Monday, 9 February 2009

My twice-weekly post.............

Yes I KNOW what I said about posting twice a week. I meant it but I reckoned without the intervention Keith, who decided now would be a good time to redecorate half the house and lay new wooden floors.

The hallway got done first. All the walls and paintwork were done and what you see here is the quarry tiled floor waiting for levelling concrete to be poured on. The floor is finished now but I can't show it to you yet because it has the living room furniture piled up on it! The rest of it was in front of my 'office' door.

Cut to living room! It's all stripped out ready for action. The painitng and walls are done (this isn't it; I'll show you when it's put straight). The new floor in here is proving a little more problematic than the hallway but it's almost done. Keith and a friend, M, are working on it as I write. I hope they will be done by lunchtime...fingers crossed!

It's Mimuther's 81st birthday today. I spoke to her on the phone earlier but she's at my sister's so I won't see her. She called in here one afternoon in the week after she'd been to the optician, who has decided that her cataracts must now be dealt with by a surgeon. I don't know, there she was, telling me all about it while running around in her killer heels making tea - they looked pretty 'killer' to me anyway! Killer Heels and Cataracts - sounds like a good title for when she writes her autobiography!

A lovely surprise last night. The phone rang and a voice said "Mrs. M?". "Who's this?" I asked. " Well WHO is it?" -don't you just hate it when they say that? It was Keith's brother Stewart who lives in Canada but is at their holiday home in Arizona until the end of March - lucky bloke. He had $34 left on a cellphone which they wanted to stop using but didn't want to lose all the money so he decided to fritter it away calling us. How wonderful it was to speak to him and our sister in law Jill and more so because we were not expecting it. We keep in close touch by email but never phone -costs too much!

This is the three brothers (L-R Keith, Stewart, Michael) when Stewart visited us last June. Thirty-odd years ago, before they went to Canada, Keith and I lived next door to them. I could never have imagined then that Stewart and I would ever spend hours in each other's company and never want for something to say! Nor spend ages on the phone talking to Jill and we talked right up until their $34 ran out. Unfortunately we spent the last couple of minutes discussing what the 'beeps' were that Jill kept hearing. Light dawned when the line went dead!

And finally.........a very rare photo of our Sally, who is even more camera shy than Marie. Fortunately for all of us we've never yet seen a photo of Marie having a good scratch.

Coffee pot needs recharging or there'll be a strike!

much love

P.S. THE FLOOR IS DONE! Now it's the turn of the new skirting boards.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You are having an exciting time of it. It'll be like living in a new house there with every thing done over. I'm always glad to see your posts and feel like I've just had a good chat with a friend when when I'm done reading your entries. Hope to hear more soon and pictures of everything.
'On Ya'-ma

joolzmac said...

Hi Angie

It's nice to hear from you again. Yes, these fires have been so devastating. The toll is 209 at the moment but we fear it will climb higher. A very sad time fir Australia.

- Joolz

StitchinByTheLake said...

Angie your floors are going to be beautiful! I'd love to get new ones here but, guess it will be a while yet. blessings, marlene

Marie said...

Angie, I promise, when I win the lottery I will post a picture of me scratching myself! Soo good to see a post from you and read your words. My but you do make me chuckle. It does my heart good, always. I can't wait to see some snaps of your new floor and paint job! Woo hoo!! I bet it's lovely!

Joan said...

Good to hear from you wow you have ben busy there must be something going round just now as we have been busy too.Hope all the rest goes well. Love Joan

Ally Lifewithally said...

Angie I bet everything will look lovely when Keith has finished ~ sounds like you had a lovely phone conversation with Keiths brother ~ loved the pictures ~ Looking forward to seeing the finished results of Keiths hard work ~ Ally x

Grammy Staffy said...

No... I did not get a photo of our Marie scratching....heehee

I can't wait to see your new floors and living room. Isn't it fun to get you home all fixed up!!! once the mess of it is over that is.

If you get a chance come to my blog. Your prayers are needed.

Have a good week and happy birthday to your mom.

Sandra said...

Hi Angie, your new floor looks fab, you have such a clever when can he come and do some work for me?! Happy Birthday to your Mother. Oh by the way, as soon as I saw the photo of Sally scratching I started to! ;o))))

Love and Hugs

Sandra xxxx

Little Red Hen said...

Oh I love the tile floor! I am so very jealous! Right now I have navy blue carpet in our hallway and it is SO hard to keep clean. I am so very glad you had yours done! It's beautiful!

Jasper said...

Looking good Sal! That's a grand tail. Hope the renovations are going well! lots of love, R&J xx