Monday, January 28, 2008


Hi folks

The reason I haven’t posted recently is that I had half dozen writing assignments to finish by today. And this morning, renovation work begins at my house. All of the floors are being refinished.

I've been crazed here getting ready for a crew. It's like moving! My entire life is stuffed into closets or packed in the garage, porch, and car.
Later today, my family is taking to the road like a band of gypsies. Instead of a goat, however, we have a large golden retriever in tow.

I‘ve packed a "day" bag for me to take to my "safe haven”, (with work stuff, magazines to read and knitting) and an overnite bag in case the dog and I can't sleep at the house. There's also the dog's mat, treats and a tote filled with plastic Baggies filled with pre-measured dog food in case we need to spend the night elsewhere.
I’ve hauled a week's worth of clothes and exercise gear downstairs to my mom's apartment. Even if I can't stay there I'll be able to go in her back door and fetch the stuff .

Then, there's a big box to put in the car (cell phone and other chargers, mud boots and winter gear – and more dog food --just in case the weather gets bad.

My mom is moving in with a friend and EV is heading for a hotel. His allergies are too bad for him to sleep in a house where work is in progress.

I'm used to being a gypsy, but at the moment I'm a tired gypsy.

I won’t have internet access until we move back in. I’ll try to get a table at Starbucks so I can post your comments and check on how everyone else is doing in Bloglandia.

As we say in Romani, the gyspy language, Achen Devlesa (see you again soon!)


Alison Gibbs said...

So much hassle!!
So much organisation just to get the floors done!!!
Think how lovely the refinished floors will look.

cjan said...

Barbara you poor girl!!
But you must think of the results of your hardship.. New floors....

Our's have to be done again as well, but we will wait until we can throw the doors open and get them dry fast. It's still very cold here and we had about 8 more inches of snow yesterday....

Looking forward to Spring!

Hope you have some fun free time after your deadlines etc.


Lisa said...

Good luck with living like a gypsy for a while. I think it's pretty tough living out of a suitcase for any amount of time.

Just keep thinking about how beautiful your floors will look when you get home. That will get you through it.

I hope you post some pictures of the finished job.

NeereAnDear said...

wow you sound like me... I pack a lot of "in case" things... in case the weather is bad... in case we get stranded... in case there is no bathroom facilities if we do get stranded... etc etc etc... better to be prepared than not....

Any kind of upheaval can wreak havoc on the nerves... so I hope you get a chance to knit and read...

I imagine once it's over you will be happy you had it done

Much luck



Daisy Cottage said...

Whew! I can't imagine! We also need to refinish our floors, but have been putting that task off. YOU, however, will soon be rewarded for your gypsy ways with BEAUTIFUL floors!! Can't wait to see!


The Desperate Diva said...

Hi Barbara,
I just got back from out West and I thought I had to pack a lot...LOL Looks like you have me beat..!!! It's such a CHORE to have major projects done. However, you will have something to look forward to when you MOVE BACK IN... T0 enjoy your mini get a way,pretend you're on a tropical island somewhere...:) Good LUCK..!!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your floors are going to be beautiful when they are refinished! But getting ready and dealing with the whole thing can't be much fun!

Take pictures when they are done so we can see!

Mosaic*Queen said...

Good Luck my dear!!

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Your floors will be like new... I love when I get mine, like a fresh start...
I hope you, your family and the dog sleep tight tonite.. Sweet dreams angel friend!

Antique Paperie said...

Hi Miss B - I will be thinking of you, you little gypsy!

Take care & be safe in your journey - when you get back those floors will be fabulous :)

I don't know the Gypsy Language - but here's some Irish for ya -
Go mbeannaí Dia duit
(may God bless you)

Hugs dearest - xo Sher

Jen r. said...

Wow, what a lot of work! I bet they will turn out great though..I cna't wait to see them done!
Jen R

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Barbara,
Have fun! Wow the floors, that's a huge job! Enjoy being a gypsy for a while, even if you are a tired one, lol!

PAT said...

Your floors are going to be gorgeous! I love wood floors!


love.boxes said...

This is the reason that I want to buy laminate flooring... the kind with a 30 year warranty. :) Wood is so much prettier, but ugh all that work. Good luck with the floors. said...

Oh my, I feel for you! good luck with your travels.

Adla said...

Ooo wow , I'm sure it'll all be worth it once the floors are the meanwhile try to take in the gypsy sort of life with a smile hehhehe :)
see you soon..

Brook said...

Hi Barbara! We miss you here in blogland!!! Of course we do! Those new wooden floors will be so lovely though! It's pretty outside here today and I'm loving it. xo Brook

A Romantic Porch said...

You'll love it when it is finished, but no one truly relates to the fact that you have to "move out" to refinish the floors, unless they've lived through it!! Enjoy.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

I hope all the renovations go smoothly. Its so hard to try and work when you're displaced.

It will all be worth it when you see your beautiful floors.

Kimberly :)

Barbara said...

Big jobs on the house I know too well in the past. Oh so nice when they are finished.I guess we will see the finished effect eventually.
In the meantime hope you get some rest from that busy soundign schedule.

Siobhan said...

Hi Barbara,

I hope the renovations are going well and nearly all can be so stressful that is for sure but well worth it in the end :)

Talk soon xo

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Certainly sounds like exciting times albeit with a fair amount of trouble tossed in. The new floors will be worth it and I can hardly wait to see what you'll have to share with us on the other side. Hurry back!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

That doesn't sound like fun. Very much like moving! But how great to move back in to beautiful floors!