Ruby and Tango

Ruby and Tango
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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

House improvements

I am having some kitchen improvements at the beginning of next week, da,ra, [music note] as there are no pockets in a shroud, though I might just sew some in mine, I've decided to have a new look to my kitchen. plus an new bay window, carpets and decorating. , and I hope that will be the end of house improvements.
Before Christmas my friend Avril and I went round to a few of the stores who do these things, got down to three quotes, and after a bit of haggling got down to one, the haggling was to do with the new 20% VAT, but no matter, I go what I wanted and at my budget, Then I had to sort out the fitter, was recommended three, and after some outrageous pricing, got that sorted too.
To save a little bit of money {I'm Scottish remember} Avril and I are doing the stripping out and disposing of the old stuff.
We are starting to-morrow and yesterday and to-day was spent emptying cupboards, and half of that looking for the stuff  I took out, where the he** is the soup plate, bread knife, milk jug, what a nightmare, I should have put stuff into specific boxes instead of just higgledepiggety all together, spent 20 minutes looking for the bin liners tonight, I can't find anything, and I have to live like this for nearly a week.
In fact where did half the stuff come from in the first place, I can see the charity shops receiving a few donations, The lounge looks like a supermarket bomb attack., not just the lounge stuff has overflowed into the hallway and spare room, believe it or not, I'm doing it to gain more cupboard space., just to stash more stuff, mad or what. [why do I need five teapots?]
To add to it I'm looking after Barney Friday till Sunday. I must be mad, just as well he's a fine well behaved dog.
It will be fun and games when Avril and I  start wielding the hammer and monkey wrenches, then pack it into the cars to take to the local tip. I'll be sitting in an empty kitchen till Monday,  rummaging around all the boxes looking for the kettle, don't know why, cos I won't even have a,  if I don't post for a few days, send out a search party, I'll be under a pile of Tupperware.
I'm  stopping by at Avril's for meals, as the kitchen will be out of bounds. I made a pot of soup to-day so that will help see me through. G*d I hate upheavals.


  1. JennyD speaking: I'm sorry I'm laughing, Arlene, really I am. I even feel guilty doing it, but I swear you are just so funny! You know, I think we are all alike -- the teapots. My neighbor and I were talking yesterday and she's in the midst of renovating, too. She said she found tons of things she hadn't seen in years and yet when she threw them into the "give away" box, she found herself pulling them out again only an hour later. She said 'suppose I need them?' Hey, I get that. I do it all the time. I'm sitting here with god knows how many sets of dishes and I live alone. You don't even want to know the rest. I'll bet you anything you'll keep all 5 teapots and then once all the renovating is done, you'll see another in a store that will be 'such a great match!" Keep your chin up, sweets, you've got a big week coming up :D

  2. I will be waiting to see the final results of your remodeling. Keep the electric pot handy for your tea.

  3. I just happened to think, are you going to take before and after photos? You really should. I've kicked myself every time for not doing that.

  4. Photos would be nice. I've been moving my kitchen stuff around and it looks better than it has since I moved here.

  5. Stay strong it will be worth it in the end, I also hate clearing out as you are doing.. Look forward to seeing the end result Arlene . How many teapots LOL XSheila x X

  6. The only thing I hate worse than moving is living out of boxes or suitcases while remodeling is under way. Best of luck, Arlene!

  7. I must admit Chip that even going on holiday and having your clothes in suitcases irritates the hell out of me, am I intolerant or what ??


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