Domestic Transitions

Day 29 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Domestic Transitions Eating Healthier - Plate with Tomato Basil Mozeralla Egg and Wheat Bread - #doodlewash

For today, we have a rather obscure prompt of simply “transition” which could mean a thousand things visually and another thousand when it comes to words. Two things popped into my head. The first was switching to healthier food options, which I fully intend to do very soon, so that’s what I sketched. However, the main thing on my mind was the fact that our rather old dishwasher decided to crap out on us. Philippe was insistent on trying to figure out how to fix it as soon as we got home, but I said I’d help only after I had a chance to paint and clear my head. When I came back downstairs after scanning my painting for the day and asked him how it was going, he held out a handful of screws. This was not a good sign. But I was impressed, nonetheless, because I probably wouldn’t have managed to remove any screws at all. Since it was my turn to try fixing it, I did the only domestic thing I was qualified to do. I called and had a new one shipped to us. Someone will be ’round to install it tomorrow.  We’ll keep the screws as a souvenir.

Secretly, I’m excited about the new dishwasher, because cleaning up is my only role in the kitchen and the new one is so much cooler. I’m not as fond of actually having to pay for it, but that’s the thing about living in a house. Just when you think everything is fine and you can start putting that money away for your next lovely vacation, something breaks and pours a hot cup of reality on those dreams. The other thing that stinks about buying appliances is that none of the ones made today last as long as their predecessors. Like the houses themselves here, which are quickly constructed out of sticks while the contractors rush to the next job. Sure, after reading The Three Little Pigs, we are all aware that sticks are an inappropriate building material, and it’s simply a matter of time before a wolf comes to knock it all down. But, that’s the thing about life today. Even if it’s not online, it’s all impermanent, always changing and never really built to last.

On the flip side, change is also the very thing that keeps life exciting and keeps our minds churning with new ideas. Each time something changes, whether it’s the seasons, our jobs, or even the type of food we eat, things get little more interesting. Perhaps all this rapid change is a good thing. We can say that we’re bored, but that would really mean that we’re tired of trying to keep up and pay attention. There’s always something fun and wonderfully new to try and do these days. You can take a class on a whim without even changing into your “street clothes”! That’s pretty cool! Yep, in the end I’m a huge fan of changes and enjoy seeing what they’ll bring next. Yeah, there will be some changes I wish hadn’t occurred, but for each one of those, they’ll be hundred of little changes that make life just a little bit better by keeping us engaged in it. It would be a terribly boring world if everything remained the same, even at home, so I’m happy to embrace my current domestic transitions.

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 Day 29 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Domestic Transitions Eating Healthier - Plate with Tomato Basil Mozeralla Egg and Wheat Bread - #doodlewash
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26 Comments
  1. KathyAnne 2 years ago

    Very funny! And Wow! can I related about house matters as 2017 seems to be a year when a lot is cropping up for me here. And yet Yes! change is good — it keeps moving us forward, whether we like it or not, with experiences that help us to grow — again, whether we like it or not! (I do like growing! 😉

  2. First Night Design 2 years ago

    I can still remember when things usd to last! My first telly bought with my first pay packet in ’78 lasted for decades. Those were the days! Enjoy the new dishwasher!

    • Author

      Thanks! 😃💕 Wow! Yeah… I had a telly like that! They really did last forever. These days, I feel lucky if one lasts 3 years. Still waiting on the dishwasher, though, they didn’t quite come through today as planned. hehe

  3. Amen to “none of the ones made today last as long as their predecessors”. My second hand microwave that I’ve had for about 20 years myself, was built in 1988. The bulb has gone out a couple years ago which I suppose I could* replace, but won’t, but finally in the last month the 9 has gone out. Happy new dishwasher, by the way.

    • Author

      Thanks, Jeni! 😃💕 Yeah… things are made rather shotty these days. I guess they figure technology is changing so fast we’ll all want a new one sooner anyway. But instead… I just want things to work!!

  4. Jodi 2 years ago

    You repair like me Charlie O! Thanks goodness Hubby is MUCH better! 🙂

  5. Laura (PA Pict) 2 years ago

    I see you’ve hit a raw nerve with many of us today with the “not built to last theme”. I was only born in the ’70s but I can still testify to the fact that appliances and such like that once would have lasted ages will now go kaput within a few years. In the late 1990s, I still had the odd electrical item from the 1970s that was still going strong. My parents have had the same dishwasher for 25 years. I went through two in ten years. And another factor is that with items from eras past we stood a chance of being able to fix them ourselves or at least paying a reasonable price for a repair. Now the components are so complex and expensive that it’s easier and cheaper to buy a new one, which is terribly unenvironmental.

    • Author

      Thanks sooooo true!! Ugh! Yeah, the older ones could be tweaked without a degree in electronics. It makes buying new things a little sad knowing it’s just money thrown out the window. I think that’s why maker movement is so strong with Etsy and the like. It’s time to get things made my hand again and not slapped together with glue by robots. 😉hehe

      • Laura (PA Pict) 2 years ago

        Absolutely! It’s like the way increased mechanization in manufacturing gave birth to the arts and crafts movement as a reaction at the end of the 19th Century.

  6. Nancy Sapp 2 years ago

    I agree with all the comments about everything in the OLD Days that were made better. I’m OLD now & I’m like the appliances – not holding up so well & it takes a LOT to get me running again.

    I sure wish your food paintings didn’t look so delectable! They make my mouth water – just viewing them.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… things are definitely not the same today. It takes a lot more to get me running lately as well! Lol

  7. Jacob 2 years ago

    Uh oh! I can only agree, they certainly don’t seem to make ’em like they used to. I like your repair skills, though – always exciting to have a big delivery! 😛

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah… nothing is built well these days. But they never arrived with my dishwasher, so I guess reliability is fully a thing of the past! hehe…. hopefully I’ll find out tomorrow if we have to “camp” through the weekend.

  8. Ellie 2 years ago

    100% agreement with the lament on the declining quality of most manufactured things in our lives. Sigh. On a brighter note, your Doodlewash made me instantly hungry! But I’m confused – you seem to have about the healthiest diet around (daydreaming of rootbeer floats and french fries doesn’t count) so I can’t imagine that you need to get any healthier!

    • Author

      Thanks!! 😃💕 hehe… I sometimes cheat and actually have these things. This week I have pizza for lunch. I’m no angel at all! But yeah, mostly, I’m pretty healthy with what I eat. Just have to watch the portion size more of nearly anything. Ugh! lol

  9. debiriley 2 years ago

    What fun reading! and that cobalt turquoise caught my eye in a flash. it SOO looks like CTB. Good thinking Charlie, ordering the new one, faster and cheaper. yes, in the Past… they could be repaired!! now, HA!
    we do live in that wabi sabi world and all is impermanent, imperfect and so unfinished. which Can be a good thing. but the expense has gotten out of hand, for so many older folks on single incomes. or ‘art’ incomes LOL 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks, Debi! 😃💕Glad you liked this one! So true… the expense is insane… doesn’t track with the fact that income are actually going down across the board. But I’m still thrilled to have the new dishwasher. Works great! Repaired! lol

      • debiriley 2 years ago

        you’re welcome Charlie 🙂 wow – a nice, shiny, pretty new dishwasher…. hey! you could do a doodle wash of it – don’t know how you’d work it in. but it would be pretty cool !!!

        • Author

          hehe… it’s so sleek it’s almost boring… nothing to sketch really. And it’s brushed stainless so there’s no reflection. Lol

          • debiriley 2 years ago

            oh.
            well it would be a “Charlie Challenge” well, not really! seeing how you doodlewash everything so well 🙂

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    So, you intend to switch to healthier food options – tomorrow? So funny, your road is definitely paved with good intentions. When major appliances break in our house, I figure it’s a sign to eat out! I’m coming to your house to eat those lovely strawberries and that slice of tea bread – yum!

    • Author

      I always have big plans for “tomorrow”! Lol Actually we eat quite healthy at home, but I’ve been a bit naughty at lunch lately. The cheaper food is never the wisest decision. 😊

  11. ravenousrasoi 1 year ago

    that’s a good breakfast 🙂

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