Saturday, March 19, 2016

Buying Back My Childhood And Other R2BCheerful

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My college had a bring and buy sale last week. Every item 5 shekels, which is just under a pound. Most of it was the predictable sort of stuff decluttered from various homes. A lot of baby stuff that was snapped up as most of the students are young marrieds and many of them pregnant or with babies. However, someone must have been clearing out their granparents' apartment or something similar as there was a big box of antique looking cutlery, other kitchenware, ornaments, etc...

I'm in de-cluttering mode myself so I wasn't even going to take a look but the tables were arranged in the foyer. I couldn't help but glance as I passed from the main front door to the lift. That's when I saw this. I've not seen one of these for years. We used to have one in the bathroom cabinet at home when I was a child. I even used it a couple of times when I had an eye infection,

Ours went somewhere - probably in the downsizing move that my parents made 10 years ago. Ours didn't look like this exactly, ours was more bevalled glass. But something struck a chord. Maybe it wasn't to do with my childhood at all but just a small piece of history that went out when eye droppers came in. And it's small and pleasing to the eye (nice pun). And it won't take up much room. So I dug out the 5 shekel piece that I keep handy for supermarket trolleys, and I bought it.


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Remember that baby lettuce plant we were given at school for bringing in our compost scraps? Remember how weak and unlikely it looked and how the birds had a feast with it? Well it survived and it seems to like the sunny weather. I don't know whether to cut our losses and harvest it now for a very small salad (more of a garnish really) or to leave it and see if it grows bigger. Of course I'll leave it. I'm all for giving time for everyone to reach their full potential. :~)


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We've had a lovely lodger for two weeks. Apart from the nice company, she enabled me to get the handyman in and fix those niggling little things that we've been living with for too long. So now the bathroom sink is unblocked, two small tiles have been re-glued to the shower surround, the shutters in DD's bedroom are fixed, a table lamp that needed re-wiring is now working, and the netting on the screen door has been replaced. Cost to me: nothing except cleaning the spare bedroom and a couple of extra loads of laundry for sheets and towels.

Linking up with Reasons 2B Cheerful on Lakes Single Mum.


10 comments:

  1. Sometimes it's the little things, isn't it? Lovely r2bc. And that eyewasher holder thingy is so quaint :) xx

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  2. Leave the lettuce to grow - you can harvest it leaves at a time, just enough for one salad, until it starts to go to seed.

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    1. What does it look like when it goes to seed? Does that mean I can replant the seeds?

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  3. The eye wash cup is lovely actually as well as being historic, and good luck with the lettuce, you've done better by it than I ever would.

    Fantastic that you got some jobs done -- I still haven't found a reliable handyman, but I have considered some kind of lodger in the future and it's good to here that it worked out so well for you. I know just how annoying those niggly things can be xx

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    1. The trouble with niggly things that need doing is that you have to wait until you have a few jobs or it's not worth paying for the guy to come out. So you suffer until the number of jobs has got almsot out of control when you start feeling like the whole place is falling apart. And then of course it costs a lot.

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  4. what a fab piece of nostalgia! well done on the lettuce. Great news on the fixing things

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    1. That was the word I was looking for - nostalgia. Yes, exactly that.

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  5. Ah, that eye bowl is super and I can completely understand you buying it. Wouldn't mind one myself - they're so practical, as well as nostalgic. Interesting news on the lodger. Glad they're good company. You know I couldn't do without mine. There's a lot to be said for the extra cash they bring in for relatively little work and I'm thinking of switching from the Foreign Language Students to a lodger again so I don't have to cook for them. Hope it works out for you all xx

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    1. You have to be lucky. Some you click with and some you don't.

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