Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for
I saw an updated version of this ancient quote on Instagram the other day. I usually ignore motivational quotes, I'm not easily motivated, but I liked this one. Initially I thought about it in terms of the bathroom and how, other than it looking a bit better, we're not actually that much better off in terms of a functioning room. But then I thought about it again, and it's done, so I don't really have to think about it much, which is certainly better than a kick in the face.
As I wandered around the house I started thinking about all the things that made me fall in love with it in the first place, and for the first time ever I really appreciated the kitchen. Our kitchen is not a beautiful room, everything in it is really cheap and a bit on the crumbly side, but it feels great, somehow it's not an unpleasant place to be, and almost everything works. I appreciate it despite the ceiling where the plumber had to cut a hole in order to repair the shower drain.
He actually did a good job, I had to remember where to look for it. I also ignored the fact that the only light in the kitchen area comes from the two desk lamps in the picture above, we haven't had a working ceiling light for years, there's one in the dining area and the pantry though - atmospheric!
I also ignored the worktops with some crumbly parts and some bubbly parts.
I didn't ignore the horrible hob, it was pitted and rusty when we moved in, and I confess I do avoid cleaning it, but today I attacked it with a scouring pad and it looks a bit better than in this picture
Washing up, wilting coriander, recycling that hasn't made it out to the garage, assorted junk of mine waiting to be put away and blackening bananas, it's all good to me!