Blogmas Day 16: Bathtub Drain

Sunday already!  I love weekends!  They fly by so quickly.

Another quiet day here at Mist Cottage.  Chatting over morning coffee, a routine which Attila has resumed, slowly over time, we decided on homemade pizza for supper.  It is a joint venture in which I create the crust and spread it on the pizza pan, and he creates the toppings, puts it all together, and bakes it.  It is very good.  I loved restaurant pizza, but that is permanently off the table now, as even the restaurants that previously were good about stating all ingredients, are now warning about cross contamination and advising those with allergies not to eat their food.  Since restaurant food is full of things no human should be eating in quantity, or with any regularity, the restauranteurs may be adding years to my life in more ways than one.

The traffic on the street has died down this morning, all ten housees in the new development had lights shining from their windows last night.  I guess they took possession of their rented accomodations mid-month.  So far the construction is more instrusive than their presence, so I think we will adjust, to the huge increase in population using this street, with relative ease.

Attila went shopping by himself this morning, at his request, I wonder what he is up to. Not really, he is looking for Christmas gifts for me, can’t complain about that. While he was out in the hustle and bustle, I baked a batch of Turmeric Breakfast Cookies. I have been using the PaulaRed applesauce I canned for baking my Turmeric Breakfast Cookies, and in Attila’s muffins.   I also baked some 100% whole wheat biscuits from some vintage flour that Attila and I both thought seemed fine, and it was, the biscuits were delicous.

Right now, instead of fresh fruit, we are eating the Stewed Strawberry Rhubarb, that I canned this fall.

I noticed, during my shower, that the drain in the tub was not really draining the water out of the tub at a reasonable rate.  Rats!  Today Attila removed the drain cover, and removed a lot of hair, long hair, so my hair, from the drain.  Really a rather disgusting job, so I took it over and removed a lot more hair.  Then I cleaned the drain with a recipe quoted below, using baking soda, vinegar, and very hot water.  What a difference it makes, the water is draining as it should now

  • Pour a pot of boiling hot water down your drain.
  • Dump in about 1/2 c. baking soda. Let that sit for a few minutes.
  • Then, pour a mixture of 1 c. vinegar and 1. c very hot water down on top of the baking soda.
  • Cover with a drain plug (to keep the reaction down below the drain surface) if you have one and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Flush one more time with a pot of boiling water.



Date: 1:00 PM EST Sunday 16 December 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 1.1°C
Dew point: -2.1°C
Humidity: 79%
Wind: NE 16 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
1850 – 1894

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Stubblejumpers Cafe

Cleaning the drains of hair literally makes me gag. It’s so silly, but that’s the way it is. When did I get so ridiculously reactive?!

My solution lately is to lay a facecloth over the drain and let the water go through it when it’s let out. It slows down the process, even though I carefully lift the cloth in the centre as the water drains, but it does catch a surprising amount of hair. I carefully fold up the edges of the cloth, wring it out, and hang it on the edge of the laundry basket to dry.