Monday, 16 April 2012

Grime Busters

Where are Kim and Aggie when you need them?   I spent the whole weekend, along with some of my very good friends, washing and scrubbing and hoovering and wiping. 

On Saturday, Mechelle, came bringing with her a double duvet and various other wonderful and useful items. Angie came too and we tackled the living room and the kitchen.  By the time we'd finished it was ...well, maybe not sparkling, but certainly a whole lot cleaner.  Just being able to see out of the windows made a huge difference (Mechelle's handiwork)  We moved a lot of items of old furniture, etc. that I won't be needing into the "spare" room downstairs and shut the door on it.  That gave us room in the living room to rearrange the furniture so that it all faced the fireplace and looked nice and cosy.  The kitchen was completely cluttered with stuff so, again that needed clearing first.  The kitchen is somewhat dire to be honest with two floor standing cupboards that have come out of the ark.  No matter, I have no pots and pans to put in them yet anyway!  We couldn't face the cooker so left that for the next day. 

Sunday arrived along with Clair, another good friend.  Mechelle came again along with Angie who came bearing gifts from Tesco - a new hoover(!) a toaster, some cutlery. What is she like!  She even brought her own microwave out of her kitchen claiming that she'd been wanting a new one for ages and just needed an excuse to get rid of the old one!  I am truly humbled by my friends' generosity.

Clair, brave warrior that she is, tackled the bathroom and the cooker, only once having to run out of the door gagging at the hair she'd discovered blocking the plughole.  The cooker was attacked with a pack of Oven Pride but was so bad that it had to be left overnight to stew.

Me and Mechelle tidied up the bedrooms and Angie put up a curtain rod in the living room.  Can you believe that it took as long to hoover the walls and ceilings as it did the floors?  I've never seen so many cobwebs.

By the time we'd finished the place was transformed, maybe not into a palace, but at least into a habitable state.

Its feeling as though its mine now.  I popped in today to see how the cooker was getting on.  The shelves have cleaned up nicely but the interior of the oven ...well, I don't really want to go there.  The floor of the oven must be about an inch deep in black ...errm... stuff.  Yuk!  Another pack of Oven Pride is going to be needed.

One last hurdle to get over - that of Jasmine's disapproval.  I can only hope that she'll come round eventually.

Fingers crossed x


  1. Jooles - I am just getting caught up with my reading and saw this post. I am happy for you and your friends are amazing. Jasmine will come around eventually. Once you start feeling better about your situation and yourself, your positivity will be contagious.

  2. Ah, thanks Wolfie. I am really enjoying having my own space. Jasmine is a hard nut to crack. She's very "anti" and won't spend any more time here than she absolutely has to. Its still early days though so I will bide my time.