Monday, January 31, 2011


We have a party planned for a few days hence, well, a couple of weeks.  A house warming, such a relief to not have to explain what that is.

Granted, the house ain't exactly warm, as I sit in bed in socks, an undershirt, turtleneck, fleece jacket, dressing gown and a wooly hat, but maybe that's the point.  Warm the house a little.  A mass of bodies ought to help.

The excitement of the whole thing is to plan it in a way that the Catalans will get it.  The open house concept isn't a strong one and as the crowd, counting spouses and kids, is easily above 50 it should warm the place.

We have also discovered that we have quite a, ah, varied group of guests. It ranges from the ultra-uptight mother of one of the kid's friends, through the architect, the bank manager, the local real estate agent, folks from work, folks from the man's work and the contractor and the guys who worked on the house.  The most dramatically different of whom stands about 5'5" and almost as wide around, all muscle.  Spiked hair and QUITE a lot of tattoos.  Should be an unusual crowd!  The image of him, that mother and the agent in conversation sort of makes my head spin.

Guess this is also part of what happens in a village, you know who you know.

Hope it's fun, and hope to goodness they don't all stay for the entire time...

Lets see if we can figure this out.

The other good aspect of it is that it means that we are getting around to some of those fiddly easy-to-put-off jobs, like removing the stickers from the toilets, and getting the pictures hung up.  I painted the risers on the stairs to the altelle, they are very very steep and very in your face.  As I washed the treads and then walked back up and realised that the risers had dust on them.  A lot of very visible dust.  The risers are a single slanted piece, so dust can gather.

Cleaning the risers on the back of the stairs every time I sweep is not my idea of a good time, so out came the paint pot and they are now an ochre colour that will hide the pesky dust a little better.


More lights to mount, especially in the downstairs bathroom so folks don't have to pee with the door open like we've been doing!


thecatalanway said...

Nothing like a party to make you sort out your home! Have a good time with the mixed crowd. that's what's nice about being an incomer - you get to know a mix of people while those who always lived here tend to get stuck in their own worlds. This is something we can offer!
Kate x

J.G. said...

I'm sure everyone will mingle quite nicely. After all, they all have you and the house in common.

Enjoy the sprucing up process! Nothing like a deadline for making those "round to its" get done.

oreneta said...

Kate, nice way of putting it, everyone will be out of their ruts!

JG, especially if they figure out that it is an open house and they can come and go as they please. Hopefully.

Deadlines are very good, I work much better to them.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

A veritable shmorgasborg of guests. Don't forget to hide the silver.

Hula Girl at Heart said...

Oh, it sounds like so much fun! Pictures?

oreneta said...

Bodhi, I was thinking more of the laptops, but that's a point!

Hula, I hope Maybe.

kate said...

So how did it go?

oreneta said...

A few days more hence!