Thursday, September 3, 2009

I Blink, and Tomorrow becomes Last Week!

It is unbelieveable how quickly time flies sometimes!  I can’t believe how long ago my last entry already is!

Anyway, we aren’t starting our school year until the day after Labor Day. You would think I would use this time to be preparing for start day, but….. Nah…..  I am actually catching up on some housework (which we know, actually, IS preparing for the first day of school), and have been trying to finish some last UFOs (crafting term for (U)n(F)inished (O)bjects).  I finished knitting a baby sweater (need to sew on buttons), matching booties (need to finish sewing the 2nd one), and want to make a matching hat (a set for a charity).  I also made a nice tote, and hope to get a pair of pajamas and a pair of pants made for my ds.

We have a little local fair that I am planning to add these to; entry day is next week, so that’s what I’ve actually been preparing for!

I’ll try to post some photos to show these items, but not today. I need to go get going with my day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My FlyLady Days

Summer is coming to a close, and some of my responsibilities that have been distriacting me outside of my home as well.  My (deceased) mom’s house is finally fixed, cleaned, and on the market. Renovations to my own house are (almost) finished. Time to et back into the swing of things.
Trying to work towards a more normal working schedule for my home and homeschool.
Flylady Mondays include:
  • dust all surfaces
  • sweep/mop/vacuum
  • empty all trashes;
  • change sheets
  • clean mirrors, sliding door, major windows,
  • declutter weekly periodicals
…need to check and see if that is all.  Then there are the Flylady "daily"s. 
Morning routine:
  • make bed(s)
  • morning shower and such; swish and swipe bathroom;
  • feed the critturs;
  • start the coffee; make the breakfast;
  • unload dishwasher, breakfast, vitamins. Check calendar;
  • eat the breakfast; quiet time; then rouse, feed, and do Bible time with my boy;
  • a load of laundry started;
Later in the day routine:
  • Look at or create "To Do" list;
  • homeschool;
  • hit the hot spots (load the breakfast dishes; clear "hot spot" surfaces;
  • lunch and recess break/ email, phone calls;
  • homeschool in afternoon/ any appointments for the day
After homeschool:
  • Clean up school area;
  • make sure everything’s on hand for dinner;
  • some mom "craft time"
  • start dinner
Bedtime routine:
  • Leave kitchen clean with dishes loaded, dwasher running, coffee set up, counters wiped, sink shined;
  • brush teeth, get dressed for bed;
  • snuggle in and read, or do computer or watch movie while knitting or crocheting.
So, anyway, I got the sheets changed. I had to major clean my bathroom, because it had been ages… I pretty much have to dry mop the hardwood every day because of the dogs. I’ve been able to keep up with the dishwasher and coffee every night, but still need to remember to wipe down surfaces.

Majorly, I have boxes to unpack and declutter.  We had hardwood put in last week, and everthing was boxed and removed from the rooms. Now the boxes need to be unpacked. Realistically, a lot of the stuff that got packed needs to be thrown away, given away, or put away. In other words, when we packed up there were piles that should have been dealt with that were just packed. Now they need to be dealt with.

Anyway, time to get on with my day. I got the breakfast/coffee part done, but not the bed made part, nor the shower, nor the quiet time, nor the dishwasher, etc. Gotta get moving.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Well, I’ve been blogging on my anonymous blog, but I don’t seem to have much readership there. My friends here haven’t found me there yet. And I haven’t had time to increase my readership there by random blogging and leaving comments and such… So I thought I’d update here.

Then I worked on an update, only to have my computer come unplugged and the update lost, so I’m trying again.

First, my dad’s estate is closed, except for $3 and something cents that is still in a bank account. I need to write a letter of instruction to the bank and send them some copies of legal documents to show them we’re done, and close the account.

The house that my mom lived in is not on the market yet, but we’re close.  My goal had been to go through 50+ years of clutter and sort, throw, sell, etc.  My step-sister, still living in the house, stepped up to "assist", and apparently basically stored most everything, thanks in part to a good friend who apparently can’t say no and who apparently has unlimited available storage…
So, using your imagination, what are the types of things you don’t want to have happen to a house you are about to sell that the buyer might bulldoze, but that you’re not sure if the buyer will, and that still has someone living in it?  Okay, I’ll just tell you.  We had to have the hot water heater replaced. ::sigh:: And upgraded, of course, since the county codes have changed and all new heaters need to be installed with certain new fittings and a certain overflow tank, and all the new heaters are different and new codes require different, larger flue vents and…  ::sigh::

So, that’s done.  The carpet has been ripped out, and I need to get over there and spray the place with an enzyme to try to neutralize the dog urine odor.  The back porch needs the indoor/outdoor carpet removed and taken to the dump.  The entire place needs a thorough cleaning. The front yard has an infestation of harmless bees that have to be outa there for the house to be on the market. And…

In November I ripped my rotator cuff.  It took until March to get into surgery. So, I am now in recovery. I’ve been in a sling six weeks and am just recently freed from the sling and able to type two-handed again. I have another 3 MONTHS of physical therapy ahead of me to get full use of my arm back again. So I am DEFINITELY not going to be the one to remove the carpet from the back porch of my mom’s house, and I am not going to be the one to thorough clean the whole place.

Well, I have a follow-up doctor’s appointment to get to in less than an hour, and I haven’t had my lunch yet, so I’m off.

Leaving me comments would be a nice thing, so I know you got this.

Oh, and I wanted to post a link to another blog that I saw today that I really like:

I’d like to get back to doing what I think she did, posting the menu plan for the week each week.  And I’d love to be able to put up my recipes, so I’ll need to review and tweak them to make sure they are all always original and not violating copyright…

Gotta go now! Ciao!