Breakfast In The Regency Period…

It is just after midnight Tuesday, so, technically, its now Wednesday.  Yesterday (Monday) was a busy one.  Up early as the girls insisted I began my list of “Things to do whilst M is away”.  Apart from several walks for the dogs I never stopped.  First was a deep clean of the kitchen.  I knew it needed doing but as our kitchen is so busy as can be seen in the photo (I like busy, but please note, the walls are a light green, not yellow, the photo was taken whilst the sun was out) you tend to miss things.  But with all deep cleaning in a kitchen, all the appliances need to be done, the dishwasher and washing machine are easy, add the product and they do it themselves.  Apart from the detergent draw in the washing machine, which never gets used as the liquid goes in the drum, so I had to do that by hand, and it was disgusting I am ashamed to say.  The cooker I removed all the parts and cleaned each one, and stripped the ovens (two) of everything and cleaned them thoroughly, and having a “Stoves” cooker all the doors have removable glass, so easier to clean.  Every object on shelves and units were removed and cleaned and put back, then the rest of the room was dusted within an inch of its life.

Next, was to shampoo all the carpets.  Luckily I had bought a new carpet cleaner, which is excellent, and one by one each room was done.  The living room carpet, the newest of them had that new carpet smell again, which is quite the sensory drug.

Bathroom next, which was not all that hard as we tend to clean the shower after each use, and always swill the basin out, and the toilet is always clean, so it is an easy room to do.  The biggest thing was polishing the giant mirror, but even that wasn’t hard as again I tend to keep polishing it, as I hate mucky mirrors.

Next job was to tackle the ivy growing around the house, mainly cutting it back from the windows, and trimming around the security lights so no shadows were cast.  As I was in the garden I planted new flowers for the baskets, the summer ones looked worse for wear and being summer plants and flowers do not do well in autumn, now we have cyclamen in them, and I will be doing some troughs to go outside the front gate when more come into season.

Final job of the day was to install a new electrical socket in the hall by the front door so the repeater can connect to the garden gate camera.  I have fitted so many sockets and changed so many from two to three ports over the years I thought I would have finished with this, but no, there is always somewhere else we need another.

Today, Tuesday, Mazikeen had a vet appointment, she goes every month to get weighed and get her worming tablets and a check over.  She is just over a year old and has never had a season, but the nurse said today that she was a little swelled up in various areas, so it looks like she will finally have her first, that is if this is not a phantom season, which can happen.  After that and a long walk with the dogs, I painted the master bedroom, only the first coat, but it was a start.  I was doing the edging and discovered the brushes I had were shit, that’s really the only way I can put it.  Off to the DIY centre to get a good sharp one, and whilst I was there, some magnetic catches for the cupboards and a new electrical socket with USB ports.  Apart from putting up some frames and making myself a curry from scratch, I decided I had had enough, and my lower back, right-hand side, was spasming, which told me to stop.

Tomorrow, Wednesday (which is now today as it is 00:38) I will be finishing off the painting, then starting my knitting again, which is The Great American Aran Afghan.  I had started it the other day, but it is in American English, which is an oxymoron in itself, translating it into correct English is a bit of a bind, to say the least.  For example, it states three ridges, which means knit six rows, so, why not just say knit six rows.  If you were next to me when I sussed out what this meant, you would have heard my eyes rolling never mind seen them with the added slow shake of my head.  I do hate that in English there is so bastardised, and do not get me started on spelling.  Anyway, I digress slightly.  I had started it, but due to this quirk in language the pattern reads wrong, and with wrong the WS rows are not mentioned, so you have to work that one out yourself, which my test showed that you have to to the WS as a reverse of the RS.

That’s the plan anyway, but as with the best-laid plans of mice and men, one can never be sure if it will change.

If you were wondering, yes, it is raining again, battering against the windows in fact.

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9 Comments on “Breakfast In The Regency Period…

  1. As my friend in Georgia would say, you’ve been a very busy bee 🐝!

    I don’t think even *I’ve* seen a pattern written like that, and even then I usually mentally translate it to “knit 6 rows in garter stitch”. Counting ridges and rows visually drives me nuts, so I usually just use a row counter. Now… “translating” UK crochet patterns into American style…that is an effort in and of itself! Most such patterns these days, though, will usually let you know if the instructions are in UK terms or U.S.

    Speaking of differences between U.K. and U.S. English, I had to think for a minute when you were talking about Maz “having a season”. Then I realized you meant “being in heat”, which would be the more common term here. Mine went into heat just once, and then we had her spayed to eliminate the risk of any little Roxys running around. She didn’t change much in temperament, but it was good to know that she wouldn’t be having any puppies.

    We just put up a new ceiling fan this morning (well, my dad did…I served as his extra set of hands when he needed to install the fan blades or hold onto screws and hand them to him in a timely manner. This was after the AC went on the fritz again and we needed to have the tech come check it out yesterday (luckily, it was just a minor issue with the outside unit and it also needed more coolant, so we were able to get that taken care of within an hour). Some of our cable also got knocked out overnight a couple of nights ago because some thunderstorms messed with the equipment on the company’s end. And on top of that, our microwave (which according to the manufacturers label we’ve had for, like, 17 years) is starting to go and can no longer cook on high power without rattling. I can heat stuff up on a lower power, but I still prefer to use the stove to heat or cook things. We’ve been doing a lot of troubleshooting lately.

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    • Good lord, you do seem to have problems with that AC. I don’t know if I will get Mazikeen spayed as there are no real medical benefits and the only benefits are usually to the vet in money terms, thats why they encourage it. I have spoken to other Kennel Club dog owners and the KC itself, and they agree there is no real medical need apart from stop breeding, and I may want to breed her one day, so the jury is out on that one. Yes in season here is just short for in breeding season, or on heat if we were being a little corse lol.

      Yes, I have seen that the English patterns for crochet are different to US, but then the first written origins of it were written in Scotland in the 1812 known as the Shepherds Hook. Not sure if it was in Scottish dialect, but all the same it was UK English. So again the US changes it lol, although I bet Trump would claim it was his family that invented it and it will put the US back on the world textile stage LOL

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      • Turns out the AC’s fan motor in the outdoor unit is shot, so my dad’s ordered a replacement motor for it (it’ll be cheaper for him to do this job himself, but he’s very adept with tools and working parts, so I’m confident he’ll do a good job), but it won’t be delivered here until Tuesday morning. So, we’ve got two more days of all this heat. 😓 I’m sleeping in my parents’ room tonight where the window unit is (I’m typing right now because I have a bit of a toothache at the moment aggravated by cold air and I’m waiting until the Advil I took kicks in; then I’m going back to sleep…should be another 20 to 30 minutes, and then it should be dulled enough that I can finally sleep).

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