Off the dear family went this morning – excited right out of their jammies! & I had a leisurely early morning before hitting the "big list". I had forgotten how good coffee tastes before 6am! I fed the chickens so early they were still on the roost when I opened their door. I went down to the basement for something & Catnip didn’t have any water. Sheesh, Karra, you woke him up to tell him good-bye – you couldn’t feed him & give him some water?
I think I was the most productive before 10:30 – I scrubbed the kid’s bathroom floor and even got the sticker & star shaped soap flake off. I washed the bathroom rugs & sterilized the bath toys to get rid of. Then I cleared Karra’s room (putting tons of it into Kurt’s room), made a quick call to my Mom about the carpet shampooer & went to work. Then I decided to do Kurt’s closet before I run out of the pet smell remover shampoo. I put everything in his closet over and around Karra’s things. Then, I had alot of shampoo left & had to use it so that I could rinse the carpets later, so I went after Kristen’s room. Her things are spread all over the hallway. Now, don’t get me started on that girl’s room – she is worse than a category 5 hurricane, tornado & monsoon combined! The joy in the process is that I get to decide what stays & what goes- hehehehehe. So, I moved out of her room to the Robitussin spot on the hallway carpet. That was when Kurt was about 18 months & decided to pour his own dose of cough syrup – the whole bottle – and, no, I never did anything more than blot it up with a wet rag. Amazingly, it lightened up quite a bit! Debbie is now really dying at my lack of housekeeping. She’s my gold standard for keeping a clean house – I will NEVER measure up!
Joel called about 10:40 this morning. He didn’t even get out of our county when he got pulled over for speeding. This is getting to be quite a habit of his – go camping, get ticket. The sheriff was merciful (so much for Joel’s theory that they’re just making money) & gave him a warning. They had been to Cabela’s & were headed to the campsite. I’m sure they’re enjoying their fish supper.
After lunch, I burned the pile of paper & cardboard in the kitchen & scrubbed the floor in the 1/2 bath – with the scrub brush. Debbie just fainted. Then I started sorting books off of the bookshelves. Small pile for 1/2 Price Books, 2 more to donate to church, small pile for the kids to decide on & a smallish stack of toddler & baby books that I want to keep for sentimental reasons. And alot of other books to keep! Started to assemble one of the new bookshelves. I actually had to break 1/2 way through. I have blisters on my fingertips – both hands & blisters on my knees – both of them. I thought it would be no big deal to get both of them put together & shift all of the books around – NOT! I’m worn out! I rested for 1/2 an hour & went back to it. It’s all done & looks gorgeous, but I can’t put the books on because I don’t have a strong enough wall anchor to fix it to the wall. Now I need to go to Lowes – tomorrow or the next day, or the next. Soooooo, I headed back upstairs to rinse the carpets. Fortunately, it doesn’t take as long to rinse & I didn’t need to MOVE anything. I have a favorite dinner planned, but I think I’m too tired to cook. If I do, I’ll post it. It is NOT low cal, low carb, or low fat – but it is YUMMY!
The tiny, gray tornado? He has been so good!! I have been spraying him with the water bottle when he chews on the computer cords & he acts very offended by it. He has slept on the computer chair all day. I think he stayed away from the upstairs because I was making so much noise & throwing things out of Kristen’s room & down the stair.
And that’s what’s happening on this exhaused homestead tonight.