Category Archives: house

It’s been a while…

Howdy everyone!  Happy new year to you!  Yes, I know it was ages ago but it’s been a while since I thought about coming here to write something.  To be fair, it has been a very busy time for us in the past few weeks.  We moved house right before Christmas, then had the usual festival of eating over the Christmas break.  Plus we had to unpack a million boxes.  Okay maybe not a million, but it seemed like it some days.

Happily, the hard work is behind us now and we are settling in to our new and fabulous home.  We’ve ordered a new couch (6 – 8 weeks delivery, pffft) then life will be complete.

I posted a photo of my new kitchen on Facebook, but for those of you who aren’t friends with me there, here it is:


And the walk-in pantry:


And over the past three weeks we have had a steady stream of visitors, which is fun but exhausting. I’m back at work properly next week, so I’m sure it will feel like getting back to normal life then.

You may have noticed (or not) that I have removed the shoe and wardrobe challenge counters from the sidebar.  I decided last week that I would stop the challenge.  When we moved, I got rid of some more shoes and some dresses and other clothes, so what I have in my wardrobe are clothes (and shoes) that I actually wear.  I’m actually happy about stopping the challenge, as I can go back to wearing what I want, instead of always thinking about things that I maybe haven’t worn for a while, and that may require saving.

And just to make you all jealous, here is my pool:


No, I don’t know why you need a pool in Melbourne but it came with the house. It’s heated, so at least we’ll be able to use it for more than 3 days a year.


Shoe Challenge 32

Good progress this week, two pairs of shoes saved, one dress, one skirt and a top.

Saved 121023
Avela top; Capture rose print skirt; Wittner peep toe heels (already saved)
Worn to: work

Saved 121024
Leona Edmiston dress; Joanne Mercer cream wedges
Worn to: work

Saved 121025
Autograph top; Jane Debster suede bow front flats; worn with black trousers (saved 42 times already)
Worn to: work, and to the auction for the house we bought

Yeah, so we bought a house. So excited! It’s our dream house and we get the keys right before Christmas. We were originally thinking we’d move just after Christmas but now we’re so excited we might do it the weekend before. We’ll see.

Shoe Challenge 9

I didn’t save any shoes this week, as I wore shoes I have already saved.  Then I managed to buy a new pair of shoes so I am really going backwards at the moment.  But I did save two more dresses.  Unfortunately, I also bought four new dresses.  It’s a disease and somebody better find a cure quickly.

Saved 120508
Leona Edmiston dress; Joanne Mercer black suede wedges
Worn to: work

Saved 120509
Leona Edmiston dress; Joanne Mercer black suede wedges
Worn to: work

In other news, our house went to auction today and sold!  We got a good price too.  So we’ll be spending the second half of the year house hunting.


We’ve done it.  We have finally moved house.  We paid a lot of money to a company and they sent a man to do this:

(The kitchen boxes)

and this:
Boxes 2
(my shoes and clothes)

And then the next day three more men showed up and moved everything to the new house.  They also took everything out of the boxes in the new house.

Then I had to spend a few days sorting everything out.  We moved on the Tuesday and by Saturday everything that was going to get unpacked was done.  There are two more boxes in the garage, but I think they might be shed boxes that don’t need unpacking.  And there are 32 boxes in storage at my parents’ house.  Mostly books.

It took another week to get the foxtel and intenet connected, and here we are!

The update

You can tell this is going to be an ongoing saga for some time.  After the meeting with the builder last Friday, it appears that in addition to all the things I mentioned last time, we must also:

  • replace the internal doors, and the front door
  • replace the (fake) parquetry floor in the kitchen
  • do some repair work on ALL the windows
  • re-tile the bathroom
  • replace several light fittings

It appears we will not be moving until the end of July at least.  On the plus side, the builder started yesterday.

Additionally, the boy and I are now thinking that with all this work going on, we should really think about replacing the carpet as it is going to look very old and tired compared to the shiny newness of the rest of the house.  But we can leave that decision to the very end, thankfully.

This weekend we have to spend some quality time looking at paint, tiles and light fittings.  Do you know how many shades of off-white there are?  Do you???

p.s. totally forgot to take the camera last week.  I’ll try and remember for next time.

How it will happen

And no, I’m not talking about “the Rapture”.  This is all about me – well, us – and our house plans for the next year or so.

Before I met the boy, I already owned my own house.  I lived in it and I loved it.  After we had been together for about two years, I moved in with the boy.  The house he had bought just after we met was newer and bigger.  Mine was rented out and has had tenants in it for the past five years.

Over the past few months we have decided that we need a bit more space.  Our plan is to sell the house we currently live in, since we owe less on that property, and then either buy a new house, or buy a block of land and build a new house.  We are leaning more toward building as we’ll get exactly what we want that way.  Problem is, we’ll need to sell our current house to afford this plan.

So, we are moving into my house which has been rented out for the past five years.  I got the keys back last week, and on Monday after the power had been reconnected we went a had a good look at the house, to see if it needed any work before we move in.

Oh boy, does it ever.

It’s a 1950’s art deco style house that was renovated just before I bought it in 2001.  Since then, aside from a new hot water service and carpet cleaning, not much has been done maintenance-wise.  Ten years of wear and tear are starting to show.  These are the things we need to fix before we move in:

  • the front window needs replacing (we think.  The builder is coming on Friday to tell us for sure)
  • the bathroom needs redoing; the vanity unit is water damaged and the bath finish is chipping
  • the house needs repainting
  • the boy wants a dishwasher installed
  • some of the kitchen tiles need re-grouting
  • the garden needs doing
  • the whole house needs a scrub down

The only thing we can leave for now is the garden.  It’s coming up to winter anyway so we’ll leave that for a bit, and maybe even until next year if we stay there for a year and build another house.  The carpet could do with replacing – it’s white (who the hell puts white carpet in a house?!?) – but we can live with it for now, and will replace it when we move out again.

We’ve gone from thinking we can move in a week or two, to assuming this will all take at least a month to do and then we can move.  I’m hoping we can be in by the end of June.  That house has central heating whilst our current house does not, and we could do with some warmth in winter!

We’re meeting the builder there on Friday to get his estimate of time and cost.  I’ll try and take some photos so you can see the state of the house before and after.

All the news that’s fit to print

There hasn’t been that much news around here lately.  Teddy is here, and being cute, and Huffle is still not impressed.  I’m off to the vet today to buy a Feliway diffuser, surely that will help.  I’ve had most of this week off work, which is lovely.  Last night I went to the Australian Open and saw a couple of great matches.  Kim Clijsters demolished Dinara Safina in a very short amount of time, then Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian played an epic match that lasted nearly five hours.  It’s just a shame Lleyton lost.

The boy and I are house hunting this year.  We need more room so we have to move.  We’ve already been to see a couple of houses and neither was quite right.  But we plan to buy a new place some time very soon!  I’m not looking forward to the actual move but it will be so nice to have a bit more room.  Our kitchen is too small, my computer sits on the dining table because there isn’t enough room for a second desk, the boy wants a room where he can build train layouts… it’s all good.

Meanwhile, since I really don’t have anything terribly exciting to tell you, here’s another photo of little Teddy to make you go AWWWWWWW. I know it’s a bit blurry, but I think it’s adorable.

Teddy 11


Today we start the first in an innovative new series here at May Contain Traces of Nuts.

Proudly presenting: My bathroom!

Bathroom 01

I should explain that the boy and I have an ensuite attached to our bedroom, but it is tiny.  He keeps his stuff in there, and our toothbrush/toothpaste etc is there, but all my stuff, including my hairdryer, lives in the main bathroom.

So what’s in the cupboard?

On the top shelf, left hand side, is my hair stuff.  Shampoo, conditioner, hair smoothing balm, leave in conditioner, more smoothing serum, hairspray.  Next to that, behind the pipe, are several bottles of sunscreen, plus a bottle of aloe vera gel to treat the spots you miss with the sunscreen.   I live in Australia and we do not leave the house without a bottle of sunscreen.  On the right hand side, 26 different body moisturisers.  I buy them faster than I can use them.  And I get them as gifts from people who don’t know what else to buy me.  I’ll use them all eventually.

Bottom shelf, from the left: foot balms and moisturisers and cooling sprays.  I get hot feet.  A lot.  Next, a couple of cans of Aeroguard.  Australia, remember?  Elastoplast for vicious paper cuts, or nasty scratches inflicted by little Huffle Mawson.  Then some vaseline (no idea why that’s even there, I’ve never used it!  How weird.), nail polish remover, eye make up remover (that’s really old, I should throw it out) floss, nasal spray, strapping tape, ear plugs, and some of my various pain killer medication.

Wow, wasn’t that exciting?  Tune in later this week for more bathroom fun 🙂 .


We have been invaded by ants. Last night I got home from my pedicure (gotta look after your feet, they have to carry you around your whole life) to find the boy waving an empty can of flyspray at me, moaning about the ants that had invaded our house. I had to go to the supermarket to get more flyspray, and some surface spray to deter the ants from coming in again.

I think it has something to do with the weather. Today in Melbourne it’s going to be 38deg C. This is not right for March. It’s a generally unacceptable temperature at all, really.

Our cats are unhappy. They do not like the heat. I do not like cats. You might well ask why we have two. Blame the boy. I would prefer a puppy but we have no room for one of those.