Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Back To Reality

After a most magnificent summer and l-o-n-g hiatus from the Arizona heat, it is back to reality for me! I wouldn't trade my adventures and experiences this summer for anything.  SOOOOO much fun.

But now it's time to take a good, hard look at what shape the old homestead is in and get it in ship-shape.

Time to clean out some drawers and make that washer and dryer earn their keep.

Taking a look at the calendar and seeing we are past the half-way mark in September, it's time to wash all the bedding, set the pillows outside to air and change from the summer linens to the winter quilts.

The bathrooms, the never-ending, gotta' get it spic and span area of the house.  Did you know the best cleaning item for the toilet water rings is a swimming pool pumice stone?  Yes, that's right.  Since the toilet bowl is porcelain, you can't scratch it and can completely get all of those water stains to disappear.

The kitchen is another area of the house that needed attention. Since I was gone so much of the summer, there wasn't a lot of food in the pantry or refrigerator, so they were in pretty good shape, but the counters, sink and floors needed a going over.  Since I was at it, I used vinegar water to wipe down the fronts of the cabinets too.

All of my antique furniture needed oiling from this dry Arizona heat.

Plantation shutters???  We have a love/hate relationship.  I love how they cover the windows, let in light or block out the street.  But the dust...ugh! So, once a month I go over these things, slat by slat, inch by inch. I could do without this easily!

How can two people collect so dang much trash?  Good grief! Sometimes I feel like I need a dumpster in the driveway, not just the typical weekly trash bin!

Oh yea, baby...you know all of those clothes I went through and washed?  Now they need to be ironed. Yuckadoo! The only answer is to put on a good movie and iron away.

I don't even know how many square feet of tile I have in this house.  All I know is it takes the industrial sized mop and bucket to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.  (Plus it's easier to wash the mop head between floor scrubbings!)

I know, I am a stickler for a clean car.  I HATE dirty cars. So, the old jaloppy got a new tank of petro and a wash job too.

In my absence the sweet potato vine had a party and multiplied like the plant that ate Cincinnati! It encroached over my whole front courtyard.  I had to admit it was pretty funny!  But it was time to take out the pruning sheers and give this little lady a haircut!

All in a day's work.  Now I can take a breath and plan my autumn schedule.  Ahhhhh.....

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