Please excuse me for the blatant self-promotion, but Google Friend Connect is going to disappear in a week or two. That’s that little box down there with 56 friendly faces declaring they love me enough to follow me. (Thank you. I love you too).
The thing is, Blogger is jealous and they don’t want the WordPress folk who benefit from a superior platform to also benefit from a superior method of following other people’s blogs. So they are going to disarm the widget for all WordPress bloggers.
So would all you 56 folk (and anyone else who is so inclined) kindly follow me some other way? You can get e-mail updates of every post I write by clicking on the little envelope button over to the right there and inputting your e-mail address when it asks you. You can also subscribe to my Facebook Page where you will also get regular updates of new posts that go up. (I won’t mention RSS feed because if you know what it is, you know how to find it).
And as long as you’re at it, you can also follow me on Twitter or Pinterest, where you’ll not necessarily catch all my latest posts but where we can chat in real time or inspire each other with our online cork boards. (Those of you non-techies, just ignore that last bit).
Thank you for humoring me.
As long as you’re following me, would you like a tour? I promised that my Before and After shots of our house would not be limited to the upstairs and there are even more shocking changes downstairs. So I thought we could take a gander through the rooms since I just vacuumed.
I try to do that when I have guests.
The downstairs was basically a basement. Dirt floors on one side and cement floors on the other. One side is underground with the windows just at earth-level (the windows were boarded up), and the other side is split-level – not underground at all. The ceilings are low, and some of our very tall friends (pro- basketball player) cannot stand upright, but the foundations of the house are not deep so we couldn’t dig down to get the floor any lower.
Here’s one view of the basement
This gets split into two bedrooms and a bathroom.
so we could have a two-bathroom home for our 5 member family.
See that hole we knocked out of the outside wall to make indoor stairs and a back entrance?
(My husband built the linen cupboard but it’s waiting for doors and track lighting on top).
If I waited until Sir built doors for the all cupboards and hung all the paintings, we would all be waiting forever for the finished shots. Luckily I’m not a perfectionist. And when you think about how far we’ve come …
(this was our garden in full construction throttle).
The entire remodeling took us a year to make the place livable, and two years before it was properly furnished. Of course we were living there the whole time (with a crawling baby) right through the dust and lead paint, the cold, the banging hammers.
Sir took this picture of us from outside our bedroom window, early on in the cold of winter when the downstairs was mostly finished, but we still needed to go outside to get to the upstairs for the bath and the kitchen.
Looking back at this time, I try to put things in perspective about my life now. It was a really challenging time for all of us and yet we made it through. You’d think with this hindsight I would refrain from running around stressing about new posts and cleaning for my sister’s visit and entertaining children who are home from school and worrying about when we are going to start the Spring gardening preparation – you really don’t want to spend an hour inside my head.
But … follow me anyway!