Domestic, er, bliss….

I have almost reached the bottom of the pile.

We got home late on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday I unpacked, put away, cleaned, and did 4 or 5 loads of laundry. Mouse spent the entire first evening walking around the house and lying down on empty patches of floor, our bed, the sofa and his three beds, to re-establish his own personal ‘flavour’. He managed to be under foot the maximum amount of time, but the delight on his furry face at being back was so touching I hadn’t the heart to ask him to go and lie down.

Now that we’re back and I’m fully in the swing of domesticity again, I’m looking back fondly on some of the meals I didn’t have to make myself.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner, in that order.

How easy it was to keep the caravan tidy, the beds made and the dishes done. And how very good it is to have a bit more space again, despite the domestic requirements!

(A point of information: we don’t have a hot water system in the caravan. Until recently, I had to boil the kettle several times to get enough hot water to wash up. And then I had a brainwave! A hot water urn. It holds 8 litres (nearly 2 gallons) of water (enough for two loads of washing up) and can hold it at the boil if necessary, but also keeps it at perfect washing up temperature all day. It’s plastic, lightweight and can be stowed away for travel.

It’s good to be home, but I do still have my fingers crossed that the trip down to NSW we have booked in October will go ahead. It will give me a chance to catch up with friends and family, as well as satisfying my slight homesickness for the region we’re going to.

Just at the moment, it’s not looking great; the number of cases in Sydney is climbing exponentially as cases come into the country with returning travellers, and then run amok in the local population, some of whom are not especially compliant…  By the time we’re supposed to leave, we’ll both be fully vaccinated. Wouldn’t it be nice if that allowed us to cross the border freely…?

Once I’ve finished all the domestic stuff, I can finally turn my attention back to the sewing room and my newly-serviced sewing machine. Oh, and my plans to completely rearrange the whole sewing room. Eeek!

Looking forward to it 🙂

32 thoughts on “Domestic, er, bliss….

  1. magpiesue says:

    Welcome home! Those meals look scrumptious.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s good to be back (apart from the heaps of laundry), and to have access to a full sized kitchen, but my word it was lovely to have someone else do the cooking sometimes! We both had a great rest and did some fun stuff.

  2. Whoa, you have a lot of energy! Are you prohibited from crossing internal borders now? We had that last year. On Sunday night CR put us back on Alert Level 3, which is still not great but better than Level 4!
    I was chatting to a woman who is a nurse at Red Cross Childrens’ Hospital this afternoon, she said the number of children picking up the Delta variant is growing daily. I am due for my second vaccination in a couple of weeks time. Will be happier when it’s done.

    • katechiconi says:

      Some borders are closed, others aren’t. It depends on the state and who its neighbours are. Currently, things are open but large chunks of Sydney are in lockdown and their cases are rising because of a few selfish a-holes who knew they had it but insisted on sharing the joy. It’s Delta, so of course it’s spreading like crazy. Unless NSW can get itself under control, our border is inevitably going to close. The planned trip is for October, and to the north of the state, a long way from Sydney, but the last thing we want is to be caught on the wrong side if they close it.

  3. So glad you had a good time and a good rest from the dailiness of it all. That makes it nicer to come back to later. I went to the grocery for the first time in several weeks and was surprised to see most mask-less. I’m vaccinated but taking precautions until this is all gone. If ever. Mr. Mouse looks like he is happy to have a bit more space too. I’m redoing the sewing room too. It’s on the mornings list as it’s too warm today. It’s too much of a mess to sew anything right now. Enjoy your domesticity.

  4. Welcome home. I was so tempted to call and chat but knowing how I am when I get back from a trip re establishing my ‘mark’ around the house with laundry and cooking and cleaning I didn’t ring u 😄… seeing as you do the same thing. I’m with Mouse in his territorial-ness 🥰
    Will call a bit later and catch up..
    Redoing your sewing room sounds very exciting… I’m enjoying my creative space so much 🤩

  5. I’m also keeping fingers crossed for October as it’s long overdue

  6. Dayphoto says:

    Those plates of yum, look just YUMMY!

  7. anne54 says:

    Welcome home! There is always so much to do when you come back. I know what you mean about enjoying not cooking. There are some days when I wish I enjoyed take away more!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m nearly on top of it, thank goodness. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking, it’s just hard to always think up what to make, make sure I have everything and then get it done, especially when I’m a bit tired. Once in a while, a meal out is such a treat!

  8. I can relate to boiling the kettle wash up… the urn is a excellent idea 👏 We’ve all got our fingers crossed that the covid situation improves but practically we’re also getting our first jabs next week. Mmmm, those photos look good enough to eat.

    • katechiconi says:

      The urn has been a godsend. It heats up really quickly too. One day we might spring for a proper gas hot water system, but till then, this does for the dishes and a bucket bath each if showers aren’t available.

  9. cedar51 says:

    What a magic trip you’ve had, even if for the first days home, so much laundry etc to be taken care of. Mouse, appeared to enjoy the trip as well as seen on his blog post.
    Revamping the sewing room – now that’s going to entertaining – what will you find, tucked away 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, so far, I’ve unearthed our wedding planning folder, some photos of my father, a shirt I’d forgotten about that needs mending… The list goes on. I’ve put a load of tools away, recycled kilos of paper, and the place looks better, but also worse because there are now things lying about that I’ll need to find homes for! Still, thanks to the holiday, I feel energised enough to get down to it!

      • cedar51 says:

        My specialised craft room, that I was so sure would be the place, when I moved here, turned out to be far too small. I put up my folding table and then looked around and said “so if you put in your work chair…????” So it became the walk in art supply – but that still didn’t work terribly well, as shelving was a bit of an issue… nearly 5 years have passed by; still no nearer to having anything truly work. I’m in the process of having a radical sort up – particularly of “things” I no longer use, want, or they are frankly only suitable for the garbage – am I getting anywhere, I hope so!

      • katechiconi says:

        I put two large black bin bags-worth of paper into the recycling bin yesterday. So far I’ve draw the line at throwing out any fabric, and I haven’t even addressed the other materiels: paint, pencils, pens, inks, my pyrography set, files of reference material, etc. But I know I need to be ruthless!

  10. tialys says:

    I thought you had reorganised your sewing room when you moved house. Says she who still can’t find things 8 months after her move.🙄

    • katechiconi says:

      I did indeed, but that was 2.5 years ago, and like all empty spaces and surfaces in this house, it has become a sh*t-magnet. I can’t quite understand why my sewing room has become the home of the tiling equipment or the paintbrushes, or the sander, for example. So I’ve packed them all neatly into a storage tub. I’ve recycled two entire bin bags of paper: home made patterns, paper piecing patterns I also have in digital form. ancient records of things I’ve made, ancient Christmas cards, etc. I have, however, kept the folder with my wedding planning, photos of Pa and the construction notes for the Cloths of Heaven quilt, etc. Such a long way still to go, but I can see light appearing faintly at the end of the tunnel.

      • tialys says:

        I remember once taking almost two weeks to get my workroom in order and, in the meantime, couldn’t work on any projects. I learnt my lesson and really, really try now to tidy up after every project I finish. I say that as though I only ever have one project on the go at any one time 🤣 but you know what I mean.

      • katechiconi says:

        It isn’t the sewing projects that are the problem, it’s all the extraneous stuff creeping in, the location of the storage and the fact that a lot of stuff is just inaccessible. Time for a change. And yes, I do know what you mean about lots of stuff on the go: Anemone quilt waiting for hand quilting, a quilt half-done on the design wall, another waiting in the wings, Floribunda piling up (eek, yet another month without a block), Hopscotch piling up, mending waiting… I feel a bit blocked by all the sheer *stuff*.

  11. Going Batty in Wales says:

    It is lovely to go away and have a change, let someone else do some of the cooking etc. And lovely to get back home, to your own things and more space. Mouse obviously agrees! Like him I have to explore again, move a few things around, take possession. Good luck with re-arranging the work room. I find every space, indoors or out, needs a rethink and a declutter from time to time. It is always daunting but so worthwhile once it is done.

    • katechiconi says:

      Perhaps I should take a leaf out of Mouse’s book, and not plunge straight into the cleaning and tidying and unpacking. It wouldn’t hurt to walk around for a few minutes and reconnect with my home! As for the decluttering and rearranging, it has to be done in increments, around the domestic tasks. But I’ll get there.

  12. Glad you got another trip in and understand the quiet exultation of getting home. Or at least, Mouse’s quiet exultation.

    Delta variant cases are rising to an alarming degree here in the U.S. and, again, so much misery when we haven’t had time to regroup from the last 16 months. I do what I can to savor time with friends and family, do what I can to stop worrying about children heading back to school in a few weeks, do what I can to hope these trials teach us how to best care for one another.

    • katechiconi says:

      I worry that as a species we have spent too long being taught that we have a right to health and happiness, and have forgotten that these rights were earned and should not be taken for granted.

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