Monday, 8 February 2016

Empty shelves, full boxes

My lovely bookshelves are looking very empty, almost all the 1000+  have been packed in boxes and sealed up. Left undone are a box for Col - in case he runs short of library books, a box of reference books and a box of cookery books. Still to pack are books I might want to read if I run out of library books - which seems unlikely! All the books will have to stay packed until we can replace the awful living room carpet and get some new book shelves for the bungalow

 After the days of driving backwards and forwards to Ipswich it was time for me to stay in and do some bread baking and I also made a blackberry and apple crumble for Col's dessert. Whether he will fancy eating it later is a different matter - although he says the nasty taste in his mouth is not too bad this time. He thought he might like a bacon, onion and tomato sauce with pasta for dinner so that's been rustled up.

I hope blogging friends over in Wales and the South of England are keeping safe during this windy weather, it's pretty rough here but nothing like what I saw of Aberystwyth and the South coast on the 1 O'clock news. From where Col was sitting at lunch time he could see out 6ft front fence swaying backwards and forwards in the wind. Somehow between us we managed to prop it up and Col hammered in some nails to hold the props tight against the trees on the sheltered side of the fence. I didn't want him to be doing stuff like this but he said if we hadn't the whole lot might have come down. By the time he'd finished he was shattered and had to lay down for several hours - Men!

The cat was pleased to see Col home again yesterday too.
 
 Back Tomorrow
Sue










24 comments:

  1. Forget the fence, let Col rest (I know you will!) The cat is just being indulgent, sitting where it's warm! Seriously, when I had some surgery way back in 1992 and was in hospital for 10 days, on my return our ginger cat jumped onto my lap and with his two forelegs (arms?) gave me a cat version of a hug! Yes, he really did!
    Oh, it's sad to see the house being emptied, isn't it, but it will be lovely when you have your new home organized and you will have fun putting the books in their new places.
    Margaret P

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  2. And so things go on for you Sue. Do you have a moving date yet? Keep safe in the storm, which seems to be attacking you instead of us up in the North this time.

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  3. Bless, I don't know who looks more comfortable! Your bookshelves are lovely, are they fitted or can you take them with you? (you mentioned new bookshelves for the bungalow).

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    1. They all all cut to fit under the stairs and fixed to the walls so we are leaving them

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  4. Strong chap!!! Chaemo does odd things for taste, knew a chap where it destroyed his liking for beer but gave him a love of brandy instead.

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  5. we have tied everything down, last night was bad and the winds are getting up again. But warm and dry inside.

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  6. Your built in book shelves are very impressive. Its good to see him relaxing. Cats are such opportunists !

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  7. Gosh that is a lot of books and a lot of packing! You have done well. Sit down with Col and enjoy a rest yourself!! Dinner sounds tasty! xx

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  8. I love my ereader. It saves a lot of bookshelf space for the books I only want in a printed format....like cookbooks and such. For novels I love the convenience of my Nook.

    Hope Col is feeling ok. Take care.

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  9. If he felt he wanted to do it, good on him. Otherwise he might have worried!

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  10. I agree with Dc - he would have been upset if it had blown down and of course it would have been a lot more of a job if it had, so well done on shoring it up! It's very blustery here today, but mostly dry.
    Well done on packing up all those books :)

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  11. Goodness me thats a lot of books to pack Sue. I think you should put your feet up and relax with Col, nice to see him taking things easy and it gives the cat somewhere nice and warm to have a nap too. Take care in this horrendous weather. x

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  12. Wow that was some wind - glad you both managed to get the fence taken care of. Understandable that he was worn out and needed to rest. Glad you are making what he fancies to eat and hope he enjoys it.

    Well done on getting just about all your books boxed and ready for the move. You deserve a big pat on the back. You are a very hard worker.

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  13. when I was recovering from breast cancer surgery, our ginger tom cat was very independent, out in the garden. But as soon as I lay down on the sofa for a nap, he would appear. Stand on my hip to survey the best place for him, and settle down to nap with me.

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  14. Love those bookshelves and I hope the bungalow has room for enough bookcases to hold your many books. We're book people, too.

    When my dad had chemo, he said the food that tasted best was spicy Mexican foods and cheese dip.

    I've enjoyed your blog and wish you both well.

    Cheers!

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  15. Sometimes being active can be therapeutic, even if it does leave up shattered afterwards.

    I've got just the spot for those bookshelves, but I expect ours will have to come from Ikea.

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  16. Col looks shattered bless him - does he know he's modelling the cat on your blog! I have to say, what gorgeous shelves. X

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  17. Gosh you've got a lot on your plate, haven't you?
    Hope you get to take a bit of time for yourself now and then...thinking of you and your husband...

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  18. Goodness, 1000 books, how many boxes did that take. Glad Col is feeling able to do the odd job, sometimes it can take your mind of things for a while. Hope you were also sat with your feet up when you took that photograph :) Just looked out of the window and it's snowing. Wasn't expecting that xx

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