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5th January 2007 - not grotty
05-JAN-2007

5th January 2007 - not grotty

I came ‘home’ from work thinking about what today signifies and was mulling over an appropriate photo to represent it. I wandered into our wonderful (if not quite perfect yet) bathroom and spotted this and decided it’d do very nicely thank you.

So why is today such a big, important day?

A number of things. This is my 1,400th posting to my diary – 1,400 consecutive days – none missed and no archive shots. I reckon that’s something to ‘write home about’ especially because I didn’t even think I’d do a year when I started but it’s remarkably therapeutic – especially when I find out my ‘reach’ is quite extensive.

I also had what’s a really major victory for me on ebay last night. I can’t believe it but I won an auction – and after losing a gazillion I’m a bit chuffed to now be the owner of something extremely nice for our nest. Two lovely oak bedside tables – very nice indeed. That means we can move the old Ikea ones to the spare room and our guests will no longer have to balance their early morning tea on upturned cardboard boxes with fabric thrown over them! Two bits of nest building in one go – that’s quite cool.

Today is our first anniversary of owning this house. Yep – a year ago at around this time we were shutting our doors to our helpers (Alan and Dee) and thinking we’d made it. The grand plan. All the major parts in place. We promised ourselves no work for a year. We broke our promise big time. Why? Because however much we wanted to have a quiet life, the full grottiness of the place came home to us at that moment! So, since that day we’ve:

· Finished off the house ‘down the road’ so it could be occupied by someone less mad than us. (Less mad because they moved into a pristine home with nothing needing doing!)
· New garage doors
· New windows and doors all around our annex
· New windows in the house (grr still leaking)
· New bathroom
· Leaky central heating sorted
· Radiators moved to ‘sensible’ places
· Full rewire
· Opened up the fireplace in the sitting room
· Plastered and mostly decorated the dining room and the master bedroom
· Got the garden mostly under control
· Got rid of probably four full-sized skip loads of rubbish left by our predecessor (we’ve actually hired and filled two and we must have taken at least two more to the dump ourselves)
· Grown a whole array of food – in fact, we ate green peppers from our own greenhouse in our supper last night.
· Demolished an unsound shed and built a new one
· Built a henhouse
Last but by no means least, took down the ceiling in the lobby, replaced it, fitted a light and decorated our entrance hall.

There’s probably more but to be honest this seems like enough given our promise to ourselves.

My Mum and Dad gave me this box of Lush goodies for Christmas (thanks both) and one of the bath thingies caught my eye tonight – it’s called ‘Ne Worry Pas’ and the instructions are to whisper your worries into the magic grotto and then let them dissolve away……how gorgeous an idea is that? I must say that I think the Lush team is so imaginative and so in tune with the things I want from life that almost every encounter with them makes me smile and feel good. Priceless! Also - do you think it says visit www.lush.co.uk for lust? Or is that just my fertile imagination?

So, 5th January 2007 – a day with no worries to remember!

You can get a flavour for how foolhardy we were by looking at my post from that day!

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Rene Hales10-Jan-2007 18:41
Congratulations on 1400 posts - amazing. Also congratulations on all your other accomplishments. Just reading them made me tired. I have lots of little projects to work on. Now, I better get busy.--Rene
Greg Harp06-Jan-2007 18:29
Congratulations Linda. You do such a great job with these presentations.
Guest 06-Jan-2007 16:20
Congratulations! I think I need to buy some of that bath stuff...sounds just up my street!
floradoragirl06-Jan-2007 13:50
Congratulations!! Both on getting the house to a happier state and of course for reaching such a great PaD date, I know how hard it is to achieve such a long run of daily images, so well done you for doing it in such style!
Lush christmas packages are just the best! ;-)
Cindy Flood06-Jan-2007 05:03
You have really had a year of hard work and have a lot to be proud of! Enjoy your lush goodies.
Gayle P. Clement06-Jan-2007 02:22
It sound like quite a year. I've ordered a lot from this company every since you introduced me to the products.
Ray :)06-Jan-2007 00:36
Congratulations on all your achievements, Linda!
joanteno06-Jan-2007 00:18
Well done on getting to 1400
Michael Todd Thorpe05-Jan-2007 23:51
Boy, it doesn't seem like it's been a year... of course, I'm sitting over hear and I haven't done any of the work! 1400!!!Congrats!!!
Ian Goodrick05-Jan-2007 21:36
Well done Linda. 1400 days is an acheivement to be proud of.
Nicki Thurgar05-Jan-2007 21:07
Oh, Bill beat me to it! You've done fantastically well Linda! :o)
I LOVE Lush!! :0)
Victoria05-Jan-2007 20:45
Congratulations
Bill Miller05-Jan-2007 20:12
1400 congratulations !
northstar3705-Jan-2007 19:22
c'est tres bien ;-)
Gail Davison05-Jan-2007 19:13
Wow. an impressive list of achievements. Congratulations Linda