Wednesday, 18 January 2017

I vacuumed the bathroom lampshade

It's been one of those days.  It's not been the sort of day when things go wrong.  It's just been more random than normal.  I mean, it's been even more random than normal for me.

I didn't wake up until 8:30am.  Normally I'm up and more or less functional by 8 at the very latest because bear has to be at school by 8:55am and that means we have to leave the house at 8:45am and I have to allow for a certain amount of naff raff from bear.  On Monday he was trying to replace the laces in his boots at 8:43.  I did not have enough time today for all the usual chaos and it left me out of step.  Fortunately bear had made himself some breakfast and his uniform was ironed and ready but it left me all out of kilter.

I've signed up to a new window for bear's room.  I'm not sure what the terms and conditions are, but as I have a cooling off period I am waiting to read through them.  At the moment I don't feel like I'm in the same room as my thinking.

After the very nice man left I dithered.  I tried to work out what I should do next.  I don't know why I thought that the bathroom lampshade was the top priority.  It's one of those things that seem like a good idea at the time.  To be fair, I had noticed it over the weekend when I was trying to get things fit for bear's pals.  I am not posting a 'before' and 'after' pic.  The before is far too shameful.  There was a massive layer of dust, so that it looked furry.  All the housekeeping books say that you should do things like clean sinks and baths and toilets in the bathroom.  Very few mention lampshades, possibly because most bathrooms have built in lights these days.  We don't.  The before looked like the Addams Family house and after looked patchy.  The vacuum, despite being allegedly lightweight and almost hand held, was awkward to use and I stayed on the floor, prodding as the shade swung around.  Still, at least most of the dust didn't cascade down and I'm almost fit for the school run soon.  I'm going to have to get steps and use a lint roller to sort it.

I've also pulled down a large heap of cds.  I can't remember the last time anyone played music from a cd in this house. DH usually downloads and I sometimes go on YouTube.  I don't think that charity shops can use them much either, as most people get music via downloads.  I'm planning on using them to edge the pot with the apple tree in as cat scarers. I'll let you know how that goes.  There are also dozens of YouTube videos on re-using cds in all sorts of crafty ways.  If I ever do them, I'll share.


  1. I find an old 1" or 2" paint brush (or a new paint brush for that matter) is excellent for dusting fiddly objects.

  2. Lyssa....for some reason which I do not know....the thought of you standing on the floor poking at the lampshade with the hoover made me giggle.
    Hand up here to being a cd buyer.....I don't download music. I do use Google to find a track I may have heard while out but if I like it I will always go and buy the cd and often look in the charity shops for anything interesting-x-

  3. CDs - another thing I have to sort through. Over here it's sometimes cheaper to buy the CD with a free download from Amazon than it is to buy just the download. Sigh. Means lots of CDs. I do use them in the car sometimes - now that I've got the car back!

  4. Cleaning lampshades is one of those housekeeping jobs I tend to avoid! Once in a blue moon, I'll climb a ladder and clean one that is particularly dirty, but otherwise, I try to to look up at them, too much! :D