Thursday, September 06, 2007

One of those days, weeks, months or even year

Not quite the correct lyrics of I'll be there for you by the Rembrants that goes something along the lines of:- it's like you're always stuck in second gear, and it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year - well, you get the gist of it anyway.

The last few weeks have been so frustrating. Our house has been up for sale for just over a month now and we desperately need to sell it to rid ourselves of a mortgage we will soon be unable to pay and not one person has been to view the property so far. I know the housing market has slowed down through the summer and that August is the worst month to try and sell a house and that this, coupled with people waiting on the proposed change of government policy on house sales taxes has compounded our problems but at the moment we are in absolute limbo and I don't think I've slept properly for quite a few nights and it is now making me feel both restless and helpless.

This morning I was making coffee in the cafetiere when the glass broke and hot coffee shot all over the work surface, down the front of the washing machine, as well as under it and inside it, and down my front burning my stomach and the finger and thumb I was using to hold my hot, wet denim skirt away from my skin. Glass and coffee grounds went everywhere but luckily missed the airer full of ironing I'd just done. I ran up stairs and threw all my wet clothes in the bath whilst Paul moved the washing machine and took the top off and mopped up the hot coffee from the inside - who would have thought that one smallish container of coffee would cause so much mess?

Knowing that we will soon have to be moving I have been clearing out stuff and trying to get rid of things we no longer use but this has also given me the idea of writing about things that I know I can't get rid of, things that mean something to me, things I could never part with. I'm starting with books and so my next post will perhaps be about some of the books I want to keep and the reasons why. Also as this coming weekend is Heritage Open Days weekend we may be visiting a couple of buildings not normally open to the public, I think we have decided on The Leopard at Burslem and Bethesda Chapel in Hanley - I will report back later. In the meantime a lovely photo of dahlias - I always think of Bertie Wooster and his Aunt Dahlia when I see these - to cheer me up.


  1. OUCH! I hope that the burns you got weren't too bad. I have many a hot coffee incident.

    Good luck with the selling of the house. I hope when you do move that it goes a heck of a lot better than mine all has :-)

  2. Hi I have just sold my house - sorry that bit won't help but it has been on the market since April! We had a few viewers but I think there are so many things going on at the moment in the housing market that people are very wary - we are downsizing to get rid of our mortgage as I am sick to death of just existing and now my eldest son has left we have explained the decision to the other two (19 & 21 and both working) and they have agreed that its for the best. It will happen and its usually the viewers who dont articulate about your home that come back and buy it! Good Luck - PS I love the pix of the Leopard - what a find!

  3. thanks, both of you for the kind words :)