Reno #12: three for free

I’m very, very tired now.

We have been living at the new house for several days now. We’ve had our first overnight guest, who commented how comfortable and homey the place felt already, so we’re doing something right. And suddenly, we’re both totally out of steam. Not really a big surprise, but there are still so many things to do and so much stuff still to sort out and either move on or move in. It has been weeks of relentless action, and while that has paid off in terms of speed of renovation, I have nothing much left in the fuel tank. The last few days have been especially taxing. Here’s a sample:

On Sunday, I was brushing my teeth and felt something swimming around amongst the froth. I assumed it was a bit of breakfast. Nope. It was a fair chunk of my back molar. Oh wonderful, just what I needed right now. I called for an emergency appointment on Monday morning, got one, and instead of the extraction I was dreading, she fixed me up beautifully and virtually painlessly, but it was a stressful time, being my first ever major dental work. Also on Monday we rented a small truck with a tailgate lifter for some of the heavier stuff, like the fridge, our armchairs, several book cases, etc. Turns out that if you only have it for 24 hours, you really have to hustle to drive about, load, secure, unload, etc, so everything had to be done at top speed. And finally, this morning we were attempting to put up the bracket for wall-mounting the tumble drier, and despite carefully checking and marking the location of the water pipes….. Yes, well, after turning off the water, calling the plumber, etc, the screw-hole straight through the centre of the cold water pipe was fixed fairly quickly, but there was a fair bit of mopping to be done.

So that’s the bad stuff. On the other side of the balance sheet is today’s Three for Free.

1) We had to put the car in for testing the alternator we’d had installed, as the battery still wasn’t holding a charge. They tested it, it’s OK, and they didn’t charge us! (We also got a major discount on a new battery). 2) The repair of the water pipe in the laundry was done for nothing by the lovely Keith the Plumber. 3) And finally, at 3.30pm, knackered and in full zombie-mode, we went to a well-known fast food outlet for a dose of sugar and fat. And there, the Husband got a free large French fries, by accident. That wouldn’t have done much for me, but he was happy!

So all in all, we’re feeling only very weary instead of totally frayed and exhausted.


42 thoughts on “Reno #12: three for free

  1. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I hope you’ll have time to have a bit of a rest now and just enjoy the new house. Have a great time !!

  2. tialys says:

    Aaargh! Sounds exhausting and dental work in the middle of it all too 😱
    You should take a week off now to repair minds and bodies.
    Look at me – we’ve been without a family bathroom for months now and the sky hasn’t fallen in – although the ceiling nearly did when Mlle T. the Younger used our en suite shower and was in there for so long it started leaking down into the kitchen. Obviously, something needs looking at there.
    Now! Take some time off otherwise you’ll have us to answer to.

  3. KerryCan says:

    I prescribe two days of doing *nothing*–all that work can wait while you recuperate a little. Trust me, I’m a doctor . . . 😉

  4. Terri says:

    My goodness, you certainly have had your share of adventures in order to move into your new house. I hope that you will soon be able take a few days to just relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, so do I! I’m looking forward to transferring the fridge contents back into the main fridge instead of the spare, to getting the washing machine running again, and most of all, getting rid of piles of empty boxes 🙂

  5. Of course you’re exhausted. A day or two of rest might be in order. The unpacked boxes aren’t going anywhere.

  6. Dayphoto says:

    Terry and I move through the days and then suddenly we have to STOP…we hit our wall so to speak. Sounds like you have too. A little rest then back you go. Although, I know you are aware of all this.

  7. Glad to hear that the tooth was fixed without too much drama – it’s so stressful having any emergency dental work.
    No point telling you to take it easy, but at least you are now in your new home and so you are closer to finishing than to starting.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d never had emergency dental work before; only one big filling ever, and I’d not had a local anaesthetic for that, so the whole needle/numb mouth bit was new too. It felt as if lots of tooth was gone, but in the event she was able to build up what had gone. That’s what happens when your teeth are damaged by chemo, apparently 😦
      And yes, being in at last helps. You can stagger to the bathroom and then into bed without having to go anywhere!

  8. Oh my goodness, it takes quite a bit less for me to go full zombie-mode. Having a house guest right after moving in would definitely do it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Actually, he was painless! His room was the first one that was totally finished, and by the time he arrived, I’d got a usable living space and just about working kitchen. He’s a friend from our motorbike club, doing a lap of Australia, and for him it was bliss to have a comfy bed and bathroom next door, instead of sleeping in a tiny tent, so a little bit of chaos was nothing!

  9. magpiesue says:

    I can well appreciate how tuckered you must be. You were fortunate in your dental emergency, speaking as one who has had to spend considerable time in a dentist’s chair. That would have been trial enough without putting holes in pipes and such! Thank heaven for small favors like free french fries!

    • katechiconi says:

      You know, I think it was actually less stressful *because* I was so tired. I couldn’t devote too much energy to getting worked up, and she was very calm and very reassuring.

  10. kathyreeves says:

    Time for a rest!!!

  11. Nanette says:

    I found once the boxes and tools etc were gone, it started to feel less chaotic, even if there was still more to do. Lovely you can now start enjoying your new home.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly the boxes and tools will be with me a fair bit longer, but I have established a few small islands of order in the chaos. I’m a bit glum that the sewing room is last on the To Do list, but a home is more important than a hobby… I suppose…

  12. I’m in awe of all you accomplished in such a short period, and unsurprised that you’re out of steam… but I’d bet once you’ve had a chance for some r&r you’ll be back at it. Way to go with the Three for Free 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It seems like stuff demands attention even when I’m trying to have a short sit-down. But happy days! We finally have internet, and it’s nice and fast 🙂 Next job on the agenda is bringing the bedroom chests of drawers in from the shed, getting the coffee machine set up, and seeing to blackout blinds for the bedrooms before the Husband’s night shift starts. Even when I’m trying to take it easy, I can’t stop making lists!

  13. My poor love … you’re almost there … having a guest there has broken the momentum and so tiredness has taken over … maybe go slowly now .. lots of love 💕

  14. nanacathy2 says:

    I hope you enjoy the soon coming Easter weekend in your new pad and so brave having guests already.

    • katechiconi says:

      For a miracle, the Husband has the entire Easter weekend off (that *never* happens), so I’m hoping he’s not going to schedule vast amounts of extremely strenuous stuff. And the guest was painless; an old friend, and hugely appreciative of a comfy bed and being driven around to see stuff and fed a superlative curry for dinner!

  15. teamwilsun says:

    Hi Kate – was thinking of you as it’s stitch-a-long check in time. You’re making amazing progress on your new home! (A much BIGGER project!) Loved your “3 for free” — sometimes it’s little things like free french fries that you have to celebrate.

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