So this is the post where I have a big whinge
about how hard everything has been this week,
and how we are coping with the messiest
stage of the building.
Feel free to skip it and look at some pretty pictures
I'm writing this so we can look back one day and laugh.
Or say "was it really that bad??
Why, we can hardly remember it.
And it's all been worth it"
So ... here goes:
What's been off-limits for whole days at a time:
living room/dining room/craft area
(except to walk quickly through)
carport and sometimes the driveway
(and it's been raining)
study (full of stuff)
girls' room (ditto)
bathroom (shower & basin)
Which explains why I spent a few days mostly shopping.
The mess and noise:
5 men talking in 5 different accents and various languages
cigarette smoke wafting inside
orbital sander and heat gun
globs of wet plaster left behind ... everywhere
globs of dry plaster left behind .... everywhere
Heavy rain all week = lots of mud
dropsheets down the hall
(because what's the point of moving them
with mud and dust everywhere?)
Every piece of furniture in the affected rooms
covered in plastic dropsheets
gyprock and paint staying wet in the rainy weather
On top of which ...
the girls started school
(taking up hems, labelling, shopping for stationery,
long long stories after school & more requests for
stationery, school meetings, packing lunches, covering books)
I started piano teaching and bible study again
the dishwasher broke down
the list of jobs to do this weekend keeps growing
the weather is cold and wintry and dark
and the rain just won't stop coming down.
Next week: more of the same, plus fine white dust everywhere.
And then we turn the corner, only small jobs after that,
a bit (a lot) more painting for us to do, carpet,
and moving in.
. . .
However, amongst the mess
there have been some quiet days
where no one has been in
while we wait for the gyprock to dry.
So I did get the study tidied up
and I can use the whole house again for now.
Which makes it all bearable.
The quiet before the storm.
We just have to focus on the end of the building,
and the fun part to come,
which is well and truly in sight.