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Even though I'm off work until January 9th, this hasn't been a very restful vacation period: there's been two bouts of hosting/entertaining, separated by two bouts of home renovation (at my place and my S.O's place), and peppered with freelance work. I've got two guests asleep in a bedroom, a tidy garden, and a freshly painted guest room. The weather is gentle. Is it la dolce vita, NZ-style? I think the NZ-style dolce vita is pictured as beginning when all "the renovations" are done. I've got two more days of paintbrush-wielding to go, so for the moment, I'll say it's dolce enough. (Personally, next time I buy a place that "just needs paint" I am attending to this immediately upon moving in, instead of doing it year by year.)

So, happily busy here. Before I leave the house today I'm joining a new professional association and cancelling my land line. It's a new year, time to start the future.

Date: 2012-01-05 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rednikki.livejournal.com
Yay being off work! Sorry you're so busy, but it sounds like the good kind of busy. (And thank you for your help on my thing!)

Date: 2012-01-06 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
The extremely busy is done now. Tomorrow I get to be normally busy, such as going to a nautical naughty-gal pin-up shoot by the sea. And I was happy to help with your thing - now I'm all tense/excited, too.

Date: 2012-01-06 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tooticky.livejournal.com
I love the idea of la dolce vita NZ style. :) I can relate too, as I've just discovered power-sanding and am painting our houseover my holiday. It sounds like you're having a pretty nice holiday over all, and the photographs and descriptions of your SO's home town and home beach were beautiful.

Date: 2012-01-06 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
I think la dolce vita NZ style involves Barbecues On The Deck and lots of beverages, too. There's a beach a short walk away, and a vegetable garden that is magically productive yet requires only the amusing minimum of maintenance. Inside, the house is filled with serious art for more serious moments, a deep freeze full of "homekill" and the results of fishing expeditions, and a very large flat-panel TV.

Oooo, what colors are you painting? My guest room now has a cream ceiling and very palest ashes-of-roses walls. It's south-facing and cold, so it needed all the hue help it could get.

Date: 2012-01-07 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tooticky.livejournal.com
La doce vita Tassie style looks remarkably similar to NZ. :) There may be local markets for food or antiques depending on your fancy as well.
I like the idea of ashes of roses - pretty! I've been concentrating on the outside, painting the house a pale grey-blue with white trim. However this has struck another problem yesterday when I realised I had just applied a power sander to flakey paint and uncovered red lead primer. :( I felt so stupid for not realising that of course it would be there...
Inside, we're just starting to think about it. But with a lounge room painted custard yellow and purple, with varnished wood panelling, I think we can safely say that it needs it!

Date: 2012-01-08 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Of course, how could I forget the morning spent at the farmer's market picking out affordable yet splendid produce and noshing on gourmet/rustic goodies?

Oh my. Sorry about the lead primer - how old is your house again? From here, without any photos, I am reflexively trying to come up with new paint colors for your lounge.

Date: 2012-01-06 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 8ball-gag.livejournal.com
Yup, nothing like the good kind of busy; I've spent the day sorting through all my craft/sewing stuff. Getting it all organised.

I look forward to the renovations when complete!

Date: 2012-01-06 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Mmmm, yes, organizing the sewing kipple, so pleasant.

It's not the most transformative renovation - it just looks nice and fresh. I'm sure you'll see it!

Date: 2012-01-07 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maureenlycaon.livejournal.com
I envy you.

Right now, I'm doing nothing more ambitious than clearing out the deck of my trailer. The cats are quite bewildered.

Date: 2012-01-08 08:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Ah, cats and space. Who was it who said dogs belong to people, cats belong to houses?

If I could look forwards at this time last year into the future, I would've envied me too...it's amazing how things can change.

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