Today I was feeling a tad tired after the excursion yesterday but we had a window of opportunity to get some job's done :) I had a bit of a lie in and came down to begin the day. Alan had been out shopping and once we had all been fed we talked about what we wanted to get done... I have to admit to showing little enthusiasm for the task...house work just wasn't floating my boat :) Then I remembered Emma's term Home loving and do you know what as I smiled at the thought it really did change my attitude to what lay ahead :)
Since having Milly, our sleeping arrangement's - through choice - have always been very fluid...
Milly has had a mattress on our floor and has been free to sleep there as and when she has wanted/needed to. She does have a rather lovely room of her own which is used but being with us has provided the security she needed and we have been happy with that...
As Alan gets up for work at 5.45 he is usually in bed by 10.00 - and quite often before. Milly and I are more night owls and it is often late before we go up and very often at different time's. I am at that time of life where hot flushes are a recurring feature and restless leg's add to the night-time dance:) Consequently Alan has been woken ( unintentionally ) numerous time's a night..... He has never made a fuss but it has been obvious that it has taken it's toll. So in an attempt to find a solution that would work for all of us we decided to clear the spare room - that had become an Ebay storage area - and get a new bed in so Alan could use that without the prospect of being disturbed by us coming and going and me doing the hokey cokey in the bed with the leg's and the flushes :) Now, I know for many this all seem's very unorthodox...We stepped off the orthodox path many year's ago when we took Milly out of school though :)) For us this is is quite normal and the most important part is that we are all happy and getting a good night's sleep...
The room was cleared out and painted over the last few weeks and the bed was delivered on Thursday.
So, today's home loving activity involved putting that room back together. We have some bedding to get and possibly a new lamp shade but we are nearly there.. The picture of the old man sleeping on the bench was a limited edition print that Alan bought when we lived in Liverpool. I had forgotten all about it as it was packed away in a drawer. We have had a serious de clutter in here and we came across it when we emptied one of the drawer's.....Win, win :))
Just in case he missed her when sleeping in here Milly found this picture of her when she was about seven- ish and put it in here for him ;))
As we were in the house loving mood we moved on to the main bedroom and a job that I had wanted to do for month's.. I love book's and we have A LOT of book's all over the house. However they are dust collector's and now that I am to be found with crochet hook in hand more often that a duster we need to simplify things around here :) So, the bookshelves ( we had so many book's on here that that they were doubled up on top of each other ) were emptied and a much smaller selection of book's were returned... Lighter and cleaner and easier to keep it that way.
Many year's ago - at least ten I think - Dad built these floating shelves and the cupboard's beneath them.. They are home to all our special thing's, and a photo frame that has been without a picture in it for about that time! Every time I see it I think I must get an image in it,... I am going to print one out right now so I don't forget again ;)
The small picture on my bedside table is my most treasured possession. Milly was born two month's prem ( emergency C section due to pre-eclampsia ) and it was a difficult time as complication's set in for me and I was whisked back to labour ward to be monitored.. I was unable to see her ( after an initial glimpse at her birth and a little later that night when they wheeled my bed to her room in the SCBU and on one particular afternoon - I think it was a couple of day's after she had been born - I was so very low and my Sister and Husband visited and left me this little frame and within minute's ( what remarkable timing ) the nurse came in with a picture of Milly in her incubator. It never fails to move me when I look at it <3
The brush and mirror where my Nana's and were given to Milly when she died. Milly had them in her room on her dressing table and then after a while she said that she wanted me to look after them as she was concerned they might get broken by mistake in her room. So they have lived here since that time waiting for her to take them back in her room.
The sacred space spray's are from Healthlines .
Alan cleaned Milly's room whilst I prepared tea and then the last job was the bathroom where new shower curtain's were hung and upstairs is now all sparklified :)
Fresh bedding, clean nightie on and lamp's giving off a soft glow make it very appealing to go to bed tonight :)
NIght NIght xxxx