Reno #11: man-eating cupboard and hungry ceiling-monster

Well, how else would you caption these two photos?

It’s the lovely Keith the Plumber, connecting up the gas hob

…and Greg the Electrician trying to locate a wire.

It was a big day today. All the lights and power points are now sorted out, and the kitchen is as bright as day with 6 ceiling (can) lights. The bathroom is completed and has the new shower head, taps, loo and fan/heat/light unit fitted as well as a tiny night light with two bulbs the size of wheat grains for those times when you stumble in to use the place but don’t want to wake up properly! The dishwasher is fitted and working. I’ve packed and unpacked three large boxes of books and DVDs, two 80L/20 gallon tubs of sewing stuff and two large boxes of table linen and crockery. I’ve swept, vacuumed, wiped and dusted, sorted plastic and cardboard waste and sorted cupboard contents to determine what to keep and what to give away…

Yes, I am wreckage. The Husband has laboured hard today as well, and we are sprawled side by side in our chairs wearing zombie expressions and wondering if we can summon the energy to conjure up a cup of tea and a large pile of buttered raisin toast. At least, that’s what I’m wondering and I shouldn’t be at all surprised if his mind is running on similar lines.

And finally, for all those who requested video evidence of geriatric ballerina action: this is as good as it’s going to get. Me doing first position on the new bathroom floor, with rags on my feet. Seriously, I couldn’t to it to you all, you might have ruptured something laughing too hard.

And now, tea and raisin toast, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there was a little snooze in there too.

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54 thoughts on “Reno #11: man-eating cupboard and hungry ceiling-monster

  1. HaHa!
    Love your cooker hood.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, it’s not quite as pretty as it appears in the photo; there’s a blue film on the steel finish to protect it from fingerprints while it’s being fitted, and the chimney hasn’t yet been added.

  2. tialys says:

    My first laugh of the day – thank you for that 🀣

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Or Kate takes pictures of chaps knees! It sounds as if it is going very well indeed. You deserve the raisin toast.

    • katechiconi says:

      You have to understand that round here, knees are pretty much permanently on display and are about as exciting as elbows. I did find the sight of bits missing rather entertaining, especially the ceiling one!

  4. I’ll bet that tea and toast went down well…. I’m really enjoying watching your reno πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      It was extremely restorative, to the point where I felt able to hit the kitchen later and actually cook a decent meal from scratch, rather than ordering takeaway! Tomorrow we’re hoping to move our bed, which will make it possible to stay there for the first time πŸ™‚

  5. itwasjudith says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must be proud of yourself

  6. OMG you are doing a good impression of a renovating, cleaning, moving, machine… it’s all coming together… so close.

    • katechiconi says:

      I can almost feel that first drenching shower, and breakie eaten at that bench, and all that kitchen space… The price in aching joints and fatigue and inability to move out of my chair after a certain time of night is worth it. I’m going to be very happy in this house.

  7. mlmcspadden says:

    Lots of wonderful progress going on there….and so nice to see that you’ve been able to start getting things moved and unpacked.

  8. Both these lovely men appear, from the silliest perspective, to be doing something like house obstetrics.

  9. KerryCan says:

    Plumbers really have to get into awkward spaces and positions! What a day for you all! It must be starting to feel like a real house now. But at a price–such hard work. Tea and toast sounds just right for a tuckered ballerina . . .

    • katechiconi says:

      Actually, it was the electricians I felt sorry for; it’s been a hot day and they had to crawl around in the roof space. But yes, every day, the house becomes more ‘real’, and hopefully by the end of the week we can start settling in properly.

  10. You two certainly should enjoy your tea and raisin toast. Well, done!

  11. magpiesue says:

    Such progress! I’m impressed with how well specific areas are looking already. I do hope you get to sleep in your new home very soon. ❀

  12. kathyreeves says:

    It is looking fantastic, and you must be so happy to have all the plumbing and electric finished, at least in those two very important rooms. Moving the bed sounds like another major milestone!

  13. Liking for the laugh I got from your photo descriptions

    • katechiconi says:

      This is our second night ‘at home’ in the new place, and it’s still a bit confusing to get up to go to the loo or fetch a drink of water. But I’m loving the space in the kitchen – pantry transferred today, and room to spare πŸ™‚

  14. Beautifully titled and done. You know you are home when the books make it to the shelves. Loved seeing all the lovely appliances make their debut. Saw the red light on the dishwasher so I’m assuming it was being given a run through. The fact you still have a sense of humor is a good sign. If you aren’t still sitting on the floor to rest, you are well ahead of the game. Just don’t hurt yourselves in the process. Thanks for the giggle.

    • katechiconi says:

      The ‘good’ chairs haven’t made it over yet; perhaps my subconscious is telling me they should come last or I’ll be spending far too long in mine! I still have boxes and boxes and boxes of books to come over, plus endless bookcases and shelving systems to transfer. Probably, though, the fridge and the bed should come first. Probably.

      • I think I agree with you, Kate. If the books and chairs came first, I’d be inclined to settle in and not get much done. πŸ˜‰ Do be careful. Don’t need a replay of Miss C playing out with you and the fridge. ;( I know about boxes and boxes of books.

  15. Lynda says:

    You’re having so much fun you make me want to move again!
    KIDDING!
    But your progress is so inspiring! I have done that ballerina gig on hardwood floors in California. Not fun!

    • katechiconi says:

      Yeah, I don’t recommend self-moving at my age, with back trouble and arthritis and dodgy knees. Still, the gradual process makes it less exhausting and helps you winnow out those possessions which, frankly, you can happily live without. And fortunately, the bathroom is only 2 x 2.5 metres, so the ballerina action was … mercifully short.

  16. Chris S in Canada says:

    All my sisters are/were much older than I. When I was young, my parents and I would go to visit #2 sister and her family in Saskatchewan during the summer. I and my nieces and nephew (3 older than I, 1 the same age) got to “polish” the kitchen and living room floors dancing in our socks after my sister got the wax on.

    Those times are among my most favourite memories ever – I can picture every detail of the rooms, the way we kids laughed, the smiles of my sister and my mum as they watched us. Every single detail as clear as if it happened this morning – but now more than 50 years ago – all made more poignant because that sister, one of her daughters and my mother are no longer on this earth – and sister #1 is in a long term care facility and losing memories every day.

    Thank you for bringing those good times to the front of my mind.

    And have a wonderful time getting your new house finished!
    Chris S in Canada

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so glad I was able to resurrect that memory for you.
      My tile floor was less fun; the tiles are matt to prevent slipping, so half the sliding action was lost, plus I had no-one to slide with, which is the other half of the fun. On the upside of the bathroom work, we’ve now extensively baptised our new and extremely posh shower head, one of those jobs with a fixture the size of a dinner plate for the Husband, and another the size of a saucer for me!

  17. You really are zipping along, and you’ve kept your sense of humor in tact. Raisin toast and tea sound yummy. I hope you made it up and out of the chair to get some.

    • katechiconi says:

      I didn’t have to: the Husband rustled them up! I’m definitely nearing the end of my endurance now – quite a lot of back pain and a desperate urge for a day off. I think once the bed and fridge are here so we’re not using the ‘spares’ any more I’m going to have an entire day when I do not a single move-related activity!

      • I’m behind, Kate. I hope you’ve settle in. I’ll come find your latest posts soon.

      • katechiconi says:

        We’re in, but not quite settled yet. As with any move, we have to designate or create homes for everything, and so far anything not homed is living on my sewing room floor…. 😦

      • Ah yes. It’s often the last little bits, too, that can be confounding. You’ll get there. I’ve just viewed your well-organized sewing cabinet so yay you!

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m sitting looking at small things that need finishing, and telling them they’ll have to wait for the big things that need to be done first. One of these years I’ll get to the end of the list, and then it’ll be time to start over again!

      • One of the things I do with organizing clients is start with the thing that’s bothering them the most. It’s not always the biggest thing, but often a little thing that is freeing and allows for forward movement. Take that for what it is, as you are clearly well organized. One of the pros teaches us that if you can accomplish something in under five minutes, just do it. That’s helped me when I want to put off the boring tasks. It can be so freeing getting them out of the way.

      • katechiconi says:

        There are a few jobs that are bugging me around here, but sadly they need two pairs of hands, so they have to wait for the Husband to be home – and in the mood! Anything I can do by myself, I already have, or have on my To Do Soon list πŸ™‚

  18. Joanne S says:

    Two thoughts: Greg the Electrician’s arm disappearing into ceiling looks like a Dali-esque impression. Your ballet position reminds me of when I the nuns would allow us to run and sliiiiide down the hallways in stocking feet to erase dark scuff marks. Good times πŸ˜€

    • katechiconi says:

      Your nuns were more relaxed than mine! Anything other than a ladylike walk was very frowned on, but they did have a big electric floor polisher we were allowed to operate.

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