Today we start with a little silly poem.
A LAST GOODBYE
I waved goodbye to all those roasts,
all those loaves and pies,
and chickens and that greasy stove.
I cried goodbye to reds that bled
pink on whites, socks eaten
and never given back.
I sighed goodbye, and took one last
look as my old oven, washer,
fridge and freezer
were sold to a local geezer.
Okay, so that last line needs tweaking, but then we all need a tweak or two at one time or another. And tweak we did today.
Steve-the-Electrician brought his spare arm, a young chap that I’ll call “Leonard-the-Arm”. Now this is a very apropos name because “Leonard-the-Arm” doesn’t need a ladder or chair to reach the ceiling light fittings. He just stretches like an elastic band and twirls out the old energy-thirsty bulbs for greener LED bulbs. While The-Arm twirled, Steve-the-Electrician put in a third down-lighter right above the kitchen sink, so no more gloomy parallel sub-universe on the worktop that might suck you into its spooky vortex.
What the dickens! It’s started snowing again. No heat (Donald-the-Plumber is here). Pipes and central heating and something about stop cocks or shot chocks or sock hops, or maybe he said chocolate … anyway, he was talking about something as far above my head as “The-Arm’s” reach … so I smiled. And then I asked if he’d like a coffee. Donald is busy downsizing the kitchen drain from eight branchie-off-bits to two. Now there will be room for an under-the-sink kitchen waste, recycling whatsit, and a Quooker boiling water tap.
A few more bits for the kitchen are due today. The washer-dryer should arrive on Friday, which I doubt since it’s Good Friday and it’s a holiday here, but nevertheless there’s no room in the house for more bits, so it all goes into the garage now.
The garage is a storage depot for now – lot of cabinets and windows and stuffies.
I just realised that there’s a whole load of double glazed windows in the garage. These are for the conservatory, lots of old window seals blown, and these will be fitted in a few weeks time. The garage is full of equipment, windows, kitchen carcasses, drawers … the car is outside now. No room the garage anymore.
The paint colour for the living room is called Natural Hessian. The coving and skirting boards are destined for the chalk-white treatment.
The hallway and stairway and the dining room will be Soft Stone colour, which is just slightly warmer in tone. To honest, I can’t see a hill of beans difference between the two.
It was decided today that a Sun Dome Tubular Skylight will be fitted in the upstairs landing. A Sun Dome is a mirrored tube with a sealed glass top set into the roof and extending through the loft to the ceiling. It will direct and amplify natural light into the dark hallway. Light! I can never get enough natural light, so I’m very happy about this.
A few of the guys return tomorrow to prep walls for the painter who starts to work on Saturday in the kitchen. Monday is a holiday, so no work (at least I don’t think so), and then the kitchen fitters start to work on Tuesday. Templates for the worktop’s scheduled for the end of next week, and templates for the glass splash-back along the walls happens after the worktop is seated.
Until next time, it’s goodbye from me, and goodbye from them.