The kids have been looking forward to Lorianne coming home and finally meeting her goddaughter Amelia.
We must have had a moment of insanity after Amelia was born because after the craziness that was June and all our visitors departed to Angola (my parents) and Japan (Yukiko and the girls) we decided it was obviously time to start a new house project.
To be fair, the ceiling did look like it could fall down at any moment (though this wasn't actually the case) and the wallpaper had seen better days. So we figured we'd take advantage of the room being unoccupied for the first extended period in twelve years and strip the wallpaper, fix the cracks and give it a lick of paint in the hopes of making it more inviting for Lorianne.
It's never that simple, is it? Turned out that not only were there multiple layers of painted wallpaper, but we had to remove the wallpaper because the painted layers had failed and were peeling badly. Brendan really doesn't like wallpaper but the removal process was so painful we actually contemplated looking for new wallpaper instead of finishing. But with Auntie Janice's help we perservered. Brendan cut out all the cracks with the angle grinder. Then we had to wash the extremely filthy walls. Then we had to scratch coat all surfaces because it turned out the original walls had never been finished to paint grade.
It seemed a shame to leave the old rotting and sometimes biting ladybug infested window in place while we were doing everything else. So we looked into replacing the window and next thing we knew pretty much all of the upper storey windows in the house are being scheduled to be replaced. No, we aren't doing them ourselves because Brendan doesn't have a great head for heights and I am not strong enough to help him carry a window up the second ladder that would be needed. Consider this proof that we know our limits!
We even started sanding down the floor before coming to our senses at last - we really didn't have time to finish this off in the time available given that floors can't be walked on immediately after varnishing.
The kids were sad they weren't allowed to help with much of the project but they did enjoy playing in the "tents" at the curtain store. I wouldn't normally have sanctioned such an activity but the game was invented by my friend Jane D from our old church who works there...
We were still hemming curtains just hours before Lorianne arrived but I'm very pleased with the result. Much thanks owed to Auntie Muriel who helped with the curtains and Auntie Janice who helped with stripping, washing, painting, etc...
Funny story: Lorianne came with us to church on her first Sunday home and met our pastors in real life (as opposed to just on Skype at the baptism). Pastor Michelle had seen the room in progress and commented to her "I've been in your room". Lorianne's response cracked everyone up: "Well. That's not creepy at all!"
So... Lorianne: Welcome Home!