We have been pushing hard on the renovations as William was booked to go to hospital to have his tonsils, adenoids, and nose passages cauterised to help with his breathing.
He is in theatre now as I peck this post out on my phone to distract myself from waiting. So if you pray, please pray for him, his Drs and nurses, and for a smooth recovery. He went under absoloutly cacking himself with laughter from the gas, which was infectious amongst us of all in the room! He has great Drs and nurses and I'm confident he will be just fine.
We have brought his precious "Oscar bear", "Barkley dog", his raggedy rug I made him years ago, his own pillow to bring him comfort. As well as a bunch of DVD's.
We have been pushing to get the renos done so he comes back to a clean, fresh, familiar home. I can't wait to unpack our stuff! To fluff my nest and make it "homely" again. We have been kinda camping in the house amongst the renos until now. Though we are doing really well. The lounge is done except a couple of small jobs, it needs skirting painted and installed, and the fireplace needs its repairs but other then that it's done. The hall is simply waiting for the flooring, which Grant will do tonight before we get home from hospital and the master bedroom needs its timber sash window painted, skirting and floors laid. So we are a week out, but very nearly there after some hard days work and late nights.
This is the salt damp treatment we are putting in the walls. It's a special kind of thin silicon based/water resistant chemical. First you drill into the walls at a particular height at a downward angle then pump this stuff into them. The stone absorbeds the chemical and the wall above the chemical dries out, creating a membrane in the wall that the damp (and the salt it brings with it) sits under, creating a damp course in the walls.
I attempted to take on a supervisor role of the painting situation!
But promptly got the sack and sent up the ladder to paint the fiddly wood work.....doh!
Grant's busy laying the laminate flooring. This was a real compromise for me. I LOVE natural materials, and really wanted oak timber floors but doing this cottage on a shoe string budget ment it just wasn't possible, no matter how I crunched the numbers. But this stuff is strong, durable, simple to lay and we can easily do it ourselves which adds another cost saving element. It's also low allergen for my highly allergic-to-everything William, which has been a central consideration in all of the plans of this home.
I actually forgot to take photos of the room finished last night! So you will have to wait until tomorrow so I can show you. ;) Anticipation and all that.
Well, I best get going back to the ward and wait for Will to come down, my coffee is about finished and I'm ready to look after my sensitive boy who I predict is going to be especially miserable about the whole thing.