Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday post

Another Saturday has rolled around and it's finally a sunny and almost hot weekend.
I have been silent a whole week, but if you see what I have done over these five days, you will understand why.
After all that rain we had been flooded again and with my in-laws arriving today there was no time to spare to get the place in livable shape again.
After the installation of a new sump pump I painted the place, put in new linoleum flooring - my husband and I did it ourselves....we made it nice and welcoming, so the basement sleeping quarters are not dingy at all!
Have a look!


After days of painting, scrubbing and fixing:

Even the hideous dark closet looks good enough to hang some clothes.  

The small orange paint strip near the entrance is a little reminder of what it looked like before and the kids requested this, since we have measured them there against the wall....
I know, looking closely it is still not much to look at, but for now it will do nicely! I am certainly happy with the results. 
Boys, if you read this, you will appreciate it too! The old boiler room has a fresh floor from remnants and looks so much better!

And this reminds me how time flies. The babies we once had under our feet are now at least as toll as I am and look fondly down into the old basement, witness to many a sleepover, family visits and countless play hours and now teen parties. 
We have rooted out all junk, which had piled up, but there are things, which I will keep: many books, some toys, wooden train sets, dolls and bears, games and an old TV set, still doing its duty and even an ancient video player for some of the historic videos....
It has been the labour of love and now I can welcome guests with peace of mind!

It's still a bit of a fish shack, but a bit more loved one!

A happy weekend to you all! Enjoy it! I can't wait to visit all your blogs again! Miss you!


All pictures by V.Zlotkowski


  1. Hello Victoria:
    You have obviously put a great deal of hrad work into this guest room. And, what a transformation. Surely, any visitor would be thrilled to be accommodated here, we only hope that for your sake, the guests do in fact at some point want to go home!

  2. Goodness, you have been busy! It looks wonderful! Well done!

  3. What is that saying, House Guests that stay too long smell like old fish?
    Well not down there, they will have a little space to retire to after busy days full of fun! Enjoy and be proud of your labor of love!

  4. Wow you worked your butts off it looks awesome! I know your house guest will enjoy it's very nice and welcoming.

    We have had so much rain our sump pump has been running non stop!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Oh, you all, your approval means much to me, who else will see that place otherwise?
    My darling in-laws arrived exhausted last night and loved it, so I am happy!
    Jane and Lance: These guests could stay as long as they want, much loved and too often missed! Rarely do we have guest overstaying their welcome otherwise! ; )
    Pamela: Thank you my friend! I've got a massage yesterday.....
    Patricia: HA! I did not think of that saying... Hmmmm, perhaps I should change the hook?
    Dear Frau: Great to see you here! We still expect more rain, I am quite tired of it! Garden is already a jungle!

    Happy Sunday!

  7. Hello Victoria:
    We have now looked back and found your most delightful dining room, laid for breakfast and looking so lovely. The glass vase which you had bought on your trip to Vermont looked so pretty, especially so filled with the cheery daffodils.

    There is so much here that we shall return and look again. Thank you once again for commenting and following.

  8. Hello,

    I'm your newest follower.You have a grat blog.

    Greetings from Belgium


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