Wednesday, 11 October 2006

wall lights of the damned

Right. Where was I?

Kate and Vic came to visit on Monday, armed with various cleaning materials, DIY gear and a carpet steamer that they had borrowed off a friend of Kate's that I don't like very much.

It's an interesting philosophical position - does one clench ones ethics and use the carpet cleaner of the person one places somewhere outside Xena's orbit in that venn-diagram thingy that the adoption worker made us draw of our friends and family? Or does one stand by one's moral high ground and continue to put up with one's carpets smelling vaguely of alsation?

I chose option a) and feel slightly ethically besmirched; but the bedroom no longer smells of large damp dog. So I think I can live with myself.

We have cleaned everything. Washed everything - curtains, carpets, windows, floors, ceilings. Vic has filled all the small holes where twenty years worth of people have taken down pictures, thought "Oh, I'll fill that hole in later" and then died (or divorced of course). He's put up shelves, curtain rails and pictures.

This house is actually quite nice you know.

Apart from the wall lights in the dining room. Does anyone reading this have wall-lights that they ACTIVELY LIKE? Rather than wall-lights that they chose because they were the only ones in the shop that didn't make them feel nauseous? Or wall-lights that were in the house when they bought it and they decided that they could live with until they could afford some nicer ones and then never actually got around to it?

Update on the house-moving plan: We are going to look for the 'perfect place' to move to. But it will have to be perfect with a gratuitous modifier, as this place is very nearly perfect - the house IS perfect.

B says that when he comes home, he is prepared to gird his loins and approach our neighbours about the possibility of buying a bit of their land for goat-and-bee-keeping purposes.

Only ten days to go now before he comes home - half way through.

18 comments:

  1. I think you made the right choice, ethically speaking. You can make yourself feel better this way: You've just made this person's carpet cleaner a bit older and more used. It's closer to breaking down thanks to you.

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  2. I think you made the right choice, ethically speaking. You can make yourself feel better this way: You've just made this person's carpet cleaner a bit older and more used. It's closer to breaking down thanks to you.

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  3. So if B is successful in persuading a neighbor to part with some land, will that mean you won't have to move?

    I have a wall light I like quite well. The only problem is that where it is, there really ought to be a vent hood for the stove instead. File under "worse than useless."

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  4. So if B is successful in persuading a neighbor to part with some land, will that mean you won't have to move?

    I have a wall light I like quite well. The only problem is that where it is, there really ought to be a vent hood for the stove instead. File under "worse than useless."

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  5. So true about wall lights. My partner and I shopped around everywhere looking for decent ones. We ended up in Heal's, paying a fortune for something you could easily knock up with a soldering iron, some thin wire and... but as she pointed out, would I get around to doing it? They're nice though, I still like them. I have a friend who actually makes lampshades (I never thought I'd know an industrialist) and she says she often has clients complaining that they can't find a decent wall light. "Why don't you do it?" I said. "Too busy," she replied.
    You made the right decision about the steamer, I think. Smells can affect you in all sorts of subtle ways so it was a Really Good thing to get it done.

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  6. So true about wall lights. My partner and I shopped around everywhere looking for decent ones. We ended up in Heal's, paying a fortune for something you could easily knock up with a soldering iron, some thin wire and... but as she pointed out, would I get around to doing it? They're nice though, I still like them. I have a friend who actually makes lampshades (I never thought I'd know an industrialist) and she says she often has clients complaining that they can't find a decent wall light. "Why don't you do it?" I said. "Too busy," she replied.
    You made the right decision about the steamer, I think. Smells can affect you in all sorts of subtle ways so it was a Really Good thing to get it done.

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  7. Imperatrix - thank you, I now feel validated, as well as not smelling of alsation :)

    Jamie - if it's the right land in the right place, yes, maybe. I think it's unlikely it will happen. But we have worked out that moving will cost us about £10k. Which is a LOT of money. So it's worth exploring whether some land would cost less than that ...

    ditdotdat - You are right, that's a fortune. But nice and plain and unobtrusive, which is what I require from a wall light. I *really* like your friend's lampshades, too.

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  8. Imperatrix - thank you, I now feel validated, as well as not smelling of alsation :)

    Jamie - if it's the right land in the right place, yes, maybe. I think it's unlikely it will happen. But we have worked out that moving will cost us about £10k. Which is a LOT of money. So it's worth exploring whether some land would cost less than that ...

    ditdotdat - You are right, that's a fortune. But nice and plain and unobtrusive, which is what I require from a wall light. I *really* like your friend's lampshades, too.

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  9. ...and with any luck the carpet cleaner might transfer a little of the "damp Alsatian" smell to their home the next time they use it. Unlikely, but it's a thought to put a smile on your face.

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  10. ...and with any luck the carpet cleaner might transfer a little of the "damp Alsatian" smell to their home the next time they use it. Unlikely, but it's a thought to put a smile on your face.

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  11. I liked some at my last house, and we just sauntered into Homebase and found them. Those I have inherited here are utterly abysmal, though, so perhaps we were just lucky.

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  12. lamps in general, wall or table, are always a difficult purchasr for me. I replaced almost everything in the living room and the lamp was the hardest and lsst thing to pick out.

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  13. My experience of wall lights thus far tells me that they are universally horrid. And the awful thing is that not only are they horrid, but in certain cases there is a horrid inevitability about them, too: we have low ceilings, and dim lights... Guess what comes next?

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  14. Excellent plan. Extra land would certainly solve the problem, and yoy wouldnt have to pack again either!

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  15. I suffer no moral qualms in exploiting the generosity of my enemies. I'd actually feel more morally challenged by exploiting a friend-of-a-friend I liked

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  16. I suffer no moral qualms in exploiting the generosity of my enemies. I'd actually feel more morally challenged by exploiting a friend-of-a-friend I liked

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