is that you won’t have any workers to buy biscuits for. πŸ™‚

  7. This explains everything and you are excused your absence πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Now I just need a few photos of the newly delightful ‘des res’. Marry Christmas!

  8. No- don’t marry him! Well, only if it helps πŸ™‚

  9. Living though a construction is not easy but having done it…it is nice to be there on a daily basis to know exactly what is happening. Hoping your life gets back to normal soon and that you enjoy your “new” home. πŸ™‚

  10. What a busy and exciting time for you! I hope the renovations are to your liking when everything is finished πŸ™‚ I always have the hardest time motivating myself to go the gym… but I’m hoping to be a little more regular in January!

    • Yes thank you Heather the renovations are to my liking. Me too, I have difficulty motivating myself to go to a gym, that’s why I haven’t joined one for years. I am thinking I will take out (if I can) a three month membership and if I attend regularly I will join fully. πŸ˜‰

  11. It’s been an extremely busy month for me too so I’m glad you can get back to normal now. Merry Christmas!

  12. Having lived through a renovation, while living in the midst of it, I must say you are so much more gracious and forgiving than I ever was able to be. I admire you, to the MAX. Please lend me some of your graciousness. I wasn’t able to muster such savoir faire. You deserve applause!

    • Thank you SO much Tracy. Living here while the work was being done took more out of me than I realised as I am now feeling quite tired. My furniture (which was in storage) arrived back yesterday so the house is now normal again. I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas and I am sending you every good wish for a happy and healthy 2015. πŸ˜‰

  13. My son and I both suffer from “stress” eating.. our diets become just awful during exams.. and I’m not even writing them, lol! I hope you get that done soon and can get a semblance of normalcy to your life. Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas!

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