Everything is Just Fabulous.....

I don't mean to go on and on about it, but it REALLY is good to be home! Well, maybe I do mean to go on about it! But you can't blame me! So hard to imagine what it would be like to watch your house get ruined, then have to up sticks, move and refurbish. Then again it IS only a house and at the end of the day no-one was hurt. Thank God.

O.K., here's the things that have struck me as I end my first week back home..................

Last night I had a long soak in a hot bath with an even longer cold glass of white wine! Bliss!! Haven't had a bath in 4 months! And before you say anything I did of course shower in the intervening time! Not very pleasant though in the H.H. of H (Horrible House of Horrors) There were 2 old fashioned showers, neither of which worked properly. The walk in shower was totally unreliable. Water was cold most of the time. Until the Plumber came to look at it....oh yeah, THEN it decided to work! Typical! The other shower was just hard to get the heat level of the water right. And it leaked! So last night's bath was just fabulous!

I'm sitting in my sitting room which used to be a long room. We've divided the room so we have one sitting room and the dining room part is (or will be!) a computer/playroom.

So, there I am sitting in one of my very salubrious (and posh!!) recliner chairs. In a fabulous shade of red with black trim. Aren't they just fabulous?? Not!! But they soon will be!

Have my farty little Christmas Tree up and some decorations! Walls plastered, cheap carpet on floor and no curtains up. Carpet cost €80 from Des Kelly's. Sorry, now known as M.Kelly Interiors. How's that for posh? Not dealing with muck here! Anyways, I'm sitting there looking around the room with a smile on my face! I mean, it's a mess but I can see the walls painted, probably a cream shade, my red curtains with gold swirls back up and my new 3 + 1 seater black leather chairs. And of course my wooden floor down. Can't wait! It will be just fabulous.

Then I go into my new kitchen and the smile on my face gets bigger! I constantly clean the new black granite work top til it gleams! I don't mind cooking now....hated cooking in the H.H. of H ( always felt it was dirty and there was no room). Snuggles even trying more new foods. Most kids on the Autistic Spectrum have limited menus and Snuggles is no different. He had 1 weetabix this morning. In a bowl WITH milk. Wow! First time he's had that since he was 18 mths old! This is BIG news 'cos breakfast is such a problem, especially on school mornings. And he had home-made chicken nuggets this evening!! Fabulous!

But the biggest new addition to my fabulous kitchen is a fabulous dishwasher! We never had room for one before, but now we have a slimline one. And I love it! I can't wait to fill it up every evening just so I can turn it on! Don't have enough dishes though so will have to buy more. Just to be able to use my dishwasher!! Note to self though: MAKE SURE MR JAZZY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT TOO! Otherwise I'll be left to do it all! But don't worry...I'm NOT turning into a Stepford wife!! The novelty will soon wear off!

Then I go into our extension, a 16ft sq room that will be a dining/ TV room. At this stage I'm like the proverbial Cheshire Cat! I'm practically laughing at this stage I feel so thrilled!! Again, as you can see, it's a mess. But, as I sit in our new crescent shaped 4 seater ( black leather again!) looking at our new plasma TV I'm deliriously happy! Even though the sofa is still in it's wrapper and I keep sliding off it! But, it will all be fixed. Soon. By the end of January. I hope! Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!

There are two glitches though. No. 1: The Dog! Back garden is like Beirut! Patio not even started yet, but it'll be done soon ( have to have a bit of an argument over cost with the builder 1st though!). Have to chain the dog 'cos he keeps scratching our fabulous new 12ftwide glass back door! Well, it did cost €7000 so I'm entitled to be a bit precious about it! He's scratched it a bit already. I did have him in once or twice and he wasn't too badly behaved so we'll see how it goes. Then there's always Petsafe.

No.2 is the fireplace. It's old and I wanted to use the flood as an excuse to get rid of it, and have Insurance cover it! But Mr J not having any of it! He's too honest! The problem is, the builder and plumber set a fire in it to burn off excess water in the system as we got a new boiler. The heat gouged out some holes in the marble. It looks awful. Builder willing to replace that bit but sure that'll be impossible. I've now decided to check out a new one , builder can go halves. Think I have Mr J on board. Such a shame to spend all this money on the house and the 1st thing you see in the room is the crappy fireplace! But, you see, it's also a timing issue. Floorman coming to lay floors in the 3 rooms on 5th January AND we HAVE to get our furniture back from storage that week! And, MORE money going out!!

Fix That!!

But, this flood has changed me. Just like having a child with ASD has changed me. There have been SO many issues over the last few months and they've all gotten sorted. So too will these minor issues. I've definitely become more positive and am less stressed about things. I still get stressed but I'm learning!

Everything will be just fabulous! Just wait and see.....


  1. Jazzy, I love the way you write, I felt as if I was walking through the house with you, visiting in person, as in "for real", and you were showing it all off to me! And as you said, the "little" things will sort themselves out.

    And well done to Snuggles for the breakfast and chicken nuggets! Amazing what your own home can do to you!

    As for the dishwasher, I got my 1st one only 2 years ago... how did I managed without before? I LOVE emptying it, all the sparking glasses, shiny cuttlery!... Sad, I know, but true!

  2. Fabulous darling just fabulous!!

    How posh are you with your plasma TV?...I'm over 2 yrs in my 'new' house and still don't have curtains...but do have a dishwasher and a crappy one it is too...regular dinner plates don't fit into it..glasses come out dirtier than when they went in..are we ever happy? so pleased it's all shaping up fabulously for you girl...let me know when the house warming is...bottle vodka needs drinking...xx

  3. Thanks Nan P. I too enjoy seeing the dishes and glasses etc so shiny!

    That's funny Sesame, I too happen to have a bottle of vodka here. Fancy that! What a coincidence! Must mean something......like maybe we should drink them! And raise a toast to
    everything, including us, being absolutely fabulous!! xx Jazzy


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