OK folks, I'm just letting everyone know where we are with stuff.
staying in the local travel lodge, about 2 miles from our home, until
our possessions arrive from Australia around the beginning of May. DH
starts his new job on Monday after only 2 weeks of his expected 3 weeks
off between jobs, because of the delay getting out of Australia. It's a
shame he hasn't more time, but he does have two short weeks because of
Easter. Also he'll be working sensible hours, at least until the new job
gets under-way. He'll be home in the daylight!
air-freight arrives tomorrow. That will include clothes, my iron (YAY),
the printer/scanner, some computer equipment, and some of my scrapping
stuff. I'll be honest, I'm not 100% sure what got packed in the air
freight in the end, so it will be interesting to see it again, even though I have no furniture to scrap on yet, or time to play. The Dyson vacuum cleaner is also in there,
although DH has to mend the switch before I can use it, as it stopped
staying on literally the morning that it got packed. DH had to carry the
dratted thing around after me holding the button in while I vacuumed up
some of the dust. Ironic huh?
So after he's back in work, I'll get to work on the decorating. I've stripped the paper off the box room walls except behind the radiator, which DH has to help me drain and take off
before Monday. Then I have to seal the new plaster and then paint that
room, ceiling and walls. I've chosen the palest pink imaginable, with
light-reflecting particles. It should go well with mushroom-coloured
carpet and be perfect for a tiny room.
Then we have the
study/scrap room to do. That's the one which had a roof leak just after
I left for Australia last year, and it still has a lot of drying out to
do before I can paint. Thankfully it wasn't one of the rooms I
decorated last year. DH discovered that the best way of getting the
paint off the damp wall was with a vacuum cleaner! It obviously has
never been sealed properly, and it was coming off with the most satisfying "fffffffthup, ffffffthup" noises. Buuuuut that wall really is pretty lumpy now, so we have the choice of getting someone in again to skim it (rolling eyes) before painting, or making the most of the current fashion of the feature wallpaper and just covering it up. Whatever we do I'm sticking with blue. I love blue.
That's all we have to do decorating-wise before the shipment arrives. But we also have to have a new boiler and one new radiator installed, and all radiator valves
replaced. A minimum of two weeks after that, the new carpets can go in.
Then the furniture can go back in, and finally the new kitchen will
start to be installed at the beginning of June. So much to think about.
As far as crafting is concerned, I'm going to be taking a holiday for a while. I'm missing it already, but priorities are priorities. I hope you're all still there when I come back! Happy spring!