Wednesday, 20 June 2007

crumbling

Well the roof went on and that's a good thing. I have to keep telling myself about the good things because we've hit that bit where there are lots of bad things to talk about.

There's the filth and the scraping up of debris from the bath and so on.

Except I can't complain so much about that last bit anymore since the bath is now but a damaged memory. And since our shower used to be above the bath that's gone too.

Along with the ceiling and roof and then bit by bit both the walls and floor went too.

Bye bye.

Of course you can't get the new stuff without first losing the old, so I'm knowing this too will pass but that doesn't mean I HAVE TO LIKE IT.

And when we turned off the power today to stop the electrician frying himself in amongst our exposed wall studs and we forgot to first turn off the gas heating and then smelled some kind of strange molten plastic burning odour and realised that we had KILLED the heater I most certainly was not liking it. Oh no I was not.

And if you live in one of those parts of the world well familiar with snow and seriously freezing temperatures you may think I am a wimp to be so easily pushed over the edge, but when you get out of bed at 6.30am and it's 5 or 6 degrees and the only thing between you and the outside world is a curtain and a bad attitude, well it can be hard to see the lighter side of it. Especially when you and your children and your bed hair have to go out into said world to kindly neighbours for cleansing and then go to some other kindly friends to pass the time in a house where you can actually pee and feel the blood returning to your extremities and you haven't managed to go shopping for groceries in you can't remember how long and you can't find anywhere to put the next load of wet washing because there's already a clothes horse full of wet washing and the dirty washing is all over the living room floor and you and your partner are both so exhausted that you can't even remember what kind of take away food you had last night or why you agreed to be a volunteer on a management committee and you are so freaked out by how much money you are paying out to various suppliers and timber yards that you need a ready cash float in the tens of thousands and you find yourself taking an infant who really should be asleep in bed out in the cold and wet to schlep around to buy a bath which is a non-standard size and which you need TODAY and then a great big phone book size mound of paper arrives in the post for you to start the background reading for the new job you are supposed to start on Monday which you have no idea how you will fit into your life and both the plumber and electrician (who are both nice and reasonable people) answer the phone with a sigh when you call...

then it's OK to be a crabby old cow.

So it's somewhat shocking that despite it all I can do such a convincing impersonation of serenity. Let's hope this is what I remember.

18 comments:

rhonda jean said...

oh dear. we've been through renovations and while it hurts at the time, the memories don't linger. So keep smiling. That's a lovely photo of you and your babies.

Lee-Fay said...

Thinking happy and warm and dry thoughts for you. It will all be worth it in the end, but it does suck when the safe place you retreat to (ie your home) is not a nice or safe place at the moment. This too will pass and the new space will be much more permanent. Good luck with it all!

melindatrees said...

you are amazing.you can come and hide here with me whenever you like and all you have to do is make me bread. hope things get better for you soon.

Anonymous said...

We have been there, done that & are now moving slowly on to the next part! My babe #3 slept in our wardrobe for 14 months (a roomy one - I should add!)It was lovely to get him into a bedroom after so long. At least we have warmth, we did the removal of walls etc over Easter & were ready for this icy blast we are experiencing in Melb!. The next bit is kitchen (being moved) thus re roofing etc all over again! I am hoping we can hold out till at least September/October till a little warmth creeps our way. Good luck to you all, i know how hard it is - especially with little 'uns. Siobhan.

Eclair said...

Hang in there! Darkest before dawn, and all that. We renovated our kitchen when we had two babies (one crawling, one very new) and I can't remember the meals (although I know I spent three weeks cooking for five in a microwave, toaster and rice cooker), the mess (I killed two vacuum cleaners) or the stress now. I do remember how blissful it was when it was all finished and how lovely it looked. Pity we had to sell it the moment it was finished, we kicked ourselves for not doing it sooner so we could have enjoyed the beauty and newness of it all!

Stomper Girl said...

That sounds absolutely awful and i hope you get your roof and bathroom back soon. It was lovely to meet you and your gorgeous son on the weekend.

SadieandLance said...

Ah Suze, hopefully you'll remember none of this when your beautiful new extension is finished. You know what it's like - you'll think back to how it was and you'll barely remember that the bath used to be where the flash new kitchen benches (or whatever) are. And you'll have your blog to look back on when you think about renovations again in 10 yrs or so time!

It has been freezin here though! And I still owe you some Jam Drops!

shula said...

I'm making soup tomorrow.

Shall I bring you some on Saturday?

It would still be hot when I get there.

If you don't have a stove.

Liesl said...

You must be a saint to be living with all these inconveniences right now! Hang in there and in the end it will all be worth it. It's probably like giving birth: you'll have forgotten all about it when you see the results of your labor (pun intended). Cheers!

Susan said...

Ahh, this post brings back memories. The mess, the chilly wind gusting through, the disruption. My worst experience was replacing the kitchen floor last year. Renovations etc. here are a continuing saga! Hang in there. And a lovely photo of you and the children.

Di said...

This is another reason why I'm so impressed by what you guys are doing to your house- the fact that you're living (somehow) through it.
You'll be on the other side of chaos soon enough...

fiona said...

I'm right there with you at the moment Sooz, in the dust and the chill with the crap everywhere. So, from one grumpy cow to another - hang in there! ;) xo

zoesquid said...

Sooz,
Oh I've sooooo been there. Have written a little post on my blog to give you inspiration.
Hope your week has improved
zoesquid

blackbird said...

What a wonderful adventure.
But I do know how it can make one crabby - I used to hide from the workers.
Chin up! It'll all be done in months - I suppose.

Anonymous said...

hang in there, it will all be worth it. But that doesn't mean you can't complain sometimes, cause it is hard living like that.

cheers Lenny

Turning Japanese said...

I had such a nice time at my very first 'blog meet' last weekend.
I didn't realise that Will was so amazingly cute. Thanks for the cuddle.
You also failed to tell us how crazy your week/life was right now. Oh, and you forgot to say it was your birthday... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
See you at your house after Japan!

h&b said...

ugh !

I loved renovating, but lucky when we came to this bit, the builders told us 'we really had to move out now, there will be no roof'

And co-incidentally a friend had a flat begging to be rented - which meant I didn't have to live with the (ugh) IL's (ugh )

Hope a good solution presents itself soon ( or they get the walls and ceilings and heating back !! )

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