Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fishing for Compliments.

My Horoscope today says that I am "wizard-like" and can make myself seem taller, stronger and prettier today. Magic. Can I please include thinner? Apparently it's something to do with Venus and Neptune being in a positive position which gives me more "allure" today. I wish. But thinner would do - I'm going to concentrate on thinking myself thin. I did my brisk walk this morning, in a brisk breeze, beside a silvery sea that was running quite a high swell. There were people out fishing this morning too - it's that particular high tide with big waves that brings them out. I wonder if they ever catch anything?

Yesterday was spent mostly painting my old wardrobe which has just been fixed by John the Carpenter. Daughter had this wardrobe in the flat for a couple of years and had managed to break the door by pulling on the wrong side every time she opened it. However, John the Carpenter worked his usual magic, took the broken door off its hinges, repaired it beautifully, and now it looks as good as new. I'm going to give it another coat of paint today (looking my alluring self in the oldest clothes I can find to paint in!), so that it's ready for Son to take to his new flat. John has also stripped the old oak piano stool, which Son wants to go with his piano - when he gets one! My parents had the piano stool made for me when I was learning the piano, several centuries ago, so it's getting on a bit. It's very heavy, with a lovely square seat and solid handles at the side. Under the seat, which I'm going to re-cover in a gorgeous zig-zag pattern cut velvet, there is a big, square compartment to hold piano music. I'm so pleased that Son wants it, and wants a piano. It's only a pity that he didn't want to learn to play when he was younger - of course he wants to now, particularly as his main passion is music and making music. Still, better late than never, I suppose...

PS. I'm so cross because I can't lift the #*@"*@! Ikea flat-pack chest-of-drawers out of the boot of my car, let alone carry it across the road and into the house! Any Bloggers out there who can help? Come on, Billy, you're not that far away are you?

12 comments:

softinthehead said...

How about taking it over piece by piece? :) Only trying to be helpful so bite your tongue before responding.

Donna said...

Oh! I wish I were there to help!! The only other thing you can do would be to open the box, and take out a piece at a time to the house.
We have a service here called "Honey Do" that really helps women alone, trying to get big projects done. Of course it cost, but it's worth it. Do you have something like that, there?

Retiredandcrazy said...

Where are you when your are needed Billie?

Dusty Spider said...

Clever you, getting some more use out of the old wardrobe. Much better than saying, "it's OK son, I'll buy one for you....."
You get that Ikea thingy out of the boot yet? I knew there was a reason I keep 'im indoors.
Fx

Stinking Billy said...

Margot, "Not that far away"? Tell me where you are and I'll come right away. P.S. Do I need to bring my own large axe, or have you got one?

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

SITH, you know, that's a very clever idea - why didn't I think of that? Don't answer, M :)

Hi Donna, well, two minds with a single thought, and a very good one! "Honey Do" sounds great - I don't think we have anything like it here, It would be very popular.
Thanks, M xx

Hi RAC - I know, he's just showed up, late as usual! M :)

Hi Dusty, the wardrobe is finished and looking really good - better than a new one. As for the chest-of-drawers... grrrr. Maybe I should have kept the Ex, though on second thoughts, NO..M :)

Dear Billy, better late than never, but I think I'll do without the axe. You do make me laugh. M :)

aims said...

I was going to say piece by piece - but everyone already has...so I'll say how lovely it is of you to do all that refinishing for your son. Does he have any idea how much work that actually is??

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi aims - I'm obviously the dimmest, not to have thought of doing that! And yes, I think he does - he wasn't expecting it, so it's a sort of housewarming present for the new flat. M xx

Maggie May said...

What colour is the wardrobe? No one else has asked. I was also going to say take it out bit by bit.
We have nearly divorced through trying to get a flat pack into what ever it is supposed to be, as we have entirely different approaches in the construction. Was also wondering how it got in the car in the first place.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Lovely to hear your son wants to learn the piano. Such a beautiful instrument. I have posted a picture of my own piano on my latest blog post.

Crystal xx

family affairs said...

I shouldn't have dumped builder boyfriend - he built all my Ikea furniture. I could have sent him over to you. Thanks for your recent comments - yes think it's time to call the lawyer in again. Lx

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi MaggieMay - well it was originally pine which turned orange (that's what normally happens) so I painted it off-white years ago. Then it got battered to bits by Daughter, and now it's repaired I've re-painted it off-white. It looks sort of French, and rather nice. The flat-pack chest of drawers came from Ikea, and it was put in the car by a lovely strong black chap at Ikea, who lifted it as if it was Lego! Sorry to ramble on, but you did ask. M xx :)

Hi Crystal, thanks for visiting. Yes, it is good isn't it. I'll be over later to look at your piano. M xx

Nice thought, Lulu, but never mind. Sorry if I went on a bit about lawyers, but I was (and am)concerned for you. M xx