Yes. #2! Doth two posts a series make?
Well, my dears, I'm surprising even myself with this. A sequence of two, yes TWO, Saturday Sixes! Consistency isn't my forte so to do this kind of post twice in a row and on the right day is getting me to feel like I'm reaching Real Blogger status. Next thing you know I'll be posting on the same days each week, posting monthly articles on precisely the day of the month they should be posted ... A Real Blogger who meets her reader's expectations.
Anyway, that's "in my dreams" stuff, and perhaps in yours too? A controlled Pout!?
Enough of the reverie, I hope your weekend is going swimmingly, which is what I hope to be doing shortly when the sea heats up.
#1. Bertie. He's old.
From Active Cat
To Telly and Slippers Cat, watching Cat Casualty
He's still off his food but has actually put on a smidgen of weight, according to his physician. His problems may stem from a bug or from his aging kidneys. We're trying various medications but the predominant diagnosis from yesterday's follow-up appointment was "He's old".
#2. Cordless vacuum cleaner
Well, this little beauty has been a game changer in Chez Pout. I'm actually vacuuming regularly and with enthusiasm. It's such a simple and quick exercise to grab this beauty and whizz it round the house when I have a few minutes to spare, for that is all it takes when there's no faff with cables, and it can delve into the nooks and crannies with a simple flick of the wrist. The central tube comes off to create a little stair vacuum. Love it!
Have you entered cordless world?
You've probably had some nifty little vacuuming arrangement for yonks, and I'm the last to join the party.
#3. Steam floor cleaner
Emboldened after our success with the vacuum, we bought this. We have a large expanse of sealed oak flooring and it was a drag cleaning it. The reviews put our minds at ease about using it on this type of floor so we got this little beauty a few weeks ago and ... Wow ! I put a dollopette of wood or tile cleaner in the reservoir with the water and voila, Robert est votre oncle!
But there's more! It has an adjustment and attachment which creates a steam cleaner for horizontal tiles and glass. Bingo! Squeaky clean and shining shower cubicles.
And there's even more!! Our main bedroom carpet has got rather, err, stained in recent years, what with the occasional nose bleed (TP), vomit (Bertie) and coffee spills (moi). I've cleaned them up but the marks never truly disappear so recently I decided that it's time to replace the carpet. Well, it's 15 years old and maybe cream wasn't such a sensible colour choice after all.
But then TP whizzed the steam cleaner around the room with water only and OMG, the stains have lessened considerably with just one five minute treatment. I'm now even thinking the carpet might be good for another FEW years!
My dears, this little cutie is proving to be even more amazing than in my cleaning dreams (and yes, I do have those - sub-conscious guilt, maybe?). So forgive me when I have a Kellyann moment now ... if you don't have one already, then get one, today!
I deemed TP fit enough to try out a few holes this week as he is recovering well. Well, I said we'd play 4-5 holes for his first time back but he had other plans. He used his charm on me and we ended up playing 9 holes (he's devious!). And just from that one half round he's now wanting to play three full rounds next week. I see some patient/pseudo-doctor conflict ahead!
Blue got a whirl during my try-on sesh this week.
T shirt (all from M&S), same as the yellow I've already sported on this blog. Nice length. Sized up.
A non-cotton T and TPWFV had issues with this one. Something to do with its slightly flared bottom hanging off my slightly enlarged top. I looked 7 months gone, apparently.
And a cardi. I'd prefer a softer line, a more unstructured cardi in this statement colour but I've been unsuccessful. Have YOU come across any?
I really have a concern about me and cobalt blue. 30 years ago I looked quite good in it. Now, not so much. I think it looks harsh against my (older) skin. TP likes it. So I'm taking a very light touch approach with this one - I'm keeping just the one t shirt for a low-spend suck-it-and-see introduction to my wardrobe.
And that's my tip for today, peeps. Unsure about a new colour? Then try 1-bit-before-you-commit. Buy the cheapest item you can find and live with the colour a while, best drive it, see it in action.
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And now my darlings, it's over to you. Go forth and have the most splendid of weekends. Take pleasure from everything you do, big or small. Seek satisfaction in simple tasks, like floor cleaning - I certainly will!
A la perchoine.
Winter berries in summer