Saturday, November 10, 2007

Chores.

Gee, seems like i haven't blogged super regularly these last few days...wonder why?

Shawn and Ellie got to come home Friday afternoon--just 2 short days after the rather long day everyone had on Wednesday! Of course that meant we wanted to have the place all spiffed up for Shawn. i aired out the house since it was a beautiful, bright day. That's where the easy part ended. After that i did laundry, including bedding, and vacuumed and did dishes and straightened up toys and cleaned the bathroom. PHEW! i told my friend Melanie that usually i don't do all those things on the same day, i prefer there to be days or even weeks between chores. (Kidding! Well, a little.) But here comes the part i hate about housework--in no time it needs to be done again. *Sigh.*

Fortunately, this particular son-in-law loves to cook! So i haven't really cooked in the few weeks i've been here, which is great since that isn't my favorite chore. i've been blessed to have this one who cooks, another son-in-law who is a real live chef, and my oldest daughter loves to cook. i'm already planning my old age and how i will rotate months between children who cook. . .

On that note, i was just realizing how all three of my daughters are good housekeepers. That's a gift i never received. My mother was a good housekeeper, my sister and brother as well. Maybe it's because i was the baby that i didn't follow in their footsteps, who knows, but it didn't kick in as an adult, either. My kids weren't particularly clean as children, and we found the occasional petrified peanut butter sandwich behind the bed. But as adults, they are inspirational in their cleaning abilities!

Candie, the oldest, can't stand to have more in the house than fits. This means she's constantly going through things and rearranging and getting rid of. Shawn, mom of the new Ellie girl, has an amazingly neat home. Unfortunately, for those of us trying to keep up in her recuperation, she achieves this by doing dishes twelve times a day and picking up toys constantly and doing laundry pretty much nonstop. Cori, youngest of the three, is married to a man who cleans! cooks AND cleans. How cool is that? She is still a neat person herself, too.

i'm a little afraid for my son--he arranges his dvds and cds and games with great care. He hangs his towel and washcloth with precision in the bathroom. The neatness ends there. BUT he is still 19, there could be hope for him yet. Possibly i haven't ruined his chances at future tidiness forever.

5 comments:

limbolady said...

Oh, I'm sorry, but this blog is just terribly depressing...it's all just so completely uncreative, this neatness thing--and quite overrated as well, I might add! Please don't change!!! We might not be friends anymore if you do ;)

sabby said...

I liked it! You're a lucky lady, and I like the idea about moving from house to house when you're old so you never have to cook! I knew someone who did that with her children, except I've forgotten who it was. Say hello to the Brits, and when does your other half show up?

Anonymous said...

I know partly why you don't have the neatness streak- you've been so tired all your life! I've really been terrible since my thyroid quit and then the other health problems and you've had them since you were a child. I think blaming it on being tired is a good one, don't you? That way you can feel better about it! Love ya, Pti

jle said...

i don't think there is much to worry about, Melimbolady, chances of me suddenly becoming the NeatQueen are none to none (see, not even SLIM to none--) And Sabby (i've never called you that before! it feels strange--but it's cute) Dean got here yesterday, so he's still really punchy! Anony-sister, i'm a big fan of blaming it on fatigue!!! YAY!! And all this time i thought i was just lazy and unmotivated!

Frugalina said...

ok FINE, you can call me Frugalina. I'm glad he's there - Bet you'll have alot of fun!