Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Productive Tuesday

Tuesday morning's "wake up" call was from the primary care doctor's office about the appointment scheduled for tomorrow; it has now been rescheduled for later in October, which works out better for me.  I wasn't very productive during the rest of the morning.  I took it easy and relaxed.  It was warmer outside than it was inside the house, so I opened the windows to bring the warmer air inside and went outside in the garden for a bit.  Then, I brought in the trash can and this week's grocery ads.  Whole chickens are on sale this week, so I will buy two and roast them for the prayer gathering lunch.

I made pancakes for brunch and ate them with chicken curry and dhal.  Then, washed the dishes and cleaned the stove top.

Later in the afternoon,I dusted the living room, cleared the dining table, and dusted the dining room.  Most probably, the living room will need to be dusted again, by Saturday, but that is the type of dusting I can ask friend R to do, if she comes to help.

Then, after tea, I moved to the family room and started dusting there.  I did the bookcases, including the top of one, tall bookcase.  Then, I took down the lace valance I have at the window and washed that.  It was quite grey with dust!  I wondered how it would survive the wash; it is rather old and I was afraid it might disintegrate in the washer, especially since I bleached it, but it came through very nicely.  Then, I washed the vertical blinds, going over each slat individually, using a damp microfiber cloth.  It has been awhile since I last washed them; I just haven't had the energy to do any deep cleaning since my diagnosis and treatment.  Then, I cleaned the window and wiped down the window sill. Finally, I rehung the washed valance:

Clean Window and Blinds
That's one more item crossed off my "Mile Long To Do List" (I will post an update at the end of the month).

After that, I was tired and I stopped.  I also put water to the back garden by turning on the sprinklers. Dinner was the rest of the pancakes I made, earlier in the day.  Later, I video chatted with daughter.

Today, I am grateful for:
- A sunny warm day (after the the initial morning cold)
- Being able to reschedule the doctor's appointment
- Getting the family room window cleaned
- The lace valance survived the wash
- The offer of some fabric from a blog friend

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Bring the trash cans in - DONE
- Call regarding doctor's bill
- Clear the dining table - DONE
- Dust the living room and dining area - DONE
- Tidy the family room - STARTED
- Clean the guest bathroom - STARTED
- Knitting group? - Decided not to go

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Call regarding the doctor's bill
- Continue to clean the family room
- Finish cleaning the guest bathroom
- Grocery shop for the beverages for the prayer gathering
- Water the front garden (by hand)

How was your day?  


  1. Another busy day, you are doing well. Do you take turns to host the prayer gathering?

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I am making progress. Yes, there are about 9 families in the group (there used to be more, but some have left, others passed away) and we take turns. One of us, however, no longer hosts the gatherings, although she attends them. As a result, one or two people end up hosting it more than once, each year. I am the only non-Catholic in the group, so I've been hosting it just once a year, and leaving it at that.

  2. You did a lot, Bless. Cleaning blinds can be so time consuming. Hopefully you will be able to rest more once the prayer gathering is over.

    1. Thank you, Nil. Yes, it was a time consuming job, but it was something that needed to be done. Portions of my house haven't been deep cleaned since I was diagnosed with cancer. I am, only now, feeling up to doing it. I'll rest a bit after the prayer gathering and then, will need to gear up for the almsgiving!

  3. Slow and steady and you will have everything done. I am in a similar mode getting ready for the wedding weekend. We will have everyone in the family here and I want everything done before they get here. Not just the house but also all the wedding bits and bobs. Right now I am in the process of making the bouquets, so my dining room table is covered in all things floral.

    1. Yes, "slow and steady" used to be one of my mother's favorite sayings. :) Such an exciting time, for you, Anne, with getting everything ready for the wedding! I'm sure you will have everything done well in time. :)

  4. Sometimes I wonder if I didn't have people over, would I ever do deep cleaning? Sounds like you have a systematic approach to your cleaning and you're making good progress.

    1. LOL, Live and Learn, I think I need to invite people over at least once a month! Sigh. I used to be a little better - not much, but, I did routine deep cleaning. But, nothing at all these past few years. It's the type of cleaning I couldn't ask other people to do for me and I just didn't have the energy to do. So, there is a lot of "catching up" to do.

  5. The valance looks lovely. Am so impressed by the amount of work that you get done!!

    1. Thank you, Ratnamurti. I am trying. I still tire too quickly and I take a long time (with lots of breaks) to finish any job, but I am making progress. :)

  6. I love the feeling of accomplishment after doing a big project like washing the valance and vertical blinds. I spend lots of time admiring my good work, especially since others will maybe not even notice the difference. Well done. You get a lot done throughout the day. I quit my work day long before you do.

    1. I, too, have been admiring my clean blinds, Susan. Just knowing that something has been cleaned is satisfaction enough. :) Well, your day starts a lot earlier than mine, so it makes sense that you should end your day earlier, too. :)


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