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Faulty Fridge Freezer

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When we came back from holiday, it wasn’t just the 10 days worth of newspaper that greeted us but a faulty fridge/freezer too!

Unusually, the first thing I did when I got home was to open the freezer. One look and I knew something was wrong; some things in the freezer look thawed. The Mhinisteir said to give it a couple of hours before making a decision. Alas, the fridge wasn’t doing any better either. Like most things in the Vicarage, this fridge freezer was given to us. We have never had a fridge freezer before just an under counter fridge and a separate under counter freezer; I prefer the latter.

We had to act quickly. We found a fridge freezer on AO.com that suited our budget. I was a little hesistant to use them as I mistakenly thought that they were a hire purchase company. The earliest that they could deliver was the following week! However, if we paid an extra £30, they could deliver it two days later and that is what we did.

It is amazing how one broken fridge freezer can take up so much of one’s time and ruin one’s week as all my plans for the week went out of the window. It is only today that I have recovered my equilibrium.

I am very thankful that the fridge freezer arrived as promised. It is a wee bit smaller than our previous one but I am just grateful to have a functioning one again. It actually looks very similar to the one in the photo. Sadly, we had to throw away all the food in the freezer but just as well that I had used up most of the items before we went away on holiday.

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Memory as a sieve!

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That is how my memory has been this week! Thankfully, there is nothing to worry about as it is something that happens whenever I get too tired and as mentioned in my earlier post, tiredness is a problem this week.

On Tuesday, I tackled the ironing as the clothes won’t iron themselves.🤣 I was pretty chuffed with myself until the Mhinisteir went to the laundry room and discovered that I had forgotten to turn off the iron! This was at 7pm; I had finished ironing at half three!!!!

Yesterday, I had to order a gift voucher for one of the Mhinisteir’s young colleague who is expecting her first baby in December. I toyed between Marks and Spencers and John Lewis. I finally settled for John Lewis as I had some gift vouchers myself that needed using up. Thankfully, it was a very straightforward task unlike the last time. As I was putting away my credit card, I realised that the gift vouchers that I am supposed to have used remained untouched on my desk!!!!! Honestly!

A few hours later, as the Mhinisteir and I were putting away our Ocado shopping delivery, I discovered that a regular item that we buy was missing; I assumed that there were more bags in the hallway. Sadly, there were no other bags. I had simply forgotten to order the item even though it was on my paper shopping list and I had ticked it off. 🙄

We are due a holiday soon so hopefully this tiredness will go away and I will come back refreshed!!!

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Have you ever used Brillo pads? For the uniniated, Brillo pads are steel wool soap pads. As for those who read the Private Eye, you will know that Andrew Neil of GB news fame is known as Brillo in that magazine!😁

Anyway, coming back to the real Brillo pads, they are used for scouring pots and pans. I have seen them in supermarkets and know what they are but have never used them until last week. My vintage Le Creuset pans were looking tired and needed freshening.

Now that I have used them, I am super impressed with Brillo pads; removing stains from the pan was a doddle and required no elbow grease.

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Shredding Day

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Tuesday became my day for paper shredding. The Mhinisteir was away for a meeting; I had the day to myself.

My designated container for documents that needed shredding was threatening to overspill. In a day or two, there was a danger that the whole thing will topple and end on the floor!

I needed to take the bull by its horn and that is exactly what I did. After my usual morning chores, I turned on the shredder which lives in my study and started shredding. Within 5 minutes, there was a paper jam; our desk paper shredder starts overheating just after 10 sheets. The overheated shredder takes about 30 minute to cool so It was going to take all day but I was determined to complete the task.

Two days later, the task is now complete. In future, I must try and shred more often.😁

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Mundane News

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Our weather compared to this time last year is very different. It is humid and wet. I for one am not complaining as I quite like this weather compared to the extreme heat where you can’t sleep at night!

One of the big tasks this week was to tackle the mountain of washing that needed ironing. I am the sort who irons everything that goes into the washing machine so I inevitably accumulate more things to iron. I also have been doing something naughty. I have been leaving some of my dresses in the ironing basket for another day but whenever that day comes along, I have new washing that needs ironing so the dresses never got a second look!

My new found hobby has also been taking me away from the mundane but very necessary task of ironing! I am not even sure I like ironing??!! Some days I think I love ironing but other days it feels laboured.

At the end of last week, I gave myself a bit of a scare while gardening. I began to feel quite unwell and had to get back inside the house. Since then, I have decided to stay away from the garden for a wee while. It is a blessing in disguise as it means I have more time to focus on ironing. I am pleased to report that I have ironed every item that found its way into the ironing basket!!!!

Finally, another good thing to happen this week is that the gardener is back! He has come back with great gusto and has transformed the garden. Well done to him!

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The Mhinisteir bought a super expensive, super comfy ergonomic desk chair in the winter. The unassembled chair arrived in a humungous box that could not be lifted with bare hands. As with most things these days, he had to assemble the chair himself. Since then, the empty box has been in our sitting room. Why the sitting room you might ask? It is because that was where the desk chair was assembled! The humungous box has been there since January 2021 until this very minute. Just out of the blue, the Mhinisteir blurted out that he will move the box to the garage before the weekend. Watch the space!

ps: I am not sure why it is being moved to the garage because I would just put it in the recycling bin.

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I don’t believe it!

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Last week, I wrote about how Hers was malfunctioning and had to be repaired.

This week, I happened to be in His looking for my toiletry bag when I heard a familiar sound. Upon inspection, I discovered that His has developed the same problem!!!!! How is this even possible within such a short space of time???????

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Oven Clock

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In the past fortnight, we have had a handful of intermittent power cuts. Compared to the power cuts in the Scottish Highlands, these intermittent power cuts are nothing! However, one of the things that annoys me is that every time there is a power cut, our oven clock goes gaga and the oven will not turn on until the time on the oven clock has been reset!

I often operate in ‘auto pilot’ mode so for example I turn the right knobs to turn on the oven but don’t bother checking that the oven has indeed been turned on instead I walk away and start doing other things! That’s exactly what happened the other day but just that because of the power cut, the oven clock had gone gaga and so the oven had not turned itself on! Thankfully, on this occasion I noticed it very quickly.

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Unusual Substitute for a Human Cleaner


Lockdown Number 3 has meant that I am once again left without a cleaner. Unlike the first lockdown, the government guidelines stipulate that cleaners are allowed into the house. However, our cleaner decided to halt her services. I was and still am a little annoyed that she didn’t have the courtesy to inform me of her decision. I only found out when I texted her!

At this point in my life, I can’t cope without a cleaner. I just don’t have the energy. I haven’t found one cleaner who is open for business.

Anyway, I needed a cleaning product that is easy enough and something that is not pumped with chemicals. Before my health woes, I used to be addicted to powerful cleaning products but not anymore. Bleach was my favourite!

I came across Method’s anti bac bathroom cleaner and decided to try it. It smells wonderful and the whole house smells lovely after I have used it. It works well too.

I am missing the cleaner but I guess I just have to settle for Method’s Anti bac bathroom cleaner for now!

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Great Big Hole!

Zap! That was the sound I heard. It was the middle of the night and I had no desire to get up and investigate, for if I got up that will be the end of my sleep. I will be as wide as an owl till the morning. It was the distinct sound of cloth tearing. What could that be? I heard it again in the early hours of the morning when I turned in bed. Mmmm…..

I started my investigation. as soon as I got up and it was over in literally 2 minutes! I discovered to my horror a great big hole in the bedsheet. As the Mhinisteir swiftly pointed out, it was on my side of the bed! The other day, when I changed the sheets there were no holes in them! I am puzzled. Anyway, time for a new set of sheets I suppose!