Let’s not miss Christmas

That we will not do. I am sitting in my really clean lounge. All the dust is gone, I’ve washed the floor and now we can start getting ready for Christmas. I need to post some ‘after’ photo’s, as I think that there are some people who are really feeling sorry for us after the previous  post. And I think the family, who are visiting us for Christmas are worried that they are going to spend their Christmas with a paintbrush and a broom. : )

that wall in the kitchen is now done and the IKEA cupboard in its final place…

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just to remind myself where we started in this lounge…

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done and dusted… : )

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Totius, Stories van Rivierplaas, Boplaas… and then Les Miserables…

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…and do appreciate the ceiling… beams varnished, and the old, stained wood painted… all done by myself, I have to say : )

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after lots of grinder dust, the cement line in the tiles has been replaced…

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I know its probably very strange to show your toilet to people… and that on a blog! : ) But this little room has the best before to after changes…

what can we say… : )

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after a lot of work done by Danie…

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We are ready to celebrate… ‘for unto us a child is born’

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By ButterflyHands Posted in Paris

I missed autumn

Ok, maybe not completely. I saw autumn this year and I felt the weather getting colder, but I didn’t go out once just to appreciate the colours and take photographs! The reason for this is only because we are busy with a ‘process’ and I can’t wait to have it finished! This old house here in Beynes taught me something about myself. I actually knew this already…

I am good with the idea, then the dream, then the planning, but I am not good with the process! I want it done and move in and start decorating! I can not handle living in dust! I hate it when things are standing around everywhere. (Strange, as I am not really the best housewife… cleaning isn’t high on my priority list.) Working on a house is not good for the impatient. As we finish a room, I immediately move in and pack out. Then you do a next room and everything is covered in dust again. Have you ever seen a house after someone used a grinder to remove tiles?? You try to keep things clean, till you give up and just wipe every cup and plate before you use it.
I am really good with the end, the finished product.
I can see this in all my photographs. I have before and after photo’s. A lot of them. I have a few photo’s of while we’re busy. Living in the dust, I can see nothing I want to share with anyone. Definitely nothing to write about in a blog. I paint walls and stop doing anything else (like go out and appreciate autumn, for example) just to get it done!
Why do we always buy the houses that needs work? We are a big family. We like space. We need space. There are craft stuff, art stuff, electronic stuff, exercise stuff, music stuff… We need a big house… but I like this old house… Maybe I do like the process a little bit…

We had two weeks school holiday in November and we tackled the lounge and the last bits in the ‘finished’ kitchen, where I have already packed out everything, hanged things on the wall, etc. I wonder how many times in the last three months have I unpacked and repacked the little IKEA cupboard with the wine glasses so that it can be moved out of the way of the work. Today I dusted all the glasses and repacked it in the cupboard in its new spot next to a wall that I know I must still paint… I do not like the process!
I love it when its done… : )

One week later…

I actually started typing this post a week ago. We are much closer to the end now and the dust is all gone, now I actually like renovating this house. : ) In the lounge there are just half a ceiling still to be painted. The tiles are replaced. Its clean again. What did I complain about? : )  Unfortunately, if I now want to go see autumn, I’ll have to take photographs of the leaves on the ground. Next year…

Just by the way… I moved the IKEA cupboard again in the last week. Not a problem, you unpack all the glasses, move, and pack it back again. That’s nothing for people like me, who loves the ‘process’ so much. : )

It would have been better to post lovely autumn leaves, but I need to give the evidence that I help too. Don’t know who had the camera?

The wall was tackled again…

We have to eat here… : )

and we should sit here…

the lounge floor had the same story as the kitchen floor. Cement to be removed… Two ‘not so willing’ helpers and Peggy’s mark. : )

I did miss autumn, but we surely didn’t miss Mandi’s birthday. It looked a bit better than the above photo’s by then…
She and her friends had a sleepover in the holidays and waffles with cream on her birthday.

We are actually not completely finished… so give me a day or two for the after photo’s. Do know that it already looks much better than the above… : )