The hottest day in New York

I believe I mentioned there was a heatwave in New York. 

It turned out it was the hottest day of the year today with temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius or something even more ridiculous.

I am lucky in that I get to enjoy the extremes of New York. It’s either January and so cold that one’s eyeballs freeze, or July where the smell of hot rubbish fills the crowded city streets. Today was the latter. Maybe one day I’ll come in April and see a side to New York that makes me understand why people live here!
So as I’m on a city break, I’m viewing this as training for Greece as I expect the temperatures to be well over 40 degrees (horrors, I melt in anything over 24!)
Did I mention I bought a kaftan?

Mini Break (with meetings) Day One

At 10am this morning I stood up and talked for an hour and a half. 

During that time I drank two litres of water and the kennel cough behaved admirably. Only towards the end did I feel I was getting close to barking but all was well and I made it through without a woof!

The rest of the day was spent in three back to back meetings. I continued to drink gallons of water and  all was well. 
Two presentations, fourteen meetings and two dinners to go! 
Woof!

Heatwave with Meetings

I arrived into a very hot and humid New York last night and made it to my room by 9pm local time. By 10pm it was lights out as I was exhausted and despite a little bit of kennel coughing, I made it through to 6am. 

On the agenda today, an hour and a half presentation followed by three back-to-back meetings. I’m viewing the next few days as a mini break with meetings and will enjoy having air conditioning, an enormous bed and room service before heading to LA for a mini break with friends.
Apparently there’s a heat wave in New York while it’s raining in LA. Wardrobe dilemmas ensue!

Installing the kitchen… floor

This week, while I’m in New York, Letad has the builders coming in to install the kitchen floor… we hope.

The original kitchen had a concrete floor with a thin layer of plastic lino glued over the top, it was never going to work and so up came the lino and since January we’ve had an empty shell with a bare concrete floor. Thankfully it’s summer but it was very cold for a while.
This week the plan is to lay the Victorian floorboards over the concrete so the hall flows continuously into the kitchen and we can roller skate from the living room to the kitchen if we want to. Letad will sand said floorboards (what a nightmare that was last time) and then with a few coats of varnish, we will be ready to install the kitchen.
There are times when it feels as if we’ll never be finished but with the kitchen on the horizon and plans for a very, very small deck and pebbles in the prison yard, I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 
Looking forward to coming home!

Kennel Cough

Five weeks on and I’m still bothered by a dry, irritating cough. Slightly concerned as I’m en route to New York to talk for the next five hundred hours, I mentioned my concerns to my osteopath, Doctor Ron.

His solution, a homeopathic remedy called Drosera. Given that I’ve drunk every bottle of cough medicine from Boots I can lay my hands on and have an arsenal of cough drops in my luggage, there was nothing to lose. I found some Drosera tablets and started a course.
I’m always prudent when taking anything, homeopathic or otherwise and so with a little Internet research I discovered that Drosera was very useful for the treatment of… kennel cough.
And so it turns out it’s more of a bark. Still, paws crossed this does the job!

One year on

A year ago we saw the Money Pit for the first time. It was July 12th 2014 and we were going to have lunch to celebrate our unofficial wedding anniversary. 

We stopped on the way to view a grotty flat in Queen’s Park. Little did we know that it would turn out to be a massive project and our home. It hasn’t changed much!

We started work just before Christmas and today we met with a builder to confirm the dimensions of the kitchen and schedule the work to be done. 
We’re hoping the next three weeks will see the kitchen installed. 

Slightly less porky but still coughing

A catchy blog title if ever there was one.

I’m pleased to say that the phase one detox/weight loss plan has worked well so far but has coincided with a continued bad cough. I’m concerned as I’m off to New York for the bi-annual presentations which mean I’m speaking for hours. Given that five minutes of talking sets off a coughing spasm, I’m panicking a little.
I blame the paint fumes and after three weeks of bad sleep due to extreme coughing fits, I’m close to the edge (or moving into a hotel).
It’s fair to say I’ve been a little moody, I still blame the paint fumes.

The remedial tiler

This week, after the trauma of the bad tiler (see several rants from March), with the help of a brilliant remedial tiler we finally finished the bathroom. It seemed like a huge breakthrough (mostly breaking badly laid tiles) and finally, finally a sink and a hot shower.

The original plumber had said the temperature of the shower couldn’t be adjusted and so tepid showers seemed to be on the agenda, fine for summer but what about when it’s two degrees outside?

I downloaded the installation instructions and the remedial tiler managed to adjust the temperature to where it’s almost too hot for me, but not quite. I do like a hot shower and this is bliss. All we need now is the shower screen so the floor doesn’t get flooded and then that’s it for the bathroom. 
We even have the toilet bolted to the floor now so there’s no more rocking toilet with the fun game of “will it or won’t it?” every time one sat down.

Lesson’s learned along the way, many. 
Do not ever, ever, ever use a tiler who doesn’t come recommended. 

When is a door, not a door? Part Two

When it’s a sliding, three panel sexy new exterior glass pivoting door system. 

Individually pivoting and sliding glass panels meant we could install a thinner frame. Light now floods into the future (and still imaginary) kitchen. The next project. 
Next week we’ll install the kitchen floor and then it’s time for the holy grail. 
Boarded up,during the hottest July London has ever seen. Air flow was restricted.
The original kitchen… Our next project to tackle.