Cowart's Common Room
Why do we do it?

Why do we do things, and we are talking small every day things here, when we know something is going to go wrong.

For example bleaching the sink . . . Simple enough, but how many of us have done it in our good clothes telling ourselves we will be really careful and it will be fine . . . And then . . . bleach on the clothes. . . . and how many of us have done this more than once.

My worst one is staining and waxing frames. . . . I just never listen and got black stain on the carpet on Saturday Embarassed and an awful lot of my clothes have lime wax smears on. . . .

So go on then own up . . . What daft things do you do.

Posted at 16th Nov 2010 - 10:33AM   Posted by Westerwitch   Why do we do it? Comments: 21

Jaynebeth's Avatar ever have the diet breaking moment of a fried egg & tomato sauce sandwich? normally eaten when wearing linen trousers or a silk blouse - guaranteed combination of egg yolk, sauce & grease stains.

(I know - I shouldn't break the diet)

Posted by: Jaynebeth on 16th Nov 2010 at 10:40AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Crying or Very sad oh yes . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 16th Nov 2010 at 10:45AM

Faith's Avatar I used to always put down the bleach bottle with no cap on because I was going to use it again in a minute, and then spill itSad Done that loads of times - now I always put the cap on even if I have to unscrew it again in half a minute. I am currently wearing navy blue cords with rusty streaks on the knee created by bleach!

Posted by: Faith on 16th Nov 2010 at 11:08AM

Toady's Avatar Managed to press the wrong button when googling for a knitting pattern - downloaded a load of filth and a virus. Hence back to using ancient laptop while waiting for SIL to come and mend it.

Posted by: Toady on 16th Nov 2010 at 11:09AM

Milla's Avatar This isn't deliberate but WHY do the pockets of cardigans and long sleeves and so on ALWAYS manage to hook onto the door handles when you go past and either rip your clothes or bring you up short. If paid a million quid you couldn't do it on purpose but everytime my clothes seem to snag on doors. Must try not to walk so close to them!
And certainly every Monday I seem to make something involving turmeric or tomato and, yes, F11 will insist in eating in his karate outfit and the inevitable happens. We are finally learning about this but it took a while!

Posted by: Milla on 16th Nov 2010 at 11:12AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I allowed the dog to sit next to me on the sofa when wearing my best black trousers. The dog is beige - so are the trousers now. It will take a lot of sticky tape to get the hairs off.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 16th Nov 2010 at 11:15AM

Fennie's Avatar The bleach thing - oh dear! But still do it. Milla's door handles. Exactly. Me too, 1000 times. But Milla I think you are the first person ever to have put it in print.

Otherwise, deliberately not starting to get myself organised (I've got plenty of time) before I have to go out and then always leaving in a rush, forgetting things, late etc.

Must be lots of other things. I'm a tyke really.

Posted by: Fennie on 16th Nov 2010 at 12:00PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar My worst thing is walking into the house to grab just one thing, something so small it doesn't warrant removing muddy wellington boots. I think that if I tip toe I won't get mud on the pale beige carpet. Rolling EyesLaughing

As for bleach I once put the bottle down on the tiled kitchen floor, where (unknown to me) it left a ring of bleach. I then sat on that bleach in my favourite yoga trousers (still without realising) then lunchtime happened and I sat on our brand new sofa to eat a sandwich.

Days later OH asked what the pale beached circle was on the sofa... and the matching one on the back of my trousers... I told you I was a rubbish housewife. I'm not just bad at cleaning I'm a disaster waiting to happen.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 16th Nov 2010 at 12:13PM

Milla's Avatar We must be twins, Fennie! And I'm with you on the so-wrong organisation. Drives E mad. There he is, sitting in the car; there I am twittering around with a 1001 last minute things to do (and still fretting about having left the fridge door open, back door unlocked, hot tap running ... 10 miles down the road). Mind you, am sure it stems from me doing, or feeling I have to do "everything" for the jaunt whereas he just strolls outdoors. Back from the days, I suppose, of me remembering spare clothes and nappies and bottles of water and and and.

Posted by: Milla on 16th Nov 2010 at 12:14PM

Milla's Avatar PM! No!! I was about to be your twin, too, with the long-stepping tip toes into get something totally unnecessary over the, yes!, beige carpets. But you lost me (and impressed me) at the ever-ready circle of bleach.

Posted by: Milla on 16th Nov 2010 at 12:16PM

Milla's Avatar PS, Gawd, me again (horribly attached to a thread about cock ups) the bleach thing can be sorted by buying one of those spray things with bleach in it - clean sink and saved clothes. Just .... spray in the right direction!

Posted by: Milla on 16th Nov 2010 at 12:17PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar The bleach thing can be sorted - by not using it. What is it with your love of bleach? It's terrible stuff! Not at all ecological - and you Fennie ecomonitor, too.
I am not saying I never use it, but a bottle may last me a year or two and I haven't succumbed to blight or some terrible disease.
A spoonful of Jif cream cleans the sink without wrecking clothes or sofas. Let it go - with the wine. (Dukan girls only)

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 16th Nov 2010 at 12:39PM

Camilla's Avatar What sort of carpet is it Westerwitch? is it nylon or wool? perhaps worth asking specialist cleaning firm that may be able to help. If you have any off-cuts of the carpet they will be able to do testing with certain cleaning fluids so as not to completely damage your original, this way it can be established whether it has removed the stain.

I bought a new white linen cotton dressing gown in the summer, only worn it once, and got ink stains from fountain pen covered all over the left sleeve....sigh.

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Nov 2010 at 12:59PM

Milla's Avatar I've probably only bought about 2 bottles of bleach in my life. The stuff in the spray I use is an eco anti-bacterial thing, just for the line between ceramic and porcelain sink. Mainly use those micro clothes. And, like you say, Rosie, rarely, if ever ill. Touch Wood!! Not giving up the wine though. Not completely. Have a heart.

Posted by: Milla on 16th Nov 2010 at 01:07PM

Camilla's Avatar Giving up wine...... definately not, gulp.....Rosie - I have always used the jiffy cream, it's fantastic on getting stains removed from sinks and tiles, even use it on cleaning the bath too.

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Nov 2010 at 01:24PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar I hate bleach too - can't stand the smell. I only use it when absolutely necessary so I can't think how I managed to get some on the floor and then sit on it. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 16th Nov 2010 at 02:05PM

Dancing Dog's Avatar Red pasta sauce; I may as well eat it directly off my chest and skip the plate altogether. If I was wearing black I could eat a gallon of the stuff while balanced on one leg. If I'm wearing any light colour, I can't get the first forkful into my mouth without a stain.

Posted by: Dancing Dog on 16th Nov 2010 at 04:22PM

Dancing Dog's Avatar Milla, that made me laugh, I am always getting my sleeves caught in door knobs. I feel such a twit when striding purposely into a room only to be forcefully yanked backwards, or even worse spun around into the door.LaughingLaughing

Posted by: Dancing Dog on 16th Nov 2010 at 04:27PM

Milla's Avatar I know! it's so rude, such an abrupt wake up call when you're floating about all vague and temp-happy in a fugue. And God forbid if you have a cup of coffee in your hand at the time!

Posted by: Milla on 16th Nov 2010 at 08:20PM

Milla's Avatar by the way, loathe to give the impression that I drift around in mou mous or big mediaeval type things. Even tiny pockets can get caught on our door handles. Evil things.

Posted by: Milla on 16th Nov 2010 at 08:41PM

Withy Brook's Avatar All the pockets of cardigans that I used to wear are all baggy from cathching on things
French dressing is my downfall - so many nice brand new silk shirts ruined for ever. Twisted Evil

Posted by: Withy Brook on 16th Nov 2010 at 08:59PM

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