It’s madness in Hail Britannia’s holiday workshop — madness, I tell you:
The mitts on the left were knit with about 15 extra rounds … not intentionally, of course. I only noticed the mistake when the mitt on the right came off my needles last night, after a satisfying two-hours of watching “my” team (yay gay goat farmers!) win The Amazing Race.
Today I’ll be madly knitting a coordinating mitt for the correctly sized one on the right.
I take December off from teaching, and since it’s a slow month writing-wise, it’s my month to catch up on housework/repairs. So far, I’ve partially replaced a drop ceiling in the downstairs washroom and prepped a large hole in our kitchen ceiling for repair. This week I’d like to finish both tasks as next weekend is dedicated to getting our tree up and decorated. I wish I liked decorating more … or more specifically, decorating a tree. I like putting greens around the house, hanging a wreath on the front door, and placing candles in the windows, but that’s about it. Not a big fan of the tree. Maybe it’s because when O was a baby, we decided to get a fake tree for safety reasons? Hmm, maybe this year we need to think about getting a real tree. Kristie, I’m thinking of you as I write this!
When I’m not repairing or decorating, I’m giving the house a deep scrub. Two weeks ago I took our kitchen exhaust vent apart and completely cleaned it. This was an all-day job, and by the time O came home from school, I was covered head-to-toe in grease. My husband is to blame for the grease: he eats a paleo diet, heavy on meat, and its by-product (fat) creates a mess around the stove. After the exhaust vent cleaning, I gave the stove itself a good scrub, inside and out. And I mean scrub … I don’t like using kitchen chemicals, so the job was accomplished through baking soda, water, a glass scraper, and sheer elbow grease. Even after a good long shower, I still felt like there was a coating of grease on my skin.
On tap for this week? A thorough cleaning of my office, which is sadly overdue, and lots of gift knitting and sewing. No grease in my office, but plenty of cat hair. Those last two tasks will be my reward. 🙂