When we moved out there to take care of the property for my mother, our adult daughters could have stayed behind. Instead, they chose to give up their jobs and move out to the sticks to help me in caring for their father, as well as the property. They gave up a lot, though considering what’s going on in the world right now, it turns out to have been the right decision on a level no one could have expected.
One of the things I love about them is their sense of humour. Especially when it comes to mundane things.
Like descaling the kettle.
Our well water is very high in iron and minerals, so it doesn’t take long for the bottom of the kettle to get thickly coated. I decided it was time to do the vinegar treatment. After scrubbing out as much as possible by hand, the kettle is half filled with a vinegar water mixture and brought to a boil. The mixture is left to sit until the water has cooled down to safely give it another scrub. Rinse and repeat. It had been way too long since we did this, so I planned to leave the vinegar to soak overnight.
With that in mind, when I started the process, I make a sticky note to leave on the counter for the other household members to know what was in the kettle.
I decided to get cute about it.
Did I mention our water is high in iron and minerals?
As the vinegar mixture came to a boil, the liquid turned a very nasty rusty-orange colour, and was completely opaque.
The girls came down to use the kitchen while it was in the cooling down stage.
They added to the note.
The daughter that added the hilarious doodle is having a birthday this month. We don’t tend to celebrate birthdays on the actual day, but prefer to do things for the birthday person throughout the months, so she got her gifts from my husband and I already.
Her younger sister has been spending the last several weeks working on a gift for her. Today, she finished it, and it is amazing!
Who doesn’t want an octopus for their birthday!
I just love the eyes!!!
Also, she made this completely herself, including the pattern.
She taught herself to sew about a year or two ago, and starting making plushies using patterns she could find for free online, as well as clothes for herself.
Me; I baked a cake from a box.
At least the icing was home made. 😀