Monday, 10 July 2017

Thank Goodness...................

...................................the painting of the living room is finished.

Saturday morning and one coat of emulsion on the last wall, then another and then the second coat on the coving. Colin replaced a single plug with a double and swapped one of the double wall lights to the other side of the room. Then I could clear away all the dust sheets that we've been moving around and living around for a week.
The final bit on Sunday was me doing the bum shuffle round the floor again putting down masking tape and painting the skirting boards, and while I had the satin wood paint out I remembered to do the boiler cupboard door. Thanks to the person who suggested a small foam roller to paint the door - it worked a treat.

Curtain poles went back up and the big mirror. We still have pictures to hang when I can work out which to keep. Now I can buy another set of book shelves and the last box of books can finally be unpacked. Most of our books are upstairs, away from the dust of the wood-burner, but I'd like reference books downstairs.
 I've spotted some Dunelm curtains online that I like but really want to see them in real life before  ordering so we'll need to go that way round Ipswich when we are at hospital or when I'm at the dentist (Aaaaaaaggghhhhh....Fillings.........Terrified!) during the week.

I listened and watched some of the bidding on-line from Saturday's bygones sale. The most amazing lot was a box of things that included a handbell. I'd actually circled it in the catalogue to look at when we went on Friday because I quite fancy a little handbell. There didn't seem much else of interest in the box............but obviously someone knew something we didn't as this small box of odds and ends guided at £20 - £40 went for............£470!!! Whatever was it that pushed up the price? We wondered if what looked like a letter opener was a piece of Chinese weaponry of some sort.......but £470! Heck.
(By the way our 3 boxes sold for total of £25 but then take off sales fee and there's not a lot left!)

Sunday before painting we nipped to the local car boot sale and I spent the grand total of 20p on this sheet of foiled decoupage which will make two cards.

 Not really worth going anymore as most of the people there were the same as every other week we've been.

The lads came back on Sunday afternoon to finish the garage roof and just need to track down 60 more tiles, clear up and then the scaffolding can come down.

We've got an in and out week ahead. Dentist, hospital, babysitting and Colin will be helping his sister and brother with funeral arrangements as their Dad passed away in hospital last week. I've not mentioned it on here before as it wasn't appropriate to do so but quite suddenly in May not long after his 86th birthday he started to get confused. He had been living with and having treatment for a brain tumour for many years, and with arthritis for even longer but suddenly he started falling, didn't know where he was and couldn't live at home anymore so spent a couple of weeks in hospital then a few more weeks in a care home then back into hospital for a week where he slept peacefully until the end. Col's sister stayed with him to the end and it really was a peaceful passing. So a funeral to arrange and all sorts of paperwork to be sorted. The funeral will be at the Methodist chapel where he worshiped all his life and he will be buried in the village beside Col's lovely late Mum. As a Lay Preacher on the Methodist circuit he was very well known and had lived in the same house most of his life so was well known in the villages too. The funeral will be later this month and chapel will be packed.

This, from Ecclesiastes,was what I choose to be read at both my Mum and Dad's funerals.  I don't know if it will be read at Dad-in-Laws funeral  but it always seems appropriate......everything passes.

To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:
 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

 a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

 a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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  1. Sorry to hear of your sad news.

    You're right about boot fairs. People set up a table at the beginning of the season and there till the end with the same stuff

    Julie xxxx

  2. It's a blessing in a way when a death is a peaceful one - both for the person concerned and for the family. Now you need time to rest - physically and emotionally.

    Not so many car boot sales where I live, however come the warmer months there'll be garage sales galore.

    Cathy @ Still Waters

  3. Glad to hear the door roller worked for you too.

    We did a car boot stall this weekend - along with the couple of other sellers & buyers who turned up. Most people just bought stuff from each other (LOL) & after paying the £10 pitch fee (the normal price around here) made just pennies of profit.

  4. Sorry to hear about Col's father but at least he had a peaceful end. I love the piece from Ecclesiastes (one line was in a song which is now going through my head). Very appropriate.

    So you didn't get your bell then! Blimey - that "letter opener" was obviously something Very Desirable Indeed! We've seen it happen at auctions round here too - the "sleeper" in the sale but someone in the know is most definitely awake - well, two of 'em in a bidding war.

    As a veteran car booter I know what you mean about the same dealers boot sale after boot sale and with the same (diminishing) stock. When we do our Fairs, we try to vary what we take, although that is more difficult to do on the militaria side, which just has new additions when we can find them at the right price.

    Looking forward to seeing a photo of your newly-decorated room.

  5. Sorry to read of your bereavement - but he sounds like a good man, who lived a long and full life. That Ecclesiastes passage is a great piece.

  6. My condolences on your loss. He sounds a lovely man and it's a beautiful portion to read at a funeral.
    J x

  7. I started using foam rollers for gloss work when I was given the job of painting 10 doors. It does sound a busy week for you, I dislike the dentist to!!

  8. Oh Sue, you have given me a very poignant memory this morning and I had a little weep. I too chose this bible passage for my mother's funeral 17 years ago and the minister who conducted the funeral seemed astonised that I had everything ready for him when he came to visit. Love the Byrds singing it to music so guess I am an oldish hippy at heart. My other favourite is "Consider the lilies" which as you will know is the title of a book by Iain Crighton-Smith. Condolences to all the extended family at this sad time and hope you will be able to share memories at your father in law's funeral. Take care. Catriona

  9. So very sorry to hear about your father in law, I hope that all will be as well as it can be with the funeral and so on. I am sorry that you and Col have had to deal with this while also handling everything else that has been going on. You are an amazing woman. Hugs and all good thoughts to you all. xx

  10. The passagefrom Ecclesiastes is my favourite passage in the Bible Sue and I had it read at the Farmer's funeral too - it is so true and such a comfort.

  11. I'm so sorry to read about your loss Sue. Much love. X

  12. My condolences on the loss of your Father-in-Law Sue.

    It must be lovely to have finished the painting....mine is still hanging over me waiting to be done but I am just not in the mood.

    I'd love to know what was in that box-x-

  13. Sorry to hear about Col's dad, but for him it was quite possibly a blessed release. That doesn't really make it any easier for those who will miss him though does it?
    Re the 'assorted bits and bobs box' is that a cigarette case at the back of it? Was it by someone special? I can't believe it was the 'Sorrento' book mark/ letter opener!

  14. So sorry to hear about Col's dad.

    I'm glad your painting is finally done. If you're anything like me you're glad it's over. I'm not one for doing it.

    Hope this week goes well.

  15. Condolences to you and to Col on the passing of Col's father, Sue.

    You must be happy that the painting is finished now, I'm sure it looks great. Meg

  16. Sorry to hear about your father in law. Good news about the painting and being able to have your books back on shelves xx

  17. I'm glad to read your painting is nearing the finish line! Soon you can relax a bit. Sympathy and prayers for Col's dad's death. Thankful he wasn't suffering too long. My mom had dementia for 6 years in a nursing home before she died in her sleep, 3 years ago last week. I miss her alot! Still. Hugs and have a good week!

  18. So sorry about Col's father. Thinking of you all.

  19. Sorry for your loss.I hope you have good friends and other family from whom to draw solace and support. I'm glad your home projects and painting have gone well.