Had a new gardener booked for the day as my last one left for Jo'burg, in search of greener pastures. He was here bright & early so I spent an enjoyable hour with him showing him what needed to be done & getting my paws into some soil. Mmmm...that was great...can't wait to have my own garden again...Had an hour's peace while the rest of the kids slept so got through some computer work then went out to do some household chores. Got the grocery shopping done & a couple of much needed clothing items purchased for the boys. Popped into a LSS & picked up this. Thickers...my favourite...
Received this in the post.
The lesson to be learnt here is DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ON LINE WITHOUT A PHOTO - NO MATTER HOW NICE IT SOUNDS OR YOU COULD JUST END UP WITH THIS!!!
Went to Waltons (read "Large stationery chain") & came out with this. It's a Lever Arch file shelf (meant to be turned on it's side to accomodate files so they stand up next to each other without falling down).
I have been on the hunt for years for a paper storage rack. There is no such thing in Durban, unless you get one custom-made. (Don't come cheap...) I had bought one of these months ago but needed another. Whilst school stationery shopping for the kids in January I had stopped a minute to ponder this Lever Arch file shelf... mad storage fanatic that I am. Lightbulb moment!!! I took out my handbag tape-measure & my hopes were instantly confirmed. A paper storage solution AT LONG LAST! R200 later I trotted home with this baby.
Functional...yes. Attractive? NO. So began the transformation. 4 willing kids later (okay, not really willing ALL the time as their attention span is limited - some more than others!) we sorted out my offcut basket into colours. Laborious exercise but long overdue. Once that was done & they were long gone to way more exciting pursuits (read PC games, DVD watching, DS lite games , etc, etc...) I got to work tearing my offcuts into roundish shapes & started sticking...
Until my paper rack looked like this.
Not too shabby huh? I gave it a couple of coats of varnish & now I am busy sorting out all my papers so that I can fill it. All the while I had Shayne's Tuscan bean soup bubbling away on the stove & had fresh ciabatta bread ready & butter softening. 6 hours later my feet were killing me (I do everything standing because one burns more calories that way - I say "one" because that one ain't me...unfortunately...but I still plug away at it in hope!) Needless to say we all enjoyed a hearty meal that night & a solid night's sleep! For those of you who know me well, you'll know that me sleeping through the night is no mean feat. Now I have the solution, wake up at 5.30a.m. & slog away like a Trojan all day. That does it!