Tuesday, 25 February 2020

20 in 20 - Photo of the Week #8 - 23/2/20

Not a very exciting picture this week:

This is inside my cellar.  Actually it's a terrible picture but the story behind it is that at the back of that alcove on the floor is a box containing my Vax machine.  Until today that box had been in one of our bedrooms.  Fortunately it was tucked behind a screen but still it wasn't an ideal place considering we have people viewing our house.  First impressions count so I was determined to get that Vax box moved.  Of course it required shifting stuff around in the cellar but I was pleased to have got it done!

On a brighter note:

I have lots of daffodils in my house at the moment.  I'd like to say they were home grown but unfortunately not.  I have some in the garden but not enough to be able to cut and bring inside.  This house selling game is keeping me busy!

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Friday's Fave Five (On Saturday 22/2/20)

This weekly challenge of remembering things to be grateful for is hosted by Susanne over at "Living to tell the story".  Pop over there to see what it's all about and who is taking part.

I should have done this yesterday, actually I should have done it a week ago but regular readers will know it's been kind of busy around here.  But.....better late than never so here are the five things I'm grateful for over the last week or so:

1.  A night out with friends.  We got together last Friday.  It had been a while since I'd seen this particular group of friends so that made it even more special.

2.  Time with Nathan and his Mummies.  We babysat for them last Saturday and Nathan was good for us.  He took a while to settle to sleep but he didn't make much fuss and was still asleep when they got back.  We stayed overnight so we had more time with them as we hadn't seen them for a few weeks.

He is getting so grown up.


3.  Getting our house ready to sell.  Yes that's what's been keeping us busy.  I'm grateful for the motivation to do lots of tidying and decluttering and for good weather on the day the Estate Agent came to take photos.  We were able to get our grass cut and the photos turned out well.  It's now on the market and we've had quite a few people come to view it already.

4.  Cover for house problems.  We had a problem with one of our toilets this week but I was able to make an appointment for a plumber to come the next day and it was fixed straight away.  Phew.  Not great to have a non functioning toilet when you are expecting prospective buyers to your house!

5.  Still finding time for me despite all that's going on.  I found time to watch some TV, do a bit of reading and get my hair done this week.  

And loving getting pictures of these two who got together last weekend.

Happy weekend all!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

20 in 20 - Photo of the Week #7 16/2/20 & The Moving Saga Update #2

Well I'm combining 2 posts here as time is short!

It's been busy here this past week or so but we are now officially up for sale!  Our house is the middle one with the red door. 

These window boxes are now on my front window sills.  Of course this meant a trip to the garden centre.

The stairway leading down to our kitchen needed some work.  We'd had to take the tongue & groove panelling off at the bottom and had never got round to reinstating it.  It was definitely a mess.  Now thanks to a handyman recommended to us the panelling is fixed, it's had a lick of paint and looks so much better.

And the room that we now refer to as Hubby's den (which has served as a playroom and a bedroom in the past) now has new curtains.  The old ones practically fell apart when I took them down to wash so we had to get new ones and opted for a new pole system too.  Thanks again to our handyman for getting the pole up.

We've also been busy doing more decluttering and tidying and managed to get our lawn cut (despite the wind and rain we've had) so we decided we  were ready for the estate agent to come and take pictures for marketing the house.

As of today the propery is live on the web and we already have 3 viewings arranged!

I am definitely on a runaway train!  We also have 3 properties to view.  1 on Saturday and then 2 the following Saturday.  The market is definitely picking up and I think good houses are going to sell quickly.  We were hoping to view one house but when I rang on Monday to try and arrange it I was told it was already under offer.  (I hadn't realised it had had an open day last Saturday.)  That of course bodes well for our sale but makes it harder to find the right house to buy.  Hopefully, as we will be mortgage free and therefore "cash buyers" we will be more attractive to potential vendors and more likely to have an offer accepted.

Thankfully it's half term this week so I haven't had Rory to look after.  I miss seeing him but it's nice to have the rest, especially when we've been working so hard in the house.

Thank you for all the comments on my posts.  Apologies for not replying to all of them.  I'm finding it hard to keep up at the moment.  I am visiting and reading blogs but I don't always have time to leave a comment.   It's amazing how tiring looking at houses online can be, not to mention how time consuming! 

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Where did the weekend go?

Goodness me, it's almost Monday and I haven't had a chance to blog all weekend!  I didn't even get a Friday Fave Five post done.

Friday was a busy day with work going on in the house.  I had to make two trips out for paint - once to get some testers so we could try and find the right match for our hall and then the second time to actually get the paint.  (Note to self, when we do any decorating in our next house, keep a note of paint colours!)  In between I was still decluttering/tidying.  In the evening I met up with some friends for drinks and food at our local pub.  It was nice to relax and unwind.

Saturday was more work in the house and then late afternoon we went over to babysit Nathan so his Mummies could have a night out.  It was lovely to see him as we hadn't been for about 3 weeks.  He was ill at one point and then I wasn't well.  Then we'd been in contact with Rory when he had his tummy bug so didn't want to risk passing that on, even though we were fine.

Anyway we're all well at the moment.  Let's hope it lasts.  Nathan was on good form.  He's so chatty now.  He let me put him to bed without too much trouble although it does take him a while to settle down to sleep.  

We stayed the night so that we could spend time with them all today but we got home in time for a late lunch then it was back to work on the house.  We've decided to bite the bullet and tell the estate agents we're ready to put the house on the market.  I'm really beginning to believe we will be moving house and trying not to freak out over it.  It's hard - we've been here almost 27 years!

Let's hope it doesn't take us too long to find the right house for our next home.