Plans for a Quiet Day.

We woke up quite early this morning. Maggie had hardly moved all night and seemed content to stay where she was, so I had an extra half hour.
Showers first thing and then a heap of washing to do so it took two loads.
It had continued to rain through the night so the bottom of the garden is a little water-logged, but ………………….. we have a new garden feature…………… an oven.
I’ll come back to that, but first…………….
Hubby took the washing up to the launderette to use the dryer and I walked Maggie through the park to join him.
I met up with an old lady (no dog, just a square shopper she was using as zimmer frame) and an old chap with 2 dogs. I had to pull Maggie to one side as I know one of his can be twitchy, but we passed the time of day, and he asked me if I knew when Summer was coming.  I told him I had no idea, so we left it that he would send me an email if he heard anything. It made me laugh as he didn’t know me at all and raised my spirits a bit despite the horrible weather, but at least it wasn’t raining now.

The washing took an extra 40p to dry today as we had blankets and towels as well as the usual stuff.  Afterwards, Hubby drove back and I walked the dog home.
Yep, I met the same people on the way and this time we stopped to chat for a few minutes. The old lady had treated herself to a can of her favourite soup and was going to have toasted soldiers to dunk in it for her tea.
The old boy said he had no other news on the weather front and we both laughed.
I walked Maggie back through the park where she performed for me (hurrah) and I had my usual conversation with the geese and ducks. Since I had words with the Hisser, they have all been quite amicable and waddle off into the water with no problems. Maggie couldn’t give a toss and ignores them all.
This is a new picture of her by the way, taken on Easter Sunday:

My babies are starving! Where are the biscuits?

Our intention today was to do very little and try to recover from our travels. We’d noticed before leaving that one of the double glazing panes had blown in our kitchen window, so Hubby made a call and a guy came out to measure up this afternoon. A good price was quoted and agreed, the pane is on order, and a chap will come and fit it in a week or so.
Excellent.
We’d done our banking business in the morning, and Hubby decided to check out the back of the cooker for whatever clearance we’d need for the gas pipe when we replace it.
You may recall the oven is twitchy and both times I’ve used it, I set off the alarm and filled the kitchen with smoke. Hubby serviced it, and tried to line up the dials to get either oven, light or grill to work. It’s very hit and miss as everything is out of sync where it has been repaired before (aha!) and the dial moved round to different positions.
We got it out, and it all looked pretty straight forward at the back. Some 24 screws later, the housing was in pieces, the cooker outside and I have a big hole where it used to be.

Unlike new regulations, there is no automatic cut off to the gas supply should the flame go out, so when cleaning the gas hob, you only have to move the knob slightly off the ‘off’ position (no need to push it down first) and you’re connected. Not good if you don’t notice.
Therefore the guy who did our boiler is coming to disconnect the hob and cap off the gas supply next Thursday, so I have a week to find, purchase and have delivered a new electric cooker beforehand. Hubby can install it as he’s qualified for the job.
Oh, and he will also have to cut the worktop so that we can get the new cooker in.

We have the number for the scrap merchant and will ring him when both units are ready for disposal.
So much for a quiet day eh?

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Plans for a Quiet Day.

  1. Michael says:

    We always have the best of intentions, don’t we? But its also good to get things up and going, fixed and doing what they are supposed to do.

    • If we have a problem, we try and sort it before it becomes a major issue. The oven wasn’t really a priority as I didn’t use the one on the boat. However, the hob thing was worrying, and it did seem pointless putting an obsolete cooker back in place. I’m looking forward to shopping for a new one tomorrow. We’ve done some internet exploring and have a choice of 4 models in our price range.

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