When I thought about the title of this blog post, I realised it sounds like I’m talking about dating. And whilst of course it’s the house I’m talking about it does feel like a relationship of sorts. I’m not going to lie, this place is definitely one of the great loves of my life and that’s probably reflected in the time, effort (and cost!) that we take in bringing it back to life.
It will soon be FIVE whole years since we picked up the keys to this place. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved in that time but also feel as though we could have and should have done so much more. The problem with putting an Aquarian and a Sagittarian together is that we can be as laid back as each other with procrastination being both our middle names 90% of the time.
Then I go on social media and think to myself “where on earth do people find the money to do a whole house renovation inside 12-18 months?!” Now I know that’s none of my business, but a bit like the recent update to what and how influencers should disclose their work, I feel sometimes like I would stop the comparison if I knew a lottery win had come in, or Sarah’s husband happens to be a hedge fund manager, or Great Aunty Joan popped her clogs and left £200,000 in the inheritance.
Failing all my nosy questions being answered, I just have to let it go and know that it’s ok to take our time. Money doesn’t grow on trees especially now I’ve left my job and so a bit like the tortoise and the hare, I’m hoping that slow and steady will keep us working through the projects. And then when I DO scroll back through old posts on here or old pictures on Instagram I remember just how far we’ve come.
Still one of the biggest drivers of traffic to the blog is this post that I wrote about our external home makeover transformation. It’s so funny to think that when we bought the house, how it looked genuinely didn’t bother me with the exception of the windows which I knew had to go. And then as soon as we replaced the windows, it showed everything else up, plus we had some pretty big external cracks that needed dealing with so we set about bringing back that curb appeal. I’ve had people knocking on the door asking where we got our windows from, or whether we replaced the hanging tiles around the bay window. It just goes to show what you can achieve with a little bit of determination and a little less procrastination. From now on, I’m going to let myself be ok with just moving along at our own (glacial) pace and knowing that we’re not going anywhere, so long as it’s finished before I need a stairlift, it will all be fine.