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Durchhalten

Honestly, I can’t remember when I have had a more miserable January. At least 3 of us had the flu and we were all sick. I am only really better now. Poor Mr. Waffle is still going around coughing pathetically. His recovery was not, I imagine, in any way advanced by a shower of hail while he stood on the side of a GAA pitch this afternoon cheering Daniel on to a miserable defeat.

The works in the kitchen have been quite hideous. The house continues to be almost always filled with builders and dust. The temporary kitchen set up in the utility room is as hideous as you might imagine. We had many freezing weeks without a wall. The temperature in the temporary kitchen fell to as low as 8 degrees celsius and the olive oil solidified. For one hideous wet, rainy, cold miserable night we had to go out in the back garden to get to and from the temporary kitchen.

We enjoyed about a week of an earth floor in the kitchen which as depressing as it sounds. Particularly, when you see the cat eyeing it speculatively as a vast indoor toilet facility. Our tiles in the kitchen were laid on earth by the Victorians and, as Mr. Waffle said, there were worms there sticking their heads into the air for the first time since the build up to the Boer War. British worms.

There were several dates for delivery of windows to make the kitchen weatherproof. This was even more important as doors between the kitchen and the rest of the house had to be removed. Two of the delivery dates were missed to no one’s real surprise but the windows and glass doors were delivered on February 4 and although the door doesn’t open and the bathroom window is not the colour we ordered, we are inclined to regard this as a definite step forward.

Meanwhile, like a fool, I am doing a course which required an assignment to be submitted by February 7. It had to be done in the course of January. You would think we were suffering enough but I enjoyed putting myself through that extra layer of misery. I am never doing another degree, diploma or anything unless it is for my own entertainment and maybe not even then.

My poor 93 year old father also got the flu and I was ringing him for daily updates on his condition. He’s almost recovered, thanks for asking. As I rang to hear his litany of woe and he sympathetically listened to mine, he would say, “there is only one thing for it ‘durchhalten'”.

I think the worst might be over. But it might not.



5 Responses to “Durchhalten”

  1. heather Says:

    I was a bit worried about you all – the kitchen sounds awful and despite our kitchen not being in great shape I shall not think of renovating for some considerable time. There was an interesting piece about Ireland and its relationship with Britain on Radio 4 this morning some time between 9.00am and 9.30am – meant to check it properly in case you wanted to try and catch it on the iplayer –

  2. heather Says:

    and now I can’t find it at all and have no idea what I was listening to so just ignore the above. I hope things are much better asap

  3. Suzy Says:

    It’s part of Broadcasting House on radio 4. (Bit of a sigh, oh dear really)

    Good luck with the kitchen, sound horrendous. Courage??

    And of course, good health to all…Belgium has an official epidemic..

  4. Christina Says:

    I don’t envy you… flu and building works, I am not sure if it can get any worse. Keeping my fingers crossed that you all recover quickly and that the house will soon feel like your own again. We’ve had a temporary kitchen for four months and I remember coming home from holidays at 2 am in October only to be woken up at 8 am by the house shaking because the builders hat turned up on a Saturday to knock the external back walls down…

  5. belgianwaffle Says:

    Had a listen to that thing on Broadcasting House – Mary Kenny is quite annoying, isn’t she?

    Thank you for good wishes on the kitchen: all very much needed.

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