Strange ways to do household chores

A few weeks ago I was talking to a coworker about the washing that had been left to dry in the sun. I was proclaiming that this wasn’t how they should leave it. That they should leave it in the shade to prevent discoloring when my coworkers started looking at me in a funny way.
At first I didn’t understand why they were looking at me like that, but as it turns out everyone else hangs their washing to dry in the full sun.

This made me realise that I am the only person in a rather large group that not only hangs the washing in the shade, I also cover it with a tea towel to make sure sunlight doesn’t hit my clothes.
I’m also the only one that never uses pegs on t-shirts, sweaters and blouses. And when I use pegs on trousers I use two on each leg, making sure to only use them on the bottom rim, so there won’t be any marks visible.

pegs

But this made me wonder about other things as well.
Am I the only one who turns the mattress every time I change the bedding? Am I the only one who has marked all four sides of said mattress to make sure I turn them evenly?
And how about washing pillows?

I see a lot of people who hang their duvet out the bedroom window. That is something I’d never do. It’s hanging from a spider invested window sill, rubbing against a dirty brick wall, or worse, dirty roof tiles. I only get it outside when it’s great weather and hang it out on a few chairs and washing lines. To keep it off the ground.

How about you? Do you have strange ways to do household chores?

Photo via AuntieP

I must have a nice face…

Dailypost asks:

It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?

Well, somehow people like that always seem to target me for some reason. If I’m out shopping they come up to me and ask for anything; ATMs, shops, general directions.

And I have no idea why. Many people told me that my ‘normal’ face makes me look quite angry, even though I’m in a good mood. So why do they target me? There must be something they see that’s making them feel at ease. Or I’m always smiling, even though I don’t notice…

Generally I give them the directions the want, tell them where it is they’re looking for. At the registers in supermarkets I always let people with very few items got first if I have a lot. But I’m not afraid to ask if I can go first if a new register opens and I have only a few items. I only do this if the person in front of me has a cart full of stuff. Otherwise I’ll wait. And many times the person in front of me asks if I want to go first and starts chatting. Most of the times it’s about health, deaths or other things that seem to be related with my job. I don’t know how they think telling me personal stuff is okay, but they somehow always do.

I don’t mind in places like that. I can get out relatively quick. But if this was to happen on a plane I’d be doing my “I’m asleep” impression, which I’ve perfected! I’ve had this happen a couple of times and people always thought I was sleeping. It made a very, very chatty aunt of my mother shut up for more than 2 hours. Her husband and his sister (my grandmother) were very thankful for that :)

Things I did in June and July

I’m not sure how exactly this happened. One day it was the middle of June and now, somehow, it’s the end of July…
Which means I haven’t done my monthly round-up post and I haven’t been updating about the veggie garden…

Books I’ve read:

Fataal weekend(Post Mortem)
1974 (partially read this one)
Undercover in de ouderenzorg
Geluksvogel
Gently By the Shore
Gently Down the Stream

I’ve released 150 books and there’s more to follow, as July isn’t over yet. The high number is due to the annual BookCrossing meeting on the beach in Castricum on July 6. This has put my 52/52 challenge up to 42 places sofar. Another 10 and I’ve made it. For the 365 challenge I’m up to 336 books. I’ve reset my goal to 500 this year. It might make a small dent in my BC collection…

In the garden everything is growing like made. The lettuce is about 150 cm high, if not higher. I ate loads of raspberries, they never even made it indoors. The tayberries are blooming for the second time and the blackberries are waiting for their tan.
I’ll do a post on that later this week.

Cat Candy has got another bladder infection (again) and is on antibiotics for the umptieth time. She seems to be feeling fine, though she’s not going out as much nowadays. Not sure if that’s due to the weather (hot hot hot), the infection or old age.

The weather, ah yes, the weather. Well, what can I say? It’s really hot. It was 33C on saturday which is ridiculously high for our part of the world. Yesterday was a bit coller and today the temp is rising again. We’re up to 25C now.
The solar panels are doing a bit less well in the heat. But we’re still managing a good few kWh. With 30 days to go to make it a full year we’ve used 58% of our normal annual consumption off our own panels. Which is already 8% more than we hoped for.

Next month I’ll be having my holiday and hoping the weather is still good. Just one more month…

Oh, I almost forgot the biggest news! On my birthday we bought a new car. A brandnew car that is. Our Kaatje was almost 18 years old and the cost of the repairs were beginning to mount up. We had to get at least another 800 euro into it to get her through the (Dutch equivalent of the) MOT. So we decided enough was enough. Everyone, meet Kate:

Kate1

Kate is a 2014 Ka Style, in the new colour red, called flame red. We love her, though I do miss Kaatje…

Things I did in May

Books I’ve read:

Robbert Jan en het geheim van Berg en Dal (Barney, The Rockingdown Mystery)
De vier speurneuzen – de geheimzinnige bewaker
De 4 Speurneuzen, de vreemde dokter
Rebuilding Coventry

Books I’m currently reading:

P Is for Peril (A Kinsey Millhone Mystery)
Robbert Jan en het geheim aan de kust  (Barney, The Rilloby Fair Mystery)

I’ve released 47 books, which brings the total amount of released books so far this year up to 185. This means I’ve crossed the half way point!
Also, I’m on 29 places with the 52/52 challenge.

Elderly neighbour complained to her friend two weeks ago, while I was lounging outside (she knew that), that we ruined her garden and her garden path. And that she should never have given us permission to go around her house with garden supplies. She also told her friend we crossed her garden at least a hundred times. Mind you, we did no such thing. We clipped back the bushes around the part where we went through her garden to avoid damaging them. We only went through her garden 4 times the first time, now 2 years ago. Earlier this year she gave our other neighbour permission to go through her garden again. This time it was about 10 times and again we clipped back the bushes to avoid damaging them. I’m now done with her. We’ve always been kind to her and this is how she pays us back. Well, she’ll find out what she’s lost!

Water garden

this happened to the garden earlier this week. I did a blog post about it in the morning. But it kept raining and raining. By the end of the afternoon this is how the garden looked…
We had more than 60 MM in 60 hours, which the garden simply couldn’t get rid of. Part of the problem is that both our neighbours have had their garden paved completely. This means all excess water comes right into our garden. Normally this isn’t much of a problem, but with these amounts of water it was a problem. Luckily everything dried up nicely and it looks like almost everything survived. Haven’t seen the pumpkins I’ve sowed, but I’m not sure if that’s due to the water or not…

Both our cats are doing fine. Candy seems to react good to her new medication, so I’m very happy with that. Due to the warm weather both of them haven’t been eating as much as they usually do, but who can blame them for that? We’re not eating as much as usual too.

Veggie Garden 28th May, disaster strikes?

I know I said I wanted a water feature in the garden. I know I even talked about it to a friend last monday. But this wasn’t what I meant, thank you very much…

It began to rain on monday night. Yesterday it stopped for a brief period and we even had sunshine throughout the day. Then, last night, it began to rain again. Over the course of the last 36 hours we’ve had 50 MM of rain. Yesterday our garden wasn’t too bad, while my elderly neighbour’s garden was flooded. Now ours is flooded as well.

I went out with the pitchfork to drain the water more quickly, but the ground is totally waterlogged. I’m really hoping the plants will survive, but I’m thinking the worst… Especially since I decided yesterday to plant the tomatoes out in the garden. Luckily they’re on the slightly higher part…

Finders, Keepers!

While walking on the beach you stumble on a valuable object buried in the sand — say, a piece of jewelry or an envelope full of cash. What do you do with it? Under what circumstances would you keep it? 

This is what The Daily Post wants to know.

I’d do anything in my power to find the owner. I’d use the internet to see if I can find anything.

I once had this whilst walking in a seaside town. I saw a bewildered looking guy with three kids standing near an ATM machine. A few minutes later I saw 500 euro sticking out of the machine. The guy with the kids was nowhere to be seen. I grabbed the money from the machine and immediately walked indoors to give the money to the bank employee. I then went on and looked everywhere for the guy I saw standing by the ATM earlier.

I never found the guy, but a few days later I was back in that same town and went to the bank. I asked if the money had been picked up and it had been. The owner left a note with his phone number and a gift card. I never called him, as I didn’t feel the need. I didn’t even feel the gift card was needed, but it sure was a nice touch.

I’m not a person to keep things that don’t belong to me. I’ve lost a bracelet that my grandmother gave a few weeks before her death. I tried everything to get it back, but it’s never been found. She went out and bought it for me, even though she had so many health problems. The bracelet looked a lot like this one. And even after so many years, I still miss that bracelet.

So no, I’m not going to keep something that isn’t mine!

Veggie Garden 23rd May

I’ve been planting out the runner beans again and they are doing great. The chinese beans need to grow a bit larger before they’re going outside. I noticed yesterday the marrowfat peas are flowering and they look lovely.

Of the five cucumber plants I moved outside only one survived. I’ve sowed a few more seeds hoping to gain some more plants. Of the three courgette plants only one survived which is more than enough for the two of us.

I’ve done the first cutting of the lettuce and we had a wonderfully delicious salad last Wednesday. The tayberries are growing more and more flowers, the black currants still need more sun. I’ve seen the first flowers in the red and yellow raspberries too.

You wouldn’t believe the size of some of the strawberries right now… But they haven’t gained colour yet.

The witch who lost her broom

Random things I saw lying at the side of the road yesterday.

  • A pair of washing up gloves
  • A dead duck
  • A red and white checkered tea towel
  • A blue women’s shoe
  • A witches’ broom

Is there a story in these items?

Broom

Maybe the witch had to leave the house in a hurry whilst doing the dishes. She hung the tea towel on the end of the broom to dry and whilst she tried to get the gloves off she hit the duck. Of course the duck and the witch are to blame for this unfortunate mid-flight collision. The duck shouldn’t have crossed the road while the witch was flying there. But the witch should’ve known better than to do things that had nothing to do with flying.

After hitting the duck the tea towel fell off, the witch lost one of her shoes. The broom crashed to the ground and the witch had no choice but to go further on foot. Bare foot, holding one blue shoe in her hand.

Did she get a lift? Will she get back to pick up her broom? And why was she in such a hurry?

Photo courtesy of Vilseskogen @ Flickr

 

Veggie garden 13th May

So, the runner beans and chinese beans haven’t made it. I knew it was early to plant them outside, so I’ve sowed new ones. The marrowfat peas are doing great!

The cucumber plants have survived cat Dipsy landing amongst them and I’ve moved them outside just half an hour ago. I made a frame with rope to get them to climb.

The beetroot, onions and carrots are slowly starting to get out of the ground, but not much to see yet. The radishes are almost ready for harvesting. I’m thinking of doing a salad for dinner and will be using one or two for that.

The lettuce is doing great and it won’t take long before we can do the first harvest. Mind you, I just take some leaves and leave the rest of the plant to grow bigger.

The black currants are aiting for the sun to give them a little colour. The tayberries are flowering and here and there there’s already the beginning of a tayberry. The strawberries are in full flower and if the flowers are anything to go by, we’ll be eating lots and lots of strawberries in a few weeks.

Things I did in April

It’s been May for quite some time now and I still haven’t done my April round-up post. So here it goes.

The books I’ve read in April are the following:

De vloek van de Pelgrims (Pilgrim’s Rest)
Trixie Belden Mysterie, De Verdwijning
Vakantie op het water

I haven’t released a large amount of books, but I’m still ahead of my target, so that’s going well.

The lawn looks great now that the grass has started to grow back. For a while I thought my best bet was to dig it up (something I really wasn’t looking forward to) and start again, but time has healed it well.
We’re still very content with our new fence. Our elderly neighbour told me a few weeks back that she wished we had done the entire fence, not just the back part. But had I asked her that before we started she would’ve said no. I’m sure of that.

Both cats have had one or more trips to the vet in April. It started with Candy’s check up on her kidneys. Urine testing has shown her kidneys have deteriorated so she’s on different meds. Cat Dipsy decided she didn’t want to eat barely a week later, so another trip to the vet was issued. After some meds and laxatives she started eating very well again.

And about 2 weeks later we noticed cat Candy started falling over. Turns out she’s had a TIA. The vet wanted to keep her to see if her bloodpressure was too high, but Candy decided she didn’t like the vet anymore and started behaving badly. So we picked her up and monitored her closely. After a few days we noticed she wasn’t interested in her food anymore and called the vet again. She prescribed different meds to go with the kidney medication. Our kitchen cabinet is starting to look like a vet’s pharmacy…

The end of April we spent putting up the coat rack. It’s only been 2 and a half years since we moved, so we weren’t in a hurry… :P
Jokes aside, I’m very happy with the result!

Coat rack