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Tuesday
Oct112011

A good weekend.

 

I had such a good weekend. I was supposed to be away with the husband but got sick and stayed at home alone. It was heaven! Being sick meant there was a good excuse to do nothing but sleep, cuddle with the cats, read and sleep some more. Just what I needed.

Also (because I can´t really do nothing), I decorated the living room a bit. As I couldn´t decide on a wall color, I just painted the room white last weekend, and I really like it. Somehow, in this house, I don´t feel the urge to have colorful walls? Yet. I got a new cupboard as well which has been painted the same blue-ish grey as the front door. Oh and my new pillows? I love them. I recently re-discovered H&M Home and oh what nice things they have (they don´t pay me for writing this).

That´s all for now. Go and have a good week!

Tuesday
Oct042011

Front of the house progress.

So let´s talk about the front of the house a bit. Remember the house came with a screaming blue door. Which is fine, I love a statement door, but maybe not with this house. The house itself is a statement with the gigantic proportions and all that very red brick, so the blue had to go.

It is ridiculous how much time I´ve spent figuring out what color to paint that door. I ordered paint samples, I googled images of brick houses, my mother sent me magazine spreads with inspirational pictures and wherever I saw a door in a nice color I took a picture of it. Alas, I couldn´t decide on a color. The choices!

And then, yesterday morning, I came across a can of paint which I had bought some weeks ago for another project and thought... hmmmm.... what the heck, let´s get it over with. Some gazillion hours later, the door of the house is no longer screaming blue. Now it is smurf blue!

Seriously though, I´m not sure whether I like it? It´s supposed to be grey and not blue. Maybe it will get a bit darker over time. It´s definitely better than before, yes? But is it good? You tell me. By the way, we plan to have the wooden gable painted white next spring. Yay or nay? Oh and as for the path, we´ll replace the existing ugly stones with gravel some day.

Here´s a close-up for your enjoyment.

PS: The grass is really that green. We had to resow it due to the construction work done to the house earlier this summer.  Oh and yes there´s a step missing. Oh well. Who needs a step.

Tuesday
Sep272011

Baby steps.

I´m a bit of a mess these days. And so is the house! Ha!

No, seriously. We´ll be leaving for our big "summer" holiday in three weeks time (yay!). But before that, we´ll be out of town for one weekend, which leaves us two weekends to finish the aproximately 134 house projects that have to be finished before the first snow falls (which we have been told will happen somewhen early November). All of these projects concern the exterior of the house and the garden, so there has not been much time to tackle the inside.

Which bothers me especially as we´ll have house sitters at our place for the three weeks we´ll be on holiday. See, before I can welcome any guests to my house, it needs to be perfect. I´ll clean and re-decorate for the plumber (well not really, but you get the idea). To leave the house in its current state to longer-term guests completely freaks me out.

Also, this blog. I always thought "when we buy a house I´ll document every step of the renovation". Internet, I was stupid. By the time we get home in the evening from our looong commute it´s dark and I want to go to bed. On the weekends I get up extra early so that I can fit in as much work as possible in the day. And guess what, while working nonstop, I don´t really feel like picking up the camera or writing blog posts.

Things will get better though... I knew the first time would be hard for me, and now it is. It will pass, and eventually I will get around to painting the living room, or, uhm, buying the paint for the living room or even making a decision which color the living room should be (anyone?). Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

Monday
Sep122011

The first few weeks.

Here´s what I did since I last posted, in no particular order:

- Moved house on the hottest day of the year.

- Cleaned the house house like a crazy lady. (This kitchen stove, people. Disgusting. I would never move out of a house leaving such a mess.)

- Picked blackberries, plums and elderberries from the garden and made delicious jam.

- Met many new neighbors. All lovely, except everybody comments on how many kids we´ll need to have to fill this house. Ha!

- Witnessed two terrifying thunderstorms, one of which damaged our roof. Both included power outages.

- Bought a flashlight and lots of candles. Added "have the lightning rod checked asap" to the neverending list of things to do.

- Witnessed a wedding in the village chapel. Considered re-joining the church to be able to get married there.

- Marvelled at the amount of light this house gets. Huge windows are a great thing.

- Wondered if we, after all, should get some kind of curtains for said windows to have *some* privacy.

- Discovered a wonderful nearby lake in the woods and went swimming there as often as I could.

- Painted floors. Painted walls. Painted doors. Painted the staircase. Had bad dreams about painting stuff.

- Was on the verge of several nervous breakdowns whenever I thought about how much work there is still do to.

- Discovered several "issues" about the house the old owner decided not to tell us. Accidentally, I am quite sure.

- Planted a front garden.

- Got the house successfully connected to the internets via satellite. Who would have thought?

- Survived the first week commuting from and to the house. (So far, so good.)

- Picked flowers from the nearby fields.

- Did not miss television one single moment.

- Took road trips with the husband in the evenings to discover the surrounding villages. (Incredible villages. Like out of a movie villages. Our area is so pretty!)

- Felt overwhelmed, a lot. And overjoyed, just as much.

More to come. Maybe I´ll even pick up my camera again soon... maybe.

Wednesday
Aug102011

Tired.

I´ve been so very tired lately. Except for a few days off, I did not yet have a holiday this year, and it certainly shows (literally). I had so many plans for summer and it´s sad to realize that I have realized none. I have worked so hard and accomplished a lot, professionally. And now I simply need a break and get back some of my life.

In less than two weeks we move to the new house and I´ll have two weeks off. Moving house will no doubt be stressful, but I´m so looking forward to settling in afterwards. I promised myself to take it easy. We have zero money to do anything about the house except maybe paint some more... so I plan to just enjoy it. Sit in the lovely rooms we have no furniture for and just be happy that I live there, and that it´s ours.

When I look back in 20 years, I hope I will not remember this time as the summer that didn´t happen because I worked so much but as the summer we bought the house that would become our beloved home. Let´s be happy together, house.