Our Home our Haven

Our Home our Haven

Sunday, November 4, 2012

                            A Busy Weekend...You betch Ya!!!!!! Something for Mum and Something for us.

It is a little under 2 years now until we retire,we will not have huge amounts of money to come to us as Bob as his breakdown so we are about 30 years behind in that area of Superannuation,we have some to come but it will have to be careful with it.
We have decided to do some things just for us to enjoy,and of course share with family when they visit.
First up was the little spot where Mum sits with Molly with her paper etc.It is the ugly spot really and has a loose pebbled surface which is not easy for her walker.So we decided to make it a nice place for her to sit.

                                       First job to put a sail up for shade as it is a hot spot,and level out the pebbles.
 Next some artificial grass,this is lovely and soft at the same time easy to use the walker on.
 Then add some little wrought iron table and chairs and 2 comfy backed chairs,a pretty for the wall and some plants.
Here are Mum and Molly   before it is quite finished,they love it...hope you have many hours sitting here Mum.

Next something for us....it has taken all week to do some preparation and we had to wait for a delivery or two but here we go.

 Bob doing the footings and that on the ground is the artificial grass,this will be the floor in our little bit of heaven.
 The hot tub/spa in place ready for the rest of the Gazebo do be put up,it is fully screened for insects and it also has the outer curtaining for privacy or to keep cool whichever.
 Looking from where Mums little spot is and that is Georgies cage and he is in there watching from his perch,there is a little area at the bottom of his cage that is a window and he can look at us in the SPa(better watch what we are up to lol.)
 This is it complete and how i looks closed but it will be just curtained off on the hottest 2 side most of the time,mostly to protect the tub.
And here he is...Mr Wonderful,the water warm enough to get in and to ease the tired muscles,it was devine,no other words for it and we will use this every day,it holds 6 adults and already it is the best money we have spent.We could not afford the $7,000 ones this was all done for about $1,500 although it is inflatable it is like a leather outing and has a top that goes on and padlocked so it child safe  for when we are not watching.
Now we have just some of the garden left to modify and we are done for now.Bob is so wonderful you know,he worked so hard this weekend,we did it together but he is a good man,a cold beer and a warm loving wife is all he asks from life.
Our son called last night and said they are visiting this weekend,we have not seen he and his family for over 6 months,so we are so happy to see them all,they do not agree with us having Mum all the time,but they have to grow up,see that she is so happy here,and accept our decision so at last they are coming to see us.Our daughter comes as often as possible and her support has been wonderful.
Not everyone agrees with the decision we all make all of the time,but respect and support for those decisions is a really important thing.If you can try to support what is happening around you,even if it is not what you would do,ultimately only you have to live with your choices,and although in the past i have been easy to manipulate this time I stood my ground...you know what IT FELT GOOD! and i would not change my mind for quids(money in Aussue talk).
Have a great day,I will think of you when I have a spa tonight after a hard day at work. for the postman every Monday is Manic Monday lol.


  1. Carole, You are such lovely people, you totally deserve that hot tub. Your mum totally deserves her pretty sitting area outside.

    Enjoy your time with your family.

    Have a great week too.

    Sft x

  2. Hello Carole
    Is there a tiny little bit of space there in your spa for me to jump in I could do with some plush treatment for my old bones!!! Pure joy I'm sure and good for you as I always say we only live once and quality time is essential. Your mother's private space looks lovely too...what a change!

    Amanda :-)

  3. Good for you. You made a loving decision, your mum is happy, so no one should be critical.
    I loved the garden area for mum, and you will enjoy your hot tub!

  4. Good on ya Carole. A bit of luxury does wonders. It rained all weekend here, so I was stuck indoors.

  5. What a lovely pretty little area for your Mum and I'm loving the photo of Mr Wonderful in the hot tub

  6. what fun, I love Mums little garden, it is charming.
    personally I think it is too chilly in England for a spa tub, but some brave folks have them!
    Enjoy it all, you deserve it.

  7. What a great idea...you will love it!!
    I think its beautiful that you have your mother with you...I really do...x

  8. Wow, you have been hard at work and such a lot to show for it. Relaxation here you come. Mr. Wonderful looks well away!
    Love from Mum

  9. Oh Carole, what lovely areas you have created for your mum and yourselves. I am sure that spa will get a workout and so will the special area for your mum...

    I think you are so lucky to have your mum living with you(and your mum is lucky too). I will be doing the same for my parents when the time comes. The elderly need their family and it helps them live a better life if they feel needed and loved. It gives them a purpose in their lives, a reason to get up in the morning...My folks have always been there for me so when they are older I will be there for them and it will be my pleasure to do so...

    You are one special person :)


  10. Hi Carole
    Woohooo what a treat for you two, just enjoy every minute of time you get to spend in your spa and on that note just enjoy every minute you can with your Mum, they are a treasure and a gift chosen for us form the great beyond and we should all hold our parents close, I know it can be difficult having an elderly parent with you full time but when they leave you, I'm sure you will have so many fond memories to hold tight to. I would love to have Mum with me but God bless her "we live soooo far away" far away from what I dont know, but she knows the offer is there if ever she changes her mind but at 88 I dont think that will happen.