Category Archives: Household

Joy is ……

……. stealing 15 minutes.

I needed to schedule a vet appointment for Skye at a time that I’m normally at work so BB offered to take him (road trip just for the boys and all that).  They weren’t back yet when I got home from work and my first thought was, “Uh oh, there’s no one here who needs to ‘go out’, no one who needs a cookie”. In essence, no one who needs me.  And I realized that sometime in the not too distant future, these thoughts would apply all the time.  Cue the tears.

And then it kicked in.  I was home alone.  No man. No dog. But they were both coming back so, no worries.

Here’s how I spent my 15 minutes. Relaxed. Rejuvenated. Ready to cook supper.  Oy.



I had a plan for today.  Not a terribly important plan, but a plan nonetheless.  I got up early so that the morning duties would be out of the way in plenty of time for the Maytag repairman to arrive.  Our dishwasher is one of the almost 2 million that is under recall for a faulty heater.  Said heater could cause the house to burn down, and that certainly wouldn’t do – not an historic house, a house that will celebrate it’s centenary next year.  The repairman (and I use that term because the person doing the repair IS actually male so don’t give me any grief) was here a few weeks ago, after a delay in getting the required part, but found that he was unable to move the dishwasher from it’s spot in order to get the job done.  He left saying the only options were to rip out my floor (brand new laminate, no less) or cut the legs off the dishwasher, deeming it unfit to fit into its slot properly ever again.  Mad man!  Our own plumbers, those in the employ of the hotel, installed that dishwasher so I figured they could get it out.  I rescheduled an appointment with the Maytag people for this morning and the machine was popped out of its slot yesterday, ready and waiting for a new element, or something.

Now, you know how it is, when you’re told that the repair or the delivery or the whatnot will be there between 8 am and 3 pm.  You’re almost guaranteed that no one will show up until 3:18 pm ……. unless you cheekily run out for milk, thinking there’s no way you’ll miss them.  I didn’t do that.  I sat here (and still sit here), and Skyler sits with me.   It’s 1:30 pm and we should be running a load of dishes through the dishwasher, as the repair was scheduled between 8 am and noon.  The last time, he arrived well before 9:00; it was a lovely surprise.  For that, I gave Mr. Maytag the benefit of the doubt; the office is in Cochrane and I know there are other clients …… and lunch.  When my call to the office was answered at 1 pm there was a rather long pause, followed by words something to the effect of, must apologize, heater, problem, reschedule this afternoon, will call back.  I’m thinking now that I must have dreamed up the part about “reschedule this afternoon”, or at least misunderstood.  Maybe she meant that this afternoon she would reschedule me, for next week maybe.  We’ll see.  I can’t skirt around this dishwasher forever though, so I suppose I’ll have to call back.  Poor Skyler’s getting antsy.  It really is time for a walk, and I could probably use soem fresh air too.

Before you think the morning (and early afternoon) was a total loss, I did get the Honey Cowl  finished.

And even though I made it a medium length (1 skein of Madelinetosh dk in Duchess), it’s still long enough (and stretchy enough) to be double up as a neck warmer.

I love the basketweave stitch pattern – very easy.

I also started the mystery dishcloth for September in my online dishcloth KAL (knit-a-long).  All I can tell, and can tell you, is that it’s bordered in seed stitch.

Shark vs. Collie: And the Winner Is …..

 We have a rather large kitchen.  Our kitchen table seats 8 comfortably so we often entertain there.  Some days I almost live there – cooking, eating, reading, knitting, watching TV, all in the company of our collie who loves it there as well.  It’s a great space, until it’s time to wash the floor.  The floor area is about 15 ft x 20 ft and it’s laminate.  I’ve discovered that dog drool sticks to laminate better than glue.  I did find a solution:  after thoroughly washing the floor, scrub at the drool spots with a Magic Eraser,  then rinse.  It feels like it takes a whole day to get that floor clean.  A friend suggested using a steam mop.  I said I’d think about it; and I did.  I researched.  I read reviews.  I did price checks.  While I was doing all that, I wasn’t washing the kitchen floor – well, at least not often, and not near as often as required.  The dog drool was gaining dimension.  I found myself in Canadian Tire the other day, deciding between 2 steam mop models.   

This is what came home with me. 

Shark Deluxe Steam Mop.  (The only difference between the Deluxe and the regular is 5 ft more cord and 5 cleaning pads instead of 2)

Safe for wood floors, ready to go in less than a minute(!), no wringing, no rinsing.  How could I go wrong?

Did I mention that the floor hadn’t been cleaned in a while?  I was getting streaks halfway through, so I switched to a clean mop pad and that did help.  The dog drool however, wasn’t going to give up without a fight.  I steamed it in every direction but couldn’t get it all up.  I finally gave up and used the Magic Eraser. 

Although the Shark Steam Mop did eliminate 90% of the dog drool, Round 1 has to go the Collie.  Way to go, Skyler.

Aside from that though, The Shark did a really good job.  It’s fast, it’s easy and the floor, aside from the aforementioned collie contributions, is noticeably cleaner.  I’m actually pretty amazed. 

Today’s another day, 24 hours since the last cleaning, and a new set of droplets have dried onto the floor.  This time, The Shark fared better, getting about 98% of the job done.  But in the end, dogs drool, dogs rule.  Sorry, Shark.

Woof, woof!