Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This and That

I suppose most of you are busy making pies and doing a little last minute cleaning. The holidays are definitely upon us, aren't they? Gotta face this with the bit in our teeth. Sigh.

First thing - I'm wondering about the stability of my tomato plant, a part of it collapsed. I don't think it's strong enough to support actual fully developed tomatoes. Lost a 'branch' and 4 little babies tomatoes. Sniffle ...

I have been feeling a shade better the last couple of days and decided that I could vacuum some of the dog hair if I did a little at a time. Ahah! The vacuum cleaner barely sucked. Oh, goody, now I know why he didn't finish (a long time ago) the living room. I greatly regretted throwing out the wire hangers and replacing them with plastic a couple years ago. I finally found one sad, bent wire hanger and began trying to straighten it out enough to hopefully clean out the obstruction. It was a fight, I was sweating and gasping. Who knew a simple wire hanger could cause so much trouble? And one of those little plastic bread closure things shaped like a tag with a hole in it had been sucked up and lodged in the flexible part of the hose. It took me forever to hook that thing and clear the blockage. Now I don't have any energy to even think of vacuuming.

While I was playing at repairman, a mouse trap snapped in the stove drawer. Yes, we are still fighting the mouse problem. I still haven't made the 5 gallon bucket mouse trap ... (which requires a straight wire coat hanger, btw) Now my hands are aching and it just isn't happening tonight. Maybe tomorrow or ?

The nights are cooler now that summer has succumbed to winter in a day. My fluffy blanket is just not warm enough. I searched Amazon for one of those cozy Vellux blankets, I picked one out and decided to wait until I checked to see what else I needed to order. Four hours later, I ordered some personal items and went to order the blanket. Gone! So I ordered something different. When they say 'Only two left' I guess they mean it. Argh.

Well, y'all, I am going to put the vacuum away for now, and try to get that mouse in the bucket so I can do some reading before I sleep. Have a nice Thanksgiving and whatever!



 

15 comments:

  1. Tomato plants need to be staked to support the weight. I'd suggest something strong like a broom handle tied to the back of the chair, not too high, maybe from just below the seat and upwards, and then tie the tomato plant to that, or a leaf rake, with the tines upwards so you can tie the branches to the tines with something that won't cut into them, like strips of old pantyhose or similar.
    We're not doing any pie cooking here in Australia, but I soon will be making the Christmas (fruit) mince pies for the kids and me. You may have seen them featured on my blog last December. I make them tiny, so each is a tasty bite, far better than the commercial stodgy pastry and yuk filling ones and 'they' make them too big also.

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    1. I do have a curtain rod in there. Thought I would support that 'branch' as soon as I found something else - you can see that I have my little 'bungee' cords and my plastic knife support. That branch was just wrong.
      I could go for some pie right now, haha.

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  2. This year Thanksgiving looks fairly easy. we're bring candied yams.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

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    1. I do love candied yams! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Just like river said. You need to support the plant
    Anything will do really. As long as it's sturdy and it can hold the weight
    Isn't it always the way. A simple job becomes a monument task. And then. The energy you had allocated to it is gone
    Thus. The original job gets left undone
    Oh well when next inspiration strikes At lest you know the vacuum will work well

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    1. LOL, yes, I know the vacuum will suck, now. I guess I do too, at the moment ...
      I lost the mouse ...

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  4. Those wire hangers are great for more than just hanging coats.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. I suppose I will have to find a couple more of those wire hangers - yep, handy.

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  5. No pie making here. One good thing about being old and sickly. John's kids are bringing every thing here this year. Nice of them but I don't get excited about holidays, just as soon be riding down a country road. I'm such a scrooge.

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    1. You are lucky, Paula. Enjoy your dinner!

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  6. dang bread closure... made me smile, though. bless you, sharon. keep those pups happy, and tacky, too. love to you, always.

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    1. Who could know a simple piece of plastic could gum up the whole works?
      Gonna miss you, Theresa. Are you abandoning blog land completely or just good fences?
      Hugs!

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  7. Hi...this is my first visit to your blog and I have enjoyed what I've been reading even if there are a few problems. You sound very like me with similar reactions to problems.
    I can give you a tip if ever your vacuum hose gets blocked again. Put a coin in it and shake it really hard and it will usually dislodge the offending item. I found this out many years ago. My first mother-in-law whom I loved but could be a little bit stingy gave me her old vacuum cleaner as a gift. Yes, that is true. Anyway when I got it home I found it had little suction and didn't work too well. Only a few days alter "Mr Jolly" (they were Electrolux people who would go door to door checking if people had vacuum cleaners etc. Anyway I said I had one but it didn't work too well. I fetched it for him and he turned it on, put a penny or similar coin in the hose, shock it well and out tumbled a hair clip with various bits of hair attached. That vacumm worked like new for years and I felt my ma-in-law a little bit piqued when I told her 'cos she had bought herself a new one. I loved that dear lady but, as with many of us, she had her faults.

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    1. Hi! So nice to see you here! I had to laugh when I read about your MIL, she sounded familiar. I hadn't thought of a coin. I generally use marbles to locate the plug up. Nothing was going to dislodge the mess, except the wire. That piece of plastic was lodged in the ribs of the hose with a big load of dog hair packed in behind it. Somehow, I managed to hook the curled end of the wire through the little hole in the plastic, so by pulling the wire with one hand and manipulating the plastic outside the hose with the other managed I was able to pull that bleep thing out.

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  8. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. I have been off the Internet all week as I went out of town and am just now trying to catch up with my reading.

    Tomato plants do require staking as discussed but now that you mention it Tom has gotten so big and tall, I suspect it will be tricky to stake it.

    As for the wire hangers. I still get plenty from the dry cleaners but I hadn't thought about all the ways we tend to use them. I, too use them for fishing things out of tight places.

    Hope you are feeling better by now and I will, no doubt be reading more recent posts as the afternoon goes on.

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