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Sunday Column (2)

Here we go again, my 2nd column. A week into March already and it has been a busy week.

Work is very busy and I try to not spend too much time there. Not because I don’t like it but because I need to unwind and have a life too. Guess it comes down to work life balance.

However, I am off with work to Oslo next week, for our first non-UK based International Search Summit. Very exciting!

My first 5 weeks of Tai Chi are over as well. And I absolutely love it. Shame I cannot go next week, but the course continuous for at least another 5 weeks, probably forever. I really enjoy it.

What else is happening? I planted another raspberry and a blackberry bush in the garden. Also cut the grass, got rid of some fungus growing on our wall and put some fertiliser on the grass. So the garden is ready for my veggies. I planted the seeds in little pots, so hopefully they will come out nicely soon.

Jen is nesting and decided to decorate the hall. I ended up sanding the floor in the entrance area and we removed the carpet there and on the stairs. Now we got dust all over the house – I guess the reason why I hate DIY is because of all the dirt and I am very particular in what is being done and how it is done. So I am never really satisfied with what I have done. If that makes sense ๐Ÿ™‚

I guess these are the main news from our end. Would love to hear from people what they are up to. Just this week I connected with someone I went to High School with in the US, about 15 years ago. Time flies and you seem to lose touch with so many people you once liked. Shame, isn’t it?

Last night we went out to a friend’s 30th birthday party. Hardly made it in time running late with the sanding. But it was good to be out and have a few Paulaner Hefeweizen and catch up with some great people. Good chat about the industry and developments too. Very interesting.

Today we really just chilled. After trying to rid the living room from some dust – a nightmare. But the hall is done. Still the painting and stairs etc. to do, but the dirty, dusty stuff is done.

Am on the road a lot next week, so might be quieter than usual in the blog. Speak soon,
Volker

DIY continued

Tonight, after a very successful day at work, we did some DIY – then again we did not.

My wife got curtains and our living room really looks stunning now. However, we wanted to get some pictures on the wall but after my experience of drilling through a cable, I will get myself a wire detector. I believe that 21 pounds will be well spent and I can use my DIY skills without worrying about getting an electric shock or getting someone to fix things.

We will shortly post more pictures on www.ballueder.co.uk where we have links to pictures, profiles and everything concerning our life. Very cheesy text I admit.

Have a good night, speak tomorrow.

Volker

DIY Weekend

Sunday afternoon, almost time for my tea…

My neighbour was so kind to come over in the morning. He fixed our electricity after I hit one of the major cables with the drill last night. Hmm, never drill next to a fuse box. However, good thing about it: he discovered a real mess of electric cables, ergo we need to get someone out to fix most of our electrics. Bad news: expensive.
Anyhow, rather fixing it now before it burns down the house or something.

Then we finally put up our blinds in the kitchen and living room. I tried to find “screwing venetian blinds on window frame” on Google with little success. So anyone who tries to drill venetian blind fittings on to their window frame (plastic) be aware that you drill through the plastic into the masonary. Be sure you have masonry behind – we did not. So some screws are hanging lose and others are fixed only on the plastic, e.g. with a hollow wall wall plug. As long as it holds…..we definitely leave them until we move out of here.

So, the house is getting very homely. But, enough for today. Some tidying, laundry, wine and cigar and that is me. Love it though, think we got a major step done now. Need to find an electrician soon though.

Have a good Sunday

Volker