December : Christmas Thoughts 15

Only ten days to go and Christmas will all be over, then we have the ‘tweenie time’ before the start of a New Year.

I’m looking forward to 2017.
2016 hasn’t exactly been one of our best years, but it has had some excellent good points, like my weight loss, making new friends and the demise of Humphrey.
Two of our boating colleagues started this year with cancer treatments, and both have made a full recovery. My own starts in a couple of weeks and will be done and dusted by the end of January. I can then concentrate on regaining my strength, though I intend to carry on as normally as possible.
With such fantastic support from our friends, things can only get better.
bb compertonYesterday saw us window shopping for furniture.
In two minds whether to go for our original idea of two small armchairs once the kitchen is done, we explored the option of a two-seater settee instead to fit the gap. Hubby is quite taken with the idea of us sitting side by side as opposed to toes to toes via Maggie’s nose though obviously we will still be restricted for space.
maggie 24 augFurniture today is chunky and mention of the word ‘Cottage style’ is like asking for moon rocks. We therefore turned our attention to second-hand furniture, and found exactly what we wanted in a YMCA charity shop. We’re not in a position to buy anything yet, but this particular settee was small and very comfortable! OK, so we would need to re-upholster it (another learning exercise), but with two small footstools or one long one, it would suit the purpose.
We have advertised our cooker for sale, and once that has gone (unless we can find somewhere to store it) we can begin our revamp. The combined sink and double burner arrived today, and we only ordered it on Tuesday!

It was in December 2007 that we purchased our three piece suite for the cottage lounge.
We had worked extremely hard in getting the house decorated as my sister-in-law was visiting from NZ and bringing my Mum up for a week’s holiday early in the New Year. Once again, we had to be careful as the only wall the sofa could go against was just six feet long. Also, being December, it was touch and go whether it would be delivered in time for Christmas!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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3 Responses to December : Christmas Thoughts 15

  1. So you are getting rid of your stove (the cooker?) and will replace it with 2 burners only (plus your pressure cooker). Is that to give you more room elsewhere? Looking forward to following the revamp! Even those of us with houses have trouble finding small sized furniture. IKEA has things that work for small spaces. Hopefully your find will be safe until you are ready to buy it.

    • I’ve never used the grill or the oven on my cooker (both are used to store dry food) so it’s a waste of space really. The sink and burner unit has individual lids and a fold down tap which will theoretically give me more working space when not in use. We are intending to put the fridge where the cooker is now and then put drawers where the fridge was. All a bit of juggling with whst possessions we have, but we should be utilising the available space to better advantage. The pressure cooker fits on the burners |OK, so stews will still be on the menu. I hope we can get started relatively quickly, but we need to get rid of the stove first.

  2. Ten days to go?! I can’t think about that. So much to do!

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