Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A few ticks

It is rare that we have nothing on each day, but Tuesday was one such day. Our new car must be four weeks old now, so we decided to take it for its first wash, not a hand job, just through a car wash, but the often attractive young Indian men give a bit of a hand job before hand. I gave him an extra dollar and he was appreciative, as I was for the hand job. I really should round it up from $16 to $20 and give them a decent amount.

We went on to Bay Street Port Melbourne to take the art work we bought in South Africa last year to be framed. The framing will cost about five times as much as the original work, although original could mean they are churned out in a Johannesburg factory.

We had brunch at our favourite bakery. Having brunched on healthy sandwiches for the last two days, I felt no guilt in having a delicious sausage roll.

We saved a little money by ordering a birthday cake from the bakery for my brother's 60th Sunday week, instead of buying from the usual French bakery in Prahran. Just over $70 to serve 20 people and it is part of his birthday present. What we had already bought him is a dvd of the great tv show Two Men in a Tinnie (it is always the fault of someone upstream). It is hard to believe it was first broadcast in 2006. I was also surprised that while I knew ABC street shops had closed down, so to now has ABC online sales, outsourced to various bookshops and dvd retailers. We had trudged the city looking for the dvd to no avail. Once home I found it for sale new on Ebay for $20 including postage. We received it in a few days.

Every so often we buy an oven cleaning kit for about $8 and R then cleans the oven. It is quite good and comes with plastic bags to put the racks in and then we just put them through the dishwasher and they are sparkling. The spray melts away the grease in the oven and it wipes off easily. That was R's task for the day.

One of you mentioned about exhaust fan cleaning and put it to my mind. Our exhaust fan is a one big unit in the bathroom, with ducts to the bathroom, my ensuite and the toilet. I cleaned it about 15 years ago and it was just a matter of blowing out the dust. This time I found the fins solidly full of dust, effectively just an ineffective solid spinning turbine. I can only get into it sideways, and I dug out the solidified dust with a small screwdriver for about an hour.

Wrist bruising was not noticed until afterwards. I take low dose aspirin for medical reasons and it makes me bruise easily. I turned on the fan half way through cleaning and then a minute after I turned if off, the very well balanced fan was still spinning as I stuck the screwdriver back into it for more cleaning. My hand recoiled and was cut on sharp edges. Nevertheless, a job well done but I am getting too old for such things. I need a strong young man around.





Just to add, we keep the exhaust fan running when we are home. It pulls in fresh air under the balcony door and in winter pulls heat to our bedrooms and in summer pulls cool air to our bedrooms. 

30 comments:

  1. I;m not the bitch, I never even think of cleaning.
    But never thought of putting racks in the oven to clean...

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    1. My words were too strong Jackie. I deleted them. We can get someone in for $40 to clean an oven.

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  2. What is this cleaning thing you talk about?

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, that thing that 80 year old person does in your home.

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  3. Oven cleaning is the pits, I love my pyrolytic oven.

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    1. Cheryl, we should have bought the same. We were carried away with a quality Italian oven and a great price.

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  4. If you run out of dust and cobwebs, I've a pile here, Andrew. I send them down to you by courier...free delivery! :)

    You've proved that hand jobs are not all they are made out to be!

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    1. Lee, no thanks to your courier delivery. Hand jobs can be downright dangerous.

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  5. Happy Birthday to your brother. He is about the same age as me. I will be 60 this February.
    Most oven here is self cleaning.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, ovens here are probably self cleaning here too. Thanks.

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  6. Great idea to have your art works framed. Even if they are not originals by Rembrandt, the pictures are easier to enjoy hanging properly on the wall, AND the glass protects the pictures from dust etc.

    Your timing is perfect. This morning I was reading about a painting by Miro that fell apart because it wasn't protected by glass. I didn't like the work, but Miro was heartbroken.

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    1. Hels, I like the work of Miro and we have a print of his on the wall.

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  7. SNAP! My hands look like that most of the time. I hardly notice the blood any more.

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    1. Cro, I don't like such ugly injuries. I must be more careful with home maintenance in the future.

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  8. Well you have been rather busy then. Oh dear we do bruise easily as we age.
    Happy Birthday to your brother.
    Know a small area of Bay Street.
    Gee my oven needs cleaning - help on that is needed.

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    1. Margaret, don't we ever bruise easily. It is surprising how often we are in Bay Street, it not being particularly close to us. You have a husband. Tell him the oven needs cleaning. He enjoys the nice food that comes out of the oven. Time to pay back.

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  9. Reminds me, I need to run the self clean cycle on the oven. We are having exhaust fans replaced, the new ones are not only quieter, but move more air.

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    1. The new exhaust fans sound good Travel.

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  10. Ouch, that looks like a nasty bruise Andrew. Hopefully you won't have to clean the fan for a few more years.
    I've never tried an oven cleaner but my oven is needing it, will have to give it a try.
    Hope your hand heals well.

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    1. Sami, the bruise is fading quickly, but not so the cuts.

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  11. Happy Birthday to your bro.
    Cleaning the exhaust is an excellent idea, though I'd be afraid I'd tear something up in the process. Ouch to the hand and wrist.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. Just myself torn up.

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  12. Well, reminds me of my dryer edge sliced finger. Those metal parts and edges can cut like a knife. I can't use my over stove and bathroom exhaust fans because their vents were never connected through the attic. My brother says it was lazy builder who never connected them and said he'd send his son to do that, but never has in the nearly 13 years he's owned it and I've lived here. So I can't use those fans, or they vent moisture straight into the attic. Hence, I don't need to clean them.

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    1. Yes Strayer, that was a shocker. Is it bad to vent into the attic?

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    2. It puts the moisture into the attic. Then mold can begin. That's what my brother said.

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    3. Very different climate but generally in Australia exhaust fans used to just vent into the ceiling.

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  13. Oh ouch! You have just reminded me that it's time I get started on jobs like that before my Sydney family descend at Christmas.. my windows are so bad I can hardly see out, ok slight exaggeration! Going through your car wash sounds way more fun than mine 😉

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    1. Grace, isn't window cleaning what P is for? Really, get someone in to do it.

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  14. You have lovely slim wrists for a man your age.
    I clean the exhaust fan above the hotplates in the kitchen, but have never properly cleaned the bathroom one. It's a very old type and I don't even know if I can get the cover off while balanced on a ladder. now and again I'll reach up with the broom head and sweep off as much accumulated dust as I can. I try not to use my oven as I can't clean it properly anymore, reaching sideways into it while on my knees on the floor is very hard on the shoulders and neck where I have arthritis, also I can't be breathing the fumes from the necessary cleaning sprays. I do take out the racks occasionally and scrub them in the sink and clean the glass in the door too.

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    1. River, all of me used to be slim. This kit, about $8, doesn't seem to have fumes. It does make it an easier job.

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