Posts Tagged ‘House’

MORE Repairs!

15/12/2013

As the saying goes, “If it doesn’t rain, it pours”

First the kitchen stuff went wonky.

Then the bathroom door went. My poor firstborn was stuck in there. Thankfully not indecently!
IMG_2428Now the kitchen cabinets need looking at! They are not closing properly. Thankfully we can easily obtain kitchen cabinets direct from online manufacturers and wholesale suppliers. It’s made easy too. Just a click away and lots of advice therein. Phew! I do hope I can get things ready in time for the visitors’ invasion!

Sudden Repairs Needed

14/12/2013

Goodness! In the run up to Christmas and the anticipation of frenzied cooking, we find ourselves also needing repairs in the house. Not just simple repairs but also safety repairs. The cooker in the kitchen needs repairs too. Thankful for supply companies like harris welding who are able to assist even at short notice during this busy time of the year. In particular we want the kitchen done up well because of our foster son’s impending return. He is a chef so we expect him to want to conjure up some dishes to show off his culinary skills. The last time he did so, we were fattened up by a few kilos each. We will look into other forms of “repairs” later (read “diet”!)

Preparing for Guests

13/12/2013

We will be having some guests soon. A family of four coming to stay for about a week. They are on a shoe-string budget so it’s likely they won’t be traveling much. They are also city-dwellers so it is likely that they will find it novel to sit outside in our front garden and at our balcony to overlook the back garden (which resembles a mini jungle!)

BackGardenWe were wondering how to make their stay more comfortable. Then my Hubby found a place for outdoor cushions which would enhance our balcony wooden chairs. We had left the chairs hard and dirty for ages but with new cushions they would have a new look! Now to decide on the colour scheme.

Christmas and Lights

06/12/2013

Whilst setting up the lights for my tree, I was a little irritated with some of the light switches in my home. Well, in particular the corner where I wanted to set up the tree.

IMG_1805Light switches can be such blemishes to homes especially in these modern time. Some lighting points can occupy large wall spaces. Some of mine are hidden behind a wall cupboard! I wish I had found the european lighting tips site before I built my house – it gives fantastic insights what to do and how to modernise our homes. Meanwhile I will hide the sockets with my tree!

Maintenance Mode

17/10/2013

Today someone came, climbed two sets of ladders and cleared the gutters of our roof. Two days ago, we had a mini flood outside the house because one of the drain pipes blocked. Last week the carpenter came and popped open one of the bedroom doors which had jammed.  …. 

I guess you could say that the house is now suffering from wear and tear. Basic DIY is required. Thankfully we have an odd-job man. But before he can do his work, we need to get supplies from Reid and other such places. Things like replacing door knobs, washing out the water cisterns and unblocking any waste pipes all require us to prepare beforehand as our odd-job man isn’t the kind to walk around with spare cash! 

Now we have to prepare for the next week when he is due to come again… 

A Strange Visitor

30/06/2013

Just as I was extolling the niceties of my friend’s abode, when who should decide to pay us a visit, as if to say either one of two things :-

One, your place is a dump and frogs like me like it. I mean, look at all the mosquitoes I can catch here!

Two, I think this place is safe and I can get fooooood!

FrogWhat I want to know is how come our cat hasn’t got to it yet. I mean, how did it get past our feline feind?

It is either wisely brave or foolhardy from food. It sat there, immovable and big. Even when we walked past, it did not even so much as blink. Strange things have made their way in our house. But this? Strangest yet…

Mold Memories

20/06/2013

I love where I live. The variety of food and fruit cannot be compared.

The disadvantage is that not only plants I desire flourish. So do other things such as fungi and molds! They can really take off once they have a good hold!

Of course, it was nothing like what we experienced when living in England. I shall never forget one place which I rented with others whilst still a student. It had a huge mold which grew so fast that we took to pencil marking its monthly growth rate. In those days we didn’t have the benefit of being able to refer to places such as cleanertoday.com for mold remover. Whatever we applied seemed to promote the growth! After fulfilling our one year tenancy contract, we hastily found another place.

Ah, of such things then, memories as made….

Enhancement after the rain

12/06/2013

Just as we were about to finish dinner and then go out for a meeting, strong gusts of wind blew. We could hear the howling outside. Then as we stacked the plates for washing, poof! The electricity cut off. We knew this was not a trip – the entire street outside was in darkness.

Thankfully we managed to get out for our meeting and not be wet through by the following rain!

When we drove back a few hours later, we were a little disappointed that the electricity seemed to be still off. Still, our spirits were high as we deliberated jokingly whether or not we should pray against the mountain of electricity-lessness or sloth – people not doing their job!

Then we pulled up at our front gate. I got out. I yanked at it to see if our helper had locked it. She had. As I turned to go towards the side gate, poof again! The electricity came back on! JOY!

What a sight our house looked then. Super nice especially after the wash from the rain. Made us more than determined to install luminaire lighting. I think it would really enhance the appearance!

Reality

28/05/2013

We were staying with some relatives’ home for a few days whilst on holidays. Both Hubby and I found it an amazing stay. Over the years they have accumulated so much! They do not seem to believe in throwing the old and broken. Nor do they like to say goodbye to old, faded, falling apart books. As their children grew and left home they kept the children’s things – sentimental you know. Hubby thinks that in my diplomatic way, I should suggest they do something about all the stuff – buy racks and stands, get more shelves, ANYTHING, to tidy up the place! It was hard to even walk from one end of the tiny room to the other just to get something we wanted…. Oh dear… this sounds like something out of a reality show!

To the Mountain

14/05/2013

From fine dining, to more treats!

Once in a while we usually go away to the mountains. We enjoy these “personal retreats”. The chalets there are quaint, and being up at the foot of the highest mountain in Borneo, it is often cold in the nights. This is why, despite being near the equator, these chalets have nice, soothing modern floor fireplaces built in. Nothing beats having a hot cuppa in one hand and a riveting book in the other, curled up next to a crackling wood fire, inside the house when it is cold and windy outside. The dancing flames and light are therapeutic to the weary body and soul.

Now to get the calendar out and compare mine with Hubby’s!