It’s Thursday, time to throw open the doors to my virtual home and welcome you all inside.
Anything goes. There is no set subject. Share your posts, or general thoughts from this week.
What are you reading? What have you been up to? What plans have you for this weekend?
Literally there is no subject taboo (unless it’s illegal of course! ;))
Today I’m talking about ‘Living Without Appliances’. And chutney.
We’ve been without a washing machine for 3 weeks now.
It was a difficult decision to allow the trusty old washer to go into retirement. But it was time.
Besides being conscious about what I spend (this was even picked up by the BBC), I’m not one for unnecessary change. For example; I wouldn’t change an appliance because it didn’t match new decor or anything like that. I’d live with it until it no longer worked. That would be after I had done everything to prolong its life as long as possible.
There’s another facet to my personality which means I do not replacement items regularly. I tend to ‘humanise objects’ and place irrational attachment to them. This is something I have learnt about my personality through my extensive research (and self-education) on hoarding.
My washer and I had been a partnership for 15 years (see what I mean about developing an attachment?). It was a ‘moving-in’ gift for my first home with my then boyfriend, now Hubby.
It’s seen a lot of action. Not just in the laundry loads it’s sufficiently cleaned, but in our lives.
One memory is vivid – collapsing over the machine, heavily pregnant, in floods of tears as the devastation of a recent diagnosis (read this post if explanation is required) hit me full force.
Alas my trusty washer has gone. But there’s nothing in its place. We’re still waiting for a delivery. Fortunately my lovely Mom has kept my ever-growing laundry piles in check.
(We have no tumble dryer either. That’s not an issue, I use it so rarely. But It also decided to hand in its notice the same week.)
Moving on – Chutney.
This post on making homemade chutney has received more hits this week than ever before, and it’s 2 years old. It reminded me that I need to start scheduling my Christmas preparations! Have you made a start?