Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Second Clean Up

D and I cleaned the roof side window one more time this afternoon. We have figured out a better way to work with our ladder and methods this time round. Yeah to that one clean window. Unfortunately, we can never reach the smaller and higher window with our ladder. That one will have to be cleaned from outside. Someone will need to climb on to the roof to access it. Maybe I will do that next year…

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Last Pot Of Honey

Knowing that the midday’s temperature will be above 20°C, D and I cycled to De Gavers to have our lunch by the lake.

After finishing our packed lunch of home-made sandwiches, we cycled around some more to enjoy a bit of nature and the glorious weather.

Because I still half-believe that local honey is a remedy against pollen allergies, I mentioned to D that I would like to purchase a pot of this golden goodness at the visitors’ centre. And what do you know… the young man who went in search for the honey came back from the storage room holding the last pot. Oh boy, what wonderful luck was that? It was like that I have won the lottery!

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Autumn Window Cleaning

The late afternoon sun in autumn tends to review much.

So today, I made my simple window cleaning concoction, picked up a soft sponge, some rags, the window vacuum, and cleaned the windows.

A few years back, I have learned to ignore the many windows in this house, making window cleaning a low priority chore. I am not ashamed of the not-so-clean windows nor am I afraid to say that I only clean the windows once a month or only when I feel like it. There is no way in the world that I can be pressured into becoming one of those weekly-window-cleaning people.

So once a month (or longer if there is a drought), cobwebs will be swept away, bird poops washed off, and all my windows blink till the next rain fall. And oh, the right shoulder will hurt for days especially in the evenings because old age sucks…

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Ketchup

As summer ends, there was a sudden inflow of ripe tomatoes. D and I simply cannot consume these fast enough. Not wanting to toss anything and having no more room in the freezer, I decided to make spicy ketchup according to a recipe I found online.

The end product tasted like ketchup, but has the consistency of soup. Maybe the tomatoes I used were too watery? Maybe I should have left the pot uncovered when cooking? Next time (I am pretty sure there will be a next time), I shall strain the tomatoes first and then add a teaspoon of corn flour to thicken the concoction.

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Grape Juice – Batch II

I spent half a morning de-stemming, washing, and then boiling many kilograms of grapes. I let the liquid cool, filtered the grape juice into glass containers and placed these into the fridge when they have cooled down to room temperature. 

This is the second batch of grape juice I made this year. According to D, there will be at least four more times of this!

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Recycling Textile

My very basic self-taught sewing skill allows me to use the sewing machine as a recycling tool. So far, I have been able to turn old pyjamas and other worn out clothing pieces into disposable vacuum bags, baby pillow cases and so forth.

My next project will be to convert some well-liked tee shirts, which can no longer be worn nor donated, into little cushions or pillows. I shall fill these up with shredded old socks.

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New Pyjamas

Since there will be no more unbearable warm nights, D and I dismantled, cleaned, and folded up the tent. It is now stored away in our attic ready for the next heat waves.

After that, I went on to clean the windows which I have purposely neglected for two whole months! While I was busy with my chores, D proceeded to replace the hand grips on my bike. The old grips have been melting away during the extremely warm summer days and staining my hands black every time I go for a bike ride.

In the afternoon, D and I rode our bikes to a nearby clothing store to check out the twice yearly inventory sales. When we biked back home, D was carrying our stuff in a huge shopping bag. In it were his three sets of pyjamas!

What a productive Thursday this has turned out to be.

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