The Deaths

Home Comforts

Well, it’s been another busy week: it was my dad’s birthday on Monday, and Terry’s on Thursday (I have a post planned on that for next week), and between those two events, plus a bunch of other, less-interesting happenings, let’s just say I’m surprised I haven’t started filling my coffee cup with dogfood again. Ahem.

(There was also THAT episode of Game of Thrones, but we don’t talk about that, because… well, because we can’t talk about it yet without crying. I have no idea why I’m referring to myself in the plural, like Gollum or something: sorry.)

Speaking of TV, however, lookit what I got!

white TV

Yup, it’s a white TV, to match the white floors, the white walls, the white furniture, the white… OMG, I took it too far, didn’t I?

Rest assured, we didn’t actually rush out and buy this TV – we’re not quite THAT dedicated to the whole “Everything must be white” thing. (I was just LOOKING at white hairdryers, honestly: I wasn’t actually going to BUY one…)  No, this TV actually belonged to my parents up until a couple of weeks ago, when they decided to replace it. I, as you know, had been doing a lot of whining about how the giant lump of black plastic that was our previous TV was totally ruining the aesthetic of my all-white bedroom, so they graciously allowed us to take this one off their hands, by which I mean, “I had that thing unplugged and in the back of the car before the new one was even out of the box.”

Now, I was going to switch it on, so there would be a colour other than white, black or gold in this photo, but I’m ashamed to admit that it totally defeated me, because yes, I am totally that person who doesn’t know how to switch the TV on. (I am also that person whose legs you can see reflected in the screen, just in case you were wondering…) I hang my head in shame. Seriously, though, why does it have to be so hard? Remember the days when if you wanted to watch TV, you just pressed a button, and it came on? WHY CAN’T THAT HAPPEN NOW? WHY?

(I feel I have to add, just in case you judge me too harshly over this, that I am capable of learning how to work TVs, and have successfully mastered the one downstairs. I just haven’t got around to this one yet. I possibly never will.)

Where was I? Oh yeah: I called this post ‘home comforts’, with the vague aim of showing you new things from around the house, so here is a photo of a book I bought in a charity shop in North Berwick a couple of weeks ago:


I hardly ever buy ACTUAL books these days – not because I don’t like them, but just because I literally can’t cram any more of them into the various pieces of storage I have around the house for them. Or into my parents’ attic, for that matter, which contains thousands of the things, and I’m honestly not exaggerating. I, er, have some issues with getting rid of books, as you can probably tell, Every few weeks, my parents will tentatively start to suggest I might like to take some of them out of their attic, and I have to either pretend I can’t hear them or change the subject, because, oooh, look, was that a UNICORN flying past the window?!

(I will clear out the books soon, I promise. A charity store near me will one day find itself turning into a book store, without even trying. Sweet!)

Anyway, as I said, I got my Kindle in order to cut back on the amount of physical books I was bringing into the house, but then I saw this one, and, well, it would be wrong to say I judged it by its cover (0r, more specifically, by the font of its title), so let’s just say I was drawn in by the description on the back, and also by the fact that it’s called THE DEATHS, which has a lot of drama to it. And I DO like a bit of drama, don’t I? Unfortunately I haven’t managed to finish it yet: it’s a good book, but it’s one of those stories with tons of characters, and because I’ve been busy, and have been reading it in fits and starts, I keep forgetting who everyone is, and having to flip back to the start to remind myself. I feel like this admission makes me sound a bit dotty, though, so let’s move on, and have a look at my garden, which I know you’re all intensely interested in:

astroturf in garden

Look, it’s grass! We got grass! Only not really, because, yeah, that’s totally astroturf. I mean, AS IF we’d put in grass, which we’d then have to mow every week: do you even KNOW us? One of my main aims in life is to never mow another lawn as long as I live: I’m currently  almost two years into that aim, and so far, so good – I know that people who like gardening find it hard to understand those of us who don’t, but that’s OK, it just means there’s more green stuff for YOU to tend to, OK? Me, I’ll be keeping the astroturf, and the knowledge that the next time it’s sunny, I won’t have to get out the lawnmover, only for it to start raining again the very second it’s done. God, I HATED our last garden, seriously.

(Oh yeah, three cheers for Terry, who put in the astroturf. Because you all realised this had absolutely nothing to do with me, right? I can’t even remember the last time I was IN the garden, let alone working in it…)

Speaking of Terry, he isn’t just my hero because of the astroturf: he’s also my hero because he bought me a replacement bottle of Fragile on eBay:

Fragile by Jean Paul Gaultier

Fragile has been my signature scent for a few years now, so naturally, as soon as the makers got wind of this, they discontinued it. Because HEAVEN FORBID I should be able to just BUY things, like a normal person, huh? You can still buy it, of course, but it tends to be freakishly expensive, and this particular bottle is becoming harder to find, so huge thanks to Terry for buying it for me, and helping me delay the inevitable moment when I have to pick myself a new signature scent, which will no doubt ALSO then be discontinued. If there’s anything you’d like me to avoid, for that very reason (I’d hate to force your favourite perfume to be discontinued just because of me, after all), speak now, or forever hold your peace…

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  • Myra


    Love the white TV: I am the Luddite person who goes into electronic stores and says that I don’t want the machine to sing and dance, I just want it to wash my clothes/keeps food cool/play music/etc.
    as to your signature scent why don’t you go to a perfumiere (don’t know if that’s what they’re called) and have your own perfume created, then you need never worry about it being discontinued. Just get them to send you more. You can try it out until you get it right.

    June 20, 2015
  • Tess


    I used to love perfume so much that I had a vial or two in all my bags. But I no longer need chemical based perfume since I switched to natural products. I don’t have to worry if there’s any perfume discontinued. One more reason for me to checkout the ASOS cart. Woot woot.

    June 20, 2015
  • My parents also ask me often when I’m going to remove my library from the attic which may be one of the reasons we don’t talk so much anymore 😉 they’re books, you can’t just bin them!! They’ve got their own little lives! I also had to buy a kindle for space reasons but have just made the mistake of buying The Goldfinch in paperback for my holiday. I forget how much a real life book is like a drug to me… I fear a relapse!!

    June 20, 2015
  • I switchy scents frequently because I don’t want any of them to be discontinued. However lately I’ve been wearing this Jo Malone scent my son got me for Mother’s Day. I’ve always wanted a signature scent though but I have a bit of a perfume/body spray buying addiction. I guess you could say my signature is citrus. Because at some point everyone started buying me citrus scents and it just sort of stuck.

    I too have a book buyin problem. And I get it from my mother, so I can’t store any books at their house because their house is already full of books. I bought a book to fix that problem but then I had a ln issue with buying book books because I couldn’t hold them and touch them.

    Fashion and Happy Things

    June 20, 2015
  • TinaD


    Ah, so much to talk about–i love miscellany posts like this. 1. Props to Terry for the Astroturf, and avoiding the whole male “competitive lawncare” thing. One less leafblower going at the crack of dawn. (There was a thing in the Guardian two or three years ago about a guy in… Yorkshire?…who spent 30 hours a week on his garden, including 6 mowings. Okay, nice begonias, but…get a life. His neighbors must hate him.) Is the white thing on your patio a firepit? 2. I hate discontinued perfume, but I hate reformulated scent more–same bottle, same £30, but this week it smells like lemon bath cleaner, and you don’t usually know until you’ve brought home a nice big bottle. 3. Books. How do you fit books into your minimalist aesthetic? Is it all in closed cupboards? Because I have dragged my 50 tons of literature into some marvelously modern, streamlined spaces–which turned instantly into Professor Snape’s two-up, two-down, even without benefit of English barley-twist oak appointments, as soon as books were on the shelf. I have a Kindle, of course, but the typos in digital books irritate me beyond measure.

    June 20, 2015
      • TinaD


        Oh, and I forgot the most important bit–happy birthday to your other half (and your dad), and many happy returns!

        June 20, 2015
  • I love how my phone autocorrected nook which is Barnes and Noble version of the kindle to book.
    It should read I bought a nook to fix that problem but then I had issues buying nook books because I wanted actual books.
    Fashion and Happy Things

    June 20, 2015
  • I love that first picture! The mug is amazing and I hope you tell us what you think of the book.

    My signature scent is Miss Dior Eau Fraiche and I honestly can’t tell if they’re phasing it out or not. Within the past couple of years I had two beauty products (specifically for redheads!) discontinued and I’m still bitter about it. It’s not like we get a lot of products aimed at our demographic in the first place, so I feel like the loss is especially significant.

    June 20, 2015
  • Miss Kitty


    I HEAR YOU on the book problem. I LOVE actual books – the look of them on a shelf, the feel of them when you read them. For that reason I haven’t switched to a Kindle – it just wouldn’t be the same. But I am seriously running out of room to store them, because of course you can’t throw books away! What if I wanted to read it again??! So I have two bookcases upstairs, books stored in the cupboard under the stairs, another bookcase in the garage, and several shelves in the loft space above the garage, which of course is so hard to get into that those books have been effectively banished for life, which is sad. One day I swear, when I have a million dollars (which I guess isn’t going to happen unless I find a millionaire willing to marry me), I will have a house with its own library. Then I can have all my books stored nicely in one place where I can look at them whenever I want, instead of crawling under stairs and into lofts trying to find that damn book that I know is somewhere around.
    Just also wanted to say, please don’t ever use La Vie Est Belle perfume, as I absolutely adore it and will be heartbroken if it is discontinued 🙂

    June 20, 2015
  • I hate it when a favourite perfume is discontinued, I loved to wear Armani’s Acqua di Gio which like yours you can still buy at astronomical prices and they replaced with a not so nice one!

    Books I just cannot get rid off, as a book blogger I get sent loads by publishers which I love, my husband not so much, in fact he mentioned a bonfire!

    Great post!

    June 20, 2015
  • Happy birthday to Terry and your father. I like the white TV, it looks great.

    June 21, 2015
  • Yes! Why do companies do this? Why must they discontinue the scent/lipstick shade I like wearing. Every damn time.

    June 23, 2015
  • You should REALLY write a book. I absolutely love your writing style and I think It would be such a succes. Loved your post!

    June 25, 2015