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Sunday, 5 July 2009

Toby struggles with the colour wheel











....and before too long Alice joins in . Neither of them are as confused as I am .
Yesterday was stiflingly hot , not a breath of air .
I spend the morning juggling CatCalls , catching up at the DayJob , and then , as two pm beckons , we can no longer postpone the moment when we must enter the world of the carpet swatches . Buzzing insistently at the back of my mind since early Spring when the bright sunshine shows the harsh stains in sharp relief ( there are around fifteen puddle -pools which cannot be disguised), and scheduled for last weekend but balked at the the last minute , it cannot be shirked again .
We head for town and the empire of the two ladies . Twins who have fixed us up on many occasions in the past , they listen , they assess, they show and they move you through the world of the carpet as quickly as is humanely possible . They sense when a customer wishes to be elsewhere . Thus we are leaving with an appointment for measuring in two days and a large wheel of colours and some loose carpet squares tucked under our arms . The relief is palpable .
When we speak to Lady One of Pet Indiscretions they share their own experience the previous evening of High Jinks with their two dogs and a spilled can of coke on their own carpet .
We receive some useful advice , involving cold water ,hot water will set the stain , and standing on the stain with a tea towel ( never hot water and never
rubbing in circles as this removes the twist of the pile. Apparently . So these are the ways in which we have been Going Wrong . Besides having a nervous greyhound with separation anxiety that is ....Who no doubt will redevelop it once the carpet is refitted . )
I stare later at the wheels of colour long after the light has faded , in a rainstorm , and flip between this and that .
Later in my dreams I am visiting the house of a stranger and note that they have a blue carpet with a pale yellow and cream wall . ( Perhaps this is thus possible in the room that has become D s office ? Though I had thought I had settled on a neutral for both rooms ..... ) Oh , who cares ? Who indeed ?



5 comments:

BetteJo said...

If I were ever to have a choice - I would go with hardwood. I am so tired of carpet.

Laura said...

The trouble with wood or perhaps laminate flooring is that should there be a Pet Accident, there tends to be a Skidding Incident shortly afterwards..

MsCatCalls said...

There is no perfect solution with Pet Indiscretions . It is a well known fact . Nappies perhaps but even that doesnt deal with the furballs ...

Laura said...

The ideal solution would be to have Pets Who Don't Soil but we all know what a challenging concept that is. A Carpet Lover may suggest No Pets At All or a Pets To Be Confined to the Utility Area House Rule but of course that would be unthinkable..

MsCatCalls said...

Of course most of my CatCalling families seem to have pristine carpets and happy pets who sit squarely on the best seats .
One wonders where one is going wrong really ?

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