Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Happy Birthday USA!

Happy Birthday United States of America!! It’s late afternoon and I just left a little get-together at some friends. It was fairly standard 4th of July barbecue with everyone bringing something, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, beer, pop, watermelon, and so on.

I saw a beautiful display of red, white, and blue dipped in chocolate strawberries on Freshly Pressed (from Life Tastes Like Food). They looked so yummy that I followed the recipe and made some.

Since there were going to be a lot of teenagers there, I decided to make a fruit salad, within a watermelon basket. This also was fairly easy to make and was a big hit with the kids.

Here is what the kids were up to!  After they got a little chilly in the pool, they could retreat to the hot tub to warm up a bit.  What a life — playing cards in the hot tub!

I am delaying my weekend goals progress report as I am exhausted and going to bed early.

Enjoy the fireworks!!

Weekend Plans

It’s the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Here are my plans:

  • Finish planting flowers outside
  • Plant flowers at my moms (it’s her Mother’s Day present)
  • Finish decluttering the kitchen
  • Put away Alia’s (daughter) stuff from college
  • Get caught up on laundry
  • Vacuum
  • Clean bathroom
  • Bring out the lawn furniture

Geez – now that I have written my tasks down, they seem overwhelming. But I have already started the laundry and should get a load or two done tonight.  And I have three days to do everything! Check back over the weekend to see how I”m doing. Wish me luck! Thankfully my sciatica is barely there today. Hoping it will stay away for the weekend as there is a lot of physical stuff to do (planting, furniture, etc.).

So now the rest of the news. I finally sort of connected with a long lost friend in the Joplin area. She answered my Facebook friend request but didn’t provide any info as to whether she and family are OK. Thus I will assume they are until I hear otherwise.

I briefly texted with my daughter today. She’s off on a Saturday/Sunday trip with a bunch of college buddies. Heavy sigh — just another holiday notch in the belt where she’s not home and we are not doing something together. Another heavy sigh.

The weather here is crap! We have had no spring at all. it has been raining, raining, and raining and chilly. Now it’s not the chilly weather, because I like the coolness. But the constant rain is putting a damper on things (ha-pun intended). The cool thing (yup, another pun) is that I have turned the heat off and have not turned on the air conditioning yet. Definately late in the year for AC. And I have not turned on my sprinklers yet either.

Since I don’t have work tomorrow, I plan to sleep in. What I will really do is read late into the night. Then wake up early (about 6:00 a.m.), read a bit more, fall asleep, wake up and read, then sleep again. Sometimes I will do this all day and not even get out of bed at all! But not tomorrow. I vow to be up and working on tasks by 10:00 a.m. Oh and let’s not forget that sleeping in seems to be a quality cat-time session, at least that’s what MeiMei and Sunni think.

I’m off to finish up with today’s laundry and plan to go to bed early so I can read. “Crunch Time” is a fun read and I’ve been a Diane Mott Davidson fan for years. When I finish it (will be done this weekend), I’ll expound on the books.

Enjoy the long weekend and stay safe.

Goals, Schmoals

Although I’m not normally a goal-oriented person, I do think that setting goals for this “cleaning house” ordeal is a good idea. So my thoughts revolve around the three main arenas (physical, emotional, and mental), and am building goals around those.


  • Spend a weekend to do a basic de-clutter and make house presentable.
  • Set a daily 15 minute schedule to clean individual areas in the house.
  • Set a weekly (weekend?) schedule for larger tasks.


  • Release the lonliness due to hermit-like behavior.
  • Embrace happiness as my life progresses.
  • Support my daughter (in more than financial ways) as she continues with her life and discovering who she is.
  • Re-engage in hobbies that make me feel good, such as quilting and mosaics.


  • Revel in the accomplishment when any physical task is completed.
  • Enjoy having friends visit (because the house is clean and I no longer am embarrassed at the mess).

I’m hoping that putting this all down in writing will help me to “clean house.”
If anyone has any tips to help with this journey, feel free to offer suggestions of any kind. What works for you, may also work for me!