Yesterday husband did the first coat on one of the 2 downstairs doors in the hallway (the new UPVC front door doesn't need painting, obviously). I'm so pleased with it, it's the perfect colour. For those who think I'm forcing husband to do work he's not fit enough to do - of course I'm not, he wanted to do it and I frequently tell him to take breaks and not to do anything he doesn't feel capable of. We've had our difficulties recently, but I've always been mindful of his health problems and it's actually been me who has stopped him from doing things I know would put a strain on his health. We've (well, it's me really, husband is a bit clueless about colour schemes) chosen a deep red for the downstairs doors, it goes really well with the lounge and hallway - we have red curtains in both, red rugs in the lounge, plain magnolia walls for the hall, stairs and landing, and cafe latte for the lounge walls. We're having a deep plum colour for the upstairs doors, which again goes really well with the decor in the bedrooms, which are shades of blue, lilac and plum. I like plain walls painted in light colours, with accents of deeper or brighter colour for the furnishings and accessories.
Thank you for all the comments, every one is read and appreciated. Annabeth, yes the person is aware, I've not heard a word from them. Nor have I heard a single word from my siblings. I don't know what's going on or why, I don't feel inclined to get in touch right now. In the past I would have taken the bull by the horns and tried to sort things out - I've always done that, with both family and friends. Now though, along with other aspects of my life and the way I've done things in the past, I'm taking a different approach. I think I've been too trusting in the past.....I'm no longer doing that. That might seem sad or disappointing - I prefer to see it as a positive thing, for my own wellbeing.
I'm so pleased with the way my mostly vegetarian and certainly much healthier food regime is going. I continue to eat fish, which I really love, and the occasional bit of bacon or gammon....and by that I mean perhaps once a week or 10 days. I have a bacon sandwich on a Sunday morning every couple of weeks, and a bit of chopped up bacon or gammon used as a flavouring in some of my veggie or pasta dishes. I wouldn't eat a whole gammon steak though, that doesn't appeal to me at all, nor would I eat any other meat. I've now lost 8lbs - not as a result of cutting out meat, obviously, but because I'm consciously eating smaller meals and a much healthier diet - lots and lots of vegetables, everything cooked from scratch, no ready meals or processed foods other than the occasional Linda McCartney rosemary and red onion sausage, absolutely no snacking between meals. We had got into the habit of having the occasional bag of crisps, pork pie, packet of dry roasted peanuts, even a bar of chocolate now and then - well now I just don't buy them. At all. I have made cake for husband twice (I don't eat it), I have bought a packet of sugar free oaty biscuits twice - they've sat in the biscuit tin for a couple of weeks, even husband rarely eats them now, maybe having 1 or 2 a couple of times a week. I feel so much healthier now, and husband is more than happy to eat some of my veggie meals.
We've got a busy week ahead - we're out or got something on every day, so I need to organise my time well. My lovely Betty is 6 years old on Wednesday, it seems hard to believe we've had her for that long, since she was 8 weeks old. I can't imagine life without her, she's my constant companion, follows me everywhere around the house, sleeps on my bed every night. She's a total delight and makes me smile every single day. Even if it's a smile I'm trying to hide because she's being naughty and I'm trying not to laugh!