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Happy Mundane

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

Epicurus 

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!


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  1. That's the most difficult thing for me. I know you love your home the same as I do 😉 and yet I get so cross with myself as I know I should feel more grateful for what I have.
    Also, doesn't every kitchen have wilting coriander? X

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    1. I think those designy Instagrammers just stash the coriander away somewhere!

      It is easy to take things for granted but once you start noticing small things it just keeps happening.

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  2. I appreciate this post. I'm always on about making my house a more livable space, but really, when clean and tidy, and semi organized, it feels exactly like the hosue I loved when we first bought it. More decluttering, small spruces, and should be happy enough.

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    1. Thank you, that's good to hear. I know just what you mean, my kitchen really could do with a revamp but when I tidy it up and everything's gleaming it's absolutely fine for now.

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    1. hanks, they're great aren't they. Thankfully there's a part box in the garage so when we finally have the kitchen revamped we should have enough to replace the broken ones and cover over the areas where we currently have blanks where the old electrical sockets used to be. I'm not usually a lover of brown, but it makes everything else look so zingy.

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  4. Your kitchen looks like it's well used and loved :) I have one of those shower cut outs running down the length of our bedroom wall. We papered over it as a temporary measure and have been stripping the paper and plastering it for about 20 years - I doubt we'll actually bother now lol. Love the quote. xx

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    1. Thank you, you're right. It was a state when we moved in and we've just got on with it and now it just doesn't bother me, I can't replace it so I just look after it to the best of my ability. Then I add a vase of flowers, they make everything better!

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  5. I love this post, it resonates with me. our kitchen, well our whole home is so dated esp. the bathroom with a avocado colours - but its takes time and money to upgrade and renovate, both of which we don't have much have at the moment. Your kitchen is bright and well used, as for the blackening bananas and wilting herbs, every well used kitchen has that - right!?

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    1. Thank you. We have lived here for 8 years and thankfully this year replaced the leaky bathroom and failing boiler. Thankfully we were able to get along until we had the savings in place, but it took a long time, especially when there are so many other jobs to do.

      I'd rather have a well used kitchen with a few ingredients on the verge than not be able to prepare things for myself, it's a sign I'm learning!

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