Sunday, December 29, 2019

Bits

Well, yesterday was I think the first time I have reposted a post with more information and it all seemed to go quite wrong. I don't understand but I guess it will become clear in the fullness of time.

After Thursday's fortnightly bill paying day and finances looked at, I am living beyond my income. I know why and I will must address that.

Two of my summer shirts need to be thrown out and I bought replacement shirts at Myer today, heavily discounted but still quite expensive. Even at my age I am learning that expensive clothing can be better.

Hippie Niece bought us this for Christmas. I think we like it. I think.


Later edit: It was a bit far away to see properly.


Kind of works with this other metal piece we found on the roadside, had the broken mirror replaced and hung it.


This used to hang in the same place, now above R's bed. It works better with the sand coloured backdrop.


Christmas Eve meal across the road at Cafe Rosco, my suggestion to give Chef a night off but then after large lunchtime meals on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, we had baked beans on toast one night and soup and a toasted sandwich on the next, so Chef hasn't been working too hard.


Our laundry cupboard is dark. I bought two of the lamps on the right to light it. One was above the washing machine and I thought they were ok but then at the big green hardware shed, I spied this newer model, now above the washing machine for $4. It is brilliant and no more scrabbling around in the bottom of the washing tub for an odd sock. I can see inside the washing tub.


Discounted Christmas cards bought today for the use next year. This amused me. You calling me fat you arsehole?


R is not what you would describe as a gentle person if you are talking about things. He closes doors too hard. He puts things down roughly. He throws things rather than places them. I think it is internalised homophobia, where to be gentle with things is unmanly. I told him off about slamming the balcony door last night. I had been building up to it for weeks, choosing my words carefully and World War III did not start and now the door is being closed quietly.

Yet, he creates great art, be it in cooking, actual art, gift wrapping, whatever. We are totally opposite. I am a quiet person but not artistic at all. He broke the whisk on the stick blender and admitted he was too rough with it. I found a new one on Ebay and he has clearly learnt a lesson and not broken the new one. But he has broken the gears of the chopper of the stick blender, perhaps by chopping whole onions when he should have been chopped them up a little in advance. From a spare parts site, the new gear mechanism was cheaper than I could see anywhere else and in spite of it being Christmas, it arrived in a couple of days after ordering, unlike Maribeth's Christmas Card to us which I think is sitting somewhere in the bowels of Australia Post. 


22 comments:

  1. John is noisy like that, banging cupboards and putting things down roughly/loudly. I put it down to being hard of hearing so he doesn't notice.

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    1. Jackie, it is so annoying. Of course we have no annoying habits at all.

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    2. Well, I certainly don't!!!!
      I "let" him nix my cookie batch yesterday, and he snapped the spatula in two.

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  2. I am glad you were able to have that discussion without hostilities breaking out. It is one we have (intermittently) here too.
    I am also without artistic talent, something I mourn.

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    1. EC, I trod carefully. When the car door wasn't shut properly today, I was reminded by him saying I just can't get this door closing thing right. I do it too hard or not hard enough.

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  3. I don't believe homophobia has anything to do with what you say about R's actions. It is just how some people are...women and men...straight, gay or asexual. My late mother-in-law, a woman I loved and got on with very well was a door slammer and loud sigher. 'Twas the reason why I chose to take over catering and hosting all the large family gatherings. It was much more peaceful and simpler to do so! lol

    Have a great week, Andrew... :)

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    1. Lee, I think for R it is but you are correct in that some people just are rough with things including gay men. I can't stand it in the kitchen, drawer slamming, oven door...Fortunately R is not like that in the kitchen.

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  4. I'm not sure what that is on your wall. It looks like a bunch of cymbals.

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    1. Updated Kirk so that you can see it is not really cymbals but yes in the distant shot could be mistaken for cymbals.

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  5. Coffee, wine and sunshine... all you need in summer :)

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    1. Hels, they all go well together.

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  6. As soon as you mentioned the slamming and throwing, I knew, and you figured it out correctly too. With a little more patience and carefully chosen words he could become quite gentle.
    I've never had one of those stick blender chopper things, I rely on my favourite knife and hope my fingers don't slip.
    The painting looks good against the sand coloured wall.

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    1. River, he used the stick blender to chop the onions this evening and was very pleased with it as it months since it broke. No tears with the stick blender chopping onions. Thanks.

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  7. With reference to you final sentence, my daughter in Law sent a parcel to her mother in Sweden about two weeks before Christmas. It was delivered back to her two days ago. They went at once to the Post Office to ask why it hadn't been delivered to the address on the parcel, and were told it had gone to Holland and returned to France. They had paid €17 to send it, the the PO asked for another €17 to re-send it. I call that legal theft.

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    1. Cro, you DiL should stood her digs and not paid. She should go to the French equivalent of the Ombudsman. It is theft legal or not.

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  8. I like the gift of your Hippie niece ! It looks really nice ! I don't spent a lot of money for my clothes. I learned not to look at quality. In my age the pullover or whatever will last long then myself and will end up I don't kno where, so I buy chic and cheap ! All my friends do. You find the most beautiful brands on a market for example and pay 5 € for it and everybody things you spent at least 50 or more !

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    1. Gattina, like a friend complimented me on my Sketchers shoes, when they were $15 at Aldi.

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  9. Jack bought a new light for the laundry-room. Good thing, I was having trouble seeing to iron or get tot he bottom of my very deep washer.
    Do let me know when my card arrives. Knowing this, I will need to mail your birthday card in July!

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    1. Laundry rooms designed by men, I think Maribeth. Actually, in your case it was you?

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    2. Yes. I did design the laundry-room. In fact I designed the entire house. I took my drawings to an Architect and said, now make this structurally sound.
      All this being said, there is much I would change now!

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  10. Picture three with the nice mirror, do you think that space might work better if the heavier things were in the "ell" of the area instead of the bar cart? Then you would have a clear walk through instead of having to swerve around? Or is there no power outlet in that corner for the printer?

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    1. River, the desk is too large for that space and I can see the tv from where I sit at the desk, which I couldn't if I was facing the wall. The gap between the filing cabinet where the printer sits is a metre to the drinks cart and more than a metre to the wall corner.

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