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I am a single dad with 2 kids working 2 jobs, a lot of jobs on the house have been put off for a long time. I've just done 10 days isolation, decorated 4 rooms, gave every inch of my house a deep clean, power washed my yard and cleared some outdoor drains!

I am a single dad with 2 kids working 2 jobs, a lot of jobs on the house have been put off for a long time. I've just done 10 days isolation, decorated 4 rooms, gave every inch of my house a deep clean, power washed my yard and cleared some outdoor drains!

TanTaDar

Good on you, I've just come home to my mothers. She works two jobs and the house was cluttered and a mess. After my 10 day isolation it's also cleaner and cupboards filled.


allthekos

Yes! Good on you, a tody home is so much easier to relax in


Asternauthority

What's a tody? Sorry am not British.


HomeBrewDanger

It’s how you spell tidy when you have fat fingers


allthekos

This cracked me up, I do have big hands and the buttons are so small on my phone!


Rons_vape_mods

I have small fongers and still duck it some tines


Zealous_Bend

You must be very small if you can duck under tines.


Rons_vape_mods

Im not kidding was trying to spell everything but i fucked it 😂


syorks73

Fot Fongers?


allthekos

Fit fongers?


beluuuuuuga

[It's fooking Toddy!](https://youtu.be/BKlozp0aCQA)


errjelly

TODDY!!!!


allthekos

A hot toddy?


errjelly

Oooh, yes please.


NedJOTTER

Americans can’t read or interpret… I’m convinced


Asternauthority

I was trying to take the piss out of it mate. I'm convinced you're a bell end.


NedJOTTER

I’m convinced that you just made my argument for me… dumbass


Asternauthority

You aren't a very good troll. You need some nuance and a bit of intelligence to pull it off. You unfortunately have neither of these attributes and will always fail.


NedJOTTER

Nuance… funny context to be using that word… nuance while trolling, trolling isn’t an art form. You are full Redditor… shit smelling, neck bearded, grease covered fat shit, tiny cocked pedophile. Trolling someone who pretends to be smart is fun, his sense of superiority is enjoyable to crush… you make my hour on Reddit a year fun. No wonder you are on this thread, I would guess you are single virgin who has two kidnapped children in his basement. “Please let us go… please I don’t want the salty white stuff anymore!” they wail in agony.


Asternauthority

Well we know why the kids can't go to Uncle Ned's anymore.


NedJOTTER

Your real names Uncle Ned.. thanks I’ll tell the police, anymore information? Like where’s the basement?


stereoworld

Short for todfish, character from the popular Australian soap *Naighbours*


Madbiker67

Wife had to close her business last year, decorated the whole house, landscaped the garden and built a tiki bar. I worked from home and did fuck all.


pamperbooze

Are you a man?


naturepeaked

They worked from home, they weren’t twiddling their thumbs whilst the wife did all that stuff.


pamperbooze

Lol, were you there? Madbiker67 here implied self-deprecatingly that he had ample opportunity to help out with DIY but didn't, and praised the wife for using her free time wisely to do home improvements. From my personal experience and that of my friends that is not an uncommon dynamic, hence my comment. When a man and a woman are both working from home, a woman is more likely to be putting washing on and looking after the kids in between things, where a man is more likely to spend any breather time playing computer games and chilling. Downvote me all you like - this is not what ALL men and women do ALL the time, but the tendency toward productive home stuff for women and chilling me time for men is certainly there.


Lizzypr17

Well done you! That feeling of achievement must be great right now.


allthekos

It really is, I hate glossing, I managed to at least half the woodwork in my house, window frames and sills and skirting boards, I enjoy painting the walls, but my bedroom which has 3 walls painted and one papered, I went from a grey to a magnolia, and that took 4 coats... I'd never have had the time to do it otherwise. Ive hates being isolated, but at least I drew something positive from it


Lizzypr17

Yeah you should be really proud of yourself - especially being a single dad with two jobs, most people would have used that as an opportunity to flake out!


crowpup783

Smashed it mate x


melonrhymeswithhelen

I have six days of self isolation ahead. I might finally paint my ceilings.


allthekos

Oh god, I painted my bedroom, took 4 coats to get it looking perfect. Then led in bed, looked up, and thought I'd never really noticed how badly the ceilings painted. I'll do it in summer...


EastWorm

Fucking get it man!! Don't even know you and I'm proud ♥️ get on it papa!


theshardunique

Power to you mate, you’re setting a fantastic example to your children. Keep smashing it!


harrietellenshaw

Yes!!! You should be so fucking proud of yourself!!! Your doing amazing


IAmPiernik

I hope you took before and after pictures, that makes the awesome feeling last a bit longer! Good on you


allthekos

I did! My fabourite is my bedroom. It has one wall wallpapered in this flower pattern I like then 3 walls that were this grey, it's supposedly a modern grey. I painted it magnolia and it looks far brighter and warmer. Took 4 coats though


IAmPiernik

Sounds great, bet it was a bloody pain with those coats and moving everything though! Grey does seem to be cool right now, I think that's what I'll do my kitchen in


allthekos

Yeah I can see it being good in a kitchen, though I went for "seashell" a very very light green,


Chewbacca69

You should be proud of everything you do. We are proud of you so you should be too.


Electronic_Ad5481

For the non-brits what is isolation? Why did you do ten days? Also congrats!!!


allthekos

My daughters had Covid, if you have close contact with someone with Covid, you legally have to isolate for 10 days, basically to see if you are infected. If you leave your house you can be fined £1000, face disciplinary action at work etc. So you literally have to do ten days stuck in. You are allowed to go out to go to a testing centre if you think you too are coming down with Covid, which I did twice in the 10 days! Both times it was negative!


Electronic_Ad5481

😳 wow ok. Have you had the jab yet? Do you have to isolate even if you have?


allthekos

Yeah im fully vaccinated, has both jabs. You can still catch and spread the virus if you are, so yeah you still have to, however come August, our government is stopping that, which is a bloody stupid move... As our cases of Covid are sky high and going higher daily


Electronic_Ad5481

Huh. I know the US's guidance hasn't been that great, but I was under the impression that once you had the jab you'd be fine. I mean isn't the job including spent virus as a way of creating protection? Well anyway I'm glad to hear that you don't have it. Cheers


allthekos

The jab totally doesn't stop you getting it, the jab stops it's effects being severe and needing hospitatlising


Electronic_Ad5481

I already had it once, funny story I actually got it maybe the week before I had my first jab of the Pfizer vaccine but I did not develop symptoms until the day after the first jab. If you had it can you get it again? I was told you were pretty much safe after that point


allthekos

You can have it multiple times, I know several vaccinated people that have also had it and got it again, its like the flu, I get my flu jab each year, but there's lots of strains of flu so the jab doesn't cover them all. The key thing is, if you get it after having the jab, it most likely won't be more than a cold. Though my kids mum has it now from the kids and she's pretty ill, but she has asthma


Electronic_Ad5481

Oof how is she doing? I know people's respiratory issues have it the worst.


allthekos

She's over the worst of it, if she wasn't vaccinated she would have been in hospital on a ventilator no doubt


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allthekos

Honestly you ever need advice just hit me up, I ain't saying I'm amazing or anything, but got running the house like clockwork now. It gets easier as they get older!


oxygenfoxx

Kudos from someone facing the reality that my marriage has failed after 20 years and I am scared for the future.


allthekos

My relationship ended after 10 years, you know what, it's OK! I moved into an apartment 7 yeara ago and started afresh, took a few house moves to feel settled, but I've got here!


TheJools

Excellent work on your life skills my guy. One question though... are you full on British? Cos you said "yard" and "apartment" where I would've expected "garden/patio" and "flat". Here's the acid test: is it coming home on Sunday?


allthekos

I honestly have a feeling it might! Yard - I live in the back to back terraces of the North, each house has a concrete area at the rear, with high concrete walls. They are called yards! They certainly aren't gardens Apartment - a flat tends to be above a shop, or say two together on top of each other, apartments tend to be more modern blocks of flats to a better spec than the traditional tower blocks of flats I'm British, been here since birth in 1980!


happily-wasting-time

That's awesome ! Sounds like your smashing it! Hope you find some time to chill- pretty impossible with two kids right?! I've recently become a single mum a few months after moving into a new house and I'm dreading sorting it all out myself- as much as I hate to admit that haha


allthekos

I have one last day off tomorrow and I intend to spend it relaxing! You can do it! Just learn to plan your days. Once it gets to 9pm it's my time to relax. I get up early and do as many jobs as I can so I'm not coming home to it


happily-wasting-time

I must admit- if only I was a bit more organised! I'm the same with doing it all early- although it does give them plenty of time to mess it up again haha. Happy relaxing !


Administratr

#inspo


Zonnksy

What an incredible person you are and kudos for working so hard to have a happy home and family. You sound like a great dad ❤️


comfort_bot_1962

Nice!


comfort_bot_1962

Hope you do well!


Ill_Tempered_Techie

Incredible! As a Dad myself who's juggling the demands of a large family, as well as three jobs in three separate industries, I can really appreciate how much of a challenge it can be just to get anything done sometimes. You've totally smashed that and deserve a beer!


allthekos

I don't, cos I'm a former alcoholic and amphetamine addict (18 years clean of drugs, 2 of alcohol), I'll have a big chocolate bar instead!


Ill_Tempered_Techie

Mate, don't even know you and I'm proud of you even more now. Choc will do it.... I'll drink a beer for you instead 😉 (Quite partial to a Marvelous creations dairy milk myself)


namstel

You're a fucking rockstar!


Bazzlekry

Can't upvote this enough. You rock!


ofthenorth

Well done mate.


badgerbug

Good for you dude! You're killing it!


daddywookie

Like a boss!!


ejcxx

I wish I had the motivation. 2 kids and crippling mental health it's hard atm to get it all in. My house is tidy but I definitely need a decorate and weed my garden.


allthekos

I've got bipolar, anxiety and ocd... I feel you on how bad mental health effects you


ejcxx

BPD, OCD and anxiety over here. Also about to go be assessed for ASD. 🥴 Kudos for doing all that! What was your motivation and how did you keep the kids out of the way?! I have a 4 and 1 year old. They're beyond clingy and I can't leave a room without it all kicking off... and I have so much I wanna do.


naturepeaked

I’ll happily paint 1 room. That can be fun with a couple of mate. Anything more then that and I’m getting a decorator in. I have a job already!


allthekos

Having all that time off though, it was a great way to fill the days, do a cost first thing in the morning, then another coat 6 hours later... Each time taking a few hours and do other jobs in between, soon passed the time


cheekytinker

Get in mate. That’s really impressive to be honest! Keep being a great dad :)


comfort_bot_1962

:D


Turbulent-Use7253

If only I had a badge to give you.


BowlerBeautiful3795

You dropped this mate 👑


vicmackey1981

You, sir, are an absolute hero. Always remember that because your kids definitely will. I tip my hat to you.


edmc78

Well done you!


potatodreams247

All while caring for sick kids, you fucking hero! I have consisntely done nothing during lockdown despite best intentions and I have zero responsibilities lol


allthekos

They were fine, literally like they had a slight cold for a few days!


geoffacakes

What were the kids doing? Couldn't they help? /s


allthekos

Both had Covid!


geoffacakes

Thats no excuse!!! as long as they were indoors, they could have helped!!!!


allthekos

The youth of today!


seaandtea

If your kids have your work ethic, determination and resilience they'll be set.for life. I'm impressed. You're inspirational.


allthekos

Youngest has a horse and she works her ass off looking after it! She's only small and carries big buckets of water and does all sorts of heavy jobs.. Eldest won 2 awards for her creativity at school this year, she's a brilliant writer, which I like to think she gets from me, because English was always my strongest subject


seaandtea

Bravo Dad.


Wazza3121

What if they were both seriously struggling with the symptoms of covid?


smeghead9916

I think they were just joking.


exile_10

Working two jobs each I think. OP is lazy and should get at least one job rather than sending his kids to work. /s


DementedDon

Dunno what to say except keep on doing what you're doing. Stay the course. Hold the door. 😷🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿


ProperChopperGAF

I work two jobs, can barely pay the bills and my house/garden are a mess. Double vaxxed too, so isolation's a pipe dream.


Mindless-Bug-1341

Good for you. You should be proud of yourself.


shnozberg

Awesome sir! Take care of yourself as well my dude 👍


azf1R3

Congratulations ! Fair play, mate.


OutrageousResist22

How does someone powerwash their yard? Don't you end up destroying your yard with pressurized water a couple feet away?


allthekos

A solid concrete floor?


Potato_mungbean

Wow well done! That must’ve been really hard work! Make sure you give yourself a break as well :)


comfort_bot_1962

:D


Shakespeare-Bot

Wow well done! yond must’ve been very much hard worketh! maketh sure thee giveth yourself a breaketh as well :) *** ^(I am a bot and I swapp'd some of thy words with Shakespeare words.) Commands: `!ShakespeareInsult`, `!fordo`, `!optout`


IHeartRadiohead

Absolute SuperDad


sncly

Cheers! Good lad!!


wessexking

Good on ya dude well done.


TomVonServo

Top lad.


Watsonmolly

As someone who is new to power washing and currently isolating, can you share some wisdom, last time I tried the patio got clean but the surrounding fence and shed for filthy, is it because of something I did?


allthekos

I power wash the floor then rinse it all off, walls or fence whatever, with the hose I had attached to the power washer, I can't say I'm an expert, my power washer was £40 from lidl years ago!


Watsonmolly

Thank you!


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As we learned from the news a and british children, all it takes is a bit of coke on the rapid test to have a false positive and 10 days of isolation.


allthekos

Can't do that on a pcr test.. As a person stands watching you do it. Lateral flow tests aren't worth anything as they are as low as 40% accurate. My daughter had done 2 lateral flow tests that both said negative, went for a pcr test and it was positive


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allthekos

Chimney Sweep and miners, kids gotta learn the value of money!


rtylershaw

Holy shirt it seems that you are superman. Total respect.


strudel1987

#rolemodelrightthere


hardaysknight

Why are your kids working 2 jobs?


SuperNerdSteve

Go get em champ :)


comfort_bot_1962

:D


comfort_bot_1962

:D


mindoross

what is a 10 day isolation?


Scarboroughwarning

Just think, if you get long covid, the street will look mint


Wiltix

Good on you mate.


Adolph_hutler

I'm proud of you🙂.


allthekos

No, I'm proud of YOU


Coomernator

Yard? Could I ask if you are an American living with the United kingdom.


Nixonator

I want to know more about power washing the yard. Can it be translated into American? I mean, I imagine this is how Floridians clean the fake plastic grass that is their yard... But they're not saying it like this.


looj87

I believed and commended you until you used the word yard.


allthekos

Erm us in the North have yards often. It's a little concrete area out back of my house, with high walls... That is a yard


[deleted]

Not usually one to defend americanisms, but yard could be the right term. If its a walled area that’s totally paved it’s absolutely a yard and not a garden.


Shakespeare-Bot

I hath believed and commend'd thee until thee hath used the word yard *** ^(I am a bot and I swapp'd some of thy words with Shakespeare words.) Commands: `!ShakespeareInsult`, `!fordo`, `!optout`


madashell547

Good one!


urgh_i_dont_know

Agreed. It is only acceptable if you have livestock.


allthekos

It's a small concreted area out the back door, with high concrete walls.... What would you call it. Cos we call them yards


tea-and-shortbread

Courtyard, if you feel posh. But yes yard is appropriate as the shortened form.


allthekos

This is the North west. Have you ever lived in back to back terraces with yards between the houses? I was stood in mine having a cigarette and could hear my neighbour snorting lines. At midday on a Tuesday


armsless

North West here too, and it’s absolutely a yard. I also have one.


allthekos

Always amazes me when they question it like its an Americanism


armsless

This is honestly the first time I’ve ever seen the word being pulled up tbh, I’m surprised.


allthekos

What else would you call a concrete area surrounded by concrete walls with no plants in??


tea-and-shortbread

Yeah, I lived in Leeds for a bit, and Coventry, but I'm a southerner 🤣 Never knew they were known as Yards. Although that said in Cov we had grass, and in Leeds we had a tiny front postage stamp that you could step across in one go, so I wouldn't really think it was big enough to dignify calling it a yard.


holdyerplums

If you were English you’d have said “out of”.


allthekos

If I were English? I'm British. I've lived here 40 years. And let me introduce you to the northern vernacular.


seaandtea

Hadaway and shite.


KaleidoscopeOk8653

Well done anything to avoid spending time with your kids


Obvious_Awareness273

How is this relateable to everyone?


allthekos

Bet you are fun at parties


Obvious_Awareness273

Thanks for noticing


Ococauh

Because we hope you'll be that responsible one day obvious


Obvious_Awareness273

Aww you dont think i have a wife kids and paid for house and car how sweet


binarycodedpork

Nobody thinks that mate, but we all think you're probably a massive twat.


jack--king

I agree with u, he is a massive twat. He has a habit of producing phyco comments


Obvious_Awareness273

Why you crying? Is it past your bedtime?


Ococauh

somebody's privileged and entitled


Obvious_Awareness273

For having a job lol


jack--king

Phyco


Obvious_Awareness273

In english?


jack--king

It means ur a snotty pig


Obvious_Awareness273

Your a what?


SmilinMercenary

Complain about someone's English then write "your" not "you're". Nice.


Obvious_Awareness273

This aint an english essay lol


jack--king

Your a pathetic timewaster. Get off reddit. Jelous fukin shit.


Obvious_Awareness273

Your a what?


jack--king

U wat