Friday, December 28, 2018

Life is a Mug's Game

Little Jo is visiting today, while her mothers' go to the cricket to see Australia lose against India at the MCG. Sister has in the past said when she has visited on a hot day, you wouldn't know it was hot outside. But she may very well say, it is too cold in here. It is not too cold. Just comfortable.

Even R now is saying how sullen and crying and difficult the twin toddlers are now. If babies pick up anxt from their mother, this is a prime example. To be fair, for some reason they did not have their morning nap on Christmas Day. Babies, babies, routine, routine. While they are clingy to their mother, fortunately they are always happy with Hippie Niece's mother and her husband's comfort, along with up to a point my Tradie Brother, their grandfather. They scream if I go near them and even R cannot win them over.

Fire Fighting Nephew's wife once told us we are her absolute favourite uncles. It was some time later that I thought about it a realised our only competition is ABI Brother. After a particularly bad child crying moment in the backyard at Oldest Niece's place on Christmas Day, as she headed inside, she said in a stage whisper to Bone Doctor and myself, and he, referring to nephew,  f***ing well wants children. This is a bit sad as the nephew is great with children and would be a great father. Maybe they will work it out. He might be a stay at home dad.

Copper Witch saw off her mother yesterday to the earth. We thought we may have been there with her for support, but we just couldn't do it. It was very hot and our thoughts were with her at 11am.

This morning blueish green scum appeared in the air con evaporation tray. I thought perhaps coolant had leaked from the unit. But after some research about that and getting nowhere, what made more sense was a blue green algae bloom, which I have done enough research about to know it is not actually algae and is dangerous to swim in or drink, for all we animals. We have no intention of bathing in or drinking the water from the evaporation tray.

I think it was in 2000 when R visited his family in England on his own. Maybe it was a year earlier. He returned with gifts and one was a couple of mugs, which I immediately liked the shape and the handle of and decided they would be mine. One broke years ago but I still have this one. It used to say dishwasher proof on the bottom of the mug, but the dishwasher has worn the words off, along with the picture, which was of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. The rels live in Nottingham, close to Sherwood Forest. Let me get busy with the calculator.

Say 365 days multiplied by 18 years is 6,570, less say 20 days each year when we were on holidays or it didn't go in the dishwasher makes it 6,570 less 360, which is 6,210 times in the dishwasher with very hot water and caustic detergent. I suppose that is a pretty good innings (don't mention the cricket) and the mug has lasted well.

Still, it did say dishwasher proof, but I have no way of proving it now.


33 comments:

  1. I have to wonder now..how much of time does one run there ac down under. Up here in my neck of woods we're lucky if ran for entire 2 months of summer heat.

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    1. Summer temperatures here are often over 100F for days at a time, so airconditioners usually run quite a lot. Right now we are having temps. between 100 and 105, so my air conditioner has been on for three days straight, overnight too.

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    2. Droa, a/c was not much used by us until the last couple of weeks. It will be used often enough until March. So four months off and on of cooling, maybe five months of heating, tapering off at each end, which leaves three months where we neither heat nor cool.

      Yes River, much worse for you this year.

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  2. My thoughts were with Copperwitch too. As they are today in the aftermath.
    I hope that you can continue to stay cool in this (to me) nasty, nasty weather. We are going for 38 or so today and tomorrow and I suspect my grumpiness would make any child seem like a beacon of sweetness and light.

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    1. EC, you protesteth too much. I am sure while you may me grumpy at home, you are always perfectly polite when out in public.

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  3. Numbers and there probabilities - Classic

    Cheers

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  4. A good friend also just lost her elderly mother.
    I'm no fan of little kids, they bore me!

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    1. Jackie, I kind of agree, but I must pretend they don't.

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  5. I love British mugs where the picture celebrates some royal or historical occasion, including Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.

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    1. Hels, it was a really nice picture on the mug. I did write a post on mugs many years ago. I wonder if I put up a photo of it then.

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    1. Cro, I think the Sheriff would be the person to ask.

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  7. Oh, some little ones are funny whom they will go to sometimes, always the future Andrew.
    Like that mug.
    You certainly have had some hot days, warm here today and A/C is certainly on.

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    1. Margaret, maybe you are right about the future. While I haven't checked, probably not much cooler for you.

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  8. If that's what happens in dishwashers, I'll continue to wash by hand. My favourite mugs simply can't be replaced, those pictures are unique.
    You might gently remind Fire-Fighting Nephew's wife that not all children cry like that, on the other hand if she really doesn't want children, she'll stick to her guns no matter what anyone says.
    I thought of Copperwitch yesterday and everyday since her last post. Hope she is doing okay.

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    1. River, just not with Palmolive. Given she is bit highly strung, her child may well cry, but Nephew will sort it out with love and care. I think she might give over and might even be a good mother. Stranger things happen.

      I am disappointed in myself that we didn't go to the funeral, but as I said, it all just became too hard. CW certainly had a lot of people thinking about her at the time and perhaps that matters.

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  9. I wash by hand...It's years and years since I've had a home dishwasher. I have no need for one.

    Kiddies operate on their own time frames...they can't be forced...they eventually come around on their own time. :)

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    1. Yes, I don't think I would use a dishwasher for one person. The twins are such a work in progress.

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  10. You did well with the calculations and 'don't mention the cricket' made me smile, reminds me of the Fawlty Towers episode'don't mention the war'. Copper witch is in my thoughts too and I hope she is alright.

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    1. Cheryl, of course that is where it came from, don't mention the war, in Fawlty Towers. CW is ok. She is a trooper.

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  11. Don't have air con in the homes here so no problem with that, although we will need it with the increased temperatures we are experiencing. I find I manage to chip mugs in the dishwasher. Doesn't stop me using it though.

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    1. Marie, and thankfully air con is part of new Tube trains, along with other cooling measures. Don't let any china touch other china in the dishwasher, and you won't have chipped mugs.

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  12. I have survived and it was a quiet lovely funeral. I did the right thing by asking for a woman celebrant who was excellent. In fact the Funeral Director hadn't hired her before but was so impressed she is now top of the list. She asked if I wanted to listen to the eulogy before but I didn't because I wanted to know if she really caught my Mother life and she did.
    Don't mention the twin sister or my sister, who was so exhausted at listening to me that she's had to take a holiday in Queensland even now that she lives there.

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    1. Jah Teh, it sounds like it went wonderfully well. How can someone not go to their own mother's funeral, unless the mother was truly evil.

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  13. Weird to have a blue green algal bloom in the evaporation tray. Nature is always trying to find a way to eke out a living.

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    1. Ad Rad, I nearly sent you an email, but then thought it was not really your area of expertise. There is more normal algae at the bottom of the tray. It was still there hours later, but more as just a grey scum. Everything I looked at added up to it being an algae bloom.

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  14. I'm sorry about the twins. Hopefully with age, and a close relationship with their Nan, they will settle in. My girls were easy, and the two grandchildren also. I have always felt blessed!
    My step=daughter married a bloke from Nottingham and now lives thee. I have not seen here in many years. I am planning a trip though. It is time. I have known this child since she was four years old. She is now 40. She is not blood of my blood, but that doesn't make a bit of difference to me. She is still my daughter!

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    1. Maribeth, that will be quite some trip, but you are well travelled and know the ways of the world. She never comes to The States?

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  15. I have my favorite mug too and I don't want a new one ever. I hope it lasts forever. Well it won't have to last too many more years since I am old now. I hope those twins don't grow up to be sullen teens because sullen teens are the worst species.

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    1. Strayer, it may outlast you if you hand wash it and treat it with care. The slightest knock......

      Of sullen teens, I have known a few. They are hideous.

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  16. No, Andrew, Jessica no longer comes this way. I think in some ways she ran away from her problems to England, and is much happier there.

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    1. Well, good for her I am sure.

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