Monday, March 28, 2005

Renovating

The computer (and consequently me) has been relocated from the rear of the house next to the pantry to the luxury of the lounge. We've got a builder coming in tomorrow to remove the very attractive conservatory/laundry which was attached quite illegally to the back of our house. We're getting a fantastic huge deck in its place to enjoy every last ray of sunshine Petone throws at us.

I got rid of the shitty old aluminium ranchslider and window on trademe. Someone has already bid on the shitty pantry I listed 10 minutes ago for a dollar. Bloody amazing thing trademe.

We've been in this house for almost 2 years and it has been insanely full on. We've done it all ourselves apart from the plumbing (and even some of that we tried ourselves, I suspect causing the not very healthy damp smell in the bathroom). We've learned to tile, gib stop, fence, floor polish, lay lawn, garden, remove pelmets and all manner of handy stuff. I think the fact it is all almost over is the reason we're looking at buying the cafe.

And the cafe... well, we think it is ours. Should know by tomorrow. We've already jacked up a DJ for weekend brunches and fingers crossed an exhibition for our grand opening. Of course we haven't actually signed anything so will let you know the location after that fairly vital step.

I'm a bit nervous about living in a house with 2 small boys and a builder and suspect I won't be able to let them watch too many videos for fear of looking like a bad parent, so I mightn't be able to sift around on the internet all day...

11 comments:

Mike said...

I like nearly knowing someone that nearly owns a cafe :-)

Sarah said...

So I'm looking for a house with a new fence and a builder parked outside?

Martha said...

Given the thirtysomething, renovating mentality of Petone-ites you'd be looking for a needle in a haystack. However, if you saw a new fence with a shiny new silver mail slot...

Anonymous said...

And, just out of interest, would the fence with the shiny new mail slot happen to run on a north-south axis, or an east-west one?

Sarah said...

That was me. I wasn't trying to be mysterious or anything. Blogger just seems to be having a mental breakdown at the moment.

Martha said...

Blogger doesn't like me much either. It keeps swallowing my replies. The shiny silver mail slot is v. much on an east west axis - although we hope it won't discolour being so close to the Esplanade and all...

Martha said...

Blogger doesn't like me much either. It keeps swallowing my replies. The shiny silver mail slot is v. much on an east west axis - although we hope it won't discolour being so close to the Esplanade and all...

Martha said...

and ps. on the pantry - up to $41. Can't believe it.

Martha said...

Vincent twice vincent twice

Alan said...

Blogger was having a wee fit yesterday, wasn't it. My attempt at commenting was repeatedly swallowed. Just as well it was neither witty nor interesting.

Martha said...

Oh lord, I don't care about witty or interesting. Quantity over quality I always say.