Topsy Turvey

Well, it’s been a mad old week or two here.  The Husband arrived home from work about 10 days ago with wine and no job.  His company had imploded and made him redundant.

Thankfully he’s very skilled at what he does and his market sector is buoyant so we are not remotely phased by this.  We spent the first night drinking the wine and toasting all the reasons this was a great thing to happen and the opportunities it opens up for us.

Obviously, I’m making the most of having him home and ‘we’ have made a start on the renovations.  The first thing ‘we’ have to do is lift all the floors.

Give a man a hammer....

I cannot tell you how much mess tiled floors make when they come up.  There is dust EVERYWHERE. But, the tiles were cracked and ready to be replaced so this rewire is a blessing in disguise.  I hasten to add that I had nothing to do with any of this.  It’s all The Husband and Pa SIL.  I’ve just been supplying tea, sandwiches and cake!

The hallway floor was lifted last week

They have been working like Trojan’s to get this done.  The kitchen will be completely cleared this week and then there’s only the living room to do.  I say ‘only’ as it’s laminate not tile BUT there are 7 floor-to-ceiling bookcases to pack up and remove before we can get to the floor.

I let him have the weekend off!  It was his birthday yesterday, after all.  We had a wonderful day with family and cake, but I was a little shabby from far too much red wine on Saturday night, so forgot to take photos.  I did, however, finish the Sweater of Doom just in time, and he absolutely loves it.  So, I’ll get photos of it this week and share.

Right, I’m off to toile a Lekela pattern for myself.

Blouse With Wide Sleeves

My wardrobe is decidedly bare and I need some tops.  I’m hoping to get the first one done this week.  Fingers crossed!


32 Responses to Topsy Turvey

  1. Vicki Kate says:

    Woah. You are going through some crazy times! I’m glad you’re being positive and dare I say enjoying it?!

    • We’re lucky in that he was paid in lieu of notice…phew! So we had a lovely week catching up with each other, and it couldn’t have come at a better time in terms of the house. 😉

  2. Jane G says:

    Oh I am sorry to hear that, glad you’re ok with it. Sometimes, just having a little break like that is what you need, even if you have been working him hard. Hope he gets sorted out soon xx

  3. dottiedoodle says:

    I love that he came home with wine as well as the ‘bad’ news! Looking forward to seeing the after pics – of the renovations, not the wine.

  4. Oh Evie, I am so sorry. Certainly he won´t be bored though with all that housework to do ;o) I really hope he gets an exciting new job soon. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
    I really like the wooden floor! Are you planning to sand it or will you cover it up again?
    I like that top pattern you chose.

    • Thank you…but we are really ok. He’ll be back at work in the blink of an eye. His phone was going mad last week and he hasn’t even started the search yet. We are very, very positive and very, very lucky.
      I wish I could just sand and stain this floor but the kitchen floor isn’t in as good condition. Thankfully I get to live with it for a while and think. I suppose we could replace the worst bits and then see about sanding! 😉

  5. Keep him busy until someone else employs him! (Always good to have your birthday as holiday though – glad you finished his present 🙂 )

  6. Sue Taylor says:

    same thing happened to Dave a few years back, though he was already halfway through the wine by the time I got home! Was the best thing that happened to him and gave him the chance for a career re-vamp. I am sure things will turn out fine for you two as well. Great timing on the part of Husband’s employer to let him go just at the time you were doing the renovations ;0)

    • Snap! That’s exactly what I said to him this evening about the timing. Couldn’t be more perfect. We had every weekend blocked out to do this work. Now we’re almost done. We are really excited about the opportunity this offers us, and counting our blessings that we don’t have to worry at the moment about this. How very lucky we are!

  7. gingermakes says:

    Sorry to hear about the upheaval! Crossing my fingers that your husband finds a new job soon. I’m glad you guys are able to enjoy some good time together in the meantime!

  8. K-Line says:

    Well, you know my perspective – a strong family is the biggest blessing! And wine doesn’t hurt. 🙂 Those wood floors look good, btw! I only wish ours had been as salvageable when we took off the carpet on our third floor. It was tragic to trash the entire thing because they’d been so careless in protecting the wood to begin with…

    • And I am so blessed with my family. And wine 😉
      Sadly when we got the kitchen floor up it’s not in such good shape. Such a shame. But the previous owners did so very many odd things that it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

  9. grtescp says:

    sorry to hear your husband lost his job, it never is easy, even if it ends up being the best thing in the long run. I went through something similar almost 2 years ago, it was definitely a blessing in disguise, even if that disguise often felt like a kick in the stomach! In the mean time great that he can get on with the renovations (freeing up more sewing time for you!)

    • I’m so glad things worked out for you. We’ve been more angry about the way some other staff have been treated. Far less fairly than us. We are very positive, and more sewing time is always a great thing 😉

  10. Glad you are turning this unexpected event into something positive – it’s the way to go! Wish I could send Big Man round to help woth the flooring, he’s a whizz now at putting down laminate 🙂

  11. Sorry to hear your news Evie, but glad you’re both being so positive. The same thing happened to my husband in November and I’m pleased to say it all turned out fine – he’s had non stop freelance work ever since. Your family are happy and healthy: that’s all that matters at the end of the day, onwards and upwards! xx

  12. dokucug says:

    Happy birthday to Mr. Pendlestitch! How kind of you to give him the day off 😉

    You are SO lucky you have a man who knows how to DO THINGS. As in, fixing. My guy is good with electricals and computers, but everything else is pretty much jerry-rigged, LOL!

    I’ll echo what the others have said: glad you are all doing well and aren’t viewing his redundancy as a crisis. I bet the kids love having him at home for a while!

    • Thank you for the birthday wishes. He’s very good at DIY but also super good at damaging himself whilst doing it…so it’s a double edged sword. Thankfully this time its just aches and pains from doing it all at high speed so the shards of tiles were cleared before the kids came home! 😉
      We’re all loving having him at home, but my list of jobs to done might send him back to work sooner rather than later. 😀

  13. Shar says:

    I’m late on my blog reading, but wanted to throw in my good wishes! It sounds like you’re all doing just fine which is great to hear! We did major renovations a few years ago so I know how long and messy it can be, but it sounds like you’re making great progress. Keep us posted on how the renovations and job search turn out!

    • Thank you on all counts.
      It’s a very long project but it will be worth it in the end. We’ve still lots of the dirty work before we can start putting it back together again, but at least now it looks shabby because we’re doing stuff, not just because we are scruffy! 😉

  14. Andrea says:

    I like your attitude about both your husband’s news of his job and your assistance with the renos, because really it will all work itself out in the end (even moving all those bookcases). It always does, doesn’t it?

  15. So what are you going to do with those lovely wood floors? Sorry if you’ve already posted about this and I missed it …..

    Our place has concrete floors that are not worth making visible. We live in a house with no architectural merit whatsoever you see.

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