Monday, 17 March 2014

Happy Valentines day, House Move Part 1

I am sitting typing this with the sun streaming in the window burning my neck and head, fabulous!
The weather this year has been unbelievable. Right now it is like spring with warm temp's and glorious sunshine lifting spirits, certainly made me feel a lot better as I have been frozen, why? Well I have moved....

But first it is Valentines day today, so far I am coping well with it, but I have kept myself busy.
I adore Valentines day, love to receive beautiful gifts but I also love to give and it is a great day to be romantic, when maybe a partner is not so the rest of the year.  I know a lot of guys are all doom and gloom over it, oh get over yourself!!! It hurts your partner. I know so many women who have this in their lives and they are so hurt over it. Fair enough if you both feel the same otherwise it is just selfish behaviour. Fair enough if you buy your loved one beautiful gifts or do romantic surprises all through the year but the ones I know don't even do this :-(
I am not letting women off either, it is just I don't know any personally that have an aversion to Valentines, but it goes both ways.
So think of those of us who are in love & not loved back, it is a very sad day to have to get through but for you, you are lucky to have that person in your life, treat then well and enjoy a romantic day without moaning about it! If you don't want to pay for a card cause it is commercialism, well then make one! To be honest that is a bloody rubbish excuse.

So I have heart cake tins sitting on the side and had all good intentions of baking cakes and cup cakes but just haven't been able to. I will when the day is over in time for mothers day, I hope I don't hear the same excuses for that!!!!

I have moved house and gained a new baby puppy, I say baby cause she was only 3 weeks when I was given her. She is one of a littler of 8 and the mum either died or left them to die, which they very nearly did. Thankfully they were found, revived by warmth and milk then hand reared.
I was given Lilly  on the day of the move but she settled in really well, coped with a long car journey to me and all the upheaval of the day, with no adverse effects.
 I have been in the house for just over a month now and only just starting to get bits sorted, due to the fact it was bitter cold.  The house has only been lived in downstairs, then only in the kitchen and dining room, which was a living, sitting, bedroom for the lady who owned it. the rest of the house was bitter cold because no heating had been used upstairs or in the living room for donkeys years. The weather decided to turn and become cold just as I had moved in and then it snowed. I lost water downstairs for four days and upstairs for 5.

On moving in it became apparent how much work was needed, more than I thought.  I think it is more a case of if I was with Nigel it would be OK but on my own, and having to chase up getting the work done, it all became overwhelming.
I find it really hard being alone here, Bulgaria I mean, just getting the wood in alone and keeping the fire going is hard enough as my back is really weak. So I get 5 large metal pails of wood in, which means I get two whole days of not having to bring any in, which saves my back and stops me becoming unable to move.

The first thing that had to be dealt with was the state of the upstairs toilet! Waaaaaaghhhh so I didn't have to visit the notorious outside loo. The loo that is just a hole in the ground with a square wood bench with a hole in the middle and lino over the top so your bum is comfy and warm, the loo that my friend used but ended up with wet trousers! The loo that has cardboard sides and the door doesn't shut, the loo from hell than the old lady would rather use than get the septic emptied and use the inside loo's, yes two! One upstairs and one down. Both need new toilets and complete renovation.
I moved in on the Wednesday and on the Saturday Nigel got my toilet, boiler (the people took the boiler) curtain pole and Sat TV were all sorted for me. It is still a wonderful feeling even after only a couple of day to have hot running water and a flushing toilet! I am such a girl, not an outdoors y person at all, I like my creature comforts warmth, hot water, a decent toilet and shower.
I am soon to have most of the above as I have just bought the tiles for the toilet and shower room floor.
All the floors in the house are concrete and with no tiles on them they now stink, especially the shower room, so that is the first BIG job. The drain has to be sorted , it smells bad, and it's not the septic as I had to have that emptied the Monday after I moved in, then the stone sink has to be ripped out and a new sink put in. This is just to make it a clean place to use. Later I will have to replace the windows and the wall tiles in both the toilet and the shower room.
There is no kitchen to speak of, it is usable though. I am going to knock walls out and have a cottage kitchen but with plenty of work top space. The sink needs to be the first thing to change though, again it is concrete, and I hate it.

I could go on and on, but suffice to say I am looking forward to getting these things done and getting the first room decorated :-)

Moving was very emotional, wow I just didn't expect everything to get 10 times worse in a blink of an eye!  It took me by surprise. I don't think it getting and being so cold helped. I was not attached to the last house so it wasn't an issue leaving it, I guess I was very unsettled and felt very vulnerable.

Onwards and upwards x

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