Sunday, 31 August 2014

I'm exhausted

Firstly, I'd like to say a big welcome to Spring. About time you showed up. This winter felt so cold and long and I am so glad to see the end of it. I must say though, the last two days of Winter were delightful here in old Melbourne town.

Secondly, I need a week of sleep ins. I am so tired. I did a big 9.5km run (I know what your thinking, why stop there?) on Saturday morning then spent the day cleaning out the rubbish and pruning the mop top tree. I think because I have been slightly under the weather that it just took it out of me. I did do over 20,000 steps that day.

But the site is looking much better now. The massive pile of rubbish in the backyard has gone and the weeds are a bit better. Still lots of garden work to do but it isn't urgent because the garden isn't very accessible at the moment anyhow.

I came to work today for a rest. I couldn't even run this morning. Just did a walk instead.

Oh and the plumber didn't turn up. Disappointing.

Our sales rep (Dennis) from ColdFlow called back on Friday to see if we got the quote for the solar panels. I said we did and we decided that it wasn't beneficial to us, but we would be using him for the rest of the work. He seemed happy about that.

We still have some old weatherboards to get rid of too.

Yesterday I spent trying to get the house in a state that didn't look like WWIII had hit. Not much success. It is near impossible to work part time, renovate, blog and look after 3 kids and a husband all while keeping a pint sized and crowded house looking clean and tidy. Especially when extra issues of head lice (think washing all the bedding) and worms (more washing all the bedding) and bathroom floods hit. Yep the washing machine flooded the bathroom yesterday from overloading the machine with bedding. Fun!

Some days it just feels like somethings gotta give. Sadly none of it can.
Anyway, I need a holiday. Or at least a week of sleep ins.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

A messy weekend ahead

And not one of the messy weekend of my younger years sadly. It is time to do some spring cleaning. Let's face it, Spring does actually start on Monday (woo hoo!) so it seems very timely.

We have big pile of rubbish in the backyard to take to the tip. Might need two or three trips sadly. We also have go get rid of the left over roofing material which we will take to the recyclers tomorrow after work.
Dave strapping it to his ute.

Hopefully we can get some cash for it.

Also on Saturday I want to:
- Trim back the mop top tree
- clear a path for the large windows to get around the back
-  move and try to sell the cement weatherboards that we didn't use
- weed the backyard ad front yard
- general tidy up the back area and upstairs

The plumber is meant to come back on Saturday to do some more work on the roof and pipes.

Meanwhile I keep painting and have been getting quotes for heating and cooling and solar panels.


Monday, 25 August 2014

Heating and cooling

Today we had ColdFlow come out to look at our options for heating and cooling. We previously had The Heat shop come out but after taking 2 weeks to get the quote back and only because I had to prompt them, I am kind of put off them now. The Heat Shop quoted $7366 for 2 x 2.5Kw Daiken split systems (one in each bedroom upstairs) + 1 x 7.1kw Daiken for downstairs.

The ColdFlow guy Dennis, gave a written quote on the spot. He also suggested split systems would be the way to go because of the lack of room to run ducts. He suggested a muti-head Daiken split system with 4 outlets. 3 upstairs and one large down stairs. They quoted $8,750.

On Wednesday I have a guy from DaleAir coming to quote so will see what he says and what price he can do.

No other work done on the house today; and the coming weekend we are having a "clean up the site" weekend. We will do some tip runs, dispose of excess roof iron and other things clogging up the work area. Should be good.