Well, so far this week it’s been glorious sunshine and we’ve ben taking full advantage and going out with the kids as much as possible. Yesterday morning was a bit gloomy so I/we decided to paint the downstairs hallway which was looking battered, dull and very magnolia. We only moved in last year and haven’t done any decorating as the whole house is magnolia and not desperate, but bit by bit we will freshen the place up and drop a hint of colour in here and there. Amid the painting chaos (try painting the main thoroughfare with three kids and two dogs) was my husband, screwdriver in hand, taking off wall sockets for me to paint under and installing a new doorbell. In doing so we managed to set the house alarm off that would then not deactivate. It was interesting to see how husband and I react in a crisis. I was methodically thinking of what we could do to stop it and trying out a few things; Husband was shouting and running around like a headless chicken. His enraged shouts of ‘Where’s the bloody screwdriver gone?’ as he was on the phone to the alarm company and trying to take the fuse out just made me giggle (which did not calm the atmosphere!). Alarm muted, he then proceded to fix the (2nd) new doorbell he’d bought. Unsuccessfully. The previous one worked fine but was in the hallway and was big ugly and yellowing. Half an hour of googling wiring diagrams later I suggested he just put white case of the new doorbell over the old one. Ta-da! Job done in 2 minutes! Well, an hour and 5 minutes….
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