I was going to Post over the weekend but at 9am on Saturday Morning the Pianoman decided he would rip up the carpet in the living room, install the new floor boards himself, and have a beer in hand by 3pm in readiness for the Football Grand Final. I completely admire his drive and optimism but I'm a realist and therefore shelved all other activities I had for the weekend and also packed the laptop away so I could deal with the chaos created by our first foray into DIY renovations.
We essentially live in a 3 bedroom house but the living room is the size of a small football stadium and you can see why I suspected it may take a little longer than 6 hours.
The activity provided much enjoyment for the Kidlets though.
There was dancing, wrestling, and.....
The Whippet resists change and does not cope with upheaval of any kind, especially the kind that involves losing any of his creature comforts. He followed the sun around the room and lounged on the last remaining edges of the carpet until there was none left.
The Football match came and went and I suggested it might take a bit longer than he thought, to which he responded, "I'm on a bit of a roll now, I'll get it done even if I'm up till midnight!". Well midnight came and went and so did Sunday.
This is how it looked Saturday night. One row completed. By Sunday night a few more rows had been added in between some socialising, ferrying kids around as well as running a press conference.
I really can't wait to show you when it's finished. I think it will be amazing. The carpet has been in this house since it was built 30 years ago. It was really revolting and the pale green colour was just not conducive to life with lots of kids with muddy boots and Whippets with muddy paws and a new baby who would have to navigate it's way through all the filth.
I was tempted to leave the floor bare and have the concrete polished, a look I absolutely love. We have underfloor heating throughout the concrete slab (and I could just the kiss the feet of the previous owner who had the foresight to have that installed when she built the house) so I wasn't worried about the 'coldness' but I just really didn't think it suited the style of the house. I also just about died when I got the quote to have it polished - $7000.00. Thanks but no thanks.
So that was our weekend.
I was then just about to get the laptop out this morning but the Whippet thwarted those plans when he came inside to show me a huge gash in his back. It is the worst injury he has had and necessitated an urgent trip to the Vet to have himself put back together again. Five staples. They are obviously gold-plated because the Bill came in at $250.00 which makes those staples at $50.00 a pop the most expensive staples in the universe. I was floored.
So we wandered around the Harbour for a few hours while we waited for the sedation to wear off (the Whippet that is) and despite some minor hyperventilation on my part at not only worrying about poor Remy but also having to fork out so much for staples, it was a glorious Spring day and I couldn't help but admire how pretty this little city is.
So, I have no functional living room and the saddest Whippet in the world who will need more attention than the 4 kids and the Pianoman put together but I am delighted to let you know the winners of my little giveaway:
Book - Lisa
Wooden Bear - Mumofsix
Yellow Crochet Potholder/Coaster - Fiona from Arbordale Farm
Christmas Heart Crochet Holder - Grammy Braxton
Ladies, if you could please e-mail me a postal address and I'll have these off to you this week.
Thank you all so much for all of your feedback on my Blog and saying nice things and I just wish I could give something to everyone.
Have a great week!