30 December 2007

Last one for this year

Well we have been slowly moving in and getting comfortable over the last week and overall we are just slightly ECSTATIC!!!!!!!!!! We are all so happy and relaxed. My favourite thing about it is sitting at the kitchen table because we all fit!

We have a lot of work to go yet but when I get all of the new curtains up n the front wndows I will finally show you all a picture of the whole house.

Thats it for now ... I don't know what I was thinking but I decided to have New Years here so I have some organising to do and probably some drinks and nibbles will be in order.

Take care and be safe. Type soon!

22 December 2007

Breathe in, Breathe out......

Breathe in, breathe out ok still not helping. While we were moving H's furniture into her new room I noticed some water near the toilet door. Went to wipe it up and see where it came from and followed it around the corner and into H's room! NOOOOOOOOO

After a lot of running around like a headless chook we found that with all the rain our gutters had over flown into the roof and down the wall :^((

I spoke to the builder who rushed straight over (to make sure it wasn't his fault) and he has fixed the problem for now. I rang the insurance and an assessor will be out Monday afternoon.

They recommended that we get and electrician out to check the wiring immediately so we did He looked and checked everything out and said it was ok to turn the power back on which was good. He has left the power point hanging out of the wall so that it has some aitr circulating. He has insulated it so that little hands can't get zapped but we still moved a few things around to be safe.

After many hours and a few tears we decided to move H in and take our chances since it looks like everything will be ok. FINGERS CROSSED!!!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and if you don't celebrate Christmas then have a nice day ! MWAH

20 December 2007

Gotta love kids

Not that she has been waiting for this day or anything but our darling daughter woke up this morning and had barely wiped the sleep from her eyes.....

Do you think she is happy? Ecstatic nearly describes how happy she is. She had furniture lined up from her room to the extension. I had to push it back in for now and distract her with half an hour on the play station so Dad could finish painting the outside of her door frame. He was being very good about leaning out of the way as she carried her drawers and stereo in, truly something only a grandpa would do.

Thats it for now so take care and have a very Merry Christmas!

19 December 2007

Good news!

It's wednesday and guess what ... the floor was laid yesterday!!!
Not that we were waiting or anything lol
It took a lot of last minute work to get ready but after a 1 am painting finish monday night we were ready in time.
I spent tuesday morning scraping the floor to get rid of all the lumps of plaster etc and have the blisters to prove it. Today I spent the day sealing the floor so that tomorrow they can move in to their rooms! Do you think there is anyone here who may be just a little excited?

what else can I say but WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!

14 December 2007

Quick update

We found out today that the soonest the floor can be laid is next thursday. We are going well with the painting but without the help of my Dad we would never make our deadline. We will spend this weekend painting and should finish everything by monday. The flooring people have said that if they have time before thursday they will slot us in so we need to make sure that we are ready just in case. It wold be soooo wonderful if it happens sooner but at least it will be done before Christmas! I'm not sure if we can walk on it straight away or not so at most we will have 4 days to move everything in. Can we do it? YES WE CAN! (er yeah I think so lol)

We are also the proud new carers of 3 more chickens! We were down to 2 girls so when I heard there were 3 looking for a home I thought why not. Hopefully the ducks will be relocating to their new home soon and we can get the vegetable garden up and running again.

Thats it for now so take care type later!

10 December 2007

Weekend work and a new switch

The bathroom switch took 2 minutes to fix as it was only a faulty switch. Woohoo go electricians!

On the weekend we picked up the paint and filled all the nail holes in the skirting boards and window frames. D, M and A did a good job of sanding in the front room and today Dad is in there with his sander whizzing through the rest of the rooms. I bet they wish they had thought of using our sander instead of crawling around with a piece of sandpaper lol oh well live and learn!

Al has finished H's drawers and they look fantastic! She is soooo happy and can't wait to use them. I need to polish the handles but i'm not sure what to use. Any ideas for me? They are brass but appear to have a protective coating on the front where the cameo is. Will post a pic when I get my card reader back from my darling husband.

Thats it for now

See ya!

6 December 2007

Such fun!

I had a wonnnnderful morning scrapping at Mandy's followed by lunch at a swish restaurant lol

When I finally got home ( just in time to get the kids) I found builders business card in the door. Will have to ring tomorrow and see what he wants...Maybe I should make HIM wait for a change :^D
Nahhhh I have to ring him to get the electrician back. When I turned the bathroom light on tonight it started flashing and when I went back to the switch it was making sizzling noises. I went straight out the front and turned the lighting circuit off because I did NOT like that sound.

The best Dad in the whole wide world has undercoated and painted the ceiling in the 2 bedrooms and the toilet. I have asked my colour consultant (aka Mandy) to help me pick a colour for my family room/kitchen. Then it will be off to the paint shop AGAIN to give them more money.

Hope you are all well

5 December 2007

Are you sitting down?

I can hardly believe I am about to say this but the builder has finished :^O

Thats right! Finished! Yesterday the plumber fiiinally turned up at the same time as the shower screen guy and today the window man brought the fly screens and thats it. I asked what was next and they said "ummm nothing that I can see ...it looks like thats it". I don't know what I expected but I guess I at least thought we would here hope you are happy have a nice day. Oh well who cares WOOHOO!!!!!

I will post pics of my wonderful toilet tomorrow lol

Have a great day ... I'm going scrapping :^D

1 December 2007

Electricity is DONE!

Now you have to know that I was totally tempted to take pictures of each light bulb on :^D but instead I thought I would post an outside pic to show how good things are looking.
Have a great day!

27 November 2007

totally confused

and a bit peeved. I have been expecting the builders electrician for 2 days now so I rang to see when he is coming. I get told they will ring me back. Then the tiler turns up to fix the broken tile so I can only assume they decided against getting the bigger mirror? Who knows ... anyway I asked him about the toilet floor tiles stopping before the door and he says he will fix that at the same time. I wait 4 hours for my return phone call ... nothing grrr. I ring back and they are out of the office and will ring me back hmmmm. Half an hour later the guy that the building manager is training rings me and says the electrician will be here THURSDAY arghhh. SO I ask when the plumber will be here and.....they will ring me back. Officially pissed now.

Christmas is closing in really quickly now and when they finally finish we still have to paint, get the floor and kitchen tiles done. Feeling really overwhelmed and frustrated. The fact that it's Chrismas would bother me except that things close down and if the floor and things aren't here before we could be waiting until the end of January. OK better stop typing now...my eye has started twitching ( insert maniacal laugh here)

24 November 2007

Electricity first stage DONE

We have been without power for 2 days but we finally have our electicity meters moved out the front. On the second day the carpenter came and fixed up the last things few things. He kept looking at the door step and asked if we had any left over pieces of cladding. We did so I went and got him a piece. 10 minutes later he stood back and said " That's better. It was driving me nuts!" He had seen quite a few things that weren't finished properly and this was just another thing. Before and after....So all I can say is. What a guy!

20 November 2007

Another great day!

Today the cornice guy turned up and put the cornice around the kitchen cuboards and then the shower screen man turned up to measure and show us our choices.
We chose chrome as it won't seem as intrusive in such a small bathroom. It will also match in with everything else because all the metal and appliances are silver.

He also pointed out that if we chose the bigger of the two mirrors then we won't see the chipped tile.....yes there is a chipped tile
I'm a bit peeved that the tiler didn't tell us. You can't tell me he didn't notice it. I am the kind of person who would be disappointed but it's not the end of the world, but when it's hidden it annoys the hell out of me. This is where our builder really shines...I rang to speak to the building manager but he was out of the office so the owner asked if he could help. When I told him about the tile he was disappointed and asked "what can we do about this?" ( that dosn't read very well....he asked in a good way lol asking me what I wanted done ) I told him that the shower screen guy said the larger of the 2 mirrors would cover it. We are supposed to pay for our mirror as it isn't in the contract so you can just imagine how happy I was when owner said "Don't you worry about it I will pay (chuckle chuckle) as long as it is not ridiculous I will pay for you" What a guy!

It's so nice to get some good news like that after all the budget blowouts!

Hope you are all well
Take care

19 November 2007

MIA apologies

Bathroom and toilet are tiled and today the vanity was put in. Then just to really make my day the kitchen company dropped off OUR cooktop. LOVE IT! What a great day :^D Yes it still needs the handles put on.

This is the RIGHT cooktop and did I mention I LOVE IT :^D

Nearly there!

12 November 2007

Standby to rewind

Apologies for not posting much lately. It's been crazy as usual and I am WAY behind with my posts....well the posts are done but they are missing photos so I decided to put them up and then FINALLY go through my photos tomorrow and add them. So if you want to see what has been happening you will have to look back!

Today the tiler laid the floor in the new bathroom and toilet. YAY things are moving again :^D

5 November 2007

My goodness a Meme!

Mandy has nominated me for a meme...ummm thanks? LOL I hadn't heard of such a thing so I wandered over to her blog to check it out. Here is what I found :^)

Mandy from Made by Mandy scrapbooking tagged me for the "Picture Me" MeMe.

Kate at Our Red House began this MeMe and said the following;

"The rules are simple: post a picture of yourself on your blog. As some may feel uncomfortable posting a current photo, a baby or childhood picture is fine. Post the picture, tell us the story behind it, copy the logo, and tag three others (without forgetting to tell them that they have been tagged!)"

So here goes...

This is ME! Taken by DS2 J while I was painting the extension. Now who to nominate hmmmm

Chandelle @ Arthur happenings

Rachael @ 2+3=A mad house

Joyce @ Salisbury's corner of the web

I hope this is ok girls. I nominated you because I enjoy reading about yur lives and you aren't scared to put your pic on your blog ;^D

Take care all

Hugs Pam

3 November 2007

Rainwater tanks

Finally we can breathe a sigh of relief. We have been under a lot of pressure to get rainwater tanks...pressure with both money and time. The rules state that we have to have a tank big enough to collect water off of a percentage of the roof and we also have to have a minimum off a 1000 litre tank plumbed into the house.

We have always wanted more tanks but to get metal ones we have to wait 4 months. We could get plastic ones in half that time but they are twice the price. So there lies the problem until.....

A friend of ours found us these 2 tanks and the price......Freeeee! Woohoo .

Hope you are all having as good a day as I am :^D

Take care

1 November 2007

REAL carpenters!

That is what the bargeboard SHOULD look like. Check out "The dodgy edge" below for what it looked like before our super carpenter fixed it. He also fixed the outside window frames so Hooray for real carpenters :^D

31 October 2007

Inside carpentry is done!

Yayyy another thing done :^D It's the little things that really make a difference isn't it.

Underneath the window in our (old) house we have scotia , the curved piece of decorative wood under the window sill, is is cut square to the sill. Our wonderful carpenter cut them on an angle and it looks fantastic! I will try and get a better photo of it soon.

Take Care

30 October 2007

We have doors!!!!

Come on eveybody sing along with Miss Pam...Open, shut them___open, shut them___give a little clap...open, shut them___open, shut them (take pictures and) put them in your lap(top). Yes i've gone crazy and i'm having flashbacks to my childhood hehee
We also have window sills, most of the skirting done and half of the door surrounds yayyyy

27 October 2007


The carpenter spent 2 days here so far and has fixed all the "problem wood". He even fixed the floor that the site manager was trying to avoid talking about.
and built us a nice door frame for our double depth doorway

23 October 2007

Doing the kitchen dance!

I have a kitchen lalalalaa laaaa I have a kitchen lalalalaa laaaa there is a whole dance that goes with this Pam song lol

Dave the big meany says its not a kitchen just a room of cuboards until everything is hooked up...rolling eyes and starting my kitchen dance again while he's rolling his eyes LMAO
Anyway here are some photos for you


22 October 2007

Security doors

Security door man turned up today and the poor bugger was having a bad day. The first door locked open and wouldn't move after that so it had to be taken back then he was really happy about the second door being ok until he squated down the put the plate that the lock goes into and his hammer went straight through the mesh :^( Not happy Jan. We pointed out that Murphy lived on this site and had showed himself many times at that he just laughed saying that his mother was a Murphy so what hope did he have lol. Anyway all is well now and we have 2 lovely new security doors.
Here is what they look like.... Good night for now

17 October 2007


Today the bathroom was started when they waterproofed our shower.
The only other thing that happened was the electrician hacked holes in our bedroom wall. Hopefully he'll be back soon to finish the job. He has to wait for an ETSA technician to give approval and turn power off to our house so that the meters can be moved. Until then we have to live with this...

and you know what? I don't care :^D because it means things are slowly but surely getting done! yayyyy

16 October 2007

It's a sad life when....

....a toilet get's delivered and it's the highlight of your week. LMAO Well to be fair it was the vanities that made my day.
It's getting closer !!!!!

12 October 2007


I have changed the settings to show all the posts on the same page.
What do you think?
Does it take too long to load now?
Input! :^)

More happenings

Yesterday the cornices were put up. It was another WOW job that has made everything seem bigger. The shutter people also came to measure up which was good. Hopefully we will be feeling a bit more secure soon.
Hope you are all having a great day.

10 October 2007

quick look

The two little chips are the kitchen colours and the bigger is the floor.

9 October 2007

Bathroom Floor

The tiler turned up today which was a very welcome surprise. He came to lay a slip ? I think thats what it's called? over the floor. It's purpose is to get the fall on the floor going towards the relevant drains. If that had been done properly in our old bathroom we probably wouldn't have had so much trouble with whiteants. If this photo is fuzzy let me know and i'll get on a computer with a better screen and change it.
Just after they left a guy turned up to measure for the security doors. Yay for another step along the way!

7 October 2007

smoothing out the edges

Feeling pretty happy about the wood idea. It came just in time to help save us from the messiest part of the reno...rubbing back the plaster. The plasterer is a lovely guy and knew I was worried about the mess it would make and stapled some blue stuff to his side of the doorway.
Then it was on to business and let the dust fly!

The end product is such a great finish that I wish he could come back and redo most of the walls in the old part of the house!

4 October 2007

Getting Plastered

No no that was my reckless youth lol This time i'm talking about the house!

Sorry the updates have been sporadic, it's school holidays here and I am bookmarking days but not getting to post until days later.

It's been quite windy lately so we upgraded the blanket to a sheet of MDF we had from a long forgotten project. That has kept us a lot warmer.
Strange how easily it becomes out of sight out of mind. It's just like having the curtains hanging over the old window...have I mentioned I can't wait to move in?
Well it's getting late so I will leave you with the Sarah Lee plastering method


2 October 2007

Profile pic

This was the easiest way to put a pic on my profile so here are the terrible twins H & E having a ball at the beach.

1 October 2007

They just cant wait

Since it's the school holidays H and friend have been having loads of fun. They have set up cubbies and craft table in the new family room. The only thing they aren't happy about is that i'm a mean mummy and won't let them sleep out there.

29 September 2007


After a very cold windy night we decided to put the curtain rod back up and hang a blanket from it to try to keep the lounge a little warmer. While we were watching TV the blanket was swaying in and out and one of the kids said "it's breathing!" yep the extension has come alive :^D

28 September 2007


Today was one of those rare occasions (since construction started) that I got to go out. When I got home I was blown away by the change!

Nothing had happened since late last week then today 6 tradies turned up. 3 gyprockers, 2 plumbers (they came to fix the joint from the old bathroom to the new pipes which were leaking) and the carpenter who came to the scribe the bargeboard under the tiles, hang front door and make the most amazing difference....he broke through into the house so the extension is officially part of the house! Yayyyyy

So here are the much awaited photos lol

Dave wants a pair of these go go gadget legs lol

How to change a window into a door....

Oh my what a difference a day makes!

Going to get a good nights sleep with a HUGE smile on my face :^D