God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31

Monday, 26 September 2016

Spot the Supervisor!

It wasn't until I uploaded this photo of the new fence...before I painted it a fetching shade of green.... that I noticed the 'supervisor' on the front doorstep!!


She is wearing a soft cat collar to stop her scratching at the allergic eczema rash on her back.

She tolerates this far better than the vet supplied big plastic collars...and much cheaper too.

Can highly recommend them

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bathroom Blues

The workmen have finally GONE......after nearly three weeks!

It started like this...

...a nice little blue bathroom, the only thing out of place was the oversized sink that the previous owner of the house had installed. Liveable with......BUT.......my husband has always disliked it and has been saying since we moved in in 2007 that one day he would get it changed.
So he has.
An appointment was made with the bathroom design team at our local "Band Q" for the 21st May,

Then on 20th May I had my accident and was immobile and not able to attend the meeting. 
So off husband went by himself.
He knew what my thoughts were for this new bathroom but he had other ideas
 and came home with this......

....a layout totally changed......oh well. A date was set for work to began. My husband would happily go off to work each morning leaving me at home to contend with the inconveniences of having no toilet , a house full of workmen and a terrorised cat who hates loud noises of any kind.

Then on Saturday 3rd all the 'stuff' was delivered and filled the kitchen which is the largest room in the house...
It also meant that we were reduced to eating meals on trays on our knees in the sitting room. This is something we both hate and never do, much preferring to eat sitting down at the table.

Workmen turned up at 8.0am on the Monday morning...they were coming in as husband was going off to catch the bus.
I had made 'toilet arrangements'in the small outhouse we have in the back yard and the cat took refuge under the stairs for the next two and a bit weeks.

On day three this is what was left of our little blue bathroom....
....and outside in the front garden was this....

When the tiles came off one of the side walls, so did most of the wall plaster, that had to be renewed, adding another two days onto the working schedule.

On day nine when the tiles were up, the bath  and shower in and the side wall re plastered and painted the next job was to find the main pipes coming off the central heating boiler to connect the pipes needed to install a radiator in the bathroom......what a day that was!

It was a case of 'hunt the pipe'  as the pipes were not in the place the plumber expected them to be and  as the floor kept coming up, first on the landing, then the adjacent bedroom, he was just about ready to give up  but decided to just have "one more look"....and finally the main pipes were found.
This is the resulting mess.....and another day added on to the schedule

Next day the radiator was connected and installed in place on the replastered and repainted wall

Day 11 saw the flooring go down and the new toilet and sink finally installed and Day12 and 13 saw the finishing touches done, and the flooring fastened back down to make it safe but it is never going to look 'right' and finally we had a bathroom...sort of...
all that was needed was for me to try and find places for the necessary items as this new bathroom is tiled on three walls and no space for shelves so changes have to be made.

Day 14 saw the arrival in the pouring rain of the recycling man who came and cleared everything away from the front garden.

The team of fitters, Andy and his son Callum and an apprentice called Pete, could not be faulted. They turned up early and didn't take long lunch breaks. They didn't play loud music or spend time on their mobile phones. They put down dustsheets  and at the end of each day swept and cleared up their mess. Callum even washed the front path one day after he had been mixing plaster.
This company comes highly recommended and the work also has a five year guarantee.

Husband says it is well worth the price  and reasonable rates of repayment
 (it will take him three years to pay it all off)

He loves it...
I don't.

Then on Day 16 a man came to replace the front fences and install a new gate. This is the third time we have had Dave come and fix fences in this house and previous house so we know that his prices are reasonable and the workmanship good. 

The finally yesterday the man came to give the central heating boiler its annual check up . Because of the installation of a new radiator the boiler and heating system had a longer than usual overhaul

And today.....NO WORKMEN 

The cat and I survived and have asked my husband that he never,ever, makes me go through all that again....ever

Post Script
Last night as husband was running a bath in his brand new bathroom, I discovered that there was no water coming out of the kitchen taps for me to do the washing up, just a few drips!!

There had been a problem with reduced water pressure in the kitchen taps during the installation which I had brought to the attention of the fitter. He said that the pressure was  fine and bathroom installation would make no difference.

I have rund him this morning to report this phenomenon only to be told that it is nothing to do with him, and it "must be a fault in the water meter limiting the water flow"...which is absolute nonsense.

Am not at all impressed.