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Dishwasher Installed! My Life 20 NOV 2012

I just realised that I kind of forgot to mention that a while ago we did indeed get around to making the big kitchen alteration in order to house the new dishwasher that I had bought for Chantelle – and I guess I don’t really have an excuse as to having not mentioned this yet, seeing as the dishwasher has been handling pretty much ALL of the dishes over the past couple of weeks! :)

Anyway, Chantelle and I decided to let her dad take a crack at the project, and together with Rob and Andre, a handyman Monty has entrusted with work around his place for years already, arrived with Cheryl in tow at our house on one fine Saturday morning.

And with Chantelle, Cheryl, Jessica and myself ejected out of the house (shopping, woohoo <- sarcastic) for the most part, the three set about first ripping out the old short counter top between the fridge and the washing machine, taking apart the existing grocery cupboard, building a tiny replacement cupboard from the old cupboard parts, cutting out channels and putting on fittings to enable split water intake and exhaust, putting in a new full length counter top that stretches from the fridge to the door, and finally sliding in and connecting the washing machine and dishwasher, now side by side next to our new tiny cupboard and fridge.

All in a morning’s work it turns out.

It’s not the greatest set of pictures I must admit, but the quality of the work done is fantastic, the speed at which it was done was jaw-dropping, and quite frankly I now owe my father-in-law and brother-in-law big time. This project really came together smartly!

And because it was much cheaper tackling it this way than getting a professional contractor in to do it for us, I managed to purchase a great big linen cupboard to replace the wonky, rickety metal shelves as the now permanent storage spot for all Chantelle’s backing ingredients – right next to the spotless new fridge in the braai room that we added to our collection as well!

Right. New storage spaces, a dishwasher and extended counter space, seriously, Chantelle should now be more than ready for business when Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes opens its full-time endeavour doors starting this December! :)

Game for a Refund My Life 18 NOV 2012

Remember a while ago when I mentioned that I went ahead and spent that bonus I received for the project completed at work on new appliances for the Chantelle’s baking from home business?

What I forgot to mention is that subsequent to buying the appliances, my father-in-law Monty scored me a rather big saving, putting a tidy little sum of money back into my pocket – and all by noting Game’s we’ll match any price policy!

They don’t usually make a big song and dance about it or advertise it in your face, but for years Game has had a policy whereby they’ll match the price of any good if you can find the same good for cheaper elsewhere, and similarly will refund you the difference if you find the good which you just purchased from them elsewhere for a lower price within 21 days of your purchase.

Now I didn’t even think of this, but Monty did, especially when he tracked down the dishwasher selling for R600 less at Tafelberg in Bellville. So off to Somerset Mall we went, and while I was keeping young Jessica entertained, Chantelle and Cheryl approached the help desk, waited as they called through to verify Tafelberg’s price, and then refunded the R600 onto my credit card.

Seriously awesome little bonus and definitely something I’ll keep in mind when making future big purchases from Game! :)

A Weekend or Two My Life 24 OCT 2012

Pleasingly, this weekend past was a lot happier than the weekend before that, probably due to the fact it was Chantelle and my first off weekend in something like eight weeks, and even more important than that, Jessica had finally managed to kick the multiple infections that had been making her life miserable for the last week, meaning a happy and fun toddler for us to deal with for a change! :)

Two weekends ago saw the arrival of my sister Claire and husband Riley’s first ever child, a healthy little boy named Devon. Outside of that ray of awesome news, the rest of the weekend was a pretty disastrous/dull affair, what with a sick Jessica, a sick Chantelle and a fairly poor Willowbridge market to contend with. The only rays of sunshine was the copious amount of Bad Company 2 on the XBOX 360 that I managed to fit in, as well as the Sunday late afternoon pancakes I whipped up for the Lotter household.

Oh, the other cool thing that did however happen on the Sunday of that dreary weekend was the creation of my first standalone WordPress plugin (entitled “Thumbnails in Admin Post Listing”), a simple but effective beast I find. I still haven’t gotten around to uploading it to the official WordPress directory just yet, but for now you can grab it off this site, so all isn’t quite lost.

So as you can imagine, following on from all of that, last week was a trying affair then, thanks to a sickly Chantelle and a Jessica toddler who managed to pick up 6 different infections all at once. I must say that both sets of grandparents were wonderful in coming to the rescue in terms of caring during work hours, but nevertheless, it was a rather depressing week.

However, all of that was quickly forgotten thanks to the big weekend off last weekend, the Friday of which started out pretty poorly (in that I opted to do a whole lot of Project Administration work-related stuff), before slipping into high gear as we ended the evening off with a movie, showing on the full DSTV package which Monty had opened up for us in anticipation of watching the big Western Province versus Lions Currie Cup semi-final on Saturday!

Speaking of Saturday, it was an early start as I prepped the kitchen for the arrival of the Montgomery Clan plus labourer, who on arrival set about removing the counter top on the side of the kitchen housing the fridge, followed by the removal and then shortening of our grocery cupboard, before the re-addition of a full-length counter top, over and above the newly finished plumbing and electrical extensions, never mind the hastily laid tiles.

The end result, a wonderfully reworked side of the kitchen which now gives us additional working counter space, and a reduction of kitchen cupboard space in exchange for the new-found ability of slotting in our brand spanking new dishwasher next to the clothes washing machine!

And if you are wondering about the reduced kitchen storage space, never fear – I bought a big pine linen cupboard for R3,000 from Pine City to slot into the braai room, in order to act as storage for both our food, Chantelle’s baking ingredients, and excess cutlery. Nice! (Note, something not quite so nice was the hugely extended shopping trip Chantelle took Cheryl and myself out on. The linen cupboard was pretty much bought at the beginning of the trip. My poor aching feet!)

With the men having finished all the kitchen work, leaving only minor clean up to do, it was time to grab a beer, put the feet up and patiently wait for Chantelle to finish the four awesome home made pizzas destined to be the evening’s sustenance. Pleasingly, Western Province managed to snatch a win out of the jaws of defeat in the dying seconds of the game, meaning that the alcohol and pizza were a sign of celebration, instead of what it so nearly could have been had we lost.

Robert opted to sleep over the evening, but come Sunday morning we booted him out, grabbed Jessica and made a quick stop by the shops, before making the drive through to Constantia in order to meet up with Claire and Riley at their home, the goal of which was to meet the adorable newborn little Devon of course! As luck would have it, while we were visiting with the Carpenters, Mom, Dad and the two Grans also pitched up on their doorstep, in the process turning the afternoon into quite the family affair. (Shame, though their lovable Alsatian puppy Rocky kept Jessica pretty terrified for rather large chunks of the day!)

The evening wasn’t all that special, but nevertheless, a much, much better weekend than the previous one, and I must say that I quite enjoyed being off from all the market-related activities for a change.

That said, this weekend coming I am covering both Willowbridge on Saturday and Hathersage on Sunday, meaning no rest break for poor little ol’ me this time around! :)

New Appliances Bought My Life 11 OCT 2012

So remember that big exciting SurveyThumb Project 161 Touchwork project I mentioned here once or twice? While like I have previously noted, the culmination of that work project resulted in a nice little bonus being added to the end of my salary last month, a bonus which both Chantelle and I agreed should be put straight to use on her little soon not to be a side only project, Chantelle’s Cookies & Cakes.

After discussing it for a bit, we decided to put some of the money aside for the purchase of marketing material, and the rest be used on additional appliances for the house, in a move to try and lend Chantelle some assistance in getting things done.

And pleasingly, last Friday saw the delivery of our two newly purchased appliances from Game in Somerset Mall – a Bosch dishwasher and a KIC 346l fridge!

Exciting I know.

Anyway, now all that is left is for Monty to tackle the project of removing some of our limited kitchen cupboard space in return for a nifty hole in which the dishwasher can slot in next to the washing machine.

And oh yes, if there is any of the bonus left after that, then there is still this pretty cool dark stained pine bookshelf Chantelle is pretty keen on adding to the braai room pantry setup…