Saturday, 3 November 2007

Plumber painter what a week.


Thank you Donna for this lovely graphic.

Good Afternoon I hope you are all having a lovely day. Everything seems to have settled down again here thank goodness. What a busy week it has been for us its just seemed to be one thing after another. You all know my tale of woe from last summer about the burst radiator well the story continues.
Monday morning (both of us suffering a bit after the flu jabs by the way) the phone rang at about quarter to eight Stuart ran down I did not hear it as per usual " Hi Stuart its a fine morning so I will be along to do the painting of the outside of your house today. We had arranged to have this done and Tom the painter said he would phone and let us know when we did not expect the phone call to be at the ungodly hour. We had planned our usual Monday so after he arrived we set off and had a nice day out. By the time we got back he was all finished and the house looks nice again no flaky paint under the roof.

Tuesday morning yes you nearly got it right only this time it was somebody at the door at 8 o'clock both of us sound asleep it was the plumber with the new radiator. Again he was supposed to phone to let us know but did not so here was a very sleepy Stuart in his dressing gown at the door trying to see out of half shut eyes who was disturbing us today. The plumber must have taken fright at this sight and said he would come back in half an hour which he did by which time we were both up and about sort of.
By Wednesday morning I did not know what to expect but all seemed well just Lisa phoning at 8-30 to OK our picking up Ellen from school at 3pm.
The radiator that was fitted is about six inches lower that the old one as it is not so deep so we will need to redecorate the top hall and as our lounge is open plan that means the lounge need done too and we also have to have a new carpet. Oh well what can you do, we were thinking of decorating the lounge etc but we were still at the thinking stage now it will have to be done.
Today by the day not the date is the forth anniversary of me stopping smoking and to say I am pleased with myself is an understatement. I worked it out by my reckoning I have saved in the region of £6200 at the very least and that off a pension is just not on.  I don't know what has happened to it all I know of some of the things I have bought for myself and Stuart and I always have the money at the back of my purse now something I never had when I smoked so it is nice to be able to buy things and not think about it within reason, mind you the plumbers bill not in yet its old fashioned enough up here we get a bill by post.
Its another lovely afternoon here mild and sunny no heating on which at this time of year is totally unheard of in this neck of the woods.
Well I think that's all my news for this week. Have a great weekend and I hope the voting on Strictly Come Dancing is a bit fairer than last week.



cayasm said...

Congrats on four years not smoking the savings are huge, and more than £6200, i have saved over £3000 in 9 months!!!!!!! try not to think about it ..LOL
As withe decorating i wish you luck once you start you can't stop because evrthing then needs doing.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
ps I hope the voting is better this week too

Love Yasmin


jlocorriere05 said...

Well done on the not smoking for so long Joan. I don't do early mornings either, you seem to have got a run of early morning calls. I hope now the painter and plumber are done it'll end! Have a good weekend. Jeannette xx  

jeadie05 said...

I know what you mean about early mornings ,Im not ready to meet my public nowadays till well after nine ! oh dear the decorating ,one thing always leads to another Jan xx

astoriasand said...

I hate people to knock early morning,when I am not expecting them Joan,even though I am always up early.So I do sympathise with you and Stuart two mornings on the trot.It's true about decor,once a place is started and finished it makes all the rest look as though you have to continue.Grrrrr.It cost a fortune today too.I have just seen some paper today I like and it was £7-50p a roll and thats on the cheap side.Good grief when you have high ceilings and large rooms it costs an arm and a leg without all the paint and paste  and other things etc.Not to mention the new carpet you will be needing.The ciiggy money will soon be gone LOL!! Have  a lovely Saturday.I don't vote for the dancers, but I do watch it.It was a real shock last week the results of the votes.GrrrrrrrTake Care God bless Kath astoriasand

sdrogerson said...

you have my sympathy for the early morning starts...........

edwardssoapy said...

Hi Joan.

I do not like people calling unannounced, especially in the mornings.  I am not a morning person!  Sorry about the decorating.  You know what they say, one thing leads to another.  Congratulations on not smoking for FOUR years.  Doesn't it save a lot of money?

Have a good weekend.
Leigh :)"

mariealicejoan said...

Lovely catching up with you Joan!  I Hate those unexpected "Wake Up" calls!!!  COngrats on the four years being smoke free.  I quite 19 years ago now and am still proud of it.  Was the hardest thing I ever did and one of my greatest accomplishments!  I can scarcely remember having smoked now! (I sure wish I hadn't smoked at all!)

bronny42 said...

Hope your decorating goes well. Its awful having to answer the door that early in the morning I certainly don't appreciate people calling at that hour without phoning first. Take care Kathie.

jonibooks1991 said...

Thanks for your comment.  boy you've really had a time, but now it sounds like you will have a new room.  Sometimes I think maybe these things happen for a reason.  Hope the week coming up is much calmer.  Joni

ally123130585918 said...

Joan you have been having a time of it with early morning visits ~ hope the plumbers bill won't be too steep ~ and glad the house is looking good with it's new paint job ~ It will look even better with all the decorating you are going to do inside and a nice new carpet ~ I hope you are both feeling better now after your flu jabs ~ I havn't been watching Strictly come dancing but did hear about the voting being unfair ~ Ally x

jennyp51 said...

We have the same problem with new radiators not quite being the same size and we hate decorating and some rooms hagve just been done.  Glad to hear you have kept up the no smoking.  I gave up 30 yrs ago but still enjoy the smell of a freshly lit one even after all this time, but i am staying well clear.
Jenny <><

irisheyes1929 said...

I'm sorry you were woken up early so many times!  I've HAD to be up early in the past few days, and that is no fun.  I can barely get myself out of bed!

CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary!  What an accomplishment!  I hope you are able to do something to celebrate.  Those kinds of things are so cool!