Bricks Arrived

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Here is Allan watering our pad a couple of weeks ago, to stop it curing too quickly. I wonder if he thought it might grow into a bigger house. Nah! It is perfect for two and can accommodate house guests and family dinners.
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The Bricks, Cement, Shed, and toilet all arrived yesterday. Our brickie is raring to go, so is already getting stuck in.
I made a mistake with the building insurance. Stupid me thought I was paying a premium for the term of our house build, wrong, they charge yearly just like anything else. Being a bit gung ho, I signed up immediately I read that we needed it on our owner builders course, this was last October, we didn’t even get approval for our plans from the council till December. Consequently, we are having to pay for an extension to our policy. You live and learn.
Also a word to Owner Builders, order your window frames early. Things moved very fast for us because our bricky is going on holiday for six weeks in December, so needs to be finished with our house. I found myself hurrying to try and get window quotes, and ended up paying $1300 more than our lowest quote which came in late, so I could get the frames delivered in two weeks. Most places take 3-4 weeks. Our lowest quote came in after I had ordered from the other glass place, and they only took 10 working days, I was a bit annoyed, but, too bad ‘there is no use crying over spilt milk’, my Mum always said.
For the most part, owner building you can save on all the little things. We have paid for some custom made wooden door frames for our French doors and Front door etc, but, most of the interior doors were purchased from Gumtree for $20 or $25. Even with our Powerpass from Bunnings standard door frames are $64 each, so all these little bits add up, and we generally have been able to source things that are not far from home, and usually with the occasional fish and chip stop on the way home for our trouble.
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Anyway, that is enough of house talk for now. Saturday night we celebrated with our good friends Dave and Denise as they celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary. We share our beautiful Granddaughter Hannah with them. Such a talented family, they all entertained us with their singing talents, we felt like we were at the Royal Command Performance.

Next Friday I go for my first Mammogram, I can’t believe it is nearly a year since I was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Also, Wedding season is upon us, so my Celebrant life is getting very busy, so it is good that I don’t have to do much house stuff for a little while and can concentrate on other things.

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Pad Party

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I have been meaning to post this for a week. Our house Pad is down at Che’ Summers. Whoo Hoo! Very exciting. Our tradies have been awesome so far, so helpful and organising things for us over and above the call of duty.
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Things are moving very fast, now I am trying to organise window frames, bricks and frames. Coordinating it all is like juggling. Everything needs to be on site for the brickie, a toilet, lock up shed, power box, lintels, door frames, window frames, scaffolding, cement, sand, mesh, insulation for the walls, brick ties, flashing for wooden doors. Hopefully, that is all. Once that is all done I can take a breath for a moment and get onto some other stuff. (hopefully decorating will come into it, brick ties and M4 cement are not that exciting to a girl).
Its raining here at the moment, but, we still need to go down and water the pad for a few days, to make sure it doesn’t cure too fast. The rain isn’t enough to count.
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Meanwhile, in Claremont today, grandson Beau was mesmerised by this man with a beautiful yellow and orange parrot on his shoulder, just sitting there in the street.

Gumtree Rocks

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Owner building is a challenge but, at the same time it is exciting to be able to resource things at a greatly reduced cost. We are feeling so blessed, heaps of bargains, this week we have bought:
650 brick ties for $140 they are usually $1.20 each so $780 = saving $640
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A roll of insulation to between the brickwork to meet 6 star energy requirements for $60 = normally $400.
Door frames for $25 each instead of $55 each.
Subway tiles for kitchen and floor tiles for the laundry so far on sale for $7 square meter at the salvage yard. awesome!

All these little things add up and keep costs way down. You just have to be prepared to do a little bit of running around. It is well worth it though.
Meanwhile, our site works should be done by the end of the week and soft pad in place.
Then hopefully, next week will be the pad. Whoo Hoo!!
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I have been reading heaps about plant based diets healing the body, and since my poor liver has been through the mill with Chemo, and as I have associated digestive issues that are ongoing, I decided we would try it for a while and see if our energy levels increase. I have been so tired I want to do something pro active as having no energy has knobs on it, and it certainly won’t do any harm.
We will be starting the day with lemon water, and a nice green smoothie made with system cooling foods like, avocado, cucumber, coconut water and some other greens and an apple for sweetness as well as some cinnamon. Then for the rest of the day, we will be eating very healthy, steering clear of white flour, trans fats and other refined foods. I will let you know, after a week if there is any improvement.
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Took a quite fattening cheese ball to Hayley and Ben’s, for grand final footy afternoon. At least there was plenty of vegetables and fruit, as well as a yummy barbecue. Too bad the Eagles weren’t flying as high as we would have liked. Still, it was a great afternoon.

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