Thursday, 23 November 2017

Taking Shape

I was on a bit of a learning curve yesterday. Thanks to all of your Thanksgiving comments....apparently Thanksgiving dinner in the US is more of an event than Christmas dinner ! Who knew! Hey ho!
Anyhow...
I'm beginning to feel that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Yesterday three fitters squeezed into the cottage as the dogs and I squeezed out. I bought them all takeaway coffees and cakes and went out for the day.
When I got home in the afternoon, things had moved forward rather nicely.



Today I am going to drink coffee in Marks and Spencer's cafe. They have wifi and I can complete lots of web " paperwork" out of the way of the mess, banging and stress of hearing hairy arsed strangers sitting in the loo whistling.

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  1. Oooh, it's all coming along nicely. I have kitchen envy, ours at the moment is a corner in our sitting room! Still it's not far from cooker to sofa ;) I always laugh out loud at some of your throw away comments then have to explain to my BF why I'm laughing and it doesn't always translate that well! He gets the stress of having workers in though, but only because he used to be one of those hairy arsed builders, haha :D

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    1. I'm 55 and this will be my first kitchen all of my own

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  2. I hope you'd stuck some (straight) hairs over the drawer-openings, a little, non-conspicuous talcum powder here and there, particularly in the vicinity of your valuables, and noted the precise positions you'd left mags and things. If you put your trust in them they've got to prove they deserved it.

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    1. Wow, Raybeard, I learnt those techniques from the Hardy Boys, I think, or was it the Famous Five ;)

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    2. Well, there you are, Yarrow. I was going back merely to 007 which, compared to your examples, was a mere five minutes ago!

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    3. I hoped it was tongue in cheek; always difficult to tell on line.

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  3. Some gay men have fantasies about straight tradies. An attractive straight tradie is a rare beast. Most of them are gross, if not in their looks, their behaviour. Good that you bribed them to do a good job with coffee and cake.

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    1. They get cream cakes tomorrow

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  4. You bought the dogs takeaway coffee and cakes? What did you give to the kitchen fitters?

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  5. I like your wallpaper.

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    1. hahahahahahahahahaha
      I was going to say great tile !

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  6. All looking nicely done. Enjoy your time away from all the noise and stress. Warm greetings!

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    1. Thank you I am never going to leave my lovely room!

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  7. Wow that looks fab john

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    1. I'm rather pleased this afternoon as they've almost finished

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  8. Hairy arsed strangers sitting in the loo whistling. That's the real price of a new kitchen.

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    1. And worth every note and strain

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  9. Looks great, clean and fresh. It's so exciting to have a shiny new kitchen, enjoy.

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  10. Looking fab, don't blame you for escaping though. What is it with builders and whistling? drives me barmy!

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  11. You haven't taken Winnie away from men in overalls have you ! Oooh you meanie !

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    1. I brought her back from eirlys' farm early yesterday for to meet them all

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    2. awwwwwwwwww that is so nice for such a gud dug !

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  12. Coming along nicely! What do the countertop and backsplash look like? -Jenn

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    1. Countertops oak and backsplash green tiles

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  13. It looks really good, John.

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    1. It will be finished ( apart from the tiling and floor- they get done next week)

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  14. 21st century modern in a 19th century cottage - BRAVO!

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  15. Looks good, I need to do that someday. Stay brave, it will be worth it when it is finished.

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  16. Would it be better if the strangers weren't hairy-arsed? Or didn't whistle? Or both?

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    1. I wonder what they say about me

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  17. It's the perfect time to get a kitchen fitted in the US, as then you cannot be expected to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the hoardes......!

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    1. My turn to cook Christmas dinner

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  18. Oh it is going to be so beautiful , soon ! It will be all light and new and fresh .. happy for you :)

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    1. It's a friendly north England saying
      It basically means friend

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  19. Bringing the cottage into the 21st century tastefully. It's going to look so great.

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    1. I wanted classic but relaxed

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  20. That's lookin' good; and just in time for Crimbo!

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  21. It looks really nice, it'll brighten up the cottage wonderfully. So now you'll need new pinnies and tea towels to compliment the new kitchen ... and turn you into a complete domestic goddess ;-)

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    1. All bought sue! And hidden away

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  22. This is looking very nice.

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    1. Thank you Michelle....look tomorrow, they finish tomorrow

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  23. I could sit at your able and admire that kitchen for hours. Beautiful.

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    1. I just keep smiling...when they gave me the remote for the lights I squealed like a pig

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  24. My turkey is in the oven, stuffed and salted, and I am sitting here with a cup of coffee and feeling quite cheerful on an overcast day and thinking that I am thankful to have found the window into your life which you present us with. Thank you, John Gray.
    Nice kitchen.

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    1. I'm wetting my panties as the worktop are just going on! Tomorrow they finish!

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  25. Looking good, hairy arsed or not, they're doing a grand job...exciting.

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    1. They are too! It's chocolate eclairs for them tomorrow

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  26. Looking really really nice!

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  27. Exciting times.
    Have you planned the menu for the first time you can cook in your new kitchen?

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  28. Nice!! It's going to be so bright and cheery. I'm glad it's going smoothly so far.

    And if they didn't whistle, you might hear things you'd rather not -- or at least that is the theory. Whistling doesn't really do much of a job covering that up.

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  29. Wow! It already looks incredible!

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    1. Time unveil it tomorrow on line! I've just creamed my knickers as I have a radio controlled light switch

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  30. You will be cooking/baking up a storm in that beautiful kitchen!!

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  31. Looking good--I am so pleased for you! It already has a fresh, clean, and homey feel to it. I can hardly wait to see the finished kitchen.

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    1. We have radio controlled lights too! I m so excited

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    2. You must be excited, John - that's the third time you've said that!! We'll need a video, you know. "Lights up. Lights down. Lights up. Lights down." etc

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  32. It looks great and I bet the men are fantastic.

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    1. They have impressed me hard working, precise and polite

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  33. OOOOOOH kitchens is taking shape, can I confess to an addiction to M and S devon scones and clotted cream and strawberry jam (as well as a really well turned out scotch egg ahh school days of all things...m and s had runny middles last year.:(

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  34. PS further to your above comment John I have also always wanted to look..classic and relaxed. Very rarely pulled it off though .

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  35. One thing about Thanksgiving that I did not see mentioned is that it is a universal holiday here in the US. No religious affiliation. So while everyone might not celebrate Xmas or Passover or whatever, theoretically everyone celebrates Thanksgiving. So perhaps that is why it is a bigger day. No presents, no children, no Santa, no religions, just gratitude? [of course now the PC police don't approve of the holiday, so who knows what the future may bring?]

    lizzy

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  36. I envision many lovely memories made in your amazingly cool kitchen! I like the lines of the kitchen too!

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  37. This looks so good!

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