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What couldn't you do without
Thu 19-Nov-09
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I read the other day that Rhonda at Down to Earth has decided to sell her dishwasher and wash everything by hand!

I couldn't give up our dishwasher. It's my best friend and saves me so much time.

What couldn't you do without?

Thu 19-Nov-09
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I haven't had a dishwasher for many years but if my kitchen was larger I would want one.  They do, apparently, use less water than hand washing.

I could not do without Phyllis, my laptop, she is my lifeline.  And I would hate to lose my radios too.

I'll try that again!

Thu 19-Nov-09
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I couldnt live without…

My whizzy choppy blender stick thing.  I spied a breville one in Sainsburys £23 1/3rd of the price knocked off.  Well worth it!

My MP3 player, I listen to that at work for 7 hours a day.  Blocks the noise out of the customer services area answering the phones.  It is like that advert with the chicken call centre.  a cachophpony of sound, it is deafening sometimes.

the Tv and my laptop.

I dont want much do I?!?!

Thu 19-Nov-09
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Only ever had dishwashers in rented houses so for around 2 1/2 years max unless you count hubby who does the dishes in our house, so maybe I should ask him, hehe, but I don't think we need one.

I wouldn't be without my laptop as that is one of the ways I keep in touch with life outside my village, find out oodles of information, do my job, do my studies, so I would be absolutely scuppered without it.

I wouldn't be without my kettle either, what would I do without cups of tea?

A heater, I don't care what source the heat comes from as long as we have it when we need it. Hopefully we get the base to put our woodstove on tomorrow and then we have all the bits to install our woodstove - yahay independent heat. Only taken us nearly 3 months to get relevant bits of paper and parts together to install it. Heho the joys of living in Latvia

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I also have to add that I love my rice cooker.  I am awful and burn rice, so the machine does it all for me. 

oh and my tongs

my enamel roasting pans?  Or am I getting carried away.

ok if I was on a desert island and I could have only 2 things, it would be a good solid large metal cooking spoon and http://www.creativecookware.com/pro_couscous.htm  its a cook pot with a cous cous steamer in the top part.  used for multiple different uses.

But if I have electricity I want all the other things as well!

Tue 5-Jan-10
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Thermal underwear.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Tue 5-Jan-10
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Right now Kate I couldn't agree more it has warmed up a bit just lately, it is only -8C this morning and not -21C like it was the other day.WhistleWhistleWhistle

Tue 5-Jan-10
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-21...that puts our -5 into perspective! Several layers of thermals then?

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Tue 5-Jan-10
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I could certainly live without a dishwasher (we only got ours about 5 years ago), but I'm quite surprised at the comments on Rhonda's post from people who think d/ws are more hassle than washing by hand! The idea of having a dishwasher and using it as a drying rack for hand-washed dishes, well, it's bonkers! With a small kitchen, I love being able to stack dirty pots and dishes straight into the d/w as I use them, and not have them cluttering up the limited worktop space. It saves time and water, and the dishes are cleaner, especially wineglasses, which come out with a lovely sparkle. I think most people wouldn't do the laundry by hand these days, so why do dishes by hand?

I do have (slightly) fond memories of winding down doing the washing up and chatting at 2 a.m. after dinner parties, but I also remember we used to suffer quite a lot of breakages on these occasions 🙂 I used to buy a dozen wine glasses a year and no longer do!

But I couldn't live without my computer and Internet connection 🙂

Tue 5-Jan-10
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Yup, leggings on for just around the house under jeans and if I am going out skiing again later on in the week I shall be putting on a pair of over trousers this time over my ski pants and leggings (-17C and my legs got cold). I have t-shirt, fleece layer and cardi on at the moment and if the oil-fired heating doesn't heat up our living room a bit quicker I am going to put a vest on too. I also have a fleece lined coat and a headband which keeps my ears warm under my woolly hat. Trouble is I feel like Michelin man half the time and it takes ages to get ready just to take the rubbish to the bin.

Still wouldn't swap it for the chaos in the UK, our roads are ice anyway but everyone has winter tyres on and the roads are kept passable. Cheers

Tue 5-Jan-10
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I just wouldn't be able to cope in your conditions Joanna!  I've been having difficulty keeping warm here and it's a whole lot less cold than Latvia.

I'll try that again!

Tue 5-Jan-10
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Looks like Latvia outside this evening Joanna- snowing hard , there's at least 6" of it fallen already, supposed to snow all day tomorrow. My layers are almost as many as yours! We're just assuming we'll be stuck inside for at least a day or so, not a gritter in sight ( again).

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 6-Jan-10
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I have been watching the BBC news and it is quite amazing, I do remember some winters like that, the first year we owned our own home in Sheffield we had 12inches of snow on top of our wall and I also remember one year when it was regularly down to -7C and the reservoirs froze. I do laugh though when people say things like "why arent the council prepared for this", they could be and they could mothball the equipment in the mild winters but to mothball equipment for 20 years seems a bit extreme. Here we have graders in use all year keeping the dirt roads in shape, in the rain they are like a washboard, and they just use these machines on all roads in the winter, so the equipment is regularly in use all year anyway and so no extra costs for equipment. That and the obligatory winter tyres makes a huge difference.

The only problem we have at the moment is that the communal heating company in their wisdom have turned down the heating because it has "warmed up", after all it is only -8C outside, problem is that it is about 16C in the house and I am trying to do some reading. Hot water bottles, blankets and the vest I talked about now in place. Steam

Wed 6-Jan-10
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Well, I've been snowed on again so like you Joanna am wrapped up in several layers and am in bed with two hot-water bottles.  The temperature indoors is just 15C and the heating seems to be working overtime.Frown

I'll try that again!

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Our heating thank goodness has been turned up, but still a little on the chilly side.

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