Well, apparently, it’s been quite a while since I last wrote. How do I let it get so bad?! Life, I suppose, keeps me from staying on top of most things.
My house has gone the way of six months ago…my husband’s grandmother moved south and basically cleared out half of her possessions and either gave them to family or threw them away. So we came home with a number of new things for our house, many of which don’t actually fit in our house. For instance, we inherited an upright freezer. Thankfully, it can be kept on the back porch…all the food Grandma was giving away has to fill my kitchen, though. She decided not to take any food at all with her. No spices, no canned food, no nothing. So we came home with an awful lot – which is great for us – but we hardly have room for it all. I had to reorganize a few things to fit most of it, then ended up getting even more when she cleaned out her fridge just before moving. My refrigerator is packed at the moment, mostly with things like teriyaki sauce and mustard.
Add to all of that the fact that I agreed to help bake for my sister-in-law’s wedding this coming Saturday. My mother-in-law called me one day last week and said she was coming over with supplies for lemon squares. The perk was that I got to keep everything I didn’t actually use for the lemon squares. Quite convenient since I was nearly out of sugar and unbleached flour before she brought them to me. It’s not so bad now that the six trays have been baked, sugared and frozen in the back porch freezer, but for a while it looked like I was attempting to start up a bakery in my little kitchen. I still have a few things left to do in the kitchen before Thursday, but then, I swear I’m not touching a whisk or mixing bowl for two weeks. (I’m also pretty certain that I’ll go back on that word)
Again, another wrench is that my dad is coming up for the wedding and staying with us Friday night through Tuesday afternoon. We have no guest room and no basement and the mattress on our sofa bed is rather uncomfortable, so my dad will be sleeping on our extra bunk bed mattress in the middle of the living room floor. This requires re-arranging of furniture because one of the things we acquired is a locking video cabinet, which is currently taking up space that we don’t really have. A bit of moving around and I think we’ll be okay…but first I have to feel up to doing all that moving around…and, you guessed it – cleaning up.
The FlyLady system has a term for what lurks in every corner of my house: Hot Spots. My desk is a pretty bad one, and the plastic organizing towers to each side of the desk. The table by the front door is a catch all and at the moment is hard to even see under all the junk mail, library books, church bulletins and shopping bags destined for return to the car. My dresser top can be a pretty bad one, too, but I usually get to it before it is totally covered. At the moment, I would love to have a day without my kids so that I could run through the house cleaning up all this mess. Jenny is at the age where she greatly enjoys getting into things she knows she shouldn’t, and Elias has picked the last two weeks to be incredibly clingy. I try to clean or bake or re-arrange while they are awake, but it’s futile. And then I’m worn out from chasing or intervening or chastising by the time they have their naps that I don’t feel like doing what needs to be done. Laziness? Perhaps.
Mike has a hockey game tonight at 10:45, which means he will be gone from 10:15 to sometime after midnight. My body would greatly appreciate it if I went to bed, but I may have to take the opportunity to clean up after everyone’s mess.
Well, off I go…to attempt to do something productive. Hmm…maybe if I just shut them in their room to play, they’ll leave me alone..Jenny doesn’t know how to open her door yet.