We did relent a little this week though - my sister very kindly hopped on a train and came over to help us paint the spare room.
Take this week, for example. Last Monday night after work, I decided the time had come to replace the bathroom door, which is too small for the frame, and will be going on the spare room. We have a new door, so I hoped it'd be a straight swap.
Theoretically, the door was exactly the same size as the frame - but the frame isn't quite straight, and isn't quite the same size all the way round. No problem, I thought, I'll just neaten the edge of the frame a little.
It hasn't exactly been a sociable job, and most of them have been like this. We're quite aware that we're not that much fun to be around in the face of minor house-fixing fiascos, and so I hope family and friends will forgive us when we rebuff their offers of DIY help. I'm sure there'll be plenty of opportunity in the new house!
Having said all that, it was lovely to have my sister come and help with the spare room, which now looks much better.
I'm looking forward to some time off over Christmas - a few days of lounging around and visiting family in various parts of the country, and then a week or so to get stuck in to some uninterrupted decorating. We might even be finished soon, you never know...