When things are wobbly in life I always retreat home, in the past couple of years I have stopped referring to my parents house as ‘home’ and I almost always mean this house – the one where our little family of four live. I think it’s because we’ve finally made some headway and it’s mostly done.
We’re talking about moving to be closer to the girls school at the moment so typically I’ve fallen more in love with the house than ever, why does that always happen!?! There’s so many things that we’ve wanted to do to it – a brand new kitchen, update the bathroom, install an attic conversion – and we’ve looked in to getting the money from Ocean Loans, which is something we still might do to make the house that bit more valuable when we do sell it.
Since getting the horrible news that my Dad had a heart attack last week I’ve been on autopilot, and my feet have barely touched the ground. It hit me on Monday that apart from an hour on Thursday morning I haven’t really been alone since it happened, suddenly I realised that I’d have a few hours to myself once both the girls were at school on Tuesday. So I made a little plan to just sink in to the house for the morning, do some bits in the kitchen and have a faff!
We’ve recently given our kitchen a cheap makeover (which I’m writing about at the moment, longest post EVER coming up!) and I went on a little shopping spree to finish it off the other week, so I thought I’d enjoy the space we’ve worked so hard to get right by doing a little baking.
My absolutely favourite thing to make is Mostly Yummy Mummy’s Lemon Drizzle Cake – it’s my go to recipe for when I want something quick and tasty without much hassle. And it NEVER fails to satisfy my baking/eating craving! So with my new kitchen bits I got to work.
Hand Mixer (this mixer is AMAZING by the way, and so cheap!)
While the cake was baking I had a good faff with some bits in the living room, we’ve recently had a rejig of some furniture so I’m loving moving stuff around to make things look fresh. My parents gave us this chest of drawers a few weeks ago, before we had a huge white unit here so it’s so nice to have some light coming in from the window now.
Once the cake was ready I made a cup of tea with my new kettle – you know you’re getting old when a stove top kettle is at the top of your wishlist, but I absolutely love it! And then settled down to catch up on a week of the internet, I don’t think I missed a great deal but it was nice to have an hour to read blogs and do a bit of online window shopping.
Just those 3 hours on my own in the house really did make me feel more human again after a weird and rough week. It’s funny how your house can have such a profound effect on you, I don’t doubt for a second that I feel the most calm when I’m at home surrounded by my things. For now we won’t be doing anything big to the house as we’re content, and actually that’s all that I want from life at the moment. Contentment.
Thanks to Ocean Loans for collaborating with The Breton Mama on this post.