Renovation Good TimesRenovation Good Times


Renovation woes are boring. Unless they are happening to you, and then you feel the overwhelming urge to tell EVERYONE about them! 

Short version: 6 weeks delay, about an extra $40K in costs and frustrations galore, but it's finally underway. 

Moral of the story: Get more than one Soil Report, OR vet your soil tester THOROUGHLY, as every other plan is based on this report. If you happen to get a dud one, it's a disaster. Luckily, our builder got a second opinion before starting, as he had concerns. This means our house, once built, should not all of a sudden collapse. Which, we all agree, is quite a good thing.

So we've been living at my parent's place for a lot longer than planned. My lovely parents have moved over to another house on the property where my Mum is principal for a language school, so they were able to offer us their house to stay in. What a blessing that has been! We're hoping for Christmas move back, but I'm not holding my breath.

In other news, poor Dad has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, which was a huge shock. It was about a 2 week period from when we found out he had a lump, to getting the diagnosis. Dad is now undergoing chemotherapy in a bid to extend his life expectancy, as the cancer has spread throughout his body already. The docs are hoping for 3 'good' years, followed by 2 'not so good'.

So as you can see, it's been a stressful 3 months! (Mild understatement.)

In stitching news, there's a few new things going up- a Bug quilt I did for Homespun last year, and the latest stitchery 'Animal House'. I've also put up Mr Foxy, a quick fun stitchery.

There's also a Homespun project out - look for the Ballerina in the Kids special issue out in October.