Today I woke up with plans to clean the entire house top to bottom-a winter-post-Christmas clean, because it needs it, and I need to feel that ‘house-is-clean’ clearing of mind.
I made it about 2/3rds through before I ran out of time, even though I worked non-stop (I did stop about 10 minutes to wolf down 2 bananas and an entire bag of sweet potato chips and to fix Janey some food).
This is what I did:
-Straightened up our master closet-didn’t really need weeding out-and vacuumed well.
-Sorted through socks and underwear house-wide. This means that every sock in my house right now has a pair and the ones that don’t are goners.
-Washed all bedding in Janey’s room and straightened books and toys. (The toy part was undone quickly.)
-Straightened up Janey’s closet and labeled her 3 bags of hand-me-downs.
-Did the same (straightened, weeding out, vacuumed, dusted, wiped down) with the three other kid’s rooms. Only one needed blankets/sheets changed.
-Cleaned both upstairs bathrooms thoroughly.
-Washed (bleached) and dried all kid’s room towels and threw in the kitchen towels too.
-Wiped down and vacuumed living room.
-Wiped down furniture and cleaned the wood floor and all woodwork up to the kitchen.
-Hung some framed prints in the den.
I can’t believe how dusty my house was, and I will blame it on the constant furnace usage since it’s been so cold here.
I have a couple bigger projects to do upstairs so I had a list to make of things for other days (sewing curtains, touching up paint, hanging a few pics, etc.) It ends up being quite a long list that will take me through the winter I’m sure (if I stay organized and actually complete it!)
I plan to tackle the rest of the house as quickly as possible tomorrow morning and then start with my list.
In other news, January ordinary days:
Lunch at the ski slope with Dad. That food! That is called Dad food.
We did our resolutions. I had to take a pic of Andrew’s because of #4. He is trying to not to get annoyed so much but the open mouth chewing thing-he said, “Mom, no way I can’t do it, it just makes me crazy, it will always bug me.”
Abbey at the ski slope. All the kids went but Janey of course. (We stayed home.) I laughed hearing about Isaac and Abbey trying to take pics of each other and how often they ran into each other doing so and got themselves into hysterics.
One of my resolutions is to celebrate Catholic feast days/holy days. I had planned to make something fancier that I had found on a blog and didn’t have the time/energy and just settled for apple pie. You can laugh, everyone else did (including me.) It’s for Twelfth Night by the way.
A half-hearted attempt at celebrating or at least embracing winter.
Janey loves it, that’s enough for me.
I don’t know how she talked me into it, but we made cut-out cookies again. This time stars for Epiphany. (But we made them on Friday and they were gone by Epiphany Sunday so they sort of lost their meaning.)
Basketball games galore-Andrew is #45-they lost this very close game, but he played hard.
Abbey sadly went back to college and it was an emotional goodbye as she is STILL sick and we never made it to the third! drs. visit darnit. It’s not fun dropping a sick kid off at college, especially when she had a job interview that day and a full day of classes the next. We stopped at Cheesecake Factory for lunch and of course I had to buy her a cheesecake to take to her dorm.
I took her shopping for a “professional outfit” before she left and we ended putting together an outfit including shoes for under $60. Which was great because I know she is going to wear it all as seldom as possible the rest of college.
I am always on board for being the one who drops off/picks up college kids-the time in the car alone in priceless.
These two before Patrick left for school-he’d rather stay home every day, and she would rather have him stay home and play with her. I think they both might get their wish as a bunch of snow is predicted tonight.
P.S. I corrected about 10 typos two hours after I published this post and had the time to carefully reread it. I know this is not unusual, but it still embarrasses me.