Today, I had to design and plan a festival. It was suggested that I could include family and friends by holding a zoom conference, prepare and eat festival type food and dress in festival clothes.
However, as you all know, all the best laid plans can go wrong and parties, celebrations and festivals can suddenly take on lives of their own. I know that other participants in these daily challenges will have thought of festivals of light, of music, of art and crafts and of literature
but I had devised my own festival- the festival of cleaning!
It all started when the element in my oven blew and I had to call in the lovely repair man. He lifted out the oven from its casing and to my horror there was quite a bit of mess behind where the oven had been, So, while he dismantled the insides of my oven I quickly cleaned the casing. I finished this with a smile of course and when he went out to his van to collect the correct part, I quickly grabbed the oven cleaner and applied myself to cleaning the insides whilst the interior lay on the kitchen aisle.
The repair man soon came back and as quick as a flash and £115 later my oven was working.
"Yeah!" I thought until I noticed that some of the debris from the oven had fallen inside the pan drawer underneath it. I realised that I would have to clean this so that’s what I did. I removed the pans and gave them a wash, cleaned the drawer and then when I was happy I thought to myself, “Well, if I cleaned the top drawer, I’d better clean the bottom one as well.”
Now this drawer held some old pans, so I made an executive decision to throw them. Collecting a black bin liner, I soon filled this up with unwanted and unused items. Once it was sorted and re- organised as well as being cleaning I had another thought.
"My George Forman grill will fit nicely in there."
So yes you guessed it, I opened another drawer and did the same here. Re-organised, cleaned and as it was a set of three drawers the other two above it were completed as well.
I was on a roll!
I then turned to yet another set of three drawers and was rewarded with a beautifully clean and tidy trio that when opened gleamed at me in grateful thanks. One side of my kitchen had now been tackled so I had some light festival refreshment and decided to continue. I turned on the radio and was soon tidying, discarding, and cleaning six more drawers.
Now festivals often take place over a few days, so it was back to planning and designing the next stage of my festival of cleaning. Tomorrow, I would tackle the remaining three drawers and the two cupboards under the sink! And then on the third day it would have to be the fridge and freezer, widows, surfaces, and floor. What a tremendously exciting two days to look forward to!
Can't wait to see what happens if I ever have to plan a rave!
Sue Westcott (C.) 2021