If there is one thing which I think I need to get used to here in Australia, it must be the inescapable fact that I need to do mostly everything by myself. Yes, do-it-yourself (D.I.Y.) projects – like installing your own furniture, painting the walls, fixing the electricals and plumbing – are the ”in” things here.
And for a guy like me who, to put it mildly, is very “un-Handy-Man-ly” – this can be a real nightmare! In fairness, though, it’s not like I don’t even try. It’s just that my frustration easily gets the best of me whenever I do my darnest best and yet the faucet still leaks or the electrical ballast still doesn’t work even after I supposedly fixed them already.
Anyway, I bought some basic pieces of furniture over the past few weeks and installed them through the help of our more “vocationally-adept” relative, Donnie, who was kind enough to assist me (read: do most of the hard stuff) so I can get settled in our house immediately. If not for him and his supportive wife, Carrie, I’m sure most of the items I bought would still be boxed-up in the garage.
I’m sure there will be more of these projects in the near future and I am hoping that – once I get the hang of it (and once I have all the necessary, ahem, “tools of the trade”) – I will be able to eventually complete the projects myself (or at least, with minimal support coming from other people). In the meantime, please indulge me as I brag about our recent D.I.Y. accomplishments…
For our boys, their room will each have a Japanese-themed single-bed with matching work desk, bookshelf and drawer. To differentiate the rooms, though, our “tween-agers” will each have either a red-black or silver-black color-schemed desk lamp, trash bin and chair.
Our daughter, on the other hand, will have her own “pretty-in-pink” study desk and chair…
… and a similar Japanese-themed double bed – which we thought will be perfect – in case some of our friends and relatives decide to visit us in the future.
Since most of our remaining furniture are still awaiting shipment from Manila, we decided to buy a few bar stools which the children can eventually use when they have their morning ”brekkie.”
I am pleased to say that our house is slowly starting to shape up and – in less than a month from now - Pinky and the kids will be here to finally make it into a real home! I am obviously thrilled with this development and am really looking forward to that day when our family will be reunited again and we can finally start our Aussie adventures together. Until then… more handy man projects await