Sunday, June 26, 2011

Scared to face the music tomorrow


Today was just one of those weird crazy days with its own momentum. Poor Legoman doesn't know what hit him. All he wanted to do was try out his new  attachments for our Dyson vacuum cleaner. As that involved moving one of our lounge chairs I pounced, knowing this kind of opportunity may not come again for months.

Then we started to clean that huge bank of north facing windows inside and out that were covered in dust and mould and had not been cleaned properly since we moved in 10 months ago. The kids were enthusiastic for all of about 10 minutes then dropped like flies and started doing their own thing, with a few nudges along the way. Liongirl threw the contents of an entire puzzle box across the floor in a huff and while in timeout in her room proceeded to pull at least 87 books out of her bookshelf before coming to her senses and setting up a tea party quite happily.

While waiting for the final spray of my favourite mould killer to do its work, we set up a blanket in the garden and had a morning tea picnic. Then the windows were finished- sparkling clean, and the old blinds and brackets removed. This window is north facing and has the most wonderful winter light streaming in and we never use the blinds so they are gone.


And then Roboboy suddenly wanted a nap. Which he hasn't remotely considered since he was at kindy about 9 months ago. Sure enough he was sick- fever 39.5. So we provided drinks, cuddles, panadol and copious tv while he collapsed on the lounge. So between cooking Chicken, corn and noodle soup from scratch and providing regular temperature checks and medication, I decided, I as am prone to do, that now would be the ideal time to start painting that really clean wall. Windows open to remove fumes- check. Kids nearby to supervise- check. Legoman happily building lego with Liongirl- check. Would you belive I nearly covered that entire wall? Photos coming soon.


I had to scrape this section back as the paint was bubbling. I love seeing the layers of colour history in an old house. Under the custard comes spearmint green. Under that is an olivey green. Goodness knows what's under that one. I usually undercoat and then sand any imperfections as there is likely to be some lead paint around and much better to leave it undisturbed and sand the layer of new undercoat.

So, tomorrow is looking like a day to be feared. Child one- sick with high fevers and severe phobia of taking any medication. Child 2 still on antibiotics from recent infection, still snotty and whingy but thankfully no fear of taking medication. Mother in law sick with pneumonia so unable to be of any assistance. Mother at work. Husband at work. Me- oh yes I've got what child one has. Starting to feel better after 9 days of not feeling good but the glands in my neck are so swollen I look like a rugby forward and can't turn my head properly. Will be getting throught the day courtesy of ABC kids and knowing that no matter what, Legoman will make sure he will be home in time for me to watch "The Block".

14 comments:

  1. holy cow - get that bee out of your bonnet, leave the wall alone and get some rest missy... xo

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  2. Looking forward to those photos! Your windows sparkle! Good luck for tomorrow x

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  3. What a day. I know those days that just seem to take off and you're doing the unthinkable all of a sudden.

    I hope you all get better. Flus and colds have been shocking so far. Let in all that sunshine. The windows look gorgeous!

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  4. I had a day like that yesterday - linen cupboard and boys' wardrobes de-cluttered. Such a rarity.

    I have clean window envy after reading this post. Hope you and your little ones get better soon. xx

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  5. At least those windows are looking fab,Mr CH was standing behind me as I read this out while having a good chuckle and said to me "that's you!"Doesn't everyone sieze the renovating day and enjoy unearthing paint history while the tv babysits the kids? Get better soon.

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  6. Oh I hope you feel better soon. I too love seeing the history of a house or piece of furniture. Good for the imagination.
    You can never have too much telly with sick kids. That's what it's for!
    I love your large windows by the way.

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  7. Chicken, corn and noodle soup - yum. Hope the people get well soon. Beautiful windows. Please tell me the name of your favourite mould killer.

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  8. It's that time of year really isn't it? Hope you feel better soon, I'm sure your homemade soup will do the trick! gxo

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  9. You should be resting not working. ;) We have 2 sickies here as well. Fun isn't it, ummm, not so fun. Hope you are all better soon.

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  10. Ha! I got my hubby to clean our windows too, I've been begging him for ages, You should have seen me on the inside...you missed a spot! I'm such a task master..........on another note, you mentioned the paint in rosa's room, I will check and let you know.....I have a whole 4 litre tin unopened you could have if you didn't live so far away. x

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  11. nothing better than clean windows!!

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  12. Yeah for husbands that don't mind cleaning windows, it's so nice to be able to look out clean windows. My house is the same with all the colours showing beneath, it was a big job doing all of the sanding and painting and painting again, now it's time to paint again! I hope your little one is feeling better now. xo

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  13. Nothing like a spontaneous reno job to keep you out of trouble!

    What a difference clean windows make to the light too! You have inspired me as mine are sooooo dirty that I am ashamed to look out of them. x

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  14. Looking goood!
    No-one here will help me do our windows. Sooo after wanting to do them for months now I think its up to me. I was waiting for a nicer day but that may not come when I feel inclined.
    Wowsers, you have been busy!

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