Going Antiquing! Well, No, I’m not. . .

There’s an antique “trail” sort of event happening today. I was going to go to one of my fave shops and add 2 more shops in between the house, there, and where I have my stuff for sale.

But I’m not. Why?

Because I refuse to battle with google docs to give me directions. I looked everything up on a computer here at home. Sent it to myself as an email. Oh, wait that won’t work, my email isn’t current on the phone. Sent it to myself as a text.

Fine. Get in the car, decide to double check that I have the directions — can’t get it to open. And can’t and can’t. Get DH involved. He is confused. I have google maps on my phone, although google doesn’t seem to think so?

So, we put the shops back in, except I can’t get them to work in the correct order. I can delete shops, but not add them back in, in the right order. So, I can go to MA then come back to NH to go back to MA to come back to NH.

Not sane.

After 10-15 minutes f’n around with this, I gave up. I don’t need to go antiquing. I don’t need more stuff. I am looking for 2 pieces, that’s all. It will all wait!

I’m going to change back into grubbies and find something really *nasty* to clean — so I can work off the end of my anger.

GRrrrrrr.

J

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Unexpected Consequences or Catsequences … ?

What did I do today? Not deal with most of my list. However, the bathroom, the smallest room in the house is much cleaner, I hesitate to say it, but it IS clean.

I put vinegar/baking soda down the tub drain this morning and the tub’s plug stopped working. It had been weird and difficult for years, but it just quit.

So, I took it apart, discovered the part was indeed broken. DH had a replacement and I did my first plumbing repair. Hurrah! In the process, I cleaned the hair out of the tub’s drain, cleaned all around, put a small amount of grease on the socket/ball which is the  lever, etc.

Afterwards, I cleaned the tub, of course.

Then I looked down and although I’d cleaned the tub side of the toilet last week, I’d never finished the other side.

It rained this morning. When it precipitates and isn’t freezing, we get ants in the bathroom. I looked at the “clean” side of the toilet, and there’s an ant trail . . . Sigh. So, I cleaned BOTH sides, the back, the floor, etc. everything, with alcohol. No more ant trail for them to follow, they’ll have to start fresh. (The plan is that I will also renew the caulk around the toilet, but that hasn’t happened just yet.)

Then i tackled the sink. Now the sink, like every horizontal surface here rarely stays empty. It wasn’t. Papers, change, a bottle of glue (?), old computer disks, a book, etc. But even when it’s empty, it doesn’t stay looking nice and it has nothing to do with the HUMANS who use it to wash their hands, shave, etc.

The little cat likes “bodies” of water. The first time she decided to visit me in the tub was quite a shock. Here’s this little black kitten, trying really hard to just lap my bath water (with me in it mind) and not fall at the same time. Felt rather like I’d been visited by a lip smacking cannibal. . . .

My old cat, before someone did something awful to her (chase her with a hose I think) with water, was the only cat I’ve ever known who was completely unafraid of water. She’d sit on my chest, purring, tail dipped in my bath water, knowing she was safe because she was with the human.  After the person did whatever it was they did to traumatize her, she would come in miaowing in great distress, if I stayed in the tub too long. (I have a bad back, soaking in a hot tub works when my back goes out!)

The new little cat, who likes tub water? Well, the solution was that we put Starbucks mug on the counter and that’s her primary water bowl (although of course there’s one with her food dish in the kitchen). She prefers the mug, and  that means there’s little black paw prints, from both cats, all around the sink, almost daily.

Add the iron in the water which makes anything which was cleaned > 2 hours ago look like it has never been cleaned? and you have the reason I gave up long ago trying to make the bathroom look good. If we use it? It looks like I never clean it.

It’s the smallest room in the house, one of the easiest to clean, and I have to make myself clean it regularly, because it just makes me depressed. No matter what I do, it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in a week or more. Even when that is patently NOT true.

 

Friday’s 5 and Backlog. . . .

Friday’s Five:

  1. Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
  2. Clear off the dining room table again. In process.
  3. Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is a week from tomorrow.
  4. Work on the household journal.
  5. Strip the bed and replace the down comforter under the sheets so that it can be washed sometime this week. Done Friday, forgot to note it at the time! The comforter which was pulled off still needs to be cleaned and then replaced.

Thurday’s Backlog

  • Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
  • Ship the box to the BIL, make up more boxes of things which should be shipped and get them sent!

Wednesday’s Backlog

  • Organize/Cull the cleaning products

Tuesday’s Backlog:

  • Get lumber stored correctly for winter, where storage is available. Sat. noon
  • Clean the quarry tile in the sunroom. Sun., forgot to note the time!

Monday’s Backlog:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!
  • Work on the fabric storage again: cull and neaten.
  • Move the paint as DH and I discussed.
  • Clean out the underdeck storage. Sun. 6 p.m.

 

 

Thurs. 10/5 5 a day and backlog

 

Today’s 5:

  1. Put some baking soda/vinegar down the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and tub drains to help them flow more easily. Fri. 9:15 a.m.
  2. Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
  3. Go through the secondary spice rack, clean, cull, and replace as needed.Fri. 11:00 a.m.
  4. Ship the box to the BIL, make up more boxes of things which should be shipped and get them sent!
  5. Do something I think needs doing, whatever it is and note it here. In doing the bathroom drain, the popup assembly finally bit the dust. So, the unknown job has become to replace the popup drain mechanism! Fri. 9:15 a.m.Fri 10:30 a.m.

 

Backlog from Weds.

  • Organize/Cull the cleaning products
  • Finish the cleanup around the wood stove, supplies & equipment.Fri. 10 a.m.

The backlog from Tuesday:

  • Get lumber stored correctly for winter, where storage is available.
  • Clean the quarry tile in the sunroom.

Backlog from Monday:

  • Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!
  • Work on the fabric storage again: cull and neaten.
  • Move the paint as DH and I discussed.
  • Clean out the underdeck storage.

 

 

Weds. 10/4, 5 a day, plus the undone backlog

Today’s list:

  1. Organize/Cull the cleaning products
  2. Clean/cull pieces in the hall. Done, Wednesday, sometime, forgot to note it!
  3. Straighten up the shipping supplies, cull if req’d.Thurs. 10 a.m.
  4. Go through the computer paper cabinet, cull & straighten.Thurs. 10 a.m.
  5. Work on organizing/clean/prep wood burning supplies & equipment.Started but more work needed Thurs. 10:15 a.m.

The backlog from Tuesday 10/3:

  • Get lumber stored correctly for winter, where storage is available.
  • Clean the quarry tile in the sunroom.

Left over from 10/2:

  • I need to clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!
  • Work on the fabric storage again: cull and neaten it up.
  • Move the paint as DH and I discussed.
  • Clean out the underdeck storage.

The folks arrived today to work on the chimney. The contractor came to look at the last bits for the roof too. I’ve been working on the veggie backlog all morning as well.

Busy, busy, busy!

Holding Pattern

I looked around this morning, trying to figure out what to do, cull or clean? I realized that many of the larger pieces of clutter are in a holding pattern: a bench, a typing table, the paper shredder, TV trays, etc.

These were displaced by some piece of work (cleaning, culling, redecorating, construction) and now have nowhere to go — and so they became bigger pieces of clutter.

It’s all well and good to cull some area, but if you have nowhere to put the culled pieces, it just moves the clutter, instead of eliminating it.

My plan is to get into the attic and see if I have room to store any of these. I also need to move the trunk which has needed to go into the attic for some time.

Yesterday I bought 4 things: a sweatshirt, a basket, a sifter, and a glass container. The sweatshirt is for DH, if he’ll use it, otherwise it’s for resale, it’s a name brand and in really good shape, but an XXL! The sifter and basket were bought for resale, the glass container I think I have a use for, if not, it will be put up for sale. I also stopped at the book bin and 5 of the books which were culled from the booth last week got donated.

This morning I pulled out the smallest of the nesting wrought iron tables in the hall. With a rug underneath it and a similar one in the hall, it makes a fine shoe rest. I really need a boot tray, but I’m unsure if they make them the right size.  With placing another of these small Ikea rugs in the entry, they’re all being used. (I’d gotten them for the stairs and needed 1-2 more . . . .)

The small wrought iron table (from the hall) joins the bench, etc. which need to be put into the attic. Obviously, that should be my next job.

I made soup for lunch and started a batch of stock, but the water burned out of the stock pan unnoticed, and at the moment the house reeks of burnt food, sigh. It isn’t frugal to throw food away, but that’s exactly what will happen to this black, charred mess. Expensive trash!

I’m off.

J

Wrought iron table, Danish bench, 2 TV tables, some of the extra fridge bins all into the attic!

Tuesday 10/3 Five + 5 Undone from 10/2

Today’s list:

  1. Cleaning the various pieces of black steel, mostly in the living room.Done this morning, forgot to note the time.
  2. Dusting the gridwall.5:45 p.m.
  3. Getting lumber stored correctly for winter, where storage is available.
  4. Cleaning the quarry tile in the sunroom.
  5. Dealing with the vegetables I got out of the garden yesterday. not those veggies, yet, but I’ve been dealing with the backlog of vegetables all morning (Weds.) : bok choy, napa cabbage, and celeriac so far. Broccoli and others still to go!

Left over from 10/2:

  • I need to clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!
  • Work on the fabric storage again: cull and neaten it up.
  • Move the paint as DH and I discussed.
  • Clean out the underdeck storage.
  • Work on the sewing table.Tues. 5:20

At some point (I have no criteria for this?) I’ll start taking weekly pictures. It would be nice to be able to see progress, at least for me!