Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Unsorting our house

So, the builders and all that…

Dani and I have a rather nice Ikea bed, which we bought a couple of years ago. Somehow we have managed to throw away any instructions we ever had that relate to the assembly of the bed. I do have a vague memory (as does D) of it being all a bit hellish and heavy to put together and us thinking,
“well, we’ll never be able to take this apart again so why bother keeping the instructions.”
Now we need to get this bed from the basement to the top floor of our house. Our little, terraced 1860s house has extremely narrow staircases. So, that bed is coming apart again – even if it ends up being by hacksaw.

The work we are having done in our house is a bit like one of those games with the sliding pieces, where there is only one empty space at any time. We need to start by clearing as much of our basement as possible. This is going to lead to a rather unhappy bedroomless state for me and D. We will have to sleep on the kids’ floors until the whole thing is finished. I shall not be happy with this.

Ah well, it will all be worth it in the end – we hope. I am looking forward to sleeping on the top floor rather than down in the basement – and to having four walls and a door on our room. Maybe we’ll even stretch to a lock. I reckon we could all do with locks these days – our babies are babies no more.

Today has involved much putting of things in plastic boxes. Leo and Pearlie had Squeezebox sessions too. Leo is learning a solo for the gig, which seems to be getting more elaborate every week. Pearlie has some pretty hard stuff to learn too. Pearlie has also tidied her room so that a friend can sleep over tonight. Leo got out his watercolours and painted for a while.

I went to get a small pumpkin and failed to find one, so staggered home with very heavy pumpkin in my rucksack. I’ll miss trick or treating tomorrow as I’ll be at work until 8pm. Dani is taking the kids out – with all the local cousins. Trick or treating is very big round here as there are lots of kids - and houses right on the pavement with no dark paths and so on.

Last night I spent a while reading information about the Lewes bonfire traditions to the kids. It is all rather bizarre and the kids were astonished at the sectarian aspects of it all. I used to be taken as a child but we have never taken ours – the crowds alone are off-putting enough. This reading led us on to some info about Samhain, which I have been mis-pronouncing for years!

Then Dani, Pearlie and I played together on the Free Rice website. We managed to get Level 47 with lots of talking about the words. Pearlie is very good at finding roots and patterns in words and D and I both love that kind of thing too. One of the things that pleases me in a quiz situation is realising the many different places I pick up information. I had a sudden flash of memory that told me that the word tocsin meant alarm bell – from a TV Miss Marple, of all places!

Leo had a fun evening making serious amounts of mess everywhere. He juiced citrus fruits, hacked a candle to bits and then sloshed a large quantity of water out of his bath. He’s out in the garden at the moment – better go and see what he’s doing…

7 comments:

alison said...

"One of the things that pleases me in a quiz situation is realising the many different places I pick up information."

Lol - I remember being in a pub quiz once, and the question being, who wrote 101 Dalmatians? I said Dodie Smith immediately, but it then took me a few minutes to work out *why* I knew this!

'EF' said...

We sleep in the living room on our big wood bed...it looks kind of bizarre actually..this kind of perfectly normaly living room with a massive bed in it...visitors feel a bit uncomfortable sitting in the living room probably because of the 'trespassing' thing cos it's actually the master bedroom.

We've got our kids bedrooms leading off the living room (v.old house) so the lock thing would have to be locking them in rather than out...LOL.

I don't know what the answer is though, it would be nice to get a bit of privacy but we figure we can do that in about 18 years time when they've all left home...at which point we will probably have forgotten what we wanted to the privacy for. "Pass the horlicks darling..." etc.

dawniy said...

Stef put his shoulder out trying to get our bed mattress up the stairs when it was new. He had to go and have it pushed and pulled around (his shoulder that is), it still clicks and hurts him - so our bed won't ever be moving again .
good luck building :)

LucyM said...

If you go back to ikea, they may be able to give you replacement instructions - I just Asked Anna (the ikea intelligent help thingie) and she said: "If you don't have the instructions to assemble an IKEA product, please contact the store from which you bought the product and they'll be happy to provide new instructions"

And so how do you pronounce samhain?

Allie said...

Yes! They emailed us a pdf. It looks horrible...

Samhain = sow'inn, apparently...

Gill said...

"The work we are having done in our house is a bit like one of those games with the sliding pieces, where there is only one empty space at any time."

LOL, ours is like that all the time, it seems. Great description!

HelenHaricot said...

take digiphotos of all the joints as it is up, and then more photos of every bit together just efore you unfon it, and the putting it ack, just revere the photos