I know some people have a good reason to be a little blue at this time of year, but even Henry, our vacuum cleaner seems to be down in the dumps! I’m not so sure what’s wrong with him, but he certainly doesn’t look like the smiley-faced character he was when he first came to live with us.
Too Much Ash
I wondered if he’s having too much ash from the fire. It would certainly make me grumpy faced if I had a mouthful of that stuff. However, being Winter, we have to have the wood burner on almost 24/7 to keep warm. Then, of course, there’s always more dust this time of year because of the fire, I’m sure he must be feeling the strain.
Before ‘Happy Henry’ moved in with us, we had a vacuum cleaner which was an engagement present from my parents back in 1982! We moved here in 2017, so that’s 35 years of vacuum love before one day in 2020, it blew up! Again, I was cleaning out the wood burner and although this vacuum had no smiley face, you could tell from the sound it was making, he didn’t have long left before going to vacuum heaven. Sure enough, a few splutters and a huge bang and he was gone.
We chose Henry because our local chimney sweep has one and he swears it is the best thing for cleaning out any leftover ash from the wood burner. Of course, he has the happy smiley face, but it’s covered in soot, like a coal miner at the end of his shift. I’ve never seen it with a grumpy face. That’s what you call a vacuum that’s happy with its work.
Happy Sweepy Uppy
I hope January hasn’t left you feeling too gloomy. I also can’t believe I’ve written a whole post about a vacuum cleaner! Here’s to a happy Henry in the future and if you are interested in the history of this smiling dust shifter, there’s a whole website about it with the link below. Happy, smiling sweepy uppy to you.
The history of the Henry vacuum cleaner: