How easy is it to put a new bag in a hoover or wash a floor with a floor washer without flooding it? Apparently very difficult if you are Batty! The last ten days have been amusing and at times a little uncomfortable! Batty came over to stay with us while our family went away for a break!
She arrived all enthusiastic and made preparations to have a giggly old school friend to stay for part of the time. Some housework was required!
First, all the paintwork had to be cleaned with a damp cloth! We soon destroyed that by coming in after going for the ashes on the bonfire in the garden and shaking ourselves clean. Great fun!
Then to hoovering! With new carpets the bags need emptying quite frequently! There were about thirty spare bags in the cupboard. But could she get a new one to click into the machine? Obviously, to her, they were the wrong ones. Each time the bag required emptying she used a knitting needle to remove as much fluff as possible. That took an hour each time! Yesterday she had a demonstration on how to click a new bag here and then hey presto!
Finally all the floors in the utility and kitchen had to be washed each day! We have a big floor washer which sends down washer water and then sucks up the filthy water into a special chamber, leaving an almost dry and clean floor immediately. That is the normal process but…. not with Batty! First of all it took an age to find the on/off switch. That is foot controlled! Then she found a lever on the handle and pressed it. The water started to come out. But she never released the lever! Yes the floor was flooded and no water collected. If only we could tell her….. Panic! She got a large towel and tried to dry the floor. It took six large towels! The next day she thought perhaps she should not release so much water. Hey presto water starts to accumulate in the collection cylinder!
“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”
Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex