December: Christmas Thoughts 4

Another cold start to the day, frosty underfoot, ice on the water and inside on the window frames, with the temperature hitting minus three during the night.
Not that we were really bothered, being snuggled up in bed listening to the central heating chuntering merrily before we surfaced from the cocoon of the duvet!

We got up just after 8am and walked Maggie first as usual, then came back for breakfast of ham and eggs for a change. Showers were next on the agenda, followed by doing the laundry.
Ha! You will never guess………………………………….

Bet you thought it was The Lady In Red.

Actually, our washing liquid had frozen solid.
Don’t panic, we keep it in the car, not the boat!

Laundry products today are much more numerous and varied than the soaps of yesteryear.
In the days of powders, they would cake in the box if they got damp, but at least you could crumble them like a stock cube to put in your wash.
This brought about a memory of washing powder, plastic flowers and a black eye.
You need to read this post from two years ago to understand the significance.

The Lady in Red wasn’t in residence today, but another widebeamer came in just after Hubby had put our load in the dryer. They were content to leave their damp washing on the side until ours had finished, but it turned out we needed a full hour’s drying time as we had a major load this week with towels (after showers), joggers, jumpers and bedding as well as the norm.
boat-diyMore DIY in the boat this afternoon as we have decided we need something more robust than clingfilm on the windows to act as double glazing. Of course we had to take the old stuff off and in doing so, stripped the varnish off the wood. That has now been addressed, but our window panes are ‘naked’ and therefore streaming with the dreaded condensation so we have plenty of elephants bog roll in place to catch it.
Tomorrow will see us repeating our houdini hatch idea with solid plastic sheets and velcro.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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4 Responses to December: Christmas Thoughts 4

  1. foguth says:

    And I was thinking waking up to 66F was chilly!

  2. It’s a very unpleasant 12 degrees here right now and, as a good little Aussie, I am complaining loudly to anyone who will listen (which I admit isn’t many people). Even though it may feel like Antartica I now know it is not as I have just put a load of washing on and my washing liquid ISN’T frozen.

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