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#1651 of 1672 Old 12-04-2013, 05:53 AM
 
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I'm beginning to think everyone has lost interest in this thread.  :eyesroll

 

Yesterday (Tuesday) came home from work and:

 

Went to Curves to exercise

Came home and made DS and myself supper (DH had to work late and ate pizza there)

Washed dishes in the dishwasher and the sink

Cleaned off kitchen table (I don't know about you guys, but my table is a dumping ground for STUFF!)

Cross-stitched on Christmas presents until I was almost cross-eyed


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no, no, not everyone ... am still having a look every now and then

it's just that i've had someone close in hospital for the last 2 weeks so our family life is all messed up lately

that said, even if i don't wash up after every meal any longer

i still keep this thread in mind in my quest not to ... loose my mind, hope, get up and go impetus

AND i'm trying to keep up with

- washing up all dishes once a day & shine the sink

- scrub the inside of the washbasin and inside of the bath

- one load of laundry a day or so

- not to forget to change bathroom towels, sheets, table napkins when i can

- make sure the children do homework on time

- shop and feed relatively decent meals in term of quality, even if i have to adopt quite a few shortcuts ....

- make sure the children don't drop their weekly sport session (we paid = they "have" to go !!!!) in favor of slumping in front of the TV when i'm away more often than i would like to be ....

good luck in your endeavour, it IS a daily struggle ... but having a routine to turn to DOES help !!!!

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IsaFrench - so good to hear from you!  Hope your friend in the hospital is doing okay.  I remember you from when I was on this thread about a year ago.  I got off for a while, but I'm back again.

 

Yesterday (Wednesday) after coming home from work -

 

Made supper for DS and myself.  (DH had a dr. appt. and was gone until late, he picked up his own supper)

Cleaned off kitchen table

Put out some Christmas decorations

Ran dishwasher

Went room to room and picked up scattered stuff

Made homemade chocolate chip cookies

Dried a load of laundry

 

That being said, my kitchen sink is now again full.  :irked  I just can't seem to keep ahead of the dishes.  Oh well, I guess they'll still be there when I get home tonight.  We are expecting quite the winter storm tonight and tomorrow.  If that's the case I won't have to work tomorrow, as I work at a school.  That will give me a day to, hopefully, get some stuff done.  I'm actually HOPING for the snow day!  :1praying


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So far today...

 

Washed rugs

Ran dishwasher

Cleaned toilet and bathroom floor

 

Not bad so far, but hoping I can get much more done.  Had to take a break though and see what was going on in here.  :)  It's a beautiful and snowed in December morning here and COLD!  :cold

It's only 20 degrees out right now.  I have to go to the grocery later, but I'm going to wait until it warms up a bit before I brave going outside.


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So far today...

 

Washed rugs

Ran and emptied dishwasher  

Cleaned toilet and bathroom floor

Picked clothes up in the bedroom (cedar chest sometimes becomes a dumping ground for clothes)

Fixed lunch (smoked sausage, brown beans and cornbread)

Washed a load of white laundry

 

Not bad so far, but hoping I can get much more done.  Had to take a break though and see what was going on in here.  :)  It's a beautiful and snowed in December morning here and COLD!  :cold

It's only 20 degrees out right now.  I have to go to the grocery later, but I'm going to wait until it warms up a bit before I brave going outside.  NOTE:  Have decided to send DH and DS to the grocery! I don't want to get out in the cold!  


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tealsmith83 .... was thinking of you & this thread .... but i haven't much to post today ...well, i have, but i don't feel i've "achieved" much ...

 

- got up, got dressed, went out to get some fresh baguettes for the children .... then "escaped" by myself to rollerblading class for one hour

- went out to get some cartridges for the printer

- stopped by a store on the way back for food for lunch (and this and that ....not planned, but we'll used it all in the course of the next few days anyway ...)

- cooked lunch & fed the children, piled up all the washing up "for later"

- dropped by hospital for 40 minutes

- then some MORE un planned shopping (which got delivered later on)

- came home, did most of the washing up

- had a 20 minutes nap

- sent two of the children to the bathroom for a leisurely bath whilst i didn't supervise but stayed at the computer

- eventually started one load of laundry

- spent too much time on the internet ///the kids too much time in front of the TV ...

- planning to knit in front of mindless TV programs tonight once the children are in bed ...

well, tomorrow is another day .....

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today was a much better day ... feeling i've achieved much more

i had to enlist the children's help

both because it helped us achieve more & also because they created quite a lot of that mess anyway ...

- so all floors got picked up (quite an achievement .... i'm dreaming i could install it as an evening routine ... haven't succeded so far ...)

- vaccum was used

- i mopped most floors

- one load of laundry done

- dry laundry un-hung & folded and put away (DD2 who's 6 too !)

- quick nip at the market for fresh fruit & flat parsley

- dropped the cardboard recyclable refuse at the communal container

- went to the baker for fresh baguette

- baked a cake (from a cake mix we were given)

- homework done (have not checked it,= still need to do that before bedtime)

- made a decent lunch

- had managed to wash up and clear the sink before lunchtime ( a first in many days.....)

- managed to wash up directly after lunch too !

- played one game of rummy with the little tiles (i prefer playing with cards, but playing with my children, tiles are better ...)

- we all had a walk before it got dark again ....

rather satisfied with my day so far ...

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IsaFrench - Wow, you got a lot accomplished on that second day!  Sometimes we just need a day like the first day though, to regroup and re-energize.  I just realized that I haven't been on here in several days.  I don't have a lot to report, but this morning before work, I did get my dishwasher filled and ran. That's at least one less thing I  have to worry about later.  :)  It wasn't the greatest of mornings.  Don't want to go into details, but I'm hoping the rest of the day goes a little more smoothly.  Let's just say when you have a teenager in the house, things are always kept interesting.  disappointed.gif  Maybe this evening will be better. 


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yes indeed, not everyday is like "clock work" ....

today i took out laundry from the machine before 12 noon ... but  only got round to hanging it to dry at about 5:00pm...

 

i hear you about having a teenager in the house .... my 14 years old can be rather moody (understatement !!!)

and then my 6 years old seem to be un-ceasingly bickering with my 12 years old ....

 

this morning i only

- sanitised the toilet

- did one load -took it out (but didn't hang it)

- decluttered a bit

- tried to catch up learning my dance routine which i had thankfully filmed last week (was rather spaced out for my last 2 classes so have accumulated "spots" when i have no idea which direction i'm supposed to go nor what moves to do ....)

- ate leftovers for lunch, didn't wash up

- left late for dance class !!!

 

this afternoon, ... i baught a school book for DD1

... then had a nap !!!

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IsaFrench - naps are good!  I love them and rarely get them.  Oh well...

 

Yesterday:

 

We had to work an after school sporting event last night, so not much accomplished except I did unload the dishwasher and reload some more back in.  Tried to straighten up the kitchen while I was at it and slightly motivated.  That's about it.  By the time we got home from school, it was after 9:00, so I wasn't in the mood to do too much.  I did sit down and cross-stitch after that.  I'm trying to get a few Christmas gifts finished (not sure how that's going to work out...coming down to crunch time!).  Today won't get anything done either, because we have our staff Christmas party this evening.  Oh well,  as of right now, I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow, so maybe, just maybe I can get a few things done.  :1praying


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on the home front i think i only ... did one load of laundry today ( and aired all bedrooms)

but i had a medical appointment early morning (DD2 was dropped to have breakfast with some neighbors who walked her to school along with their son)

baught one Christmas present in the morning + a few items from specialist stores

came back home, switched bags, went swimming

back home, emptied swim bag, had lunch in front of computer

then nap

then picked up a parcel from the post office & stopped for fresh bread

baked a plateful of small nibbles for tomorrow evening event

went to fetch DD2 from school

argued with DD1 on the phone (she had permission to go to the cinema with 4 school friends after school but 3 of the friends couldn't make it in the end so i came back on what i had said ....not wanting her to be with just one friend - this one i even don't know- nor for her to come back alone on foot in the dark after 8:00pm)

rushed the children to leave home on time to attend a sweedish expats celebration of Santa Lucia at the Cathedral (lovely porcession, white candles ...)

treated them to a meal in a restaurant (same place where we tend to go 2 or 3 times a year)

started walking back home, then suddently remembered some late night shopping we had planned on doing & retraced steps hurriedly and arrived 13 minutes before closing time = 3 more Christmas presents (one of them is the same at this morning, it was already 10 euros cheaper than on line since it was not "the" original brand but that store's brand & i had an extra 5 euros off today with my store card ... so 27 euros instead of 43 or so ....)

the kitchen floor is not clean at all but am going to go to bed now, tomorrow is another day ...

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Well,  we've had two different sets of company in two consecutive days, so we've spent much time the last two days doing dishes, sweeping up the floors, straightening up the house, etc.  Luckily, DH is very good at helping with all this, because there would be NO WAY I could get it all done myself.  Not sure what will happen this afternoon, so I will repost again later when I get the chance.  


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well, this afternoon i had a back massage + a nap

the sink is half full & i haven't started on my daily load of laundry ...

i'll do what i can, too bad if it's not much today !!!!

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Deep cleaned the main bathroom. Having a coffee and knit break. Next step is to do the mountain of dishes, clean the counter tops, sweep the floor and mop the kitchen.


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started one load (everybody is still asleep though)

making some tea & porridge

need to muster the courage to tackle the overflowing sink (last night's washing up !)

have packed a few things in case our outing in the countryside does "work" for lunch ... (hoping to get my children to help picking up wook & we'll be fed pumpkin soup in exchange ! and then play board games in front of a "real" fire ....) ... we are city dwellers so they spend all day on the couch playing with their new electronic devices whilst the TV is on even ....)

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anybody wanna kickstart this?
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yes ... we could start a new thread ... mind you, it's quite eye opening to read old posts of mine ....
my routines have changed a bit since ...
i now try to go and run for a bit first thing first ....
+ older kids now requite bathroom time early in the day ... (i had to write a timetable ....!!!)
and i realise that i don't like to houseclean when i'm not yet clean myself LOL
so ... i prevaricate a bit more these days ????

well, today, so far, I
- cleared and shined the sink
- gave a quick wipe inside the bathtub (before getting in there !)
- started one load & am about to put it out to dry
(- ... and already spent a little while at the computer sending e-mails and catching up ...)
that's all for now because i have to get out the door shortly !!!!
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definitely did my 10-15 minutes session early in the day today !!!
... was trying to roast a chicken ... to save time tonight ... but the oven started smoking quite a bit & i found out that DD1, who baked a cake for a school friend last night (to bring as a surprise desert at the school cafeteria today) must have had some of the batter stick to the heating elements at the very top of the oven !!!
i had NOT planned on cleaning the oven today ... well, at least, now it's done !

otherwise trying for an easy day today because i had an excessively bad night & need to nap in prevision of my busy evening ...
so far:
- washed up and shined the sink (a la "Flying Lady" )
- cleaned the oven
- started the chicken (in a COVERED dish, with a dab of water over onion slices and garlic & a few herbs, the top skin will be crispy ... but my oven won't need cleaning again ...)
- aired all rooms

still to do today:
- sanitise toilet
- wipe washbasin and inside of bath
- a quick 10 minutes clean of all vertical surfaces in the kitchen (including both side of the door)

anybody to join me to get motivated ? remember the "motivated mom calendar" ...?
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today i had to do more than one 10-15 min session
but at least i could have a nap after the nurse came for injections (without thinking i'll still have to clean up afterwards)
and i woke up to
- a clean kitchen floor (and two other areas, since i had the mop in hand ...)
- shinned sink
- sanitised loo
- vertical surfaces in the kitchen wiped
- 2 and a half large window panes done (was in a hurry, only cleaned the bits with no curtains !!!)
- fresh fruit and veggies from the market
- bone broth made with yesterday's chicken bones
need to dash out of the door, ... a pity, i would like to stay are relax and contemplate the result of my work !!!

still no one to post alongside me ???
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My kids have been on spring break this week so it's been more challenging to get things done. This morning I was able to get a load in the laundry, dishes done, counters cleaned off & wiped down and the kitchen floor mopped. It felt really good to get those things done.
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same here, feels good right now to have taken the time to mop the kitchen floor, wipe vertical white surfaces, cleared and shined the sink, and got one load out of the way ... should have 2 friends dropping by in 30 minutes, so i'll be happy sitting there sipping tea now it's clean ...
BUT then, that and a few other tasks ... ended up taking me rather more than 15 minutes ...
it IS what i find irritating, since i feel i did hardly more than "daily maintenance"
(also sanitised the toilet, wiped inside washbasin and bath)
NOT even a dent into some more serious cleaning and decluttering
AND my day is nearly gone .... AND i have no time to sit down and take notes from a book i have to give back soon to the kind person who lent it to me ...
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bag challenge

Hi all, I'm doing the bag challenge for Lent. A bag (I define that) of stuff must leave the property every day. I'm having to work to keep up. Yesterday I took a few bags of massage therapy linens to an animal clinic for the animals, a bag of bags to the store for recycling, and a few vintage toys that had lead in them to the antique mall, where I actually got $14 for them. That last one was only a few items, but I'd had them hanging on a hook by the back door for years, so I gave myself credit for a full bag for finally getting rid of them. That brought me up to 21, on day 23. Not too far behind to catch up before Easter.

Today I dragged some recycling out of the "back room" aka the sacrifice zone. It's been my goal to clear that room and let DDs have their own rooms, but at this point I don't think we'll be in this house much longer. Either way, it needs to get cleared. I can now walk the length of the room. Found a baby toy and a collection of toddler puzzles in there. (DD2 is almost 10.) It's going to be hard for me to get rid of the puzzles, because I perpetually think that I can find one more piece somewhere around here. Logically it's not going to happen. But when is hope logical?

Also did a round of dishes and put in a load of laundry. (Dishes have to be done first because the washer backs up the kitchen sink.)

Assigned the kids 3 chores of their choice, it's almost 3:00 now and nothing has happened. Time to crack the whip.
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