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Does anyone remember the old commercial where the woman in her nightgown and housecoat, with curlers in her hair, comes running out of the house, garbage bags in hand, yelling at the garbage truck to wait?

Well, that was me a few weeks ago, minus the curlers.

Oxford County has provided us with a new garbage pick-up service and it is taking some time to get all the route and timing kinks worked out. The previous company picked up mine around 3 p.m. so I always had lots of time to get the garbage out without having to get up at the crack of dawn or put it out the night before. The new bunch has not as yet found a permanent routine.

I am not complaining but I am a creature of habit. I don’t necessarily like putting it out the night before, especially since I have an opossum living under my shed. They love garbage, as do the prowling cats and whatever else might be roaming during the night.

One Thursday, I was taking it out about 8:30 a.m. when I saw some of the neighbour’s had already been picked up so figured I had missed them. I loaded the bag into the van and headed out after the truck. Not sure what I was going to do when I caught it but… when I did catch it, it was coming back down the street but turned off before my place so I went on past. I noticed all over town some was gone and some not and wondered if the inconsistent timing had caused many others to be late. I went to Mae’s and her street had not been done yet so I added my tagged bag to her pile.


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I had a laugh when I got home and found someone else must have thought they missed the truck and had put their garbage at the end of my driveway. I emailed Mae to let her know what I had done and she said she had seen me and wondered if it wasn’t a bit chilly to be running around town in my nightclothes.

Before you think I have completely lost my mind, in my own defense, I had three weeks’ worth of garbage and it really had to go.

After all that, they came back around late in the afternoon and picked up all they had missed. Still not sure when to put it out so I am going to test the cats and “Opie” by putting the garbage out the night before and putting it on top of the large recycling container.

Remember when teachers told us to read the whole test over before starting? That is applicable in a lot of instances in life. You should know all information before you start any project.

Recently, found a new recipe for chocolate cake, complete with special icing, for which I had all the ingredients. It was interesting in a variety of ways but the most intriguing was the icing, which did not use icing sugar. Made the cake and as it cooled I began the icing. It began with a milk and flour roux which was cooked until thick then put in fridge to cool. I creamed the butter and white sugar for several minutes and then added vanilla and beat some more as per instructions. Then I added the cooled roux and got to the part I should have read before I started – beat for 10 minutes.

Now, I am sure those of you with stand mixers do not find this at all daunting but with a hand mixer 10 minutes is a very long time. Even after changing arms every few minutes I was sure I would never make this icing again. Had I read to the bottom I would never have started it but it was well worth the effort. I taste tested a small piece, put a small section in the freezer, gave the neighbours a chunk, and sent the rest home with my sister.

Cake was OK but icing was a surprise, very light, silky, frothy, sweet without being sugary. I will make it again but only for a very special occasion.

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