Dry, sore hands

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Washing my hands regularly, using sanitiser, washing up liquid. I try and use moisturiser but it doesn’t help. I keep going with it though. I really want my hand to heal. But every time I wash up, even with gloves, makes it bad again. It started on my little finger and spread. I’m fed up with it. Been going on for months.

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Task I hate….

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Urban sketchers, day 9. We were asked to draw a task we hate. Well I hate washing up. Mainly because I have dermatitis on my hands. I can’t wear gloves because I’m allergic. The water gets too hot even with the thermostat at its lowest (very efficient boiler). The sink is too small and leaks. The sides are too shallow so we get tidal waves if my hubby washes. Then I have to dry the surrounding six foot and the floor! The draining board is a bit small too. The microwave side gets soaked when he puts stuff on the drainer. Which is why I do the task most often, even though hating it!

Sketch is in an a5 sketchpad, cartridge paper, using charcoal pencil.

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Cheering myself up

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I’ve joined a group on Facebook where the idea is to post cheerful things, and not mention the virus.

One of today’s challenges was to post a ‘kettle’ view. I think I took it too literally, this is a view of my kettle.

I posted it, then saw beautiful pictures of kitchens, or views out of the windows of neat and tidy houses.

On a seperate page the urban sketchers challenge was to draw ‘working from home’ as I’m semi retired I’m not really doing that. Craft fairs and exhibitions are off for the time being, and I genuinely have not felt that creative this week. But I wanted to do the challenge, so I drew this. DSC_2386

Washing up waiting to be done..

It’s still waiting…

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Sore fingers

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My fingers are sore. I am fed up with this, but for months now my hand has been sore from when I do the washing up. Does anyone have an idea what I could do? I’m using a mild detergent but I think I’m going to have to try something with no enzymes in it. I tried gloves but I am apparently allergic to them and the skin on my finger tips became worse.

I’m worried because it hurts a bit when I hold my paintbrush. Anyway. I can see a trip to the doctors coming up.

Why have I got so much cutlery?

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And one chopstick?

I had a nice set of six of each stainless steel cutlery, that was fine. But they started disappearing, what was going on? I guessed my hubby had taken them. He’s into fixing bicycles…. Hmm.

So I went and bought some nice ones with blue handles. But over the years the metal on them started to wear away. They were going rusty!

I don’t buy new things very often but after a few years I decided to buy a new set, lovely, sleek, stainless steel. Nice.

So that’s why I’ve got so much. Mostly we use the new ones, and the first stainless steel set, and then the blue handled ones…. Er yes, I know, I should keep washing the same ones. Maybe it saves hot water?

The one chopstick? Found the other one in the bathroom, propping up a maiden hair fern.

And the old cutlery that’s missing? Well I was looking in the shed for something and found some rusty knives and a fork in his tool box. He’s been using them as tyre levers, to fix punctures.

My new washing up sponge.

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Cats are heat seeking, so when I put some of the washing up away, well he jumped up and sat in the warm patch of sunlight!

I’m considering using him as a dish mop or tea towel. I’m surprised he hasn’t jumped into my frying pan.

At one stage he had his head down and started purring loudly. Don’t worry I washed it all again afterwards. The space is now full of draining crockery and I’ve cleared a space for him away from here.

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