How to put on a Duvet cover – the EASY way

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook last week, and I knew I had to try it the next time I made the bed….

IT WORKS SO WELL!!! I’ve been fighting with our king-size doona for the last 12mths when I didn’t have to be!

Only thing I will note that this video doesn’t say – make sure the cover is inside out, with the top side on the mattress. Because science, the inside-out upside-down cover will end up right side up and right way out when you unroll it.


My “process” has been disrupted

Hubby broke his finger last Saturday at work.

He wouldn’t even let me strap it until Sunday evening (after I called in the “big guns” – our doctor friend), and then he avoided going to the doctor to get an X-ray until Wednesday.

The tip of his right ring finger is crushed, and he is now off work for the week.

This is annoying for me, because I have a process, and now he’s in the middle of it and not helping :S

Case in point – Friday morning is when I wash the sheets and towels, but because Hubby is home, he’s still in bed asleep. So I can’t wash the sheets. There’s no point putting the towels through on their own, the load would be too small to be worth it in our machine.

I’ll get back to doing my essay now I’ve had that rant. We are at t-10hrs until it is due.


What’s been happening?

I’ve been sort of absent for a little while – many apologies!

I’ll try and get you all caught up with what’s been happening here in that time.

Semester 2 started, and we’ve got even more reading than last semester! I’m a bit behind on the readings, but that’s to be somewhat expected. We get 4 weeks break from classes from mid-September to mid-October, and during that time we get 2 study weeks and 2 weeks of prac. Looks like I’m going on prac during the second 2 weeks. I’m planning to catch up on all my readings during that time, because between now and then I’ve got 2 assignments and an exam. Thankfully, the exam is open-book, so I just need to know where to find the info.

My physical health has been really good (except for good ol’ hay fever – the wattle started flowering about a week ago and my sinuses hate me right now). My mental health has been reasonably good too, except for the day I forgot to take my tablets, and the week when I overclocked my ability to deal with change.
I haven’t really been riding to uni much this semester (only ridden twice in the past 5 weeks), mainly due to horribly inclement weather – it’s been very wet for this time of year, and the nice days have pretty much only been the days when I’m NOT at uni.

Home life
Our washing machine appears to be on it’s last legs – Hubby pulled all the outsides off to fix some stuff a couple of weeks ago, and it seemed ok… Until yesterday, when it started making weird clunking noises during the spin cycle again. I REALLY don’t want to have to replace it, but we might not have a choice if the problem is what Hubby suspects.
Other than that, I’ve managed to mostly keep up with the housework, and I’ve been reasonably good at actually sticking to my meal plans. I also got an AWESOME new toy for my birthday – the slowcooker/ricecooker/etc magic machine that I’ve been wanting for ages 🙂 It’s having its slow cooker maiden voyage today – I’m making Chicken Teriyaki, and I’ll put the recipe up once I’m done. I’ve kept my little rice cooker as well, because I figure I will probably need it occasionally when I want to serve rice with something I’m doing in the slow cooker (like today).
Hubby and I have been doing date nights a little more often as well over the past few months, which has been really nice 🙂 Hopefully we’ll be able to keep that up for the rest of the semester.

Now, I’d better get back to studying and working on my assignments.


To-do List 19/5/15

List progress for today:

  • dishes
  • watch week 11 Clinical Health lecture 
  • watch Neurological Assessment video
  • research for presentation
  • finish uni “catch up” list
  • cook dinner
  • clean paintbrushes

Now I’m off to do the dishes, so I can make them dirty again when I do dinner hahaha.

Then, it’s off to do some more set painting tonight (hence cleaning the paintbrushes). I always forget to clean my brushes properly after I use them, so I tend to just wash the worst of it out and then clean them properly a few days later. This time it’s been a whole week :S I need to replace a few though, out of a starting set of 7 (rounds in sizes 1, 3, 5, square in 2, 4, 6 and 10) I only have the round 3 and square 6 & 10 left. Others have gotten lost along the way, or I’ve left them too long without proper cleaning and they’ve gone solid. I’m managing with just these three atm though, so I can wait for replacements (white taklon brushes are expensive :S).

Now, I should GET OFF TUMBLR and WordPress and actually go do the dishes.


To-do update 14/05/15

  • Wash clothes
  • Fold & put away clothes
  • Complete Lab Learning Sheets (LLS) for exam this weekend – sorta half-done, got 1 more worksheet finished
  • 1 load through dishwasher 3 lots actually
  • Watch Week 9 A&P Lecture
  • Do weekly A&P quiz

The rest will just have to carry over to tomorrow I guess… Ugh I don’t want to have to go to uni, but I’ll have to because I don’t have a working printer at home right now and I need to print the worksheets (yay for open-book exams though!). Bleh. 


To-do list 14/05/15

I’m sharing my to-do list for the day, in the hopes that I will get a bit more of it done… Because all these things really need to be done today :S

  • Wash clothes
  • Fold & put away clothes
  • Complete Lab Learning Sheets (LLS) for exam this weekend
  • 1 load through dishwasher
  • Watch Week 9 A&P Lecture
  • Do weekly A&P quiz

I’ll check back this evening and let you all know what I got done.


Busy Day

Went to the uni medical centre and got my HepB booster, as well as getting all my paperwork signed to say I’ve got all the right vaccinations and serology and stuff. It’s all now submitted, so I’m basically done for that part of my assessment 🙂 I finished one of my recreational reads on the bus on the way home, so I’ve started another one.

I also baked a fruit cake (this recipe), and made some pizza scrolls (completely from scratch, dough and all! Kneading is very therapeutic. Possible Foodie Friday post!)

Then did some various cleaning and watched 3 episodes of Sword Art Online.

Now I’m off to bed, tomorrow is going to be mainly study/homework. I’ve still got a bit of reading to catch up on, and I’ve got to prepare for a mid-semester exam which is at the end of next week.


Long Weekend – Life update

This weekend, I’m planning on catching up on all my homework/etc that I’ve gotten a little behind with so far this semester, as well as catching up on the cleaning that had gotten behind. I’ve also got our mid-semester break this week, so I’ve got the rest of the week to get everything all sorted.

Yesterday, I did 4 loads of washing (sheets, towels, and 2 lots of clothes). Now they’re all sitting in baskets in the loungeroom waiting to be folded. I’ll probably get to that tonight. I also did 3 loads through our baby dishwasher, and then promptly used most of the pots and mixing bowls again to make dinner. So now I need to do them all again haha.

Today, I’m trying to catch up on the readings that I’ve missed so far this semester. There’s a few, getting sick & having those couple of migraines has really set me back.


my study buddy is happy that today is a study day haha

It’s been so wet here this week, I haven’t been able to ride my bike to uni because it’s been raining, or on the days it isn’t raining the creek has been knee-deep over the bike path. Hubby has been dropping me off and picking me up every day. I wish it would stop raining, I’ve been really enjoying riding to uni 😦

Sorry about the lack of Tutorial Tuesdays and Foodie Fridays, uni + sick = not a lot of time. I’ll hopefully start getting back on track with them after the break, but I’ll have to see how things go.



How to Clean Silver with Toothpaste

Clean silver

I’m sure not everyone has as much silver jewellery as I do – I have HEAPS, because I’ve always preferred it to gold (yellow gold just looks terrible against my skin).

This is how I clean my silver jewellery when it gets tarnished. The worse your jewellery looks, the longer this will take, but I do mine about once a year and it only takes a few minutes a piece that way. The first time I cleaned the bracelet in the before & after picture, it hadn’t been out of its box in 30+ years, and it took about an hour of scrubbing to get it cleaned up.

PLEASE NOTE: This tutorial is only suitable for SOLID STERLING SILVER jewellery. 
If your jewellery items are plated, or it is costume jewellery, there is a very real possibility that this will scrub off the plating and leave you with weirdly coloured jewellery that is DEFINITELY not silver.

You can tell if an item is sterling silver by the stamp – sterling silver is stamped “92.5” (meaning 92.5% silver content). Other stamps you may see – gold is also often stamped as 9ct, 18ct, or 22ct. The stamps aren’t always clear and defined, and if the jewellery is old or well-worn, it can be almost impossible to read, so look carefully. If in doubt, talk to a jeweller.

Showing the 92.5 stamp on a ring

Showing the 92.5 stamp on a ring


What you’ll need

  • old toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • 2 bowls of warm water
  • small towel


  1. Squirt out a pea-sized blob of toothpaste onto the edge of one bowl. This bowl will be your “initial rinse” bowl, for getting the worst of the suds off.
  2. Dampen the toothbrush, get a little toothpaste onto it and scrub the item of jewellery in small circular motions until the whole thing is covered in toothpaste lather. Leave for a minute, then scrub again.
  3. Rinse item in “initial rinse” bowl, then put into other bowl of water and leave it there.
  4. Rinse and repeat (hahaha I am so punny) with all items of jewellery to be cleaned.
  5. Once all items have been cleaned and rinsed, remove from soaking and lay out on a towel. If the weather is particularly cold or damp, use a hairdryer on the lowest heat setting to help it along.

I have had little success with getting fine chains properly shiny using this method, but they do clean up from black to obviously silver in colour.


Life Happens…

I got home from house-sitting to an absolute DISASTER ZONE.

When Hubby said that the house had turned into a “typical bachelor pad”, I thought he was making a joke, and that I’d just need to run a vacuum over the place and re-order some stuff – NOPE.

I can’t see the dining room table under the STUFF, I there was at least a week worth of dishes on the sink (I fixed that yesterday), the floor desperately needed vacuuming and mopping, and the veges that were in the fridge before I left were STILL THERE – and I think they’d developed their own society in the crisper! That’s not even mentioning the 3 baskets of questionably clean/dirty washing in the sunroom.

But to make it worse – APPARENTLY, he’d cleaned up “the worst of it” in the morning before I got home. ?!?!?!?!

Because all of this ended with me completely forgetting about the Day 4 post yesterday, I’m going to shift the dates a little for a few days.

Day 7 of the challenge is sort of a “free day”, so I’m going to shift Days 5 & 6 by a day and keep on with the normal timetable starting on the 8th (once I’ve got the house all cleaned up properly).

And just to put the cleaning thing in perspective – mess doesn’t bother me. DIRT bothers me. I don’t really mind if there’s a bit of stuff all over the place (e.g. pile of clean washing on the couch waiting to be sorted/folded; magazines on the coffee table, current specials brochures on the dining table) as long as it’s CLEAN (no dust, no stinky cat litter, no dishes that are cultivating colonies of fuzzy grey stuff). I’m not as tidy as my Mum is, but I’m not a slob. So when I say that I was horrified by what I came home to, I’m not some clean-freak who’s bothered by the washing being out. It was actually SCARY.

Ugh I’d better get on with this cleaning.