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I Got My Domestic On!

For some reason, I was feeling very domestic yesterday. If only I knew what brought this on, I could bottle it (or maybe put it in a pill), sell it, and become a billionaire!! If only…

Anyway, I did several loads of laundry, which included washing and changing all bedding. Sunni helped with the laundry.

My stomach was craving a fully cooked meal, not just little bits and pieces that I often eat. So I hightailed it off to the grocery store and picked up a tiny pork roast. I had grabbed fresh green beans and peaches at the farmers market. Thus this tasty Sunday dinner (and Monday and Tuesday too).

I dusted, vacuumed, and swept where needed. And the best part was taking a nap in the afternoon.

I gotta be domestic more often!


Soccer mania

I have been watching the FIFA World Cup games and was lucky enough to view the finals (thank you ESPN on my iPad). Congrats to Germany, the winner, and also to Argentina. The game was quite an equal match.

ESPN broke away for a few seconds to show this view during the second half.
Wow! Stunning shot of the sun setting behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Exciting game, going into the two 15 minute extra time periods. But now that it is over, I have to get back to chores.

So far today I have done 2 loads of laundry, fertilized all the outdoor plants, and set up a new hose holder. I also sprayed really stinky sh*t on my outdoor plants in an effort to save them from being deer snacks.

Now I must clean the litter boxes, do the dishes, and hit the grocery store. It is 97 F. and getting hotter. I am so glad I did my outdoor work early and can retreat to air conditioning.

Comfy Sleeping

Daughter has moved out. Downstairs bedroom is almost empty of her stuff. New bed purchased. Carpet cleaned.

And yesterday the new bed was delivered! It is so high, I can sit on it and dangle my feet. (Yes, there are still stuffed animals on the wall shelves. )


I put on a mattress protector ( waterproof because one of the cats sometimes pees on the bed) and new sheets. But I only had this old comforter for the top.


Wow, it is very comfortable! So much so that I slept in until 10:00 this morning. I am excited to see if the new bed helps with me getting some quality rest.

With a new bed I decided I need a new comforter. I found one I like on Amazon, and it will be here on Wednesday.

I have several quilts that I am partially done with that would look good on that bed. But that means I would have to finish them. And some day I will, but not right now. (Yes, I am a procrastinator. Deal with it; I do.)

I have a couple of weeks to clean out 1-2 more rooms, and the rest of the family room. The carpet cleaners are coming back on July 8 to finish with the rest of the house. I am quite excited to get all this major cleaning done.

More pictures in a couple a days when the new bedding gets here.

My Declutter Weekend

Three day weekend is just what I need to get some decluttering done around here. So here’s the plan.

  • Dishes
  • Declutter kitchen island
  • Declutter dining room table and put on a summer-looking table cloth
  • Mop kitchen/dining room floors
  • Clean up kitchen window sill so Sunni can use it without knocking everything off
  • Wash sliding glass doors
  • Throw away old crap in sewing room
  • Vacuum and dust sewing room
  • Quick scrub of upstairs bathroom and mop floor
  • Wash rugs in bathrooms
  • Mop downstairs bathroom floor
  • Move Ellie’s litter box into downstairs bathroom
  • Put porchetta in crockpot so I can have pulled pork sandwiches
  • Take old clothes to Goodwill
  • Wash all bedding
  • Clear off computer desk
  • Set up new TV
  • Watch new TV while eating pulled pork sandwich
  • Buy a trellis and plant clematis
  • Plant cat grass for the kitties
  • Vacuum the cat tree
  • Read and nap while snuggling with kitties
  • Give the cats a bath


Whew-lots to do! Hope to get at least some of it done.

I’ve Got the Red Light Blues

Today was a high energy day. It was supposed to be a lovely warm end-of-summer day, so I planned to do some painting outside. I am doing a little craft project and need to seal and then paint terra-cotta pots. I was going to do this out on the back deck, but the wind started picking up. Thus the garage was the appointed painting booth.

I slapped a canvas paint cloth on the garage floor (heavens to Betsy, don’t want to mess up that sparkling garage floor), pulled out the little craft table, covered it with newspaper, and started setting up. Did you know that Coke cans make wonderful holders for upside down clay pots? Well, they do. I didn’t want the pots sitting directly on the newspaper because the paper would stick to the pot (Jeez, I remember some 40 years ago that it was a problem when the paper didn’t stick to the pot — wink wink).

I left the garage door open and proceeded to spray a sealer on the pots. After a couple of trips, the spraying was done and the drying commenced. Not a bad way to start the day!

On to the cleaning of the house. I started putting away stuff that had been laying around.  That always brings about a sense of accomplishment. And then came the dusting and vacuuming. I was taught to dust and then vacuum. But others say to vacuum and then dust. So I think this is the perfect opportunity to try out a poll.

My vacuum cleaner has a little dirt found light on it that is green when the carpet is not spitting up any more dirt, and red when there is still a significant amount of particles being sucked up. My personal rule is to keep on vacuuming until the light is green. It’s back and forth, and over and over, and back and forth, and over …..   you get the idea. I had to stop to get some physical therapy on my shoulder with all that back and forth. And then I started thinking that I am governed (and confused) by the little red light.

  • When driving, red light = stop.
  • When vacuuming, red light = continue.

Thus I have decided to consider the red light on the vacuuming cleaner as a purple light (red light blues — get it: red + blue = purple).  And since purple is a favorite color, I will just vacuum as long as I want. If it turns green, great. But if not, purple is good too.

The bottom line is that the house is vacuumed and dusted (or is it dusted and vacuumed?). The Xmas gifts are under construction. The cats are snuggling with me, and I have a good book to read. Tomorrow is more the same and I’m excited because today was a success. Here’s rootin’ for a deja vu tomorrow.

Getting Back on Track

My original purpose for the MsMouseCleansHouse blog was to create some sort of tracking and accountability for certain aspects of my life. One part was cleaning up the house and getting back to some sort of organization. I was doing OK when I started, and then Daughter came home for a month.

For whatever reason, that seemed to derail me. But she has been back at school for a week and I am rip-roaring, ready to tackle the house again. WAHOO for me!

One thing I did over the weekend was to get her room back into a livable condition. I even started sleeping in her bedroom as it is much cooler downstairs. And I have started working on the sewing room. That’s going to be a huge chore.

I seem to have a fear of starting a task that seems too big. I need to just jump into it without thinking about it and deal with little steps. Unfortunately, I do this a lot. If I can’t finish something, I have trouble starting it.

Example: I use a lawn service for my yard which is too big for me to mow it myself (since I’m old and decrepid, and don’t function in the heat). Once a month I gather their invoices and pay them. However, lately I have gotten into this delay mode, and get around to paying them a week later. But then I have another invoice so it’s another delay., This has gone on for two months, until I was sent an itemized bill. I paid it ASAP and now am feeling guilty for my lack of action. It was a kind of eye-opener for me.

Thus, I’m back on track. Here are my goals for this week.

  • Declutter the kitchen.
  • Fold and put away the laundry.
  • Reorganize the bookshelves.
  • Order the new hardware for the upstairs bathroom.

There — that should keep me busy for a few days. I’m not putting a lot on this week as I’m quite swamped at work and putting in some extra hours.

By the way, I am supporting National Chocolate Milk Shake Day while writing this. Yummmm…

Fickle Friday #5

Today is September 2, 2011 — or 9-2-11. I have a tendancy to notice simple patterns and like 9-2-11 because 9+2=11. Strange, but true!

Do you believe it is September? Wheat harvest is going on and summer is near the end. The weather did a little change and yesterday there was even fog when driving to work. Lows were down in the 40s F. and highs were only in the 70s F.  But I think Mother Nature was just teasing, because next week it will be in the 90s again.

Monday is Labor Day in the USA. That means no work! But it is also the day I have to drive Daughter back to college. I checked the weather forecast and it is supposed to be in the 90s F. ARG!!  Daughter can’t get the key to her room until noon and she has a 4:00 meeting. So we have less than 4 hours to  get checked in, move everything from the car to her room, and then grab her stuff that we put in storage. That might take 2 trips.

The worst part will be the heat. And then I have to drive home (about 3 hours) in Labor Day late afternoon traffic. That is making me anxious already. I will have to remember to take my Glee CDs to keep me engaged in sing-along during the boring drive home.

The Packing Process

Once I return home, it will be deja vu in her room.  In July, I had it all spotless. I’m hoping it will be mostly cleaned up when we pack up. She’s been sorting through her things and has actually packed some of her stuff already.  The cats are quite enjoying everything though; there are lots of nooks and crannies, bags, and suitcases to investigate.

After daughter is back at school, I will hopefully get back into finishing the house cleaning chores. And just when I get that done, it will be time to back up and store the patio furniture.

OMG – I’m watching Man, Woman, Wild on the Discovery Channel. It’s a show about a survival expert and his wife who simulate survival situations. Right now they are in a small boat adrift in the Bermuda Triangle. They have been there for 3 days, with minimal water and only a tiny fish or two they caught. And let’s not forget there are sharks bumping against their boat. Mike (the hubby) is suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. So he tells Ruth (his wife) to give him an enema to hydrate him. Now that’s love!  And successful love, because he got better and they were rescued.

I’m thinking that I will stay out of the Bermuda Triangle. And if I get too hot on Monday while moving Daughter into her college room, I hope no one sneaks up on me and gives me an enema.