Friday, 16 April 2010

Oh Hello!

.................remember me?

Well that's Easter done and dusted... our Easter did not go completely to traditional plan we usually have a visit from the Easter Bunny, however this year we spent the weekend ripping out the cooker and hob and extractor fan... phase one of the kitchen renovation has begun.

We did however have way too many eggs and chocolate bits and bobs which are still hanging around the lounge although most has now been devoured or resides half eaten in the fridge.... I think I will have to experiment with my combination microwave and see if I can make some chocolate cookies or muffins with the left over broken half eaten eggs and bunnies..... Jamie was unfortunately ill most of Easter Sunday and I don't think she had even eaten any chocolate... she started off with a bad stomach and then threw up everywhere... the previous day was spent with Nanny and they went to a local town eatery called the Hungry Horse... and to be honest the last time I went there I vowed never to return the bar and restaurant area was yucky and sticky and I had the worst steak ever... The crocheted circle under the cake stand is made from some of the yarn that Jenn (yarn addicts anonymous) sent me for my mothers day swap... I must take a picture of the wonderful slippers she felted up for me... they are so warm and cosy.... I have to admit I have crocheted up some of the yarn already it was such wonderful colours and it called to me! lol

Now back to the kitchen ..... I have now been without a water heater/boiler since last May... I currently have to boil the kettle every time I wish to wash up, luckily or manky old shower heats the water for the baths and the grown ups predominantly shower... the bathroom will be next to be made over but that's a headache for another day! ;D The water tank-heater use to be in Jamie's bedroom and it took up a lot of space in her not so roomy room! so when it started tripping the electric we knew it was time to switch it off.... eventually we drained it and removed it and it was lucky that we did as it was starting to leak and was completely rusted away at the bottom.... that would have been a real nightmare if it had burst!
anyway we decided to fit an instant hot water heater in the kitchen as we don't have gas in the village it has to be electric and the extra space in Jamie's room is fantastic and it should be cooler in the summer too...
Unfortunately to get to the area that we need to run pipes for the new boiler we have to take out awkward cupboards and it was decided that the kitchen did not work in its present format and a re-design would be in order.....

We only have 2 rooms down stairs (well apart from the bathroom, which is almost too small to fit a bath in!)
anyway Mr P thinks its too small, and sometimes I agree but when I think back to the house I grew up in with at times 8 of us living there and the front room was completely out of bounds as it was "for best" and "Christmas" I grew up in about the same space as I have now... so I want to prove that I can make it work and that we can survive in a smaller property...
so I have designed it with a boot area by the back door, coats hung up and storage for shoes etc (pink button) and I would like a floor to ceiling stud wall where it says low wall, Mr P still needs convincing though... ;) then you come to the breakfast area (kettle, toaster, bread bin etc) the blue button is the door to the lounge and the red button is the door to the bathroom.

Phase one (the breakfast area) has been almost completed, (the under counter oven, halogen hob with a 3oomm cupboard either side and an extractor fan with a 300mm cupboard either side use to live here...) well that was all ripped out and the two 300mm base cupboards were kept and new white doors have replaced the dark oak ones.... the oven was recycled as it was a single oven and I would like a double eye level oven.... the halogen hob is wrapped up in the lounge waiting for phase 3.... its a little old and worn but if I re-use it I can warrant spending the money saved on the new oven... Mr P thinks me mad but waste not want not! lol

Do you remember this?

I bought it on eBay for £40....

well I sanded and sanded and you guessed it sanded some more and now I have this...
and I am so pleased with it... the cornice around the top was damaged on one corner so Mr P removed it and I am very pleased with the clean effect plus I can store some of my less used items up there... The worktop is beach which I have just oiled with boiled linseed oil and the once the freezer and wiring has been finished I will take another picture...

I am amazed at how much bigger the kitchen is looking with the black tiles removed and the black worktops gone ( I think the previous owner was a goth... no really she use to have a skull attached to the front of her black BMW) anyway I am really pleased with the effect so far... phase 2 is due to start this weekend, although there has been a change of arrangement from the drawn plan... the Larder fridge will go next to the lounge door and the 300mm cupboards will go at the other end... that way the milk is closer to the breakfast area and you don't have to walk past the eye level oven which will be in the middle.... I know it all seems so trivial but I have never had my own kitchen in the 2 homes we have owned, always made do with somebody else's ideal... this will hopefully be my ideal..

Mr P made a comment that the new area looked very country.... well as we live in a village and I have always wanted a big farmhouse kitchen with a cosy chair and a fire place I think I am doing the best I can with the space I have... lol

I have to admit that this is not the only thing that has kept me away from blog land... a close friend is dealing with tricky times as she works through relationship issues and needs a ear to listen and a friend to be there for her and I am happy to help in any way I can, plus Danny being poorly (and he is very much back to normal now, and it turns out that 2 other children at preschool had the same symptoms... weird or worrying!?) plus Jamie is just being an early teenager driving me nuts with her expectations and wants..... add to that Mr P's employer is currently laying off contractors and we are holding our breath to see how far they go... he's having his contract renewed monthly so its a case of taking each day as it comes and going with the flow!

What will be will be and everything happens for a reason, its up to me to find the positive in everything that happens and guide my family safely through the patches of rough water we might have to navigate... and that is what I will endeavour to do

Life can be a real challenge but life would be so dull if everything were handed to you on a plate

mind you if anyone wants to hand me a couple days of "dull" sat on a sunny sandy beach I am not opposed to accepting it! lol

Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages to check I am OK... you are all so very wonderful and lovely!

take care
I will be back soon.... gotta get on and take Daniel to Yeovilton air base for the afternoon... I won a free child's day pass so I will let you know how interesting a load of airplanes are later! ;D


14 comments: said...

Gosh! Firstly thank you so much for you lovely comment on my blog! Now to your post... I love your plate rack/shelf it looks really wonderful!. We are about to do a kitchen makeover too, on a very strict budget, very strict! I can't wait to see how you get on with yours. What a shame for Jamie being sick in chocolate egg time! Poor thing!
I do hope that your husband has nothing to worry about on the job front. I so agree with you about life being boring though , if it was all handed to us on a plate.. when you have to work hard or wait, it is always sweeter when/if you get it! I think you have a lovely attitude towards everything. Have a wonderful weekend Alex! Big hugs. suzie xxx

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Alex
Phew, I'm exhausted just reading about all your goings on - you sure are a busy lady in a busy household!! But it sounds as though all the changes in the house will come together and you will have so much more space, not to mention the house being organised in a way that suits your family better. It will be great!
Thank you for your message today :-) I think so much of life/society would be improved if more decision making was made by hearts rather than minds :-)
Shall we start a "Nick for Number 10" bloggers campaign??
Happy days to you
Denise x

Pixiedust said...

Hiya. Blimey what a busy time your end. I hope your kitchen goes all to plan and is finished and looking lovely for you soon. I love the plate rack from ebay, looks really good. Hope your littleone is better soon, if you need any help eating all those eggs give me a shout :o) lol. Have a good weekend. xxx

Menopausal musing said...

HELLO! Lovely to see you back. That shelf/platerack/wall unit is just wonderful! Your kitchen sounds like it is going to be brilliant. Life is just so busy and worrying and wonderful and scary and.............. isn't it?

Sarah said...

Welcome back Alex! Wow, you have been busy. Your kitchen will be wonderful and worth the wait! Your shelf/plate rack looks great with all your bits on.

lisa ridgeon said...

Lovely to see you back. Your plate rack looks amazing, and your plans sound exciting. Hubby made me wait 10 years for my first, designed by me kitchen. By then ours was 30 years old and bits were falling off. I've had my kitchen 18 months and now he's making me move house! He's so mean!


janjan said...

Good to see you back. Love what you did with the plate rack and the kitchen plans. I know what you mean about a kitchen that is someone elses. I finally got mine a few years ago and I still love it.


Taz said...

Oh it's so good to see you back hon. I have missed you. Your kitchen is going to be fab by the looks of it. I'm hoping one day that I'll have scraped enough pennies together to get the kitchen done, I've been living with a melamine horror that doors are falling off for the last 7 1/2 years but I'm just ripping out the avocado bathroom suite at the minute so one thing at a time :)
I have another award for you ;)

Taz said...

Forgot to say loving the plate rack :)

melanie said...

Hiya, welcome back you busy bee. :) Your kitchen is going to look fab, I am loving the plate rack. :) xxx

Julies knitting corner said...

Hey Alex glad you are ok, you have so much going on, I do remember the plate rack it was a bargain and looks really good. Julie.C

Jenn said...

So good to see you back!

MarieAnge said...

I'm glad that all is going as well as can be expected. Danny as any 4 year old does, bounces right back on his feet. The pre-teen, well, keep aspirin on hand and don't pull too much of your hair out. Next thing you'll know, she'll be off to college and you'll wonder where the time went. Let's hope that Mr. P's contract gets renewed every month. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
The kitchen reno looks good so far. I love your floor plan. Makes me think of the kind of kitchen I would love to have. Love love love that cupboard you purchased on ebay. What an absolutely beautiful find and cheap! That's the type of cupboard I would love to have for my dishes. But like you have in the past, we live in a basement apartment and I swear the kitchen cupboards were built by a 3 year old who had just watched Alice in Wonderland! None of them match and they all go in different directions and the doors close oddly. LOL But it's home and like you said, you make the best of it :)
Have fun walking around the parked aeroplanes, or at least have fun watching Danny run around pretending he's an aeroplane :)

Bumpkin Bears said...

I came across your blog through Yarnaddicts. I love that unit you made over for your kitchen, it is really so cottage, I LOVE that style. Wishing you luck with your renovations, we recently did our bathroom so I know what a headache it can be! I've got a giveaway going over at my Blog if you fancy popping by. Hugs, Catherine x