Saturday, 18 April 2015

Handy Household hint ....

,,,, here's another in my series of helpful posts.

This time it's how to avoid cleaning/ironing or whatever else you hate to do but have to, for a couple of days.

It's easy.  All you have to do is decide to buy some new garden furniture. A couple of weeks ago, that's exactly what I did.  So, on a lovely, sunny Easter Monday, off I went, on a mission.  Big mistake.  Sunny Easter weekends are a good time to not go to garden centres, but I forgot that. There were queues everywhere.  The first place I went, didn't have anything. The second place, once I finally found a parking space, didn't have anything. Third time lucky though. Once I had queued to get into the car park and queued again waiting for a parking space, I found exactly what I wanted. It wasn't what I had gone out looking for though, so I thought I ought to ask Mr Fixit to come back with me (the next day) to make sure he liked it. Luckily, he did, but he wouldn't buy it that day as he has a pensioner's card which gives him 10% off on a Wednesday so we just measured the box to make sure it would fit in the car and didn't need delivering and then went home. Then, Wednesday morning, bright and early, off he went to buy it. He paid for it, and had a very helpful employee help him to take it to the car. Disaster, even with two helpful employees, it would not fit.  Don't know how that happened (but I'm really glad he did the measuring the day before and not me!). He had to come home a few hundred pounds poorer, but without the furniture. Eventually, that evening, a friend of Mr & Mrs Nomad's, who owned a van, went and collected it for us and brought it to our house. Pheww.  If we had but known it, that was the easy bit!

So, next day, fairly early, finds us outside unpacking the box and starting the assembly. With a brief stop for lunch, it took us from about 10 am till 4 pm to put it all together. Sadly, by then, the sun had gone and the weather was chilly again, so all we could do, until yesterday, was to look at it from indoors. it does look lovely though.

Come back in a day or so for the next of my Handy Household Hints, which will show you another way of not doing the chores you hate.

13 comments:

  1. See my plan is take a charter, work into late in the night, sleep part of the day. DH was waiting for me gave me a cup of coffee and sent me outside to help clean up flower beds.

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  2. You are too funny! Isn't this how everyone gets their new patio furniture? It's how we do it! But you left out the part about the marital "disagreements" oh...maybe that's just me

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  3. That is a great way to avoid housework, at least for a few days :) I just wait until 2 days until company is supposed to come to do all of the cleaning. If I start any earlier, my family undoes the cleaning within hours.

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  4. That's a funny story. I have learned to leave my vacuum in the living room so when someone comes it looks like I am in the middle of cleaning.

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  5. Fun and true for so many of us. Glad you got it all handled and I hope you have time to enjoy your new patio set soon.

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  6. Thanks for the tip. You are ever so helpful. The new furniture looks fantastic, and soon enough you will enjoy it in warm, sunny weather.

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  7. Love the way the new furniture looks!

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  8. Oh it looks just perfect Sue, hope you get to use it very soon. We are all just chomping at the bit for nice weather. We had 4 wonderful days in a row and now it is going to return to much cooler weather.

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  9. Beautiful furniture...but was taking the whole day to put it together just to get out of housework (that will still be there waiting for us cuz the cleaning fairies have all left town)? At least you have a lovely spot to sit for tea when the weather gets nice!

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  10. Whilst this is an excellent essay on 'avoidance activity' may I humbly suggest that next time you do something slightly less exhausting!

    Your new furniture is beautiful and I look forward to sitting on it (grin) but in terms of pure energy expenditure you might have been better off doing the ironing {{giggle}}

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  11. Ooh, very nice. Hope you get a lot of use from it over summer. Take care.

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  12. Geez! It sounds like you had quite a time getting some new patio furniture! I hope by now you have had a chance to enjoy it! Looking forward to your next Handy Hint!!

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  13. great looking furniture and very helpful hint..i hate cleaning...lol

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