Honestly, I am stunned, sad, fed up, scared and ANGRY !!!
What really scares me is the fact that last weekend, we had a garage sale on our drive. Most of the people that came by were very nice, however, there were a few that I was a little bit suspicious of. But I didn't think anymore of it. I certainly didn't think about our very heavy chimney pots being on show. Now, of course, I am starting to think that someone who came last week had no intention of buying anything from the garage sale, but just have a good nosey around and see if there was anything worth stealing.
I did hear a clunk noise at around 11pm last night whilst I was in the sitting room, but thought it was Paul upstairs so didn't do anymore about it. How I wish I had looked out of the window, because I'm sure I would have seen the thief (or maybe even thieves as the pots would have taken 2 people to carry them), and could possibly have scared them off.
Now, of course, we are looking at getting CCTV set up all the way around the house, security lighting and automatic gates. I know that it's probably too little too late and that it's like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but I am now very nervous about our house being so exposed at the rear as we have fields at the back and anyone could come up the garden and break into the house without being seen. Hopefully CCTV and security lighting might at least deter someone who thinks they might be able to break in.
We've now had to clear our garages as best we can because we've got a new car coming on Wednesday and I'm scared of leaving it on show on the drive.
I am terrified of working down in the studio at night because anyone could be lurking in the field / garden / bushes unseen.
What is the world coming to when you don't feel safe in your own home anymore ?
We are still waiting for the granite worktops which were finally templated on Thursday and have been lucky (!) to be told that we can actually have the original granite we picked - they managed to find some up North apparently. However, they need to get it down South from up North and then cut it and because there is a Bank Holiday weekend next weekend, we won't have our worktops until next Tuesday.
Ally Pally is getting closer and closer and I'm still in a state of total chaos ! The bags for the new kits have yet to arrive, as do some of the final components, but I'm (fairly) confident that everything will be ready in time ... even if it means I have to work 24/7 from now until the show.
But until then, I have 2 birthday parties to get organised for my little monkeys, along with sewing copious amounts of name tags onto school uniform. I can't believe my little shadow will be going off to school the week after next. She's SO ready for it ... sadly, I'm not.
What an absolute nightmare. We have been without a kitchen for well over a week now. I am currently washing up in the bath and force-feeding the kids microwave meals. Last Friday, after a lovely day on the beach at Frinton (visiting Uncle Albert) I came home to find the replacement kitchen window in the wrong place ! I had to stand on tip-toes to see out of it !
On Tuesday, I was informed that the granite worktops we had chosen weren't available and so we would have to choose something else. Then, I came home on Thursday to find the kitchen units unpacked. On closer inspection it became apparent that the doors were not the doors we had chosen. To make matters worse, when the builders turned up to start fitting the kitchen, it didn't fit !!! Now you know why I'm shouting ARGHHHHHHHHH !!!
On Wednesday, our new AGA was installed - YAY ! Meet Betsy - the lovely new addition to our family.
OK - deep breath. I've counted to 10 so many times and now I've got to the point where I just don't care anymore. I can't see an end to this whole fiasco. But everyone keeps telling me how lovely it will all be once it is finally finished. All I can say is .... IT HAD BETTER BE !!!