Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chewing Like Crazy

There is a period of time, after you take on a project like this, where it consumes you and you have little time to focus on much else. It's just a cycle of eat, sleep, sit and wonder what the hell you've done.

It's inevitable, however, that real life claws its way back sooner or later.

When we moved to the Lockyer Valley, it was to make a tree change. We envisioned a quieter, slower existence out here.

 I think we underestimated the reality of moving within an hour of three growing cities (Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane) and the opportunities that would present for meeting new people and for work.

Neither Dan or I have ever been one to resist a good opportunity. We both tend to bite off more than we can chew and then chew like crazy. 

Now, we're both working harder than we've ever worked and not just on the house. Dan's new job is all-consuming - in a good way, he's loving it - and, aside from the usual demands of caring for a toddler, I'm tinkering away on several projects now which hopefully will be at a point where I can reveal them soon.

The house has stopped being such a high priority. Rather, it's a minor side-show. A curiosity. It's functioning just fine as a half-lived in house, a little cottage, with most now closed off for who-knows-how-long. Months? I mentioned having Christmas here this year and Dan looked terrified, like he had no intention of finishing the kitchen and dining room finished by then.

I hope we have it finished by then.

We'll get there, sooner or later, and the occasional realisation that one day I won't have to work from a dark corner of the guest room at night or cook dinner on an electric grill perched on top of a washing machine never fails to fill me with happiness.

We've had a few deliveries this week to add to our growing collection of building supplies. This window arrived on Wednesday and will eventually go into the kitchen. I never knew it was possible to love a window, but I love this one. It will one day have my favourite view on our property through it.

One day.


  1. As Rhonda says living simply does not necessarily mean not busy.....changing what you are doing so you love your busy and it's fulfilling. As you say the house will be there...hopefully you'll have a beautiful kitchen one day but enjoy the detours along the way. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  2. It is indeed a very gorgeous window. A bit like cold porridge, its hard to get down at times but you'll get there!

  3. I had that exact style of double hung in the lounge and dining room of my last house and they were so so lovely, great choice for a kitchen. I had months and months of the bunnings light and the portable stove on the bench back at Betsy and believe me it REALLY makes you grateful when a real kitchen appears. We just ordered ours yesterday, so so exciting. mel x

  4. Five years down the track we area still chipping away... :-)

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