Bitch on the Blog

November 19, 2011


Filed under: Despair,Sea — bitchontheblog @ 11:04
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Have realised that I am my father’s daughter and my son is my son: Our happy go lucky smiley optimistic selves will propel themselves forward till the camel’s back breaks and can go no further through the eye of the needle.

Cue irritation, shortly followed by sense of heightened potential for irritability.

One of the, untimely departed, cats (the one who was a dog in a previous life) was  sensitive to a sudden dip in temperature (my mood). She’d bolt through the cat flap before I’d said a word. This minute I am so annoyed a stampede of wildebeests would look for a different route to bypass me.

I already pity my son, due back any minute, being subjected to my disenchantment with lack of hot water. I am trying to finish the washing up. And yes, I’ve checked the fuse.

Before my American readers, no doubt in full possession of a state of the heart Smeg fridge freezer (metallic finish), will utter so much as the word “dishwasher”: Don’t. My dishwasher (best of German engineering, unrivalled) and I were cruely separated on account of lack of space in new den’s kitchen. I don’t mind returning to the ancient art of washing  dishes by hand. I have got Marigold gloves. Industrial strength. But I need HOT water.

Don’t send bucket. I prefer running.


PS Where are rats when your ship is sinking?

PPS Naturally, it’s Saturday. A bit like a toothache.



  1. Well, how bout a bucket of hot water. better than none, you’d say?

    Comment by totsymae1011 — November 19, 2011 @ 13:28 | Reply

    • Sometimes none is better than one. If only not to remind you how much more would be even better. It’s probably how capitalism started.


      Comment by Ursula — November 21, 2011 @ 13:01 | Reply

  2. What happened to the big black pot hung over the fire?

    Comment by Looney — November 20, 2011 @ 00:05 | Reply

    • What do you think? It’s got a hole.


      Comment by Ursula — November 21, 2011 @ 13:03 | Reply

  3. Would this be the same hot water heater that also provides hot water for the shower? Uh oh…

    Comment by Phil — November 20, 2011 @ 13:39 | Reply

    • Phil, I was hoping someone would ask me that question. Who would it be? Who would take such a close interest in my welfare? Who would show enough concern of how I smell to the world? Yes, so am mightily pleased with myself what an excellent judge of character I am.

      No peg needed: The shower is a POWER shower run off a different system. So more HA to you.


      Comment by Ursula — November 21, 2011 @ 13:08 | Reply

      • I would never have thought that the shower and washing up water came from the same heater. It concerns me that I don’t understand why that should be. I just don’t associate washing up with showers. It does suggest possibilities for doing the washing up under the shower.

        Comment by magpie11 — November 21, 2011 @ 13:26 | Reply

  4. My sympathies, Ursula. If it’s any consolation at all, I’m one of the 1% of Americans that has white appliances…

    Comment by Lorna's Voice — November 20, 2011 @ 15:12 | Reply

    • Thank you, Lorna. Glad you picked up on my bitter and twisted remark about the mighty American Smeg. White sisters in arms we are – metallic (outside a restaurant kitchen a bit pretentious, still each to their own polish).

      However, that still doesn’t answer my question: Are you a Smeg? Actually, I have just seen a bright red one. I once had a pair of shiny patent leather shoes – exactly the same shade. What is it with patent leather? We can continue and vary the theme at the water cooler – with no end in sight.

      Washed up yours,

      Comment by Ursula — November 21, 2011 @ 13:22 | Reply

  5. I can almost hear my mother sneering that we don’t know we’re born and then launching into a tirade about how she (and we children ) had to rely on a kettle over the oil stove or on the top of the ideal stove when she was married to my father.

    Cold water for washing up does no good to the hands does it?

    Hope it gets sorted out as soon as possible.

    I was looking up Flotsam and Jetsam and found this “Flotsam and Jetsam, the two moray eels who serve Ursula, the sea witch in The Little Mermaid(10989)

    This is what I was looking for:

    Comment by magpie11 — November 20, 2011 @ 17:05 | Reply

  6. Poor Magpie, whilst undoubtedly true that once upon a time we had to go to the well I’d say to your mother: “What’s that got to do with the price of butter?”.

    And yes, back in business. It was only a two hour blip.

    Thanks for the thoughtful clip. My computer’s sound system is down at the moment, so will have to save listening to it for another day. And -The Little Mermaid one of my favourite fairytales.


    Comment by Ursula — November 21, 2011 @ 13:42 | Reply

    • Butter? She was the only one in our family that was allowed to eat butter!

      As for the well…well, we did have an electric pump at one place we lived. Back in the 60s that was. And a bucket lavatory in an outhouse too. When my father died (1970) she moved to a council property and had hot and cold running water for the first time for many years. She would say that we should not complain! I’d say she should not have married for love and lust!

      Glad the hiccup was not too long lasting.

      Comment by magpie11 — November 21, 2011 @ 15:49 | Reply

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