Friday, 13 November 2009

Six months

It's our six month housiversary. And I nearly forgot.

So, six months on, how are we feeling?

Jason still loves the house and is as keen as mustard to keep doing the renovations in his spare time.

The kids - they're just going along for the ride. Let's hope there's no irreparable damage.

Me, I'm a tiny bit happier about this place. It helps to have a fully functioning kitchen...but it's still not the retrolicious Brady Bunch house of my rancho relaxos are getting me through it though and this blog has been good cheap therapy.

My rancho relaxo

And what's changed?

We've sanded and re-oiled the back deck during the wettest weather Brisbane had seen in years.

We replaced a portion of the deck roof which leaked into the kitchen ( I don't think I ever mentioned that as all that was pre-blog).

We repaired and re-painted the front entry.

A new kitchen was installed and we repainted the entire kitchen.

Jason repaired the linen cupboard which looks great.

Jason has also completed countless other smaller jobs to make the house function smoothly (bread and butter stuff like fixing door locks, making windows open and shut...)

It doesn’t sound a lot when I write it down...but throw three kids, a stolen car and no extra cash into the renovations, then we are doing okay.

We've been pretty haphazard with how we've been doing renovations to this house; following whims more so than an actual plan.

As the year's end draws closer, we are going to have a plan. Yeah, like a strategy. Military in precision type plan (I knew that useless business degree would come in handy one day).

Here are the five major areas I'd like to focus on:

1. Fixing the front yard. There's an awful lot of clearing to be done, and my efforts the other day only just scraped the surface. I'd really like to get a garden happening to take advantage of the summer rains. I'm thinking about planting agapanthus, agaves and dracaenas...low maintenance and relatively drought resistant.

2. Making those built-in cupboards in the boys' bedrooms more useful. They just have hanging space - a few shelves would make life easier (can't get my head around hanging every item of clothing that they own). And doing something with those louvre doors...

3. Painting the lounge room, so that at least the main living/thoroughfare areas are done.

4. Fixing the spare room downstairs which serves as utility/storage room. I'd like to get it into some kind of order so it can double up as a guest room (no photos yet - it's that bad!)

5. Painting Number 1 son's room.

There you have it. A short list which is immensely achievable. They are all relatively low cost things too. I wonder how we will fare?

As I lift up my rancho relaxo, cheers to the next six months!


  1. What are you doing relaxing and have work to do! Chop chop!
    Seriously, I think you have done an amazing job considering all the other pressures that life threw at you (I did not know about the car!) just relax and take your time.
    Bets wishes, Natasha.

  2. PS I can't spell (last line)-have had a glass of red wine!
    I have heaps of agaves here...wish I could give you some...

  3. Wow Anita, I think you've done really well to get all that done in a short space of time. We're 2 years on and I still have so much painting to do. Probably if I spent as much time renovating as I do blogging it would be finished in a week! (But blogging's way more fun;o))

  4. Hi Anita! Well I think you guys have done an awesome job with everything!!! You have accomplished so much!!!

    A Very Big Happy Housiversary to all of you!!!

    Hugs & Blessings ~ Teresa

  5. I'm with the relaxos. A well rested field gives a better crop, right? Good on you girlie. Now, where do you know your French from?

  6. Thanks for visiting me! I am loooving your blog. I shall pop back lots!

  7. Thanks for this list Anita - I showed it to MOTH & he really liked it! He reckons he felt better in an instant 'cos your list is longer than ours! I'm just about to upgrade his list from a scrappy bit of A4 paper to a flash whiteboard, I figure it might get him moving a bit faster! I think you've achieved so much already - well done!
    Millie ^_^


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