bare bear with me today. I'm so frustrated. I had four whole days off and accomplished nothing. Nada. Zilch. Nichts. Rien. Niet. Inget.
My to-do list was about the length of my arm but in hind sight not much could be ticked off completely. Don't get me wrong, I haven't been sitting on my couch for 96 hours, I've been up and about as usual with Bonus waking me at 6 am and finally going to bed at past 11 pm but I've had constant interruptions (Sorry Mini and Bonus. I love you but you keep meowing exactly as I'm about to start something), lack of concentration (I have a hard time concentrating on written projects such as book proposal writing with the rest of the family watching my favorite show or discussing things I want to join in), company (my friend Sanna and her son Leo/Wille's best friend came over which was really nice!) etc etc.
I did get quite a few things done which weren't on the list (how did that happen?) and even if I add them afterward (I do that) it doesn't help all the unaccomplished ones on there, some of which are quite important. I'm going back to work knowing there's double the amount of stuff to do next (regular three-day) weekend AND were having company all of next Sunday. I need a working vacation. As I was telling Carol I did a great deal of work on the train to my mom's last weekend so I should probably just buy a train ticket, bring my laptop and get on with it.
Ok, enough of the moaning!
On a happier note; I had some questions about our awning. I'm HAPPY to show it more closely. When we moved into our house eleven years ago there was an awning already up but with it being stripy brown, orange and dirty cream we took it down when we repainted the house from yellow/brown (eeek!) to grey/white. Before and afters in this post.
We were (are) always short on cash so the dirty old thing was kept in storage in the garage for years and we used a big white parasol on the upper deck which was kind of cute but inefficient when it rained.
A few years ago we decided to do something about it and got new fabric sewn for the existing awning mechanism. Our old thing is hand cranked but there are electrical remote controlled ones available too if you are into gadgets.
White was our choice (surprise!) for the fabric but the sales person warned us that it would get dirty. It does, but I can live with that. I've used a long handled brush with an environmentally friendly soap and a hose to clean it (with so-so result) in the past but apparently there's a special cleaner for awnings which I might try next time.
I love the awning. It keeps the living room cool in the summer but with the fabric being white still lets the light in (as opposed to the stripy brown making it really dark inside). When it's windy we pull it in because it makes noises which freak me out a bit. On an every day basis it's out just enough to cover the door when it's open and to give Mini and Bonus some shelter when entering the house through their kitty door.
Hey! I feel better now! Blogging does that I've noticed. Feel down? Blog!
Today's Swedish words:
awning = markis
living room = vardagsrum
kitty door = kattlucka