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Charmion De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020 (1850* d) RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020 12 Dec 20


The stand mixer is a couple of years old, and until now I have used it only for bread dough. But fruitcake requires creaming a whole pound of butter into a full cup of Demerara sugar, and then adding to it eight eggs, and then the flour and FOUR POUNDS of fruit, plus nuts. Done right, it becomes a large bowlful of the stiffest batter in my culinary repertoire. So Edmund used to do most of the mixing on fruitcake day.

I bought the mixer at Canadian Tire (my favourite emporium), where it was marked down to half price because KitchenAid had discontinued the colour. Whaaat? I didn’t care; nothing with baby blue.

I’m getting a grip on the dust. Kathleen is upstairs mucking out the bathroom as I type, and I have scrubbed down the sitting room furniture. It’s easy to tell where the cats perch and lounge — pussy pawprints on the silver chest and the tea table by the sitting room window, and a thick drift of black cat hair in an old wicker armchair.

I don’t know what Watson thinks he’s doing on top of the silver chest, which lives on the sideboard; I often find him sitting there, very much on the qui vive, gazing fixedly at the top of the neighbouring china cabinet. At first, I thought he was observing a spider at work, but no. Maybe that’s where the household ghost hangs out.


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