I'm still here !

Well, um, wow. It's almost been a whole month since I got in there for saying hello. I'm sorry about that, but I had good reasons. Last time I wrote in my journal was school break & had been knowing that hubby would go working far away (starting in September, for 2 years) for a couple of weeks only. This kind of motivated us TREMENDOUSLY to get started on all the house & garden projects we had been having for 2018. (and boy the list was long)

I had my 40th birthday during the school break. I baked a lemon tarte meringuée, which was so delicious !

Right after my birthday, I sewed simple outdoor curtains & noren curtains (Japanese style short curtains) for our south oriented (though covered) terrace.

We first painted our eldest son's bedroom (white, per his request) during the school break. And last week we painted our living-room / dining-room + hall (blue, this color), and also our own bedroom. (offwhite, this color) Painting jobs are not only painting jobs. There is a lot of work before (emptying the room -> mess elsewhere ! / preparing the room for being painted), during (painting itself, obv.) & after (cleaning up, getting everything back, and reorganizing) We were extra motivated because it wasn't so warm last week, and not rainy. We have one last reno/painting job, probably this week : our bathroom (although there is no bath tube, but a shower). (will be this color) For reminder, we painted our youngest son's bedroom in February. (this color)

In the meantime, we've emptied, cleaned, reorganized, and painted the outside of our garden shed.

We've transformed one last (neglected) corner of the garden, which has now a "beachy" vibe, and will be much appreciated ! We've bought a large yellow, handmade ceramic pot (made in the region), and a Dasylirion longuissimum (which shall thrive through the heatwaves), Carex comans red, and sand. No particular care for these, it will be great !

We(ve renovated/fixed the wall where the mailbox is. It needed to be repaired & repainted.

We've installed mosquitoe screens onto our bedrooms' French doors/windows. VERY much needed, because of the wet winter ever we've had this year, there are TONS of awful mosquitoes !!

We've installed Spanish wicker around the swimming pool equipment area (that was visible from everywhere)

Well you see now why I vanished from the blog for almost a month. It was necessary to have this all done (only one large project to go & we're done) before summer (and heat) is here. We are pretty much proud of ourselves, even though all those jobs weren't that awfully technical. We've been really efficient & we're very happy about that !

I'll be back very soon with photos from the garden ! I hope to see you again ! Sorry for the absence ! I hope you're doing great !

With love,

Sonia

Just so you know, previously to all the painting jobs, our youngest son's bedroom was orange, our eldest son's bedroom was a dirty beige, our own bedroom was a faded, dirty lilac-y pink, and the living room was dark grey (which wasn't that awful but it had holes everywhere because of previous lamp fixtures & furnitures to the wall). The bathroom is a dark grey (it's the darkest room  of the house) with light grey ceiling, and very textural walls. All these walls needed

when life gives you lemons ...

Sorry for the disapperance, even though it was for a couple of weeks only ... Late March was more hectic than it should have been. Let me explain.

Hubby got a promotion (yay ! I'm making it simple because it's a bit more complicated than that), but that means that he's going to work in another tribunal (he's a judge), in another town ... and fate chose for us ... this town is a big city, completely accross the country : 1000 km away from here. It is supposed to last 2 years, and the work days should be 4 days a week. Maybe 3 days at some point, but that's not sure. We will not move as a family, that'd be way more complicated than just him living there half week. I know it sounds silly, but we have moved so many times, took the boys from school to school, it is now time for them to have stability. So that is a big no no.

We were sure devastated by the (good) news (isn't it ironic, don't you think ?) but we tried not long after to see the upside. And the fact is that it kind of motivated us to tackle all the house projects we had been procrastinating. Small or big, we will tackle them all. One of the firsts was to "transform" the food/grocery closet. We removed a shoe rack from the closet, bought & assembled a shelf unit to put inside. We got a metal shelf unit too, for the kitchen, for me to have all the food that I buy in bulk, as well as the yoghurt maker, fruits, onion/garlic/potatoes, actually most of the things I use daily or almost, at my (easier & more direct) reach. I also hung the coffee essentials so that it cleared the countertop.

The baskets on the side are very practical. I also added the teas I bought at Lupicia. All in all, I've been trying to re-think many things (not only in the kitchen) for making my daily life easier. For instance, my vacuum cleaner was in the garage, which didn't really encouraged me to use it as often as it needed. I needed to open/close two doors & walk down/up three steps. Not very ergonomic. It moved to a more closer place, and is now really easier to reach.

I also got motivated to paint the front door, which desperately needed a new coat. We changed the toilet seat that was broken ... as well as one of the bathroom lights. Little by little, our House Jobs list is being crossed off. And it must be all done before summer is here. (because of the heat) April and May should be busy, I tell ya ! But the weather right now doesn't cooperate, we'll be getting rain all week long, ugh !!

And in the meantime, I'm also slowly but surely preparing things that hubby will need over there. Believe me, that is quite plenty. I've made lists, which I'm constantly updating. It's like sending our eldest son to college ... I swear. I do my best for using what we have already but we wil obviously need to get extra things. What a task.

I hope I'll have more fun things to share soon, but well, life's pretty full, and it ain't gonna stop soon. Thank you very much for stopping by today, I appreciate !

With love,

Sonia

those strong & uplifting daisies

Snow or shine, the daisies are always present, always generously giving you their best smiles. The ones in my garden survived the snow, obviously, and are back in force. I thought I'd share some with you ... like sharing the uplifting & happy vibes !

See how sunny (and warm, it went up to 18°C ... it went down to -7°C a handful of days before) it was yesterday ?! Laundry day it was, you bet !! Pitou took time to stop & smell the flowers ! Literally !

Aren't they such pretty yet simple flowers ? I love them to bits ! Happy Sunday you all !

With love,

Sonia