I’ve been sleeping around

2nd floor new additionAround eight years ago, we gave our children a choice “Would you like an inground pool” or “Would you prefer your own bedroom?” They chose the second option, their own bedrooms, thus the addition to our house began. When we first moved into our house, twenty-one years ago, it was a tiny two bedroom house which worked for two years, then I became pregnant with our third child. So Matt and I moved our bedroom to the basement. The girls shared a room upstairs, and our newborn son was given his own room.

For thirteen years, hubby and I slept in the basement. Our basement was crudely made into five different rooms but generally unfinished. The room we chose for our bedroom was large but did not have a door, and we went without a door for years, until we put up a curtain. Oh yeah! Hubby liked our bedroom because it was cold in the basement, and when he had to sleep during the day (after working a night-shift), he found it quite easy. I didn’t mind the basement either, I could still hear the kids when they got out of bed, because the floors squeaked a lot.

By adding a second floor to our house, we gained four new bedrooms, one large bathroom and a wall was knocked down on the first floor making the entire back of the house my kitchen. I lost my first floor linen/pantry/closet because that is where the stairs went. While the addition was being constructed, we continued to live in theΒ house so we were able to monitor all the work. The disadvantage was the noise, the dust, and most of all, was us continually adding new things, like lets replace all the hardwood on the main floor. (A few years later, hubby knocked down the wall separating the last remaining bedroom and the living room, thus doubling the size of the living room).

Well eight years later and our bedroom is finally being painted but only because our waterbed sprung a leak! With the bed emptied, moving it was easy, so the eldest volunteered to paint the room for us, but of course this meant hubby and I would not have anywhere to sleep. He is pretty much sleeping on the futon in the basement, with a quilt hung across the door for some privacy, me, well, I’ve been on the couch in the living room, the spare couch in the basement, and in our daughter’s bed on the weekend. So I’ve been sleeping around and getting pretty tired of it. Hopefully the room will be finished soon, and we can refill the waterbed now that it is patched.

Note: The waterbed leaked only because an old patch had come off. This patch was located on the side of the bed where of course, I tuckΒ  (please refer to last paragraph of 1600 kilometres and karma) in the sheet.

24 thoughts on “I’ve been sleeping around

  1. Melanie Shebel

    Wow, this must be really exciting! My parents always loved remodeling projects so I think they were always remodeling when I was growing up. I don’t think I have it in me, but maybe the guy I marry will have a fix-it attitude. πŸ˜›

    So exciting! πŸ™‚

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      I usually tell my husband he can do it, then we google and google. Actually hubby is quite talented which is fabulous because I always have loads of ideas. πŸ™‚

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  2. Journeys of The Zoo

    That sounds like such an exciting renovation. Even though it was 8 years ago. I’m so excited for you to get into your finished bedroom. Painting take a while around here too. In fact, the last time was when we were in Mexico and we paid someone to do it. Just a thought for the next time in around 12 years…

    Besos, Sarah

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      The renovation was exciting, watching our house transform, though in hindsight, I wish we had gone for the inground pool. Painting just kept getting bumped down the list, it’s kind of like our bathroom renovation right now, it’s been going on for a year and a half. Luckily we have a second bathroom and well you can’t get tiles in the house in the winter, so I have to let my husband off on that one.

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  3. Chris Dean

    And you haven’t committed any acts of bodily harm to anyone? You are a SAINT! I cannot even imagine living in construction chaos. And holy cow, I remember when our waterbed sprung a leak…the mess was insane.
    I tip my hat to your patients!

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  4. Hudson Howl

    I don’t know, living by way of that which necessitates seems the norm. Time flies, yeh okay that faucet needs to be fixed soon. Spring comes bringing with it evil long haired grass, Summer pulls in tomatoes, flower beds, yahda yahda yahda, holidays in tow. Fall brings what fall brings. Winter drops in for visit and won’t leave, ambition runs away with the spoon. Then poof, there is water shooting out all over the place. Now, and only now, is the time to fix the faucet.

    Eight years to finish an addition is not so bad. I have two sets of relatives, who began building houses about the time, some fifty years ago. Both are still waiting for kitchen cupboards and doors on the bed rooms. And no, I am not a red neck, but they might be.

    My first time here. I read, I followed the links, read your about page. Good shtufffs, you. I’ll be back……..salut

    ps, and as soon as I click post comment, I be subscribe’n.

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      Thank you for visiting and commenting Hudson. You no doubt have a poetic soul. Thank you for also subscribing, I hope I won’t disappoint.

      Cupboards and doors that haven’t been installed, I think if I resided in the country, I could actually handle it. In my heart I am a backcountry camper, with fantasies of one day living truly off the land.

      Again, thank you for dropping in, and when I return home from my current road trip, I will drop by your site. πŸ™‚

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      It’s like camping, going without is not that much of a problem, though I do miss my bed. Thanks for realizing the title was misleading, but catchy.

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      I thought it might catch a few people! Almost there, touching up the paint, sewing the curtains, hopefully by Monday, maybe we can start moving things back in place. Though I still need to buy a bedside lamp now that I have a night table, finally.

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      It is looking nice so far, I will try to remember to take a picture tomorrow, and twitter or instagram it. Right now, I’m working on the new curtains. I do love the colours, even though hubby keeps referring to the lavender as pink.

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