Thanks to the help and support of our Dear Friend and her lovely Hub, we broke the back of the Krappy Kitchen clearing yesterday.
Boxes were packed, bread, cheese and Danish parties were eaten and there was a steady flow of good conversation.
Hub and I did some more packing up last night and out main aim for Monday Monday was to empty the fridge freezers and get them outside to defrost so that our beautiful Chilly Twins (Frosty and Freezy) could be temporarily installed in the room that Uni Boy used to live in before he fled to York, and which provides accommodation for Bezzie Mate when he stays.
There were a few other jobs that needed doing but hey – the kitchen wasn’t coming till Wednesday and the builders did n;t start till Thursday – no worries.
I woke up this morning just after six am and lurched out onto the landing to come face to face with Gap Boy, fully dressed and coming up the stairs with a mug of coffee.
“Bet you thought I was a burglar.” he grinned.
Do burglars often stroll up the stairs with a mug of coffee in their hands?
Of all the thoughts that passed through my mind ‘oh look, a burglar!’ wasn’t one of them.
GB was champing at the bit. He desperately wanted to go to the supermarket for munchies but was under the impression that nothing would be open till 0700.
Being a good mummy, I checked on the web and advised him that although Tesco shut at 1600 on a Sunday, it reopened just after midnight – so there was no need to hang around teasing me after all.
Off he flew on his trusty steed.
Scoob greeted me with much enthusiasm. GB soon returned with his rucksack stuffed with goodies and I was just about to give Scoob his breakfast when he went into big scarey wuff mode.
“There’s two blokes with a van outside.” quoth my darling boy as he wrestled with the growling beast.
I pulled up the kitchen blind and was confronted by the grinning face of my builder and his mate.
A vision in my old blue flannel nightshirt, naked morning face and scruffy plaits, I opened the door to them.
“Umm, good morning. I thought you were starting on Thursday. The kitchen doesn’t arrive till Wednesday.”
“Yeah, but we’ve got to gut your kitchen first.”
Outwardly I remained calm and negotiated a twenty-four hour reprieve. I waved them bye-bye with a smiley face that turned rapidly into Munch’s ‘The Scream’.
I decided to have breakfast. After all, it wasn’t eight o’clock yet.
After breakfast I broke the news to Hub. He does outward calm so much better than I do.
The imminent arrival of the builders made the fitting of the door that would separate the hallway from Scoobyland was more urgent now. GB took Scoob for a walk, Hub had his breakfast and set about the door with such renewed vigour that he killed the drill bit.
Cue GB “What’s that burning smell?”
Hub was just about to embark on a journey to B&Q to get a new drill bit and more boxes, when the phone rang and it was the KNOWHOW boys, who wanted to deliver the Chilly Twins between 1100 and 1200 instead of between 1300 to 1700.
Hub said “Yeah, that’s fine.”
I said “AAAAAAAAAARGH.”
He went off to B&Q.
I began packing frozen food into frozen food bags and packed them into the downstairs bath. Then I packed the fridge stuff into freezer drawers ad put them in the bath too and shut the door.
The Chuckle Brothers had nothing on Hub and me as we dragged both fridge freezers out into the courtyard so that the men could take them away to the great fridge freezer heaven in the sky.
I Dysoned – yeah, I know I don’t do it often but these were desperate times.
I dog sat whilst Hub organised the undressing and placement of the Chilly Twins. Scooby s desperately wanted to help – well he might have wanted to nibble at the delivery men.
My Twins are beautiful; all shiny and white inside with shelves and compartments for EVERYTHING. Their outsides are Manhattan Silver and they have blue lights on them.
I sorted out the fridge side and Hub did the freezer and it all fitted in. Yay!
Bezzie Mate and I had been texting so he knew of our predicament. He offered his support and drove the hundred miles to come and help us; he made us both laugh, mucked in and packed boxes and bags, and even took the Scoob out for walkies so that Hub and I could safely put all the junk into the garage.
The sound of Hub and BM laughing as they blithely wrecked the Krappy Kitchen was music to my ears.
I sent Hub to bed; early shift beckons so I will be dealing with the builders on my own in the morning.
Can’t count GB. He slept all day (after winding me up atrociously and causing me to make the ultimate empty threat of “if you don’t help out you won’t be allowed in the kitchen”). Yeah right!
BM has embarked on his long drive back home.
I am off to bed.
Scoob will be wuffing and I need to be dressed and with my face on before the builders arrive tomorrow.
Thanks to brilliant friends, things have not been too bad, but as another friend has pointed out – they can only get better.
GB says that we are rubbish. His particular gripe is that despite setting up a temporary kitchen on the dining room table, I have failed to leave out any cutlery for him.
I bought plastic cutlery and paper plates in case the water went off.
The Chilly Twins are packed full to bursting.
Ah well, tomorrow really is another day.