Instead of having to rush back to work after the long weekend, I was a little bit sneaky and took a few extra days off. The quiet time has been very welcome, and combined with beautiful rainy days, lots of DVDs to watch, and two very snuggly animals at home … well, it’s been bliss.
Aside from indulging in some rest and relaxation, another ‘r’ has been first and foremost on my mind … renovation. It’s about this time I should ‘fess up and tell you that for the past two-and-a-bit years I’ve been living in a relatively ugly house. Oh, her bones are good and she has some rather lovely features, but on the surface let’s just say, ‘she needs some work’.
This week we’re doing a major clean-out of all the things that have been waiting for just the right time to be thrown away … it’s going to be wonderfully liberating. Once we get that done, we’ll be able to see more of the space we have available and will be better able to make more than just cosmetic changes. But perhaps you’re wondering what sort of ugliness I want to address?
Look at poor Jones the cat … no one wants to see him grow up in a house with such hideous green carpet. I think he looks a little embarrassed sitting there amongst it. And what about the delightful clash of blue tiles with that ugly green carpet? Is that a winning colour combination or what? (I think it fits more within the ‘what’ category).
Then there’s the ugly yellow window panel at the front of the house … I wanted this gone pretty much straight after we moved in, but there you have it … over two years later and it’s still there. Worse yet, there are actually two of these panels to change. I look forward to a day where sunlight streaming through the window isn’t tinged a sickly shade of yellow.
As for the back of the house, well I think Baxter the dog would agree that the pot plants could really do with some water, and the back garden really needs some attention. He prefers his grassed areas to be green, freshly mowed and for the garden beds to be free of weeds (fussy doggy).
I also really need to turn my attention to framing some of the lovely artworks that I’ve been buying over the years. At the moment a lot of them are safely stacked on top of my bookcase … but that’s no way for art to be displayed. Speaking of things on display, something else we’ll be changing throughout the house are the blinds / curtains / bare windows which do nothing for us or the house.
So there you have it. Instead of spending these days off work in some exotic location and exploring unknown new territories, I’ve decided to spend my time at home making the kinds of changes that will make me far happier on the day-to-day. As for the real holiday? Well that can come later in the year … for now, I’m content to live and breathe the ideals of ‘home is where the heart is’.
Dear reader, I hope you are not also suffering from ‘ugly house syndrome’ … perhaps you’ve already remedied the situation and could offer me some tips? Or perhaps you took a more sensible course of action and just bought a house that was pretty from the very beginning?