Last year was supposed to be the Year of the New Kitchen, to be followed by the New Flooring, and New Sofa Covers.
For various reasons, none of those things happened. The kitchen continues to fall apart, the carpet has almost achieved antique status, and I drenched the sofa in red wine a few weeks ago. Going backwards and forwards to see Mother in hospital, check out nursing homes, and simply working, meant other bits of my little home were also neglected, and boy does it show.
So, time to get back on track. I may have mentioned before that I have a book habit. I cull my books periodically, and used to have a good method of cleaning a shelf a week and identifying the books I could part with. That habit, like the similar one of doing a drawer or cupboard each week, also fell by the way.
My books multiplied, bred while I was not looking, and even when I removed the odd one or two, the others just breathed out to fill the space. But today I can proudly say that the bottom section of the book table has been straightened out, and so has the small bookcase. Various books have gone to a new home in the second hand section of the local bookshop. Others are in a neat pile waiting for their new owners to collect them.
I have also chosen material for loose covers for the sofa, and found a carpet dealer who will bring samples to my home. That’ll have to wait a bit though. He’s away ski-ing. There’s another place someone has recommended that I may get to visit first.
There’s still a way to go before the kitchen plans get revived, but it does feel good to have made a start.
Oh, and I have the hot cross buns ready for tomorrow too!