Blogtober 2022 : Day 8

We have a lamp in our living room that came from that well-known Swedish furniture store around the time that we moved into our house.  It’s a tall lamp with energy saving bulbs (which means that it’s rubbish for knitting as you can’t see properly) and it’s got a long paper shade that runs the length of the pole.

The lamp stands behind the sofa and probably would have stood there for many years to come if it were not for furry Teeny Trashers who came to live in our house earlier this year.

A tall lampshade with a yellowed paper shade stands against a cream wall with a pink Celtic knot tapestry on it

“Oh no!  There’s a rip in the lamp shade!”

“How on earth did they manage to get up there?”

“Never mind, we’ll turn the lamp around and no one will ever notice.”

A small rip in a yellowed paper lamp shade

This might have worked had not the Teeny Trashers continued to use the lampshade as – well, I don’t know what they used it for.  A backboard for bouncing off during fights, I think, mostly, and that is not what paper lampshades are designed for.

At last, the day came when the lampshade could be turned around no longer.

A paper lampshade which has almost ripped in half

From any angle, it didn’t look good.

A paper lampshade almost ripped in half. In the foreground is a green leafy plant on a coffee table

Even paper tape could not fix the paper lampshade.

Which is why, when I went into IKEA yesterday for some more tea lights, I came home with a few more items than I went in for …

A blue IKEA bag containing tea lights, gingerbread house kits is on a white coffee table. There is a large box containing a lamp next to it.

We’ve got a big IKEA in Warrington and it’s easy to pop in at quieter times during the week.  Too easy sometimes!  To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever come out of IKEA with just what I went in to get, and even now, looking at this photo, I’ve realised that I forgot to get myself a tube of those round Daim chocolate things that I can’t seem to resist.  I might need to go back.

I did get the tea lights that I originally went in for, and I got some other candles that I thought would look nice around the house now the nights are drawing in ..

A packet of tea lights, a packet containing red candles and the corner of a gingerbread house kit lying on a white high gloss table

And these!

Two red packets containing gingerbread house kits. The top packet contains six small houses and the bottom packet contains one large house

I’ve been buying gingerbread house kits for my girls to make at Christmas time for as long as I can remember and they have still not grown out of wanting to make them.  It started off as supervised affair, me helping them to glue the houses together with icing and them sticking the sweetie decorations that we would buy onto the sides and the roof, and as the years have gone one, my assistance has no longer been required except to referee when it became more of a heated competition than a fun activity involved too much sugar.  It’s only quite recently that IKEA brought out the six house kit; before that there was only the large house kit and every year, the house has been decorated to the point where it’s touch and go whether it can stand up or not.  Often not – and that’s the excuse to dive in and eat it!

Yes, I know it’s only October but these things sell out and so I got them whilst I was there.  It’s called being organised for once! 🙂

I also bought a new lamp to replace our poor deconstructed effort that really does need to be retired.  It was reduced on an IKEA family price (a discount applied to certain times for loyalty card members), and my plan was to build it this afternoon … but by the time I had driven not so small daughter into Manchester for a workshop, been out for brunch with my husband and then gone back to Manchester to pick not so small daughter up, it was time to start dinner instead.

Curry night tonight – chickpea and potato curry from this Sam Stern’s Eat Vegetarian book, one of the first vegetarian cookbooks that I bought.  It’s really easy and really good – just what we need on a Saturday night!  Feet up, glass of wine, film on the TV.  The lamp can wait until tomorrow! 🙂

A wooden chopping board on a black worktop. On the board are two potatoes, a red onion and a garlic clove. Next to the board are a can of tomatoes, a can of coconut milk and a can of chickpeas. A cookbook is next to them.


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13 Responses

  1. Lyndle says:

    Some things just get sacrificed to the treater good, don’t they? We don’t have Ikea here so I’m a little envious! And gingerbread houses are the best.

    • winwickmum says:

      Well, the lamp has had a good run and we’ve certainly had our money’s worth … I’m not good at replacing things unless they’re completely worn out so I think this is my cue to upgrade to something new! 🙂 `You will keep your money in your wallet for a bit longer without IKEA, that’s all I’m saying! 🙂 xx

  2. Rachel says:

    I went to IKEA while I was in Sydney last week for boxes…came out with the boxes, and forks, and dishmats, and a shelf for the teen, and wrapping paper… 🤣

    I love your new lamp! Great choice. And those little houses are adorable, I’m bummed now I didn’t look through the Christmas section more!

    • winwickmum says:

      I was surprised to see them so early, and there was some Christmas stuff out too – no decorations yet but certainly a start – and I wondered if that was because last year, the offerings were much more meagre than usual, apparently caused by the delay of incoming goods thanks to Brexit. It would make sense for IKEA and other shops to be getting their act together just in case this year! 🙂 xx

  3. Barbara says:

    Oh naughty kitties but I like the look of your new lamp and it looks a little sturdier. The curry sounds the perfect way to end the evening. B x

  4. Glenys says:

    Do be careful with candles of any sort and the kittens!!

  5. Helen says:

    This is why kittens look adorable- so they get away with trashing your home. Izzy, now 16, used to climb curtains like a pirate climbing rigging. She’d have been up the lamp…

    • winwickmum says:

      Ha ha, that is exactly it, and you are so right – it’s just like climbing rigging when you see them scale the curtains. Our two are still trying it now but fortunately are easily dissuaded when they get to about half way up 🙂 That poor lamp. It looked like a paper snowflake when it was turned on 🙂 xx

      • Helen says:

        Could be seasonal? I woke one morning wit the rail and curtains collapsing on me. Sigh. She sleeps mostly now.

  6. Lynne Wilcox says:

    I have that cook book too. The apple chutney is the best, I make many, many jars of it every year when the apple season is here.

    • winwickmum says:

      Do you know, I haven’t actually looked through the cook book for ages – I go straight to the pages I need! I’ve just looked up the apple chutney and it does look good … on today’s list is reading through the rest of the recipes! 🙂 xx

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