01 June 2015

Day No.1 ~ Summer 2015


We made new garden boxes.  I admit we are a little late, but we'll get some things in and let them go. I tend to pray over my plants, so I'm not too worried.

We went to the pool and had a good time, except that I forgot to put sunscreen on my arms.  Oh well.

We made a little memorial to a fallen robin in our side yard.  Dear bird.  And all the many dear birds who pass to the other side.  We do have three cats, I'll remind you.  Anyway.

We had quesadillas for dinner instead of chicken salad, because the lettuce was bad.  Some people ate chicken, too.

So there you go.

29 April 2015

Spring Cleaning ~ a short hiatus

When I said I was almost done painting the bookshelves, I really was almost done, but the paint has to dry and I decided to add a top shelf (which doesn't make sense if you can't see the bookshelves, but essentially they have a shelf with sides that come up that could support a top shelf/cover) and so I went and got some wood and had it cut, then I primed it, and I like to think it has its last coat of paint drying right now.

As far as the first two days of this week...where have they gone?
On Monday I always have to make an executive decision as to whether I'll dive into a Spring Cleaning project or get the house organized and cleaned for the upcoming week.  Although you can't tell at this point, I chose the latter.

Also we have a humanitarian project for our congregation this weekend and so I have been running errands for that.

Also, I'm feeling a little tired.  I should go to bed earlier.

Today has been a little more leisurely, though I did make my bed.  I've made oat meal cookies for our afternoon dash that takes us to piano, ballet and baseball practice.

My remaining to do list is a little daunting.  I could knock out the hallways and stairs and landing pretty easily (not literally, mind you, that would not be easy), but the rest of the kitchen requires a little getting up for.  The dining area mostly needs some reorganization.  But the storage area/ laundry room and the garage really need an all out overhaul and the kids rooms need a good solid Saturday, which I didn't have last week and won't have this week either.

Still, progress has been made.  We'll get this finished yet, Mr. Frodo.

(Thanks, Sam.)

24 April 2015

Spring Cleaning ~ Day 6

Today I cleaned the bathroom.

Walls/ Door
Light fixture
Drawers and cabinets
Toilet (oh, boys the toilet. Yes. Boys. It's their fault.)
Shower walls
Shower curtain
Swept floor
Mopped floor
Vacuumed the rug.  Both sides.

The End.

But wait! A bonus feature!

I finished painting bookshelves for my girls' room.  Well, I have one more coat to go on three shelves.
But then I am done.

With that, anyway.

Really, The End.

20 April 2015

Spring Cleaning ~ Day 5

This is a story about drapes.  Sort of.
It's also a story about cleaning the Living Room.  Which I have done.  Hooray another check on my list!

So, I've:

Dusted the cobwebs,
Cleaned the ceilings where needed,
Put the drapes in the dryer to get off the dust,
Dusted molding around the windows, and frames around pictures,
Taken the books off the shelves, dusted shelves, put the books back on,
Vacuumed everywhere, even under the bookshelves using a vacuum attachment,
Re-hung drapes, discovered there are some dirt marks.
Decide in the end that if I am truly trying to be thorough about this I should wash the drapes.
Wash the drapes.  Dry the drapes.
Because I want to belie my easy going personality, I dust some of my scrolly-wood cut out frames with Q tips.
I clean more bookshelves, polish the piano and some side tables,
Readjust the rug,
Wash the windows,
Clean the baseboards, wipe down closet door,
and finally take down some Christmas lights.
I rehang the newly washed drapes.

The End.

18 April 2015

Spring Cleaning ~ Days 3 & 4

For Friday and Saturday I did not tackle a specific project.  Which I really should have, you know, jumped in and kept going, but I didn't do nothing.  So I'm not feeling bad about it.

Friday I puttered around my room getting it cleaned up, making the bed etc.  I did manage to throw away a garbage bag and a half of stuff so I was happy about that.  I've been reading about the life-changing magic of tidying up and I like a lot of her ideas, but I'm not quite ready to go all KonMari method yet.  That said, last week, before I started reading the book, I had the crazy idea of completely emptying the contents of a bedroom into the living room,  giving it a thorough cleaning, and then diliberately putting things away.  We'll see.

ANYWAY, Friday was good and my room was cleaned and I walked for almost an hour which has nothing to do with Spring Cleaning.  Or does it?

Saturday is always an adventure with various errands etc.  But Ben installed three light fixtures that have been waiting to go in!!! and we put together the last shelf for the laundry/storage room.  I was able to clear a few things out of the storage room and start a pile of stuff for the upcoming neighborhood yard sale (for charity).

While the kids were watching a movie I cleaned the rest of the house, did the dishes once they were in bed, and was pleased with the day's results.

I also helped my kids organize their legos by color, if that counts for anything.

So, next week?  The rest of the kitchen, the living room, the landing, the stairs and the hallways.  The closets are on my list, but since that involves a lot of getting rid of stuff, I might hold out on that until I start the Great Discard of 2015.

Kids' bedroom are also on the docket, the question there is: do I try to involve them? or do I just go at it on my own? Hmmmmmm.