Mindless Mondays – The Baking King

It’s been a while since our last Mindless Mondays. I decided one Saturday morning to bake some Apple Danish Pastries, and was playing about with the camera so captured it! I know this didn’t happen on a Monday (therefore can it count as a ‘mindless Monday’ video?!), but you can watch it on a Monday and I’m posting it on a Monday, and so hopefully you’ll have some enjoyment from my rather mediocre baking skills.

Take me to the Bake Off!

 

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10 Things I Know Nothing About

I’ve been married for a mere 3 years, and since then have been a key figure in a house- as in, being one of the the responsible ones. There is something I didn’t realise however when I got married. And I need you all to know this if you are getting married, or taking on being responsible in a house.

Signing my marriage certificate was also signing an invisible contract saying that I should also know about all things DIY.

The same goes for any contract of house ownership that you sign.

But the problem is, I don’t know all things DIY. Infact, I know basically nothing. And I mean nothing. Things show up or happen in my house that I literally have no idea what to do with. I’d like to show you some photos of various things I’ve encountered in my house and have no idea what they are, or how to deal with them. I’d like to make a guess to say that most of us are in the same boat as me, whether married or single or whatever. If you live in a house and take some kind of responsibility in making sure it stays upright then you will relate to this. If you are not in this position, then please take this as a word of friendly warning from me, watch out for the following things:

1. Cracks. Are they dangerous? Will my ceiling collapse? I know I can’t ask a plumber about them, but who do I ask?! A crack man? Sounds like something to do with narcotics rather than an expert telling me if the house will fall down or not.

2. Wet patches on the ceiling. OK I kinda had to figure this one out quick before the house collapsed, but it took me a while, and weeks layer I’m just hoping it’s sorted itself out.

3. Mould. When our bread gets mouldy I just chuck it out. I can’t do that with a corner of a room. So I’m stuck.

4. Random Indoors Condensation. Do we need more heat in the house? Or less? Or thicker curtains? Or has somebody been chucking water around our house in the middle of the night while we sleep?

5. Bleeding Radiators. That’s an action to do, as well as what I say when they make weird noises. But this task does sound incredibly manly, if only I knew how to do it effectively, and the reason for doing it.

6. Doors that don’t open. Do you scrape away the ‘extra’ wood? Or Barge it open everytime you use it? Last year I broke open our front door with my shoulder and smashed the lock up. Not so great when you’re hoping for a secure house. Oops.

Until I get techy enough to know how to embed vines – click here to see this in action in my life:
7. This Thing. I have no idea what it is, but life is continuing whilst it’s around, so it must have some kind of purpose?!

8. Random Cables & plugs. So many wires. So much fear to throw any of them away. They’ll be useful one day. Maybe.

9. That On/Off Switch. We’ve all got one in our houses, hidden away in the darkness of a mysterious cupboard. But what does it do? It has something to do with electrics I know that. Will the house blow up if I flick it? This looks as simple as a child’s toy, but will be as destructive as a petrol bomb if used incorrectly.

10. Fear-Inducing Plastic ‘Bits’. I have this extra plastic bit after a kitchen appliance was installed. The installer said nothing about it. I’d better keep it just in case. **Proceed to stick it in a drawer for 20 years holding an irrational fear of throwing it away.**

Oh DIY, how I loathe thee, but you are cheaper than those people who come round and sort stuff out in 5 minutes yet charge £80 for the privilege.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

ALS (MND) Ice Bucket Challenge

I know it’s Monday and therefore should this post that is published on a Monday be considered a ‘Mindless Monday’ one?! Well, I thought that would be a bit harsh and wrong considering it’s my Ice Bucket Challenge which is for a cause, and not entirely mindless?! So here, is just a post on a Monday, not quite Mindless.

Here in the UK ALS is known more as Motor Neurone disease (of which ALS is a specific type). For those of you in the UK you can donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association by texting ICED55 followed by the amount you want to donate, to 70070. I love how this viral, simple act has spread so quickly, and hope that huge amounts of money is raised, as well as a great deal of awareness also.  

Mindless Monday – Dogs & Baking(?!)

For this week’s Mindless Monday I thought I’d show a little window in my Mondays. Heather and I have Monday’s off, and we’ve recently been dog-sitting and learning the ropes of what it is like to look after som

Also – one of my favourite shows, the Great British Bake Off is back on UK television for a new series, and so i’ve put my apron back on and giving a swiss roll a try. Take a look at how it all went.

Just in case you’re interested, the recipe I was going with is on the BBC website here.

 

Mindless Mondays – Daily Vlogs

I love Mondays. Whilst the rest of the world haul themselves out of bed and get to work, I have Monday's off work each week and its when I relax before my week's tend to begin on Tuesday. So, with that in mind I've decided that on Mondays I will seek to post blogs that feed that little part of us that loves the mindless, aimless, procrastination-filled bits of life that we simply need in order to relax and stay sane.

I'm calling these posts 'Mindless Mondays', and whether or not I post each Monday will depend on how mindless I'm feeling at the time.

Today I thought I would share a guilty pleasure of mine, Youtubers who post daily vlogs. Taking 15 minutes out of my day to watch somebody else's life may seem like a huge waste of time to you, and at times it does to me too, but I simply can't stop(!). There is something powerfully absorbing as you watch 15 minutes of somebody's yesterday, as they take their dogs for a walk, film their kids say stupid stuff, and generally think out loud with a camera infront of their face. I think if we admit it, there is something we all love about real life

The family dynamics and impact of these vlogs also enthrall me. Many vloggers now make a living through what they do. Many have hundreds of thousand of views on each vlog they publish on youtube, and through advertising and various other things, have come to a place where they have quit their day-jobs and film their life for a living. How surreal, but fascinating! Whether or not I could do it I just don't know. In honesty, I wonder whether I would have much to say at all in one video, let alone a daily video, but I do find some of them brilliantly engaging, through the mundane simplicity of sharing their life with the world. I'd also be interested to know about any pressure it puts on the family. There are a couple that I regularly watch currently and enjoy, and I know there are many more around, but if you have a spare 15 minutes, then why not try one of these out and see what you think…

sacconejolys

The SacconeJoly's – an Irish couple currently living in London, a couple of young children and seemingly tons of dogs.

samandnia

Sam and Nia – the 'good looking parents' from Texas who made that Frozen lip-sync video in their car are now vlogging daily. They are Christians too which is great to see.

What do you think about this idea of daily vlogging? A waste of their time making the videos and our time watching them? Or a fascinating gaze into the lives of others, and a modern way to make home videos of your family for the future? Do you have any other suggestions of vlogs I could watch?

Anyway, happy procrastinating!