Hello from a less than impressed Charlie getting a little bath this morning after a muddy walk.
hello from me too. xx
These last two weeks I have been attempting to sort out some of my to do list around the house. Getting there slowly. Tomorrow the plumber is coming to move a pipe in the backyard which means we can then sort out the paving for the basketball area and re-turf. I will be happy to have my garden looking less like a building site. I did spray paint a little cast iron outdoor set. My sister gave me these 9 years ago as she no longer had room for them. They were faded hunter green and I've wanted to paint them for years but never made it a priority. It was such an easy and quick job. Kicking myself for leaving it so long but better late than never, hey?
Much more chic in black.
so much better than before.
Don't you love paint.
It's been a fortnight of doing things I've been meaning to do for months. I got my wedding rings fixed after them being cut off my hands 4 years ago when i shattered my wrist. I went to the osteo this morning for my sore hip and it is just so tight that it's inflammed in the joint. I have made it worse by painting furniture sitting on the floor - I'm going to have to change that. I also got my hair cut (by Nina at Access Hair) so long over due. I looked like a witch. I won't leave it 18 months between haircuts in future. I'm on a mission to take better care of myself at the moment. I need to remember to even breathe some days...
I've also been sorting out our lounge room. Playing with furniture arrangements. I love it like this ->
So formal but the lounges stick out a bit into the centre of the room and then on the TV side of the room we'd have the formal furniture that's not so great for lounging in so I moved it back. I like this arrangement below but I need a new rug instead of those two stuck there together. I did paint the console over in the far corner also. I've been meaning to do that for months.
We had friends (4 adults and two little kids) over last night for dinner and the new layout worked well. Lovely to be able to have a drink by the fire before a meal. Very relaxing. We had such a lovely meal together with the kids all playing at the table during the meal and everyone happy and relaxed and good conversation.
When I bought the console I was able to buy it for a great price as someone else had painted it very badly -it was a battleship grey and the paint was all peeling off. I painted it in a soft limed muddy white.
I have also sorted out the globes in the chandelier. Harder than you would think. Because there are so many globes, I need them each to be very low wattage to be under the total rating. I also need them to dimmable so we don't light up the whole of Lilyfield. Globe technology is improving all the time but currently the globes I wanted are $20 each and often fail so I will wait a couple of years before making that investment. In the mean time I'm using 7 watt oven light globes. I think they look lovely and at $1 each that's a great saving.
from underneath looking up - such a piece of jewellery for the house.
Still haven't sorted out bedroom curtains. On the to do list. Beach towels are working just fine till summer comes and we need them for swimming :)
My kids are growing up fast. We have a birthday this weekend which I'm a little nervous off - lots of kids in the house but they are lovely friends and I'm sure they'll have fun. I've just received a letter from Sasha's high school for a uniform fitting appointment. I think I'll have a few tears seeing her head off to high school. Slow down growing up my babies...
I am trying to sort out my work life balance. You'd think that working from home it would be easy. I know I don't work nearly as hard as a lot of people but it can get away from me and I don't take a lot of time for myself so this last week of doing some things for me and my family has been very restorative.
How do you go with work life balance? - Í think its a bit of a fallacy myself. but that's for another blog post...one that's been brewing in my head for years.