Saturday, 9 June 2007

trusting to luck

I am taking a brief break from mucking out the entire house - the estate agent rang at ten and asked if someone could come round to view at three this afternoon. As we've been either a) away b) maniacally busy c) maniacally stressed or d) sleeping, all week, the entire place looks like the set from The Young Ones. Hopefully they won't want to look in the fridge.

Because of the Not Previously Mentioned Stray Cat Issue*, the house smells like a cat rescue centre. And I am having a not-really-able-to-lift-things day. So I am not going to bother to hoover. I'm not even dressed yet - that is probably the most sensible thing to do next.

More post-viewing.

UPDATE: Well, they liked both the house and garden, a LOT. But the chap has arthritic knees and ankles, so they don't think that the steps to the garden will make it suitable for them. But, such a lovely, lovely couple (originally from Tadcaster, so also, very VERY Yorkshire). And I didn't mind having tidied the house for them. Unlike the people we had the other week who let their small children run wild around the house.

I am now going to make myself a nutritious smoothie and sit and read a brain-lite novel for a bit and luxuriate in my clutter-less house.

Oh, in other news, B has been having a nightmare trying to sort out technical issues with the kit for a theatre show. The show is currently in Vienna and after a lot of bench-testing and compatibility testing (including the inadvertent surprise-explosion of some of the kit whilst they were testing it) between them, he and the suppliers seemed to have tracked down the problem and the suppliers have sent out replacements. Which TNT have sent to the wrong country. How do you confuse Austria with Eire? Okay, the show is going to Eire next - bloody luckily - however, Eire wasn't mentioned AT ALL to the suppliers, who organised the delivery. Just the venue address in Vienna. So mental note to self - NEVER use TNT for ANYTHING.

And for today, that is all. Thank you, and goodnight.

* very young, very thin, very dirty, very pregnant - but quite friendly if you ignore the tendency to nip and the fact that she nearly had the top of my finger off while I was giving her a worming tablet - and now in a four foot by two foot cage in the sitting room waiting for the Montgomeryshire Cat Rescue to have space to take her. All repeat after me - ALLY AND B CANNOT HAVE A FOURTH CAT BECAUSE THEY ARE HAVING A BABY IN SEPTEMBER AND ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH ANIMALS, POULTRY AND INSECTS TO LOOK AFTER. Just to make that clear. *waves ingratiatingly at B*.

10 comments:

  1. Effective house de-smeller: boil saucepan of water with handful of cinnamon sticks. Smell lasts a few days boiling on and off when needed.

    Effective house ponger: let above saucepan boil dry and burn.

    On second thoughts pregnancy has that effect of making one forget - I burned out a few kettles during my first pregnancy. Maybe it is not such a god idea. But seriously, if you can put on a time off switch (you have an AGA don't you .... they don't switch off) or are sitting nearby, it really does make a difference. And it is rather nice and gentle. The other day I used it to remove burnt egg smell (and smoke) after son over enthusiastically made a fry-up breakfast and we had viewers that day.

    Good luck :-)

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  2. Effective house de-smeller: boil saucepan of water with handful of cinnamon sticks. Smell lasts a few days boiling on and off when needed.

    Effective house ponger: let above saucepan boil dry and burn.

    On second thoughts pregnancy has that effect of making one forget - I burned out a few kettles during my first pregnancy. Maybe it is not such a god idea. But seriously, if you can put on a time off switch (you have an AGA don't you .... they don't switch off) or are sitting nearby, it really does make a difference. And it is rather nice and gentle. The other day I used it to remove burnt egg smell (and smoke) after son over enthusiastically made a fry-up breakfast and we had viewers that day.

    Good luck :-)

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  3. Thanks Doris, I'll try that next time. I sprayed the carpet with lavender and tea-tree essential oil in the end and I think it helped.

    However, luckily the lady coming to view claimed to have no sense of smell at all :).

    They liked both the house and the garden very much; but the chap has seriously arthritic knees and ankles, so the steps connecting the two put them off a bit. They were LOVELY people though - such a different to the snotty couple who let their children run riot through the house.

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  4. Thanks Doris, I'll try that next time. I sprayed the carpet with lavender and tea-tree essential oil in the end and I think it helped.

    However, luckily the lady coming to view claimed to have no sense of smell at all :).

    They liked both the house and the garden very much; but the chap has seriously arthritic knees and ankles, so the steps connecting the two put them off a bit. They were LOVELY people though - such a different to the snotty couple who let their children run riot through the house.

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  5. The very best thing about having visitors is that you don't have to do any housework for ages.

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  6. The very best thing about having visitors is that you don't have to do any housework for ages.

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  7. Glad you are still allowed to wave to B!

    * will take Doris's tip about de-ponging the house.

    Q: Just How do I get rid of enormous, fat buzzy Flies from coming in via the window-frames, anybody??? (we live on an estate with a farm)

    Thank you and goodnight. xx

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  8. Glad you are still allowed to wave to B!

    * will take Doris's tip about de-ponging the house.

    Q: Just How do I get rid of enormous, fat buzzy Flies from coming in via the window-frames, anybody??? (we live on an estate with a farm)

    Thank you and goodnight. xx

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  9. Its a good market to sell, you'll have no troubles.

    I'm with Z and the benificial effects of manic cleaning for visitors. Makes the next week lovely and relaxed!

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  10. Its a good market to sell, you'll have no troubles.

    I'm with Z and the benificial effects of manic cleaning for visitors. Makes the next week lovely and relaxed!

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