I am pretty well known for being a ‘last minute Lulu’, but this year I have truly surpassed myself. The picture is the current state of my dining room and, yes, that is a sofa propped up at a weird angle.
With only three days to go until the carpet fitters arrive to fit the lounge carpet (the very last thing we are attempting pre-Christmas), there is still a bit to do. Yesterday before work, I was staining a door and today I have undercoated two door frames and the skirting board, and also painted two walls! Now it’s just the second coat for the walls, the top coat for the doors, and all the glossing.
I can honestly say: Never again!
Mind you, we’re quite lucky to be having the carpet fitted at all. On my way home from the Romantic Novelist’s Association Christmas lunch on Tuesday – where a good time was had by all, I must say…
… – I had a phone call to say the carpet I had ordered would not be ready until January 4th.
We had already stripped out the old wood laminate floor in readiness and disposed of it at the local tip. The thought of Christmas with the draughty old floorboards (paint spattered, might I add) did not appeal.
I stopped off on the way home to chat to Joe, the carpet man, and I’m pleased to say we came up with a solution. I’d been in two minds about which carpet to order in the first place, and had originally gone for the more affordable one as all this building lark is turning out to be jolly expensive!
That needed to come from Belgium, whereas the more expensive one is made in the UK and would be available to fit on Monday.
Joe was able to offer me a generous discount because of the inconvenience, so I’m happy; particularly as I’m buying British. Wilfie, the cat, is happy too, as that was his preference – although we have gone for the lighter shade as we would be forever tripping over him on the dark one!
It’s a lovely thick carpet, which will be nice and warm if we get any more weather like last weekend. We didn’t have a massive amount of snow, unlike a few of my colleagues who were unable to get in to QVC, but it did settle.
It always makes me extra careful when driving, especially on motorways. I hope it wasn’t too bad where you are. That’s the thing about snow, it’s lovely to look at from inside somewhere toasty and warm, or read stories about, or play in if you’ve got children – but it’s such a pain to try to get to work.
So, I’m off this weekend, although I am back in on Monday as our Christmas roster begins. As it is our last shopping weekend before Christmas, I thought I’d give you a heads up on a couple of brilliant Today’s Special Values.
If you love Gatineau, you won’t want to miss their Today’s Special Value on Sunday, it could make a perfect present if you know someone who loves the brand. Before that though, it’s the fabulous Dyson V8, that I featured on my blog last week. Honestly, this could be the moment when you get rid of your upright permanently, particularly if you have a mix of carpets and hard floors. It’s also brilliant for dusting, and cleaning the interior of your car.
Just one final Today’s Special Value mention: Kipling!
Technically it launches on Tuesday, but it is already available to pre-order on our website.
Because of all the decorating, I haven’t written a single Christmas card or wrapped any presents yet; something else to add to my ‘to do’ list over the next few days.
Have a great weekend,