Goals, Life

Certainly not the news I wanted.

We got the report back. We have asbestos. One wall of insulation board is going to set us back time and money. I’ve been ringing round removal companies. 2 of which answered back today with time to see it tomorrow, to give quotes.

Others didn’t pick phones up or only could be contacted via online contact forms. Will see if we hear back from those. In the mean time hopefully at least one of those 2 quotes is a reasonable one.

I did some wedding photographer research. I believe I may have found someone. Only one I’ve doing under £1000. Only by £50 but it’s under budget. Everyone else I’ve found has been way over.

We’re going to look at the links he’s forwarded tomorrow and hope to have our free consultation.

I’ve had eye aches, leg muscle cramps and stomach ache today. I feel I’m putting more stress on myself then I should. I need to slow down again.

Goals, Life

No Rest in Order to Get House Ready

I was back at the house today by 11am. The skip due to arrive around 12. My dad rung me this morning to see if we were free. Him and my step mum wanted to come see the house.

When I got to the house I started ringing around asbestos companies for quotes. I couldn’t wait for the one I sent an enquiry too. Although I did ring them today for a quote. In the end I went with a different company who came out this afternoon to look and take the sample. We should get the results tomorrow.

My dad and step mum came to look around. They said we’ve done well to get the house we have. It’s good to have their approval. Although this shouldn’t matter to me. With my dad it does. This is something I shouldn’t give a fuck about: other people’s approval.

When I was doing the work on the house. I was stripping wallpaper in the kitchen. It took me all the hours I was there to do one wall. That I didn’t even finish. Guess I’m slow on my own.

The skip cane, we waited until my step dad arrived to fill it. It took us an hour and a half. And the in-laws came to help too. We were right. We need another skip. We were able to clear some of the living room and the garden. Skip company getting rung again in the morning.

Dave was able to get some more of the internal walls down too. We’ve been having a debate on how/when we’re going to get 50 plasterboards in the house by the weekend. As they are heavy, the time me and B are at the house wouldn’t be good as it’ll be hard for us to carry them. Other times for delivery wasn’t good for the guys to all be there. As Saturday delivery isn’t an option we’ve had a go with click and collect, let’s hire your van option.

I’m sure I can put a shout out with our friends to help carry them in the house. There’s certainly things I never thought I’d think about when buying and owning a house. Being first time buyers is this normal? It makes you think and slow down and prioritise.

The pop up photo booth for our wedding arrived today. It does niggle at me that I keep putting off looking for a photographer. Looking at things £1000 seems to be the minimum. Anyone know of any good photographers in Yorkshire at a reasonable price?

Goals, Life

Every Little Bit Helps

We were able to lay in this morning. Being a Sunday I didn’t want to go to the house too early making a racket. Once there, I got set on finishing the living room. Dave on banging plaster and boards off the internal walls not suspected of asbestos.

Dave’s parents came for a couple hours in the afternoon. Mum-in-law helped me finish the living room. Then clear up the mess Dave had made. Dad-in-law got set in the garden, finally getting rid of the ivy and broken fencing.

We got a bit of work done today. After my morning shift and Dave’s outing we’ll be back tomorrow. The skip is getting removed and a new one replaced. It’ll be full by end of the evening. We’ll then need a third.

Hopefully we’ll hear from the asbestos company regarding the testing of our internal wall.


Finished reading: The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight.

Goals, Life

Not Want we Wanted to Find

Happy Birthday Grandma. I don’t think my grandma was expecting us to sing her happy birthday when she got out of bed this morning. It was good to see the smile on her face.

It was radiator delivery day, plus one for collection. The only thing that wasn’t delivered were the values. I’ll have to speak to my step dad about this tomorrow.

Over at the house, my mum and I started stripping the wallpaper in the living room. We got 2 full walls done and most of a 3rd. My step dad finished the new piping for the central heating/radiators. He started to take plaster, hardboard and wooden slates off some of the internal walls.

There was one wall he had to stop and move on from as he suspected it to be asbestos. Just what we needed. Being a Saturday the asbestos related businesses were closed. There happens to be an office where we live so I’ve sent them an email.

Hearing this did put a damper on my mood but luckily I had plans to meet a friend for dinner. Pizza Hut it is. Shame they didn’t have the pudding I wanted. So I bought some from the supermarket.

I also bought a wedding magazine. It’s given me some ideas. It even came with a honeymoon guide.

Buying a house and starting from scratch does cost money. I don’t think I’ve spent this much in one go, on one thing. I’m surprised the bank hasn’t stopped my card.

Right, I better get some sleep. Back at the house tomorrow.

Ooo, I sent off two applications today. I haven’t heard from the other 3 I’d sent out. See if I do from either of these ones. Fingers crossed.

Ooo, number 2. Since getting the keys, I’ve had more none telly days!

Goals, Life

No Fear of Missing Out

I had less fear of missing out with the house today. I knew I was getting there eventually and I’ve the weekend to get more work done. The skip cane at lunch. After an hour I got a message from my mum that we need another.

When I got to the house, I found my father in law had started the gardening. I can see a wall and a broken fence at the end of the yard now. New fence will have to go on our list now.

I joined my mum in removing the wall paper. She had started in bedroom number 2. This one was a lot harder then the first bedroom. The amount of paint on the walls, wow. Once bedroom 2 is finished it’s the living room.

I found out today that the bathroom is also papered. Who papers a bathroom?

We had 2 plasterers come round for a quote. The first didn’t show up or give us notice. The second was late but did notify us. They’re happy to do the job. Knew what they were talking about and happy for us to do what we can to cut cost down.

B and D and my grandad came to visit the house to have a nosey. The work is tiring but it’s getting done. Which is the main thing. There’s a chance we could be in by Christmas.

Family, Life

A Goodbye

Today was a wake up to go to Malcolm’s funeral. My great uncle. Seeing him in hospital bed throughout the year. It’s sad to say goodbye but he’s in a better place. Pain free.

After the service and wake. I dealt with the debt from the gas meter that was left from the previous owners. Thankfully after so much too-ing and fro-ing we got there in the end.

I was pottering around. I didn’t know what to do with myself. So my mum told me to get my coat, we’re off shopping. I ended up with a microwavable heated bear, as a treat.

I spent quite a bit on lighting for the house. The house lights still not covered. Once home, dinner made and eaten, I decided to chill with some telly.

My step-dad came up to talk to me about radiators. We need all new and then money was spent. We may not have all the lights for the house but least we’ll have heat for the winter. Well we will once all the pipes go back into the house.

The skip is arriving tomorrow. It’s a good job seeing we have 3 rooms with things to go into it.

I’m working in the morning. But I’ll be able to join in for the afternoon. See how far my mum gets, to help her along. Maybe this weekend we’ll get everything stripped wallpaper wise. See how far we get.

Everyone is asleep before me again this evening. Let’s see if I get a full through the night sleep.

Life, Writing

A Fear Of Missing Out Feeling

I had that fear of missing out feeling when I was working this morning. With my parents and Dave being in the house. Dave brought the kitchen ceiling down. It made everyone black with muck. My Grandma was asking if they were trying out as chimney sweeps.

My step-dad took out all but the toilet in the bathroom and all radiators. My mum was near the end of finishing stripping the wallpaper in the hallway. Also, my step-dad found the entry point to the water to our house so the stop tap could be added. It wasn’t the one found the other day. That’s our neighbours one!

It just happens to be in our house. So ours must be coming in through our other neighbours. Strange way of building.

When I was able to join everyone I helped finished off the hallway and we did our bedroom too. My step-dad started the removing the pipes so they can be replaced. When coming to lift up the second bedroom carpet he found he was unable to. Previous owners had built the wall on top of the carpet!

Luckily that particular wall is one that we wanted to knock down. It was just sooner than expected. The cellar guy came today and so did the second electrician. We’re waiting for their quotes, then we’ll decide. I need to talk to mum tomorrow, I was unable to tonight as I went out with Dave’s parents to the theatre.

It was lovely. It was the youth group production of Les Mes. It brought a tear to my eye. Once I got back everyone was in bed. Guess it’s my turn now.