It is so nice to finally have time to blog, although I admit that given my frame of mind over the past couple of weeks it's probably a good thing for everyone that I haven't had time. I've been a right Moaning Minnie (as Mum would say). If I was a cartoon, there would have been a little black raincloud above my head for the past two weeks. Nothing has felt right. We haven't been eating properly, I haven't kept on top of any household chores. I haven't been baking or making. We have spent our evenings eating chocolate and/or fast food, downing sherry and/or wine and watching a lot of TV, trying to ignore the smelly damp bombsite that has been our house.
It was only the dining room floor that needed work but it turned our little world upside down. A particular low point, for me, was when we were forced to enter the house last Saturday by clambering through the living room window using a stepladder, carefully negotiating the three rosebushes below. (The dining room floor wasn't dry as quickly as expected and we couldn't use the front door). I, having opted for what I considered to be the most ladylike way to climb into the window*, swiftly became wedged at an awkward angle. One leg in, one leg out. Like the hokey cokey but less fun and atop a step ladder. Embarrassingly, I had to back my way out of the window and down the stepladder so that my stepson and husband could climb back out of the living room to help me get in. It was like a real-life Professor Layton puzzle, though far less dignified given that we live on a main road. Not my finest moment. I dealt with it in a very British way, however, and managed a chirpy 'hello' and brisk little wave to the passing neighbour walking her dog. She called a jolly 'hello' back and, in a similarly typical British fashion, did not mention the fact that I was wedged in the window, seemingly all alone.
Thankfully, the work is almost finished (just the edging and a threshold-thingy to fit) and our furniture delivery is imminent (maybe this week, I'm told). Yay!
So things are slowly being put back in their proper place and I am looking forward to having a dining table again. The room is much warmer now that it has a proper floor and I am pleased with the way it is taking shape.
Having to vacate the house for long periods of time has had its plus points, of course. The dog has enjoyed a lot of walks through the village, for one thing. I remembered to take my phone last weekend to get a few photos.
We walk this way every single day and I like to pick out reference points where I can watch the seasons changing.
The horse often trots over to say hello, but then retreats when he realises that the poo bag we are invariably carrying definitely does not contain snacks.)
I ♥ it.It's ever-so-slightly sheer but will be fine either with [attractive] flesh-coloured underwear or a black vest underneath. (I can't tell you how cool I feel, owning a pair of leather leggings. They are seriously amazing and I feel a bit Joan Jett in them.)
I've also bought loads of stuff from Joules. Goodies for me, the husband, my niece and a little thank you present for my sis. Three gorgeous dresses that I'm looking forward to wearing:
I have made a new make-up discovery, bought a few pieces of vintage china and stocked up on yarn to get me through the long cold (penniless, now) Autumn nights. I'll save it all for another day because we're all off to Bedfordshire** now.
* There is not a ladylike way to climb through a window.
** A Bridget Jones term meaning 'bed'.