Grand Plans

Speaking to my Mum on the phone earlier, we both discussed the need to have a “good clear out”, something we’ll be forced into next month as we are getting a new kitchen fitted. What better time to declutter one room and try and build some momentum to carry into others.

As we are getting the kitchen done then there is, of course, other things to be thought about. Tiles for the walls, flooring, heating (the kitchen is too small for a radiator), and assorted soft furnishings and final fittings. Today we visited a couple of tile shops and we’ve managed to agree on both tiles and flooring, it’s a miracle. Honestly, we have different tastes when it comes to these things and whilst we’d both kind of agreed roughly what we were looking for (a grey tile for the walls, and probably slate for the flooring… slate effect laminate that is) we are both equally fussy about the finer details of such things.

That said, if we can be careful with costs it is possible we might be able to get the bathroom done as well, even if it’s just replacing the mushroom coloured suite for a nice white one, and retiling the place. We’ll see.

It’s pretty much all go here at the moment, with a lot happening. Not only are we dealing with kitchen paperwork and considerations, we are still getting to grips with Ollie even though he’s made it very easy for us by being so laidback about things, we need to replace the fence in the back garden as it blew down in the high winds on Monday night (this time last year the other side was damaged!), we have our nephew’s 21st birthday next weekend, we are off to Spain early February and I’m down in London the week after that.

I’ve also been tasked with producing a long list of my ‘best’ photos, from which Louise will choose her favourite 12 to put up on the walls. We have the picture frames bought, having been inspired by Heather and Jon, so the onus is on me to get the next stage complete.

And finally, when the weather clears a little, we’ll need to paint the fence in the back garden and the porch needs re-varnished.

I really, REALLY, shouldn’t have bought a Wii…


  1. Debster said:

    Wow I can be the first! So kind … and surely the long list pf best photos should include one of Ollie being cute. I also liked Dooce, it was a very good idea although alas I already have more pictures up than the National Gallery.

    Better to have got a Wii than a Pu, the next generation …

    January 13, 2008
  2. Peggy said:

    Ooh! You bought the Wii! Fun aren’t they! I am already a pro bowler!

    Good luck with the clearing.

    My advice:

    1. If there is any debate about keeping an item or getting rid of it, get rid of it.

    2. If one of you is more brutal than the other one about getting rid of junk. That person should do the initial clear-out and the other person should just leave for a couple of hours so as to not undermine the work of the other. The person not clearing shouldn’t come home until all evidence of what has been thrown out has gone.

    January 13, 2008
  3. Cat said:

    I did a wardrobe de-clutter at the weekend. More space for new clothes, plus stuff to charity. Everyone’s a winner.

    January 14, 2008
  4. mum said:

    Why don’t you work a reward system – 1 hour working =15minutes on Wii – or vice versa!! Forgot you had it or we would have been through for a go!! Small matter of a jump next Saturday to put in the equation – from a plane that is…..!

    January 15, 2008
  5. hans stolte said:

    Download TVersity media server and steam yer vids to yer Wii 🙂

    January 15, 2008
  6. hans stolte said:

    Gordons mum, go to bed!

    January 15, 2008
  7. mum said:

    No point Hans – I just toss and turn (maybe I should rephrase that!) I’m better surfing until I get RSI from the mouse, then I have a cuppa, do a bit of ironing then nod off eventually. I’ve found I need less and less sleep as I get older and it’s best not to fight it.

    January 17, 2008

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