Monday, November 17, 2014

Some good, some bad

November has been a bit of a mixed bag so far.
On the good front, the reno is coming along, albeit slowly:

The roof structure is going up and there is some indication that it might one day be finished.

Bad stuff: Joe came off his bike last Tuesday and broke his rib and injured his shoulder. On the bright side, it's very good that he wasn't more seriously injured.
He's taking strong painkillers, which is just about all that can be done.


More good: It was Joe's birthday celebration this past weekend, so despite the pain and discomfort, he managed to enjoy himself at a huge birthday lunch.
I frocked up in my new Gary Bigeni drapey skirt arrangement and a black top:


Excuse the strange slightly glazed expression on my face. I think the stress of this year has finally got me!

At the birthday feast we had this:


It was a joint birthday celebration for another friend, so we booked a room in the Four in Hand Pub in Paddington. The food was utterly amazing and the wines weren't bad either!


To end on a good note, here's a picture of the new roof structure from D's bedroom window.
We are hoping that we might be able to move back in one day....


How are you? are you as sick of 2014 as I am or has this year been kinder to you?

19 comments:

  1. First off, the drapey skirt and black top looks fab!!! Those colours are perfect on you. You don't look stressed; you look fit as a flea! I'm glad the work crew finally made tangible progress as I was just about ready to show up unannounced and open up a can on those goldbrickers.
    14 F or -10 Celsius right now after coldest winter on record last year well below normal summer but we're doing OK up here.
    Hang in there Ruth, that work crew is finally making progress and Joe wasn't seriously hurt.

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    1. Thank you GSL - so lovely to have someone say nice things!
      -10 degrees! bloody hell! It's hovering around 30 degrees C here.
      It's really not that bad, just another annoying thing to deal with at the end of a rather sad year. But, there is always good stuff to be happy about :-)

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  2. I must admit I thought how well you looked despite the stress... One must look to the positive and like you say be grateful that it wasn't more serious.

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    1. Thanks Naomi, you're very right. I'm a very positive person, so my natural inclination is to look for the brightness in the blahness, but sometimes I really do feel like taking to my bed!

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  3. So sorry to hear about Joe's bike accident! As you said, at least it wasn't more serious, although I'm sure he is still in a lot of pain, nonetheless. Thank goodness for strong painkillers, at least. Glad to hear you two were able to get away to celebrate his birthday. I'm sure it was very much needed, and definitely very well-deserved. I love the drapey skirt, and think you look absolutely lovely in that photo. Also very pleased to see that progress has been made on your reno, and hoping the rest of your year is a less stressful, more enjoyable one.

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    1. Thanks Melissa, it is very painful, but he seems to have a fairly high pain threshold, so he's weaned himself off them - I think it will take about 6 weeks to fully heal.
      We are really hoping the house will be done before the end of the year, but I think it's unlikely. Oh well! It will be ready one day!

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  4. well better to look good than feel good and you look fab! And the roast pig- oh my!!!!

    Glad the structure is finding its bones. I feel for you and all you have been through and sending healing thoughts and birthday wishes along to Joe!

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    1. Haha! I don't think I really look that good in the harsh light of day - several people at work have commented how tired and drawn I look.... never mind!
      Thanks for your kind words, Wendy, and massive congrats on your wonderful news!

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  5. Agree with previous posters, you are looking fab!

    2014 has been a mixed bag for me too. I will be so glad to see the end of it but at the same time proud of myself for enduring the hard times while embracing the good.

    Take care and much love

    SSG xxx

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    1. It's true, isn't it, that a tough period of time can make us feel stronger on reflection.
      Thanks SSG - I had a hoot reading about the Kardashian corset thing! I find it tricky commenting on your blog - wonder what the problem is?

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  6. What fun...the party that is. I fractured a few ribs many moons ago and boy does it hurt. Then one day you feel better. Hope the healing is very quick for Joe. Like others, I think you look wonderful. My sister has had an exceptionally rough year and hopes 2015 brings some peace. So...peace be with you. Much love.

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    1. a few ribs? Bloody hell!
      I think he's healing well - it's been just over a week and he's almost off the painkillers.
      Hope your sister's time improves - it's been a hard period

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  7. 2014 has been a good year.
    I don't think of years as being bad or good, just periods. A lot of good and bad can happen quickly!
    Luff the suckling pig! x

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    1. Yup, You're right. It's not really 2014 as such, it just so happens that most of it has been challenging. I'm using the end of the year as a sort of marker!

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  8. Oh dear to your bad news on the bike front… and the slow reno progress. I really feel for you, especially given that things are still so raw for you all with your Dad.
    Sending J speedy recovery wishes, and hoping that your builder pulls out all stops and gets you back into your home on time. The roof line looks very interesting though - can't wait to see it all taking shape (as I'm sure you can't either!!) xx

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    1. Thanks Heidi. I can't believe how slowly the renovation is proceeding. They seem to do about 4 hours a week.... I really doubt it will be ready before June next year at this rate. But the builder seems confident.
      The roof will be amazing I hope - the architect is very excited about it and tells us it will look fantastic from the back lane!

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  9. How did I miss this post? Poor Joe I hope he will heal up quick. You are looking good as ever though you may not feel the best, it has been a stressful year for you. Sending strength to you Ruth! On to brighter news your roof is looking great...I hope it gets to that point where suddenly it all comes together! xo

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    1. Thanks Dani, I'm just so relieved he wasn't more seriously injured. He's still in pain but doing much better!

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