Friday, 22 November 2013

A Return to Chaos

The day started off well, I edited an old assignment story and sent it off to Take A Break Fiction Feast, and then I edited a story I wrote on holiday and sent it to my writing group for a critique. Then I completed a mailshot for my freelance work and was feeling pretty pleased with myself.

This was all done before my eldest, who was off school with an Inset day, dragged himself out of bed.

Then, I gave up the computer so that he could catch up on his homework.  The only problem was that, because he was off school, he'd decided that he was going to spend the day on the Xbox.

During the ensuing meltdown, my husband came home and decided to redecorate the kitchen, so I ended up trying to supervise homework and get everything out of the kitchen so that he could crack on. 

On the one hand I'm really pleased that progress is being made on the house but I'm having to grit my teeth too.  Trying to make some lunch for us, with everything under the cover of dust sheets was certainly a challenge.

This afternoon, the joiner turned up to do some work in the living room, and I retreated to the spare bedroom to try to do some decluttering, because it's been decided that that's the next room to be attacked, next week.

Now I say spare bedroom, but its a downstairs bedroom which is basically used to store coats, bags, shoes, boots, stationery, filing, laundry and anything else you can possibly think of.  Its the only room in the house which has remained practically untouched since we moved in nearly ten years ago and is painted in a sickly yellow.   I'm looking forward to it being redecorated but its going to be a painful process.

You know the saying that you can't make an omlette without breaking eggs, well all I can see at the moment are shells!

But, I always try to look on the bright side. Firstly, I'm glad I managed to get some work done in the relative quiet of the day, and secondly I know it will be worth it in the long run.

I must say I'm looking forward to the day when my husband is working out of town, both the boys are at school and the house is just in its normal level of mess.  That day will be blissful indeed!


  1. LOL! I home school the kids. Try that one on for size. *shaking head* I'm happy if the house is clean once a day for 1/2 hr.

  2. Had to laugh about the meltdown over the xbox (sorry)! So familiar! But how lovely to have that room to sort out. You'll get past that point where everything is up in the air and it'll all be worth it in the end when it all suddenly falls into place :-) x

  3. Hi Crystal, you must be a really patient person to be able to home school. My kids just won't listen when I'm trying to teach them something, and we often end up in a stand off. I'm always relieved when the homework is done.

    Teresa, the xbox is the ultimate tool in both blackmail and bribery. Personally I think its a poisoned challice and I resisted it for a long time, but when something's in, its in, and its difficult to resist the tide!

    Yes, it will be worth it in the end. It's feast or famine as far as decorating is concerned in the house, after this little burst nothing will be done for another year and I'll be back to moaning that my husband never has time for our house. Poor man just can't win!