I’ve begun a not so clandestine relationship with a new friend named Lervia. Steve doesn’t mind at all, and no, he wants little to do with her. When I return to the U.S. I will leave Lervia and not keep in touch. She does so much for me, but I’ll leave her behind without so much as a fare-thee-well! Who is this mysterious entity? She’s one of the several appliances with which I’ve had to develop a relationship in order to keep the vermin away.
Lervia is the name on the vacuum cleaner that I found tucked in the pantry closet. As appliances go, she’s pretty easy. I’m an old hand at vacuums. Ask my kids. How many have I gone through since you’ve been born? I get a bizarre feeling of satisfaction once I’ve vacuumed a floor. But Lervia is not your average vacuum. As I found out and related in my blog on the washing machine, European machines are in a class by themselves. For the most part I think that they are well-made. Maybe better than american machines. Lervia not only sucks up the dirt, she also dries my hair at the same time. I had just finished a shower and started to vacuum with my hair still wet. In no time my hair was dry from the air blowing from the TOP of this canister vacuum. I love multi-tasking! By the way, Steve won’t call her Lervia, but insists on calling her the Suck Vac 6,000 (shades of Wayne’s World and Wallace & Gromit together). Do I detect a hint of jealousy?
When Steve and I stepped into an appliance store out of curiosity yesterday, we found that there are some high-end appliances here. Would you spend 240€ for a toaster? No piece of bread is worth that as far as I can tell. But what I did find is that a very popular brand here is Moulinex made in France. In the apartment Madame has left a Supermix 150, Multi Moulinette (food processor) and the Jet Stream Pro iron. All made by Moulinex. I’ve checked on amazon.com and have not found anything close to the Jet Stream Pro.You fill the base with water and the attached hose supplies the iron with the steam. Our children were smaller and weighed less at birth than this machine. But it does a fantastic job ironing clothes!
The washing machine here is not the wash/dry variety like the machine in our first Grenoble apartment. Quel dommage! So we found a dryer rack similar to the one in the first apt. and to the one that I use at our U.S. home. I peeked into one of les laveries automatiques nearby. As far as I can see, drying clothes there is time-consuming and expensive – several € a load. Plus, the dryers are very small. My 14€ drying rack will save a lot of €s and provide needed moisture to the air when winter sets in.
Finally, I want to acquaint you with an item that is ubiquitous here in this urban environment in France. That’s le chariot á commissions. It has un base repliable pour rangement facile et roues silencieuses. Aussi, il est solide, maniable, léger et spacieux. I couldn’t wait to get one. We didn’t buy an expensive one, but there are some that have quite a personality. Ours is, by choice, Duke Blue. (Once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil!) But I have seen bold tartans, slick neon colors and life-like animal prints. Some even have messages like, “I’m single”. You can make quite a statement with your shopping cart! Since we don’t have a car, all our shopping is on foot or by tram. This cart is invaluable. Now if I could only equip it with an engine and figure out how to ride it!
Quel dommage!: What a shame!
les laveries automatiques: laundromats
le chariot á commissions: shopping cart
un base repliable pour rangement facile et roues silencieuses: a folding base for easy storage and silent wheels
Aussi, il est solide, maniable, léger et spacieux: Also, it is solid, handy, light and spacious