Reasons to be cheerful 21.1.16

I thought that the children couldn't take up any more hours in the day, but they are. I feel that my world is shrinking even further: how can I join conversations on Facebook or Twitter when I know I may only have a few minutes on-line? But I seem to be okay with it, clearly the pills are helping. So I've small and domestic reasons to be cheerful this week:

Self control


I managed to walk past the Creme Egg Stand without putting one in my trolley. Twice. Am impressed with my self-control. This must be a new thing as I have exhibited very little of it in the past. I can resist everything etc....

How to clean a kettle


I don't know about you, but I've always been really dubious about all those noxious-looking bottles of kettle descaler. I was convinced I would poison the family if I used them, especially as I could buy a new kettle for the price of a couple of bottles. So that's what I usually did.

Exhibit one - a cheap tesco kettle

Nothing else I tried has worked either, until this week.

A throwaway comment by a celebrity chef (yes, really) on a breakfast TV show led to me boiling up the kettle three times with an old quarter of lime in it, and ta da - clean kettle - and no one got sick either. I call that a result.

Prokofiev and Pizza


Yep, I have started playing classical music occasionally when we gather for dinner. Or at least when more than one person sits down at the kitchen table to eat. It seems to be working: it changes the conversation and Smiley likes it too.

Now I'd better get back to trying to fix the boiler, the fridge and getting my teenagers the services they need, now and in the future...

Have a good week xx


Ojo's World


16 comments:

  1. its good to see results! well done on the cream eggs :-) Nice idea re the music - may inflict on my children ;-)

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  2. Teenagers are SO consuming! Well done on not buying that egg. xx

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  3. I'm going to try that lime idea. I usually use vinegar which also works but then I imagine that my tea tastes vinegary for days afterwards.

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  4. Sounds hard Blue Sky :(
    But congrats on not giving in to the calling of cream eggs!

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  5. Creme egg's seem to call out to me in store so you really did well! Love the tip about the kettle too - will have to remember that one as i normally resort to buying a new kettle rather than using chemicals. Hope you manage to get a bit more time for you this week. x

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  6. Ooh..... I like the kettle and classical music tips! Good thinking. I too find I have less time online, the closer it gets to the weekend. My one and only child is keeping me busy so I can only imagine what it must be like for you! xx

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    1. Who knew that teens could keep us so busy? xx

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  7. You may have noticed my absence from a lot of social media, this past couple of weeks, for very much the same reasons! I feel like updating my status is the only adult communication I get. Good idea with the kettle, shall keep that one in mind. I'm also managing to avoid the dreaded Easter eggs, quite proud of myself xx

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    1. Well done, but sorry that you feel the same way about life in general xx

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  8. Oooh, I'm going to have to try that kettle descaler trick. :) Sounds like just the thing I need. :)

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