Confined times get you through home renovations
LAST week I came home to find the entire front porch of the house in pieces all over the front yard.
The front steps were still there, but the rest of it was broken up and scattered everywhere.
As soon as I saw it I got straight onto the phone.
No I wasn't ringing the police.
I was using my phone to take a photo to post straight to Facebook.
I was so excited; I couldn't wait to share the news.
You see, finding the front porch missing meant only one thing.
It wasn't that the house was falling down.
And it wasn't an act of terrorism or vandalism.
It wasn't even that the kids had made one hell of a mess.
It simply meant that our long-awaited renovations had finally started.
Thanks to the rain coming down for most of the first few months of 2013 our building project had been delayed, firstly days, then weeks, then over a month.
But now I have the daily excitement of coming home to see what progress has been made, with one little draw back.
Well, it is a little drawback now; ask me again in a few weeks.
By then it might be bigger.
You see, while the renovations go on we have to live in only half the house.
That is where the fun starts.
We have packed things up and moved them around and now whatever I am looking for is nowhere to be found.
A creature of habit, I find myself walking one way to get to the bedroom only to remember the entry is blocked, and I have to go back around the house and in the other door.
I know I should be thinking forward to all the benefits of what the renovations will bring, but I am starting to realise things might get a bit complicated over the next few weeks, the least of which is sharing a two-seater couch with four people.
The biggest complication of all might be when the construction phase is nearly finished.
That is when decisions will have to be made; light fittings to select, paint colours to choose, agreeing with my partner on what will go where.
I've been told that compromise and meeting in the middle is the key.
I know for sure we will meet in the middle.
At the moment there is no room to meet anywhere else.
Super Mum with Sharyn O'Neill