A few months ago I tried to make it my custom to clean house on Saturdays. Mostly because I love having a tidy and picked up house for Sunday. It doesn't always happen, and sometimes I clean on other days too, but anyway, I have resumed my cleaning "schedule" here in New Zealand.
I am overjoyed that this house has my very favorite type of vacuum cleaner: A little bug that follows me. Truly, I have never liked the upright bagged kind, and love it that I don't have to use a broom for all the non-carpeted floors.
The outlets are different, and they have a little switch above each one to turn the power on or off. I haven't learned exactly why yet...
The heaters we have are electric wall mounts that simply heat up, and stay hot.
This is pretty amazing. It heats water to boiling in about 4 seconds. Not quite, but pretty much. Ha!
Here is Daniel's first cup of coffee in the plunger. Apparently it's not called a french press here, and I'm still trying to figure out what a toilet plunger is called, if a french press is a plunger. :)
Ah, we have a washing machine. If there's one appliance that I *so* easily take for granted at home, it's a washing machine. In Panama, I did a fair amount by hand, and learned that it's not something I want to do for the long term. I even did some by hand in Germany. Again. Not something I want to repeat.
But I won't have to here! Our front loading washing machine works wonderfully, not only for cleaning clothes, but amusing the 4 year old who has never been able to see clothes flop around inside a washing machine.
I must say though, front loading washing machines are not speedy. The regular wash cycle takes an hour and a half till completion. Is this normal, or is it just a Kiwi thing? I decided to time the "quick wash" and it's a whole 10 minutes faster. I just have to laugh. :)
We don't have a dryer, but that's perfectly fine with me. I don't think anyone in the neighborhood does either. I've never seen so many men hanging up laundry in my life! These clotheslines are everywhere, as well as laundry racks that you unfold and set up on your deck or something. Here's our clothesline, right outside Natasha's bedroom window.