I sometimes wonder if I am in fact solar powered. That little bit of sunshine and the promise of Spring in the air after a Winter that seemed to last forever, makes me suddenly want to do all of those jobs that I’ve been putting off, you know?
My Other Half hasn’t been bitten by the same urgent nesting bug and unfortunately for me, many of the jobs I have in mind need a little muscle. Plus I have a terrible fear of stepping any higher than the second wrung of a ladder which is a hindrance when painting the hall, stairs and landing is one of the projects on your To Do list. If I was organised enough to have a To Do list of course.
The house we are in now is not our Forever House. It’s not quite big enough and it’s not quite where we would like to be. But I love our For Now House. I really do. There are just a list of niggly jobs that we have been putting off that I suddenly have the urge to put right. The odd lick of paint here, a new shelf there, a picture to be put up. Just small things. Small things that I have been ignoring but all of a sudden are annoying me enough to want to do it all right away. And maybe even brave those ladders.
I spent months and months trying to find a new wallpaper for our living room last year. Believe it or not, I can sometimes be a little bit fussy *cough* and I got an idea into my head that the wallpaper had to have peacocks on. As you do. And of course I couldn’t find any. For months and months and months. Then quite by chance, I spotted some in B&Q of all places. It was perfect. Cream background, swirly whimsical flowers and peacocks ahoy in a soft grey with a slight sheen. So we bought it. But that was last October and it has been sat on top of our wardrobe gathering dust ever since.
So this Saturday, I thought I might push my Other Half along a little. I don’t do nagging. I tend to go with as subtle as a brick hints. Much more effective I find. So anyway, he was out walking up a mountain god knows where on Saturday so I took it upon myself to strip the existing wallpaper from the feature wall. Steamer in one hand, a brand new shiny scraper in the other I reckoned I would have it done in no time. What I didn’t expect was for big chunks of plaster to come down with the old wallpaper. Why is nothing ever straight forward?! I was dreading my Other Half coming home. What had I done?! But in actual fact, when he saw it he just cracked out laughing. I think he was that impressed that I would risk my manicure with an afternoon of hard toil that he found it hard to be cross with me. To be fair, it wasn’t my fault of course, just one of those DIY disaster type things. But of course it was work that he wasn’t expecting to come home to. Anyway, to cut a long story short, he made good the walls then on Sunday we hung the new wallpaper.
It is just perfect. It’s even better up than I could ever have imagined. It makes the living room take on a whole new feel. I have even swapped seats so I can sit and admire it as I write which is a big deal by the way. I can only write when I am sitting in a certain chair you see. I understand this is completely normal writer behaviour *cough*
So, one fabulous job down, another goodness knows how many to go. But now that the living room is looking so lovely, I’m even more determined to keep on ticking off those jobs. Has Spring sprung for you?