Morning Cleaning Spree
My day started off at 4:30 ish. I got up and made coffee and began trying to catch up at the house. My house is in NO SHAPE for company as we have been home next to ZERO time in recent weeks. Even the evenings have been filled with running errands, urgent care, and taking care of necessities. So it was pleasant to have several hours straight in which to put a small dent in caretaking of our needs here and to once again try to bless our nest.
I began laundry and started working on the kitchen. I hauled things down to the basement. “Things” are a big thing of clothing storage for those things that are “too small” and another of “extra clothes” that I don’t wear often that I don’t have room for right now. I’m moving into my office, LOL! So I have the closet, a shelf, and a plastic set of drawers (normally for office supplies or kids toys) and a few baskets that fit under the bed for socks. Everything else is in that bag and I made a note to bring it back up after Mom moves into her new house. I just kept my favorite stuff out.
I vacuumed up around the vent using the vacuum brush attachment, vacuumed the kitchen floor, and mopped the kitchen floor. I sprayed the counters and stove with a concoction I had mixed up around the time everything closed down last year of Dawn, vinegar, and water. It cuts the grease well and cleans! I took the burner pans off and scrubbed those. I put my vitamins together for the next week. I emptied my work bag of all the masks and soaked those as I was running out of fresh ones. I also restocked my work bag with things for work I was out of: Kleenex, hearth healthy nut packs, individual vanilla almond milks, Bob’s Red Mill Flax and Chia seed cups, and vitamin packets.
And I began at some point just trying to put things up. George vacuumed the den and living room. I only made a one room dent at good old fashioned cleaning. But I’ll keep going from “left to right” through the house until I get things eventually all clean. Really didn’t get through with the kitchen as I need to clean out the fridge inside and shine up the outside. The problem with me is I try to do things right and get all involved so a cleaning day may only mean one room gets done. I get lost in the details of trying to get as much of it done “right” as I can. Problem is – there’s no time to do it proper when you work FT and gone most weekends too. Evenings your pooped out. So….A while back I began the “connect the dot” method of cleaning. I had to do some of that yesterday. It’s where you take something to one room, get something out of that room that goes into another room and so forth- you just keep going until everything is put up all over the house going from room to room. It has its flaws but can make putting the house in order more fun. You can also clean by category. LOL. Go get all the trash out of all rooms, cups out of all rooms, dust all rooms, vacuum all rooms.
Did you need a cleaning strategy blog post this morning? Apparently I did. Why? I was thrilled to get to clean on my house yesterday! It needed it so bad. I didn’t get far but apparently it made a big hit with me.
REMOVING THE BANDAGE
I had been warned that removing the bandage and packing (see yesterday’s post) might be a bit uncomfortable and that it would be best to have someone else do it and to do it quickly. So before the shower, I braced myself by hugging/clutching a towel in one hand and pushing against a wall with the other. It was uncomfortable but mainly stung “after” he quickly pulled it out as the air hit it. I took Ibuprofen. I had forgotten to take it half hour before as planned, but I sure took it then. Still after about a minute it quit stinging. George rebandaged it. I hope we are on the road to recovery. I did notice another cyst building though in another area where it has previously been removed. It almost seems like a solar system of cysts – one goes and so another is built in an alternate place. I don’t get it. The lab results will be back in sometime this week I think to see if it’s ok, but this gets so annoying. I will make the appt with the dermatologist and take it from there. No one has time for this crap.
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO SEE US!
So about 11:30 we headed out early for the airport. Little Roo and his Mom and Dad was on the flight headed our way.
The parking was next to NONE. We went into a “FULL” lot in hopes that something would “turnover” and it did. We found a spot pretty quickly but there were few to be had. We decided it best to go in and help them with River while they got baggage and help them get out of the airport.
We had 15 minutes to wait, which I was personally glad for because that meant we could get some coffee! 😉
Coffee, This Way…
Thank goodness they have some type of refreshment while on THIS SIDE of the security gate. I was grateful for it. George got a chocolate croissant for us to share. It was great with the coffee. I only had a few bites but it would hold me til we got to our late lunch.
I put the camera up for our meeting with them until a few minutes later. Then I felt the pangs of needing to capture the moments. WE went to Target for diapers and formula and then on to lunch at a local sub shop, Jersey Mike’s. We at there a week or so ago while moving Mom. I love the Italian sub with all the Italian meats – with the “Jersey Mike’s Way” + Mayo but minus onion!
River took a little nap at our house and then the kids went to Cody’s parents. They had turned the nursery into a boy’s nursery. They have other grandchildren locally.
Today we are going to the zoo. George has tickets already. There is rain in the forecast sadly. But we will do the best we can I guess.
The Week Ahead
So, Tuesday night, I’ll change the sheets and bedroom over where Mom can have it. George has it on his list to get the bed foam cut for my twin bed in my office so I can get the sheets on it. Wednesday I get off work, go get Mom and Fancy, and we will throw in the car what we can. Mom is thinking “clothes”. I think I will bring in dinner. I told George we would just eat on our own that night.
Thursday we have time with River and Katy and Cody! And I think Kevin and Susan but George has all of this in his head. It could be today we see them (George’s sister and her hubby). I know we see them soon but forget when. I am living by my planner and didn’t write it down when he said. I just show up where I need to be! ha.
So a 4 day week for me. A busy one. And a HOLIDAY payroll. I will be working Friday but I think George will do errands and will run to Columbia to “reassess” everything so he can figure out the order and timing for the remaining loads on Father’s Day weekend. He will also take a car load back of things.
Then Saturday this next weekend we go to our annual “Christmas” get together (and birthdaying) with our good friends, the Irelands. And we take our beloved River and Katy and Cody back to the airport. Sunday back at Mom’s for a couple of loads before the final furniture U-Haul Father’s Day weekend.
Mom was able to get rid of all the furniture not being moved. Except that my sister wants my father’s desk. It’s the only thing left. We won’t have room to move it if she doesn’t take it. It will go to the road for the city to pick up if not gone by Father’s Day weekend. We are hoping all will be finalized then and we can leave. If she still has furniture to be moved if we run out of time Father’s Day weekend, we have the option of the 2nd weekend and can rent another truck then, but now it looks like we will be able to get it all Father’s Day Weekend. I think.
I was able to get the music done this weekend. I finished last night. Now I’m at the graphics stage. I was hoping to finish this weekend – and I still could if I get some time – but it’ll likely be next weekend before it uploads. I have decided to only release on the weekends and will now begin to set them up for a time to be released. So it’ll be ready to go I think by next weekend. The graphics won’t take long. I have to cover up River’s face in the video. And I have to cover up a butt crack scene where George sits and his plumber crack is showing. LOL LOL LOL And I have to cover up a license plate where it’s showing in Texas.
Anyway, I feel good today. I’m shying away from any negativity issues and keeping positive. Life is certainly more fun that way. I have to try and remember not to let things get me down or let other’s being negative and stirring things up, not get to me. It’s hard to do when you are tired. Life is what you make it PERIOD. We can all be miserable cows or pleasant pups! 😉 I don’t know where that came from but there it is.
I typed way too much. Off to shower and get ready for a day with River at the Zoo!