Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Perfect storm

The welcome into Autumn hit Perth with a bang. Perth suffered a hail storm 2 weeks back after what seemed like a really hot Summer drought this year. The rain is always a blessing but unfortunately for us it did some damage to our house. The ceiling in my little Omar's room caved in and water gushed like a waterfall throughout the other areas of the house in a matter of minutes. I could not believe how much rain Perth received that day.However I am glad and thankful that my motherly instinct had made sure not to put Omar in his cot that evening. Thank God. The rain hit us to quite an extent that it left us with no electricity for two days. No electricity meant more damage. Things in my fridge were going off and to make it all worse the after effect of water seeping in carpet is a real bad equation. That soggy yucky smell that comes from drenched carpets is just pure torture to the nose. I had to live with it for a few days as I arranged to get the insurance company to do their thing. Let's just say them doing their 'thang' is taking longer than expected. Some long holds on the telephone and endless trips to the insurance branch hasn't solved all my problems yet. A hollow ceiling and concrete flooring is the new design statement in our house right now :) I use to have a liking for that concrete warehouse look ,( rewind back to life 14 years ago as I ripped the carpets of my teenage room and drew a paisley henna design on the cemented floors , glad mum supported my idea of artistic creativity then plus it was quite therapeutic to stand on the cool floors in Singapore's humid weather) fast forward to 2010, cemented floors, a 17 month old baby, an me being an over protective mother, plus the thought of really cold winter days, cemented floors just doesn't do it for me any more. Oh how I've aged hahaha. So this next few weeks will be about getting things fixed around the house, organizing the builders if I can get one to do the job considering the thousands of homes damaged by the storm, finding a builder/contractor whatever the term used here would be like a needle in a hay stack. While I switch to 'patience is a virtue' mode waiting for my handy manny, I am dreaming out a new colour scheme for Omar's room. do they say everything happens for a reason, well if mine involves colour and pattern then that's a real good reason :) I will miss the old baby decor in his room, that's sentimental me talking but couldn't be happier either .I yearn for happy projects like this. For now here are some memories from the calm before the storm :) Looking forward though for the rainbow after the storm,wish me luck!


The mural will be painted over :*(

The canopy over his reading cornerReading corner gone!

Cheers , Adla

P.s: I wrote this post 2 weeks back and meant to publish it after I uploaded the pictures but then my little prince got an asthma attack and we ended up in hospital for a couple of days. The next few days after being discharged meant taking it really easy .Mummy,baby and blog are all up and running now :)

10 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Adla great to see a post from you.
Wow, what a terrible storm. Hope all is nearly back to normal for you by now. I can't believe your little Omar is 17 months old - how time flies
Alison

Kerryanne English said...

Lovely to see you popping into blogland for an update. I think of you and little Omar often.

That must have been a vrey frightening storm Adla. Glad you are all okay and house damage can be fixed.
Take care.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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