Monday, November 28, 2011
Nothing to See - Move along
No matter how exciting the holiday season is.......... no matter how much I love it....... there are the mundane things that must be done - BEFORE - the fun starts.
So this weekend was me and the lil condo - cleaning.... scrubbing.. polishing... preparing.
There were cobwebs where there shouldn't have been cobwebs!! I think that was my biggest shock. The lil condo had cobwebs !! And not one or two........ but hundreds of them !!! (ok ok I exaggerate - but there were a lot !!)
And Friday night as I climbed into bed my eyes strayed upwards ...... to the ceiling fan.... WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT???? I threw back the covers and stood on the bed to get a better look........... MY GOD ........ the top of the fan blades were covered - 2 inches deep - in dust and cat hair!!! What the devil has miss ashes been doing while I am out of the house??!! throwing parties - swinging from the chandeliers (so to speak)???
On Saturday while I was clearing out rooms to clean - I glanced up at the china cabinet and my prized silver was tarnished.... TARNISHED!! I was sure I just cleaned it... didn't I just clean it???? ummmmmm yeah I did....... last spring.
As I mopped the dining room floor - after cleaning ALL the silver - I noticed foot prints all over the floor - from the back door to the living room - to the kitchen - everywhere !! When was the last time I washed the hardwood floors????? oh yeah - must have been last spring !!!
By the time I collapsed exhausted Saturday night........ the floors had been washed - the rugs vacuumed - the silver cleaned - the fan cleaned - the cobwebs were gone. And I had managed to put all the every day knick knacks away so the tables are bare and ready for Christmas. I had dragged the Christmas tree up from the basement and set it up complete with the candle lights - put the garland around the china cabinet - took down the garland around the china cabinet (the lights wouldn't light and I never really liked it anyway) - put the garland up around the mantle - hung my Christmas fairies (that no one BUT no one touches except for me) and then ........ re-vacummed the lower level .. AGAIN... because of all the artificial needles littering the floors/rugs. (Artificial needles stick like glue to whatever they touch - floor, furniture, rugs......... too bad they don't stick as well to the damn tree / garland !!)
Sunday morning I finished up the odds and sods I hadn't finished on Saturday - like finding / organizing all the Christmas gifts I have bought...... worked on the accounting program (which I still don't get!!) and even managed to give myself a much needed manicure - had a shower and was out of the house by 1:00 pm to pick up eldest daughter to go out to the Island for baby grandson's second birthday ............ (oh yeah late Saturday night I did manage to find some birthday paper and wrap up the birthday gifts)
Then it was home in time for dinner - put my pjs on and watched the Grey Cup game - which ran way past my bedtime - but it was a GOOD game and I couldn't not watch it !!!
Finally I climbed into my lil bed - satisfied the house is ready - or as ready as it is going to be - for next weekend. That's when the 3 grandkids come to granny's house to decorate for Christmas.
I DO love the holidays - it's just - well - it seems to be mostly vanilla - thank goodness there is one play party between now and the 25th and one more munch........a girl needs some distractions from the mundane - dontcha know!