I thought I was going to have a quiet week. We`re still waiting for the official council permission to fit the new windows. Even when we get permission, we still have to wait a few days while the windows get made in the workshops, right?
I phoned the Council today to find out the status of our application. Passed, paperwork will be with us in a couple of days. Great, then we can get the windows made. This afternoon, Boss Builder Man appears. Windows are ready. Start fitting them tomorrow?
Seems like the builders took it upon themselves to get ahead of the game and have the windows built before official permission came through. Oh well, their risk because we wouldn`t have had to pay for the work when we hadn`t ordered it and permission was denied.
And in some ways it`s better when an avalanche hits not to have too much warning of the event...less time to panic and run around like a headless chicken wondering what to grab first. In this case, it`s everything. Everything loose or vunerable to dust in the room, furniture within two metres of the attack/window areas and the curtains. Grab, bag and throw into other room. Next day, repeat. They are going to do two windows per day...we have twelve windows, so that makes six days. I get this Wednesday off to do the kitchen and living room, because they all open into the same space. After that, I`ll be stripping two rooms a day whilst trying to get the completed rooms habitable again. Plus, of course, look after kids, run the house and have a pee occasionally. (Memo to self...find camping pee bucket for the day they`re putting the bathroom window in.)
Tomorrow: Stair and bathroom windows.
Thursday/Friday: Two windows in kitchen, living room, Mairi`s bedroom.
Monday: Study, master bedroom.
Tuesday/Wednesday: Duncan`s bedroom, three windows in lounge.
My heart fails me at the thought of all this, it really does. But as I said, better it just sneaks up on you and POW...it`s happening. Like labour. Remember to breathe, and keep pushing. It will end eventually.
Wish me luck. I may be away for quite a time....except, of course, there`s more than one PC in this house, and fortunately they`re in different rooms. So you may wish to avoid looking at this blog, in order not to see the weeping....
And yes, this may count as Official Emergency Fig Roll Time.