Almost Christmas

I have been very quiet of late. Mostly because I’ve had so many things pressing me for attention at once I was completely lost for words. Partially because I felt there was nothing worth writing about.

When you live with your nose to the grindstone you don’t often step back and look from another angle so life seems very ordinary and mundane yet here we are, living in a stuffy little hut which is being held up by the grace of Heaven, surrounded by an explosion of bugs and managing to keep 3 children with Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia from having febrile meltdowns. When I look at it like that, I think life is quite extraordinary.

So, to give you all a picture of how we have resided for this last year. We moved from our small but owned home to this smaller, rented house in October last year.  We had to, there was nothing else available.  A little damp house without air-conditioning and thankfully, no carpet aside from the one in the main bedroom.

The kitchen is small, two of us can’t fit properly but it had a stove and a spot for the microwave and kettle. After opening one of the under bench cupboards, I decided we were not going to use them or the drawers because it was so icky (highly respected technical term this). Instead, we put one of our book shelves in the dining area and used it for our cutlery, cups and plates.  The bonus there was, it was the only shelf the mice never got on top of. The cereals were superbly protected 🙂 

There is a lovely spot for the fridge, sadly, it is for a small fridge. Our large fridge which we bought to support 6 people’s appetites fits beautifully but the doors don’t open all the way. The door hits the bench and we can’t use the drawers in the freezer because we can’t pull them out. Amazingly, the kids have stopped asking for ice cream, even they see the futility of trying to contort their little bodies to dig out a paddle-pop.

The livingroom is cozy, the lounge just fits but not comfortable to watch TV from. The kids love to huddle on the floor like a bundle of puppies and watch. I think it has brought them closer.

The main bedroom just fits our bed. We are so thankful we have a king sized bed as we often have visitors with nightmares during the night. As a result of the comfy big bed, we can’t open the big wardrobe doors. My clothes and hubby’s have been hanging on a portable rod in the shed. Kinda good because there’s no incentive to buy more stuff . I have nowhere to put it 🙂

When the weather is hot, the window air-conditioner we put in, struggles to cool the house for the boys. Matthew and Nathanael suffer the most because their eczema flares up the hotter it gets.  More often than not, we end up driving somewhere just to have them in the cool car, not because we had to go out.  

The bathroom…well, lets just say it works. The toilet, same. Just wish it wasn’t still all going into a pit outside the back window.

In the last couple of weeks the german cockroach invasion has started. I lift my kettle and they pour out of the base. I open the fridge and they demand to know why I interrupted their meals ….inside the fridge! They like hanging out inside the freezer and microwave too. They have invaded every electrical thing we own in the house. I am constantly squashing their babies as they scoot across the screen on my laptop. The kids have perfected their handball aim to take out a cockroach at 3 feet and I think we are single-handedly supporting the employees of bug spray factories.

So how is it we are still smiling?

Well, we are dry when it rains, we have shelter when the sun beats down. The children have found ways to cool themselves without relying solely on the air-conditioner.  Matthew has started to seek help when his skin is itchy and because of this, he has not had a serious outbreak for quite some time now.  Sebastian has become more confident and is turning into quite the young man. Siobhan has almost settled down and is really looking forward to having her own “totally girl” room. Nathanael, he has a way to go but he is the one who will just put on his shoes and go outside to play. He is so happy to be in the garden and throwing the boomerang or the ball, all on his own. I wish he had taken to water like he used to and he really needs to eat more, but, we are all working towards a goal.

Soon we will move again. I am tempted to leave 90% of our stuff in a skip and start fresh but we need to take furniture and our kitchen appliances.  Can’t afford everything new when you are building a house. I am just worried, how we are going to get them to the new home without the cockroaches? Thank goodness we have a very good friend who works in the bug eradication field 🙂

I was able to share with the children a multitude of nature’s wonders in this house which I never could have at the one we started at. We grew closer and stronger and we will remember all the fun and happy times we had here. Soon the horrible things will be a dim memory.

We WILL be in before Christmas! It is my light at the end of a long tunnel. It is the return of routine and the beginning of  new health. It’s almost Christmas…..


With love and support,

Tarja Kelly


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