Posts tagged ‘cleaning’

Yesterday’s To Do List:

FLYLADY ZONE 1: Living Room, Dining Room, Entrance

  • Get the wax off the walls and floor from the candle that the %&*&!% cats knocked over – not all finished
  • Sweep the floors
  • Mop the floors – swiffer broke, so didn’t get done
  • Dust
  • Clean window on Front Door
  • (someday, I wanna paint the damn living room)
  • laundry
  • dinner (teriyaki chex mix chicken…new recipe)
  • dishes

Today’s To Do List:

FLYLADY ZONE 1: Living Room, Dining Room, Entrance

  • Get MORE of the wax off the walls and floor from the candle that the %&*&!% cats knocked over
  • Sweep the floors (again)
  • Mop the floors
  • Clean window on Front Door
  • (someday, I wanna paint the damn living room)
  • laundry  (2 loads)
  • dinner
  • dishes

The Widget helped me clean last night.  We did pretty well until the swiffer broke.  😦  I wanted to get a new one, but, it was fine and I couldn’t justify getting a new one.  Thank goodness The Widget was the one using it, so I can’t be blamed for breaking it on purpose to get a new one :-p

Had to throw out quite a bit of stuff because BABY (the male kitten) had peed on it.  I SO need to get him fixed.  I think he’s old enough now, so I will have to stash some money and make an appointment.  If the peeing does not stop after that, I’m going to have to find him a new home.  This is ridiculous!  I was SO pissed at him X-(

Went to bed at 9 last night.  WAY early for me, but apparently, I needed it.  Still couldn’t drag my ass outta bed at 5 (when the alarm went off), but I was up and out of the house by 6:30, so that was good.  Maybe soon I will get back to my 6 am work habit…would be nice.

Just a Vent

Ugh! Nothing too horrible, just have to spew and then I can get on with the rest of my blogging routine…

Spent Saturday with lewen_w. We had a lovely, lovely time stitchin’ and bitchin’! It’s been WAY too long since we’ve hung out. Can’t wait until our next “date” 🙂

Sunday, I slept most of the day. SERIOULY “lazy slug” moment. AFter I dragged my butt outta bed, I went to go pick up the Widget and take him to my sister’s.

We had a good time chit-chatting, playing cards, playing computer games, etc.

After spending the night, we went to the Widget’s favorite park and hung out for a while, then we headed home.

The Widget’s hair had been driving me nuts for months…he wants it long, I *hate* long hair on men/boys. Especially when they insist on looking like mops. UGH.

So, I told him I was buzzin his head and he wasn’t allowed to argue (until he’s 18, I own that head :-p). Good thing I did, as while I was cutting it, I found FOUR LIVE LICE on his head.

OMFG how gross! :-&

I finished buzzing him, cleaned up and threw away the hair (took everything I had not to just torch it) and began the LONG LONG task of stripping beds, bagging up stuffed animals, using special shampoo on EVERYONE, combing, etc. (Inny and I were clear…just dandruff…thank the gods, I think I’d FLIP if I had bugs on me).

Took yesterday off to do 25 loads of laundry. I did two loads before going to the laundry mat and then three more once I got home.

And to top it all off, my wash tub overflowed and flooded part of the laundry room, so I had to clean that up. Thank goodness I had bought a small wet vac years ago. *sigh*

Needless to say, my house smells like bleach and lysol, but it’s clean. I’m surprised WE’RE still alive after that cleansing…

And yet, after all that, I still itch…EVERY WHERE. UGH.

General Spewage

The Peanut has been pissing me off lately. Not cleaning. Not listening. Oh and the attitude! Christ, it’s a wonder I haven’t strangled the little brat!

He’s only 10. Shouldn’t I get a few more years reprieve before the teen angst bullshit starts?


Saturday was busy, busy, busy…and a tad chaotic.

The Peanut was grounded…duh. He had to clean his room and the playroom, off and on (alternating) all day. Gather items to give to Goodwill and the trash. Also had to clean/scrub his old toybox (outside) to give to a neighbor.

Anyway, we got a large collection together to bring to the Goodwill. Loaded up the car and off we went. Dropped everything off. Went grocery shopping. Came home. Had lunch. Noticed kittens were missing.


The last time *I* saw them, they were playing on the pile of Goodwill stuff. After tearing through the house, several times, I decided to race back to Goodwill to see if they noticed any of our bags/boxes mewing.

The lovely, lovely people there tore through the dumpsters and every bag we had brought to look for my lovelies. They weren’t there. And while I was gone, The Peanut and The Annoying One hadn’t seen them.

[Note: If you bring toys to Goodwill in a bag vice a box, they will immediately throw it in the dumpster. Will not even open the bag to see that the toys are in excellent condition.]

I came home, bummed and defeated. My babies were gone. However, I still held out some hope that they were still somewhere that we hadn’t looked, so we freshened up their food and put out some milk. Even begged the other kitties to find them. They ignored us.

About an hour later, my friend, KA and her daughter came over! KA and I have been friends since we were very little, until she moved away and life got in the way of us visiting. Found each other on FACEBOOK about a year ago and pretty much picked up as if no time had elapsed.

While we were sitting there chatting, who should show up but the little munchkins!!! They WERE in the house. Little shits! But we were SO glad they weren’t lost/gone!

About 15 mins after that, my old neighbor P and her husband, H stopped in. THey had moved away about a month ago, so it was a nice surprise. P felt bad that she was “interrupting” KA’s visit, but KA was very gracious and understanding. 🙂

All in all, we had a nice visit. I’m still not sure KA knows how to take me. She has infinite patience (as would be expected from an ICU nurse) and doesn’t seem to be as “dirty language fluent” as I. :-p Always feel I must censor myself, lest I offend her.

I’m REALLY not that “base” of a person, but I do like a good explicative laden rant from time to time. Sadly, it’s been more daily, than time to time. Sad…

Yesterday had me doing more housework (laundry is mostly caught up…just have sheets left). I even got down in my basement craft room and started putting things away. Actually, I was looking for Halloween items for my class later, but it was a good impetus for organizing, and putting away. 🙂

Went to class with The Creative One and Uber Crafty Lady. Even though I think my stuff STINKS compared to theirs, I had a fantastic time. Although The Runner couldn’t make it 😦

Thoroughly enjoyed making the boxes and cards. Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday. Can’t wait to start decorating!!! 🙂

Next week is Fall Borders. Hopefully it will be just as fun 🙂

Today is back to the grind. The Peanut is STILL grounded and will spend most of the rest of his life indoors cleaning his two shitholes. Hopefully he will show siginificant progress before xmas. Otherwise, there will be no xmas. I hate that holiday anyway…so it will be EASY for me to enforce that evil little punishment. *evil grin*

15 Minutes

Peanut and I made a deal. Because his room and his playroom (and my craft area, let’s be honest) are total DISASTERS, he’s to give me 15 minutes a day to clean. He’s decided that ODD numbered days are to work in his room and EVEN for the playroom.

Last night, being and ODD number, found us in his bedroom. WHAT A MESS! I should have taken a picture before we started. Stuff was everywhere! He couldn’t even get to his dresser drawers!

Well, fast forward 15 minutes and WOW! He gave away one [almost full] black trash bag of stuff (plus the already-started-bag of clothing); a grocery bag of trash; and emptied FOUR mesh bags (two of which are part of the FlyLady declutter kit) of stuff that had been waiting to be dealt with. Mostly stuffed animals, but still. Oh, and we found the charger and two game holders for his DS!

He was a little sad about giving away some of his stuffed animals, but we agreed that it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love them, just that he knows that someone out there will love them more and play with them more.


I was so proud. And get this, after his 15 minutes was up, I had to tell him to STOP. He was done. But he was SO on a roll he wanted to keep going.


I’m just so proud. 🙂 Next time, I will take a picture before we start to see if we can see progress as much as last night. I’ll DEFINITELY take a picture of the playroom before we start…doubt we’ll see such dramatic results in 15 minutes, but I’m just glad that we START!

(Oh, and per FlyLady, we only do 15 minutes Monday through Friday…weekends are FREE).


Let’s see…


After work, I believe I laid down for a bit (been quite exhausted the last week or so…) then drove The Peanut to meet his dad for the weekend. (Don’t know if I mentioned this or not, but The Toad got his own apartment a few weeks ago. Congrats to him.). Took me about and HOUR to drive home afterward.

Spoke to my friend, Interior Designer, on the way home. Let her know we [the Queens’ Croppers] were all meeting at my house because The Frau’s youngest was sick. We wanted to give her and the kids a chance to rest (she’s been quite exhausted since getting her two little ones about 2 weeks ago).

Got home about 1/2 hour before everyone starting arriving.

I didn’t scrap with the ladies, but did finish the necklace that I’d started Thursday during Crafty Thursday Lunch with The Creative One, The Runner and The Opinionated One. (As you can probably guess, I’m trying to respect my friends’ anonymity in my blogs). I will post a picture of the necklace later.

I was up until about 2 am with The Queens’ Croppers.


I woke up Saturday morning and had a rendevouz with He-Man. Was fun.

Had planned to finish painting in my bedroom and maybe move some furniture. Didn’t happen because I have a tendency to get down after seeing He-Man. I’m pretty sure I know why, but doesn’t stop me from doing it. Also didn’t help that I watched “I Am Sam” on TV. Good movie, but depressing too.

Just so the day wasn’t a total waste, I took the cart out of the dining room and put it outside. It has metal shelves and wooden top. I intend to use it to hold BBQ tools and such. Let’s see how it survives the weather…

Met The Interior Designer at Starbucks for some hot chocolate and chit-chat. We talked about her design portfolio and also discussed some ideas I had for my house. She’s actually quite talented and does beautiful work. I can’t wait to see her next project. 🙂

She gave me a big [26″] TV to take home. A neighbor of hers moved out and left the TV. She already has a big TV so said that I could take it if I wanted to (apparently, the little 13″ I have in my bedroom didn’t seem big enough to her :-p). I may actually give the big TV to Inny as it is only cable-ready and I like to watch DVDs/videos in my bedroom and need a TV that has A/V hook-ups. Was planning to maybe get myself a 19″ flat panel sometime next year…we’ll see.

After meeting with The Interior Designer, I went home and worked on my cross stitch, watched a Lifetime movie about CoCo Chanel and painted the last wall in my bedroom.

Again, up until 2 am.


Now, SUNDAY was a BUSY day.

Busy, busy, busy.

I got up late. Actually woke up around 6 and had trouble falling back to sleep, but there was NO WAY I was getting up at 6 after going to bed at 2.

Finally got up around 10 and hit the ground running.

I painted the trim (1st coat) on the last wall then started The Great Furniture Rearrangement.

I emptied the drawers of the dressers in The Peanut’s room and took them downstairs. I taped the edges then took them outside to be painted. Put the first coat of primer on then went inside to do more. And of course, while dragging the dresser outside, backed right into the corner of my kitchen counter. No bruise, yet, but VERY sore hip.

Threw in a load of laundry then had The Babbler clean off the top of her dresser so I could get that ready to move.

Cleared out a spot in The Peanut’s room and then went down to take the mirror of the dresser in the Babbler’s room. Pulled out the drawers and put them in the living room, then moved the dresser from her room to Peanut’s room.

Dusted and polished.

Went to my room and took the tape down (from painting the wall). Began the second coat on the trim and started emptying the wardrobes.

Flip-flopped the laundry.

Took the mirror upstairs to the Peanut’s room. Put it on top of the dresser (where it belonged) and cleaned and polished it.

ONE thing accomplished! Go me!

Next, I shimmied, tilted and dragged the wardrobes down the stairs. Dropped one on my toe, so had to deal with some blood. *sigh*

Once they were downstairs, I cleaned the spot where The Babbler’s dresser was and made her leave the room so I could bring the wardrobes in and not worry about them possibly falling on her. Got them in and in place.

TWO things accomplished!

After they were in, I went back up to my room and moved the dresser from my walk-in closet into my bedroom (where the wardrobes were). As I was uncovering the mirror for the dresser THE BIGGEST FUCKING SPIDER IN THE UNIVERSE came scrambling out and ran and hid behind a bookcase.

OMFG! I hate spiders! I’ve been getting better, but good gods that thing was HUGE and FAST!

Rather than freak and not finish my projects, I, warily, finished getting the mirror out of the room and hooked it up to my dresser.

Ran out and put two more coats of paint on the dressers (and drawers).

Then I had to run and pick up The Peanut. Picked him up and started home. Talked to The Spider Whisperer along the way and was delighed when she offered to help me get rid of the spider. *willies* blech!

Once home, The Peanut went out to play with friends while I finished The Great Furniture Rearrangement.

I pulled the chest of drawers out of The Babbler’s room and then paid for the pizza.

After pizza and soda, The Spider Whisperer came over and helped me get rid of Big Fucking Ugly Spider. (Thank goodness, because I don’t think I could have slept until that thing was gone. I sure hope it doesn’t have friends in the house!)

After The Big Fucking Ugly Spider was gone, The Spider Whisperer helped me carry the chest of drawers to my bedroom.

Shortly after that, my friend, The Runner, came over for pizza and company. She was having a bad day and needed some company. Actually, I think she needed the mindless fun of playing with The Peanut and his friends. 😉

While she was playing on the scooter with the kids, I dragged the chest of drawers into my closet and took up the drawers.

Cleaned and polished and began filling the drawers.

THREE things accomplished!

The Runner and The Peanut helped me carry in the dressers and drawers and put them together in the dining room.

FOUR things accomplished!

Afterward, sat and chatted with The Runner for a bit. After The Peanut’s shower, he read for a bit and then said goodnight to The Runner.

I then set up the dishwasher to run while we were in bed and brought the last drawer upstairs (for the chest of drawers).

I took a shower while The Peanut put his clothes away. After my shower, The Peanut and I had our nightly cuddle.

After our cuddle, I went to the basement and flipped the laundry one last time, grabbed the carpet cleaner for The Babbler (cat puked on her carpet) and grabbed an extension cord so I could put an extra fan in The Peanut’s room.

After getting The Peanut all set for bed, I relaxed in my room (watched Season 2 of Stargage: Atlantis).

Took me FOREVER to finally fall asleep because it was so flippin’ hot. I also think it was because I’d had SOOOOOOO much caffeine (had 1/2 gallon of iced tea and about 4 glasses of Pepsi the whole day)…and I was also still a bit creeped out about The Big Fucking Ugly Spider.

And of course, come in to the Spirit Crushing Shit Hole to find the air isn’t working. There are no fucking windows in this piece of shit building.

I feel sick to my stomach, tired and do NOT want to be here.

Ain’t life grand?


Weekend Busyness

Boy was this weekend a busy one!

Jacob was grounded (still is!) so he had to stay in with me ALL weekend. WE cleaned. And cleaned. And cleaned.

And the house is still a pit…in some rooms, even worse than before!


I rearranged Jacob’s room. We went thru some boxes and got rid of items. Some for donation, some for the basement and some to the trash. I moved his bed so he’s not blinded by my bedroom light or the hall light (they both shined right in his face where his bed used to be). I even hung shelves on his wall (over his bed) for him to put stuffed animals on. I’m amazed at how quickly those shelves filled! PLUS, he had a hanging “kitty condo” (i.e. “kitty jail”) that he FILLED to capacity and susequently ripped from the ceiling as it was too heavy. *sigh* I had two others to hang if he’d just been patient.

Oh well, we’ve got the rest of this week to do more.

The front of his room is still a disaster, but we’ll work our way in that direction eventually…

In my room, I put together a PAX closet unit (from IKEA). It’s beautimus and I’m SO excited to have places to actually put things. I’ve gone through my clothes and some of my stuff and we now have 5.5 bags of crap to go to Goodwill! Go me! Now, to get it into the car so I can go drop it off! The plan was to do a little every day and go every Saturday and drop stuff off. Well, obviously, that NEVER happened and took a weekend of solid cleaning to set things on.

I moved a cabinet from the basement to the 1st floor bathroom. Took the cabinet that was there out (it will eventually make it to my room as I’m turning my “walk-in closet” into a sitting room – it’s original purpose, I believe). I’ll be using it as an “end table” of sorts.

My sitting room is a disaster at the moment, but it’s got promise, so I’m happy.

The dining room is a catch all, as I’ve started filling it with everything to do the kitchen. The floor is in there, the paint, the painting accessories, the ceiling fan, as well as everything that was there to begin with!

I’m wondering when I will actually be able to start working in the kitchen. I have to remove cabinets and shut off the water, which will make the kitchen inoperable until installation is complete. I also discovered I’m going to need to borrow a saw from someone to cut my countertops. I think my neighbor has a circular saw, so I could use that for gross fittings, but will need something akin to a jigsaw (can’t remember the name) to cut out the hole for the sink.

SO much work ahead of me.

I’m out of my frelling mind!

No Motivation

I haven’t scrapbooked (or done anything crafty, really) since March. Just haven’t been inspired or felt like digging everything out. I keep saying I need to clean and organize before I can do anything. I can’t work when there’s a mess because I feel like I should be tackling the mess before having “fun”. However, if I’m not in the room, the mess doesn’t bother me. Go figure. :-p

I did two loads of laundry yesterday AND cleaned off one table in my craft area. CLEARED it! Woo Hoo! Go me!

However, clearing it consisted of separating the piles o’ crap into pre-marked bins (paper, adhesives, memorabilia, tools, etc.) so I still have all the shit to contend with, but I’m breaking them down into more manageable piles (or so I tell myself). I have several hobbies to organize as well as regular household stuff (i.e., found a pair of pliers in my crafting stuff because I was too lazy to walk it the extra 20 feet to the tool bag, so left it on my drafting table *sigh*).

Anyway, my point, I’m finally tackling the mess that I’ve been using as an excuse to not do anything. Don’t know what motivated me to do that, but let’s hope the clean craft area will motivate me to craft, because goodness knows nothing else has been!

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