Who else remembers the toy Lights Alive from the eighties? I wanted one so bad when I was a kid!
Anyway, this is another one of my random-musings-type post. I mean with that intro, I might as well start as I mean to go on, eh!
I was thinking about our new house, the decorating and the forthcoming kid. This is the first house that we’ve not had to decorate and change things because we need to (in that things are falling apart and are unsafe etc) – we just want to.
Take the lights pictured below in our lounge and the kitchen. They are fairly new and work perfectly fine. They are just not the fittings that I would have chosen.
I feel bad for spending money changing them, and guilty that the old fittings will end up in a landfill (charity shops will not accept certain electricals – including light fittings). I asked myself if it is necessary to change them.
But then on the other hand, Rob and I are both homebodies and we like our home to look nice. We like decorating (well, the end results rather than the process of decorating!) and improving things, making our house(s) a home. We are putting our own stamp on the house, turning it into a colourful, retro/mid century influenced home that is very ‘us’!
We are both former art students who appreciate good design and we like things that are visually pleasing (I mean that’s why Rob settled down with me because I am so darn good looking! Ha!) Plus Rob works from home and I will be spending more time indoors next year. So having a nice, relaxing, functional, comfortable home is important to us.
I have been very fortunate that I have a small inheritance from my grandparents (obviously I would rather have my grandparents still here though) which has enabled us to move and to be able to decorate this house. (Which we were going to spend on some new interior doors and a new patio and driveway in our old house BTW!)
But should I keep the money in a savings account for the kid? After all, we are spending it on our future, not theirs.
But then I go back to thinking that this is something that we want to do. We want to decorate this house.
Everyone keeps telling us to make the most of things right now and to enjoy our freedom, because come next year, we will not have any time to do anything.
We are well aware of this! But thanks for telling us anyway!
So instead of having one last big blow out like an expensive holiday abroad (or a babymoon as they are called) or me demanding that Rob buys me a ‘maternity’ ring or an expensive trinket (or a push present as they are called!), we are treating ourselves one last time by decorating the house.
This will be the last time that it is all about us. Next year everything we do will be about the kid. Their needs will come first.
Neither of us are bothered about this. We are mature enough (I hope!) to realise what is coming. It will be a big
shock change, just like everyone keeps telling us.
But bring it on, I say!
….I just hope that our little darling to be doesn’t destroy the place in a few years time!!! Above ↑ Our new lights in the kitchen and lounge. The kitchen lights were from B&Q and were not too expensive. The lounge light was from John Lewis (but I did buy it when it was on special offer with 10% off!) which looks soooo much better than the chintzy floral light fitting that was there before!!