I knew this would happen. I’ve disappeared into a house renovating hole and I am finding it hard to focus on anything else at the moment. As you might know, Duncan and I got the keys to our very first house together last Friday. After the initial excitement, panic has set in as when we walked around the empty house slowly without anyone breathing down our necks, we realised how much work lies ahead of us.
We started off with tackling the study, which we thought was simply painted lilac, but no, no such luck. It has been wallpapered and then painted over, many many times!! Oh joy. We bought two steamers and only just managed to take about 1/8 of the wallpaper off last Sunday. It’s hard work and fairly toxic too – I ended up with the mother of all headaches on Sunday night that no painkiller was able to touch and I blame that nasty stuff that we have been taking off the walls for hours.
We could pay a professional to do it, but there are so many house-related expenses in our future that we’ve decided to do what we can ourselves. As we need to move in the next week and half, we’ve decided to leave the study alone for a while and paint one of the bedrooms this coming weekend. It appears to have been painted with gloss paint so no wall paper stripping is required luckily. As we want to use a matt paint, it will take a while to prep the walls, but I hope we can get it all done in two days, as we will need a habitable room to sleep in soon.
Meanwhile, at this end, I am packing all our possessions into boxes, planning the cleaning of our rental house, cooking recipes and totally failing as a pet parent. Tina is getting a bit less attention and she is not shy about letting me know that the number of belly rubs she has been getting is well below par (you might have seen my Instastory yesterday…) Moving house and redecorating the new house at the same time is madness, but to her, it’s business as usual. “What are you stressed about, hooman? Have a nap, silly…and pat your cat. That’s what life is all about!!”
I am looking forward to us being moved and having everything in one house, no matter how dishevelled it is going to look for a bit. On the food front, I have made a simple salad for you today. It’s been quite sunny around here lately, but the evenings are still quite cold so I figured that this warmish salad with roasted new potatoes and tempeh becon might be a nice lunchtime treat. It’s easy to make, filling and fairly hands off, which I currently very much like. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
PS: If you make my vegan BLT salad, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!
TEMPEH AND ROAST POTATOES