So many of you have asked – thank you for your interest, but yes, it’s been a bit of a sore subject, leaving me at a loss for words, or words that could be repeated in polite company. It was, so to speak the straw that broke the camels back and left me in a downward spiral of darkness.
I never thought I would have an artificial Christmas tree, but this is the year. Before Mr. Cottage had his surgery I purchased one at a local hardware store. I knew there wasn’t any way I would be able to handle getting and putting up a real tree by myself this year. So the decision was made ahead of his surgery to have an artificial one purchased and ready to go.
I’m one of those overzealous people who like to put up a tree before I have finished digesting my Thanksgiving dinner.
I love decorating for the holidays, but this year there is just too much going on, so decorating was done at a minimal.
Artificial trees have come a long way and I do think it looks nice. But it doesn’t feel right to me. It doesn’t speak to my soul and it doesn’t have that Christmas scent.
Then, this happened.
Yep, two days in and the lights went out in the midsection of the tree. I fiddled with it best I could.
One day about a month ago, I was reading my horoscope as I do each day. There in print it said, I needed to take a deep breath and realized that this was just a moment in time, and it would all pass. I have been repeating that mantra in my head often, ok sometimes hourly – these past few weeks.
We are in a routine now of nothing is normal, but we are getting by.
I haven’t slept since September.
I take Mr. Cottage to Physical Therapy 3 times a week. He is progressing nicely and we are quite pleased. Seems therapy always falls over the lunch hour and so afterward we go out to eat. This is a bit of a treat to help me out and lighten my load a wee bit. It also allows Mr. Cottage to get out of the house for a little while, somewhere other than therapy. Most days I have a bigger lunch than I am used to and don’t want to eat by dinner time, so I skip that meal. Often, I bring home left-overs which I have the next day for lunch. But, I’m starting to get tired of prepared food.
This is just a moment in time.
Lately, when I do cook, there have been a lot of one-pot meals. Cabbage and potatoes one night and beef pot roast another.
Oh, and wine breaks with the humidifier going with Tea tree oil for the zen spa experience.
Everyone should try decorating with a bathroom vanity on their front porch. A new design trend I’m starting – you saw it here first.
It’s grey and dreary out, the temperatures aren’t that low, but it feels raw. A little snow is expected during the night.
Here are a few pictures of our new unfinished master bathroom. The vintage curtains I purchased over 20 years ago, just waiting to use them all this time and yes, I am completely decorating my bathroom around them. The rug was put down to cover up the mosaic floor inlay which was supposed to be the star of the tile work – a disaster, which didn’t turn out so good – don’t get me started. It looks ok in the photos, not so much in person.
Oh and peel and stick wallpaper, which may or not be used behind the vanity. I’m not scared to mix bold colors and patterns, but I don’t think this will work with the curtains.
Yes, I’ve put off writing about it, and I guess I’ll tell you in as nice a way as I can, ’cause my momma told me if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything.
We are once again working on our house renovation, yes the renovation that is going on now, dare I say four years or is it five?
Anyway, without going into a lot of details, our efforts were derailed this past summer in the worst kind of nightmarish way. The kind of renovation horror you hear about, hope never happens to you and then when it does, you don’t know how to handle it. It could have been resolved by us going to court, a process that we simply felt we could not bare going through because of so much other stuff on our plates.
We walked away with a huge financial loss and me feeling completely unhinged.
The company that we hired to tile our three bathrooms in the new addition, let us down.
They were here for 3 months. THREE MONTHS! At the end of that three-month period, none of the three bathrooms were usable. And so, since mid-summer things have been in a holding pattern. I actually have lost count of the number of times the tile work has been laid down and then jack-hammered out. The work was of poor quality, except for one bathroom. In all the bathrooms the grout was mixed incorrectly and consequently, it all failed, leaving gaps and holes, leaving all the showers not waterproof. The marble tile was not sealed correctly before grouting, which discolored and ruined tile. The shower floors were not poured correctly before tiling, resulting in uneven surfaces, and standing water that would not drain. One floor was sealed before being cleaned, trapping dirt, debris not to mention pet hair in the sealant. The floor looks permanently dirty.
Then there is a list of damage that was done to our property while they were here working. I’ve got to stop now.
This is just a moment in time.
We hired a new company, this week they started demolishing the previously done work.
With every bit of my being, I do not want to go through this again. I’m hoping for a positive outcome and that I will have some patience and self-control, after all, this is just a moment in time.
Oh and Snowball doesn’t like the disruption. Trust me, we don’t want Snowball to be unhappy.
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