Update!

I keep telling myself that I am going to update you guys on my happenings but I keep procrastinating! As a result this post is going to be completely random and disorganized.

My mom has returned home but I don’t know anymore than that. She hasn’t really been keeping contact. I get the feeling and it really is just my own intuition that she is feeling very guilty, depressed, and resigned.

The furnace has been installed. We can take baths! We also finally got the bills. The electrical bill was outrageous. The removal of the old oil tank was handled very well. The workers were punctual, extremely fast/efficient, and the price was as advertised. The price of the furnace and the installation was lower than we expected, by a lot. The cost of the actual furnace was much less, which was a huge relief. Even with the unexpected bomb of the electrical bill it still came in like 32,000 kr less than we planned.

We are now thinking of putting those savings to use on repairing a rather expensive car issue.

We are also planning to renovate the storage room where they took out the old tank. Hubby has already repaired the holes in the wall from the removal of the tank and sealed the concrete floor. But we have also decided to give it a fresh coat of paint and put up some new shelves. The oil tank was enormous so we have lots of extra storage room now. Granted we don’t have all that much to store but it will certainly make things more roomy/organized.

We also have plans to redo the hallway. We have ordered some new lights for the ceiling, very gorgeous. We have found the perfect floor. Unless he changes his mind, hubby has decided to go with pink for the hallway and again he will do some stenciling. We will paint the hallway instead of using wallpaper because the hallways has weird fiberglass wallpaper that can’t easily be removed (actually it is easier to take out the walls than remove the shit). If we go through with that I will take pictures of the completed job. I can also take pictures of the storage closet for shits and giggles. We are just going to be using the leftover paint from the upstairs living room to paint it, rather than buy new paint.

We want to paint the inside of the house with bright colors to offset the long, dark winters.

We have decided not to paint the house this year. The weather is so iffy and we are running out of warm days. We haven’t planned well-enough and it is such a huge project for just the two of us. Hubby has decided he will not ask for help with the house painting. Since I have acrophobia that limits how much I can do and I feel it will be too much work for the hubsters.

I still can’t bring myself to contact my caseworker after our last disastrous meeting several months ago. I am really stressed out about the whole situation. I am interested in taking on more employment so I must contact her but it is proving very difficult for me at the moment. Once I am working I am good but getting a job, self-marketing, bureaucracy it’s just beyond me.

Also I am thinking of trying meditation.

I am sorry about he lack of writing. Honestly, it boils down to poor time management. Even though I have the luxury of time, I still do not seem to have enough time to do everything that I want to do. Where does all the time go?

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17 responses to “Update!

  1. 1) I love posts like these. I’m not sure why. I guess I just find it interesting to read about what other people are up to in their daily lives.

    2) I would love to see pictures … of anything. But specifically the new lights you’ve ordered.

    3) I can’t tell you how much of a difference it makes to have wall colors that are totally “you.” Until moving into our current house, we’ve always kept neutral walls because it’s practical. But after this last move, my husband decided to let me pick out all the wall colors. And really, it has lifted my mood exponentially. (Even though it turned out to be crappy paint that peels off easily.) My only regret is making the entryway red. Not attractive, embracing, or mood-lifting. But the pretty shades of dark brown, turquoise, and bluebuerry make me so happy. I can’t wait to see what you pick out.

    4) Have you ever tried freelance editing?

    • I often wonder about other people too. It seems like other people are so productive and their shit is all together and stuff but probably they are crazy. I mean truthfully we dance a lot, my family, we call each other lots of strange pet names, we sing at dinner time stuff like that. Now that my 8 year old gets sarcasm we joke a lot. The lights are not hanging lights because we have very low ceilings but I think they are lovely when they come in I will take photos. We have never owned before, we always lived in a apartments and so getting permission to paint has always been an issue and they don’t want you painting crazy colors. We can’t paint the outside of our house as we want because Sweden has strict rules but inside we can paint however we want. For my yoga room I want turquoise and copper, for our bedroom we are thinking purple. We can’t do everything at once though, it is too expensive. I haven’t done any editing because I have dyslexia and I have to read through everything like a zillion times I am afraid I’d miss too many mistakes or make more lol

  2. interesting…it is perversely fulfilling somehow to know that I am not alone in my one-step-from-disaster life, that others are not really sitting on velvet cushions writing wonderful stuff on vellum sheets….while their servants clean and cook dinner and stuff. Sometimes I think maybe their cats (or dogs) even pee on their fine floors….is that too dramatic?

  3. I say never apologize for either gaps between posts or blogging about whatever suits you even if it might not suit other people. I fully believe in B.W.O. (Blogging Without Obligation.)

    • yes…I love that! Thank you! B.W.O. is a great slogan…I only have a couple of limits: I don’t use bad language gratuitously; never use THE F word (although it may slip through in re-blogs); I try to warn readers who may not like my spider photos; and I never tell anyone they are wrong and I am right. Not my place. 🙂

      • Now that you mention it I don’t know how much bad language I use in my poems. I am sure I have done but I don’t think I do it very often. I imagine in a story with dialogue it might come up more.

  4. I went looking for a date closest to the post you commented on – but you hadn’t written on that prompt. So I am here…

    Sorry for your family drama. I have a bit of my own. And choose to do some reading instead of writing. I’ve been ignoring quite a few prompts. And as for the house and money… I know about that too. We saw a great commercial for new gutters, but my hubby had made it clear that we most likely would not be signing any contract when the ‘sales rep’ came over. The ‘sales rep’ never called or came. Not going to be using that company! And then my old car wouldn’t pass its’ yearly inspection so we had to look for a new ‘used’ replacement. Thankfully that didn’t take as long as we thought it would and we were able to stay about two grand under what we budgeted.

    Be well I’m very behind since I’ve been slow and then had a mini family vacation to boot! Hugs, Jules

    • I am sorry to hear about your family troubles Jules and I do hope things are looking up. I know what it is like to live on a tight budget. Usually I don’t mind it because that is just how it has always been and I am not particularly materialistic (if I had a spending vice it would be that I like to eat too much and I like special things like Japanese food and some health food like chia bread) but when something goes wrong like a car breakdowns it can be very stressful because the margins are just so small.

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