Thursday, March 7, 2019

Rainy Wednesday

I went to sleep last night to the sound of rain (and thunder, too) and woke up this morning to the sound of rain.  I remember, back when I was in elementary school, when the monsoon rains would start, we were always required to draw "A Rainy Day" during art class!  LOL!  So we'd draw, children in raincoats, adults with umbrellas, and, perhaps a person with a big "habarala" (taro) leaf which can be used as a temporary, emergency umbrella (probably not so much in use, these days, but, back when I was growing up, these leaves were used for many things, including wrapping up meat purchased from the local market).

I spent a lazy relaxed morning, procrastinating on cleaning, replying to blog comments, doing a blog post, and trying to figure out how to add a follow button, as it was pointed out to me that I didn't have a follow button on my blog! I know I used to have a follow button, at one time; I must have had a follow button at one time, because I know I have a few followers, according to Blogger, but, I guess it got deleted or went away at some point and I didn't even realize it!  Anyway, at first, I couldn't figure out how to add a follow button, and I was afraid I'd end up deleting the entire blog if I played around too much without knowing what I was doing (I'm nervous when it comes to computers and technology!).  So, I told my IT person who set up my blog - a.k.a. my daughter - about it and asked her if she could install a follow button for me.  She merely said, "Of course", but, I just knew that there was an eyeroll in there, even if I couldn't see it!  LOL.  I was going to ask if one of you who have a follow button on your blogs and know how to add one, can tell me how to do it, but, then, I took to heart what my daughter keeps telling me - that I am a smart woman, that I need to have more self-confidence when it comes to technology, that I can figure it out and do it!  And, so, I did it!  LOL!  I added a "Follow" button, ALL BY MYSELF!  Woo hoo!  Thank you, Susan Z for pointing out the lack of a follow button!  I wasn't sure if I needed a "follow by email" button, as well, but there is a follow button, now!

After all that, it was around 2:00 p.m. and I was getting hungry (all I had in the morning was a cup of tea, with milk and sugar, which I consider as my breakfast, anyway).  I warmed up a bowl of my "cheater's" vegetable soup and had that for lunch.  There is enough left for one more serving.  Not bad for a $.50 can of chicken broth and a $.50 can of mixed vegetables!

After lunch, I changed out of my sweats and got dressed:

Dressed for "Work"

I love lounging around in my sweats as they are so comfortable and warm, but, lounge around is all I feel like doing when I am wearing them!  I changed out of them and into a pair of jeans and a sweater I knitted way back in the mid 1980s.  It is still one of my favorite sweaters. 

Remember back in August of last year, when I cleared my desk and it looked like this?

August 2018 Cleaned Desk
Well, this is how it looked this afternoon:

Messy Desk!
Things got dumped and piled up on it, piles grew all around it, and, under it, too!  I am embarrassed to show it, but, I am trying to keep it real.  Because, the "after" photos only tell half the story!  And there is a good reason why my online name is "Bless My Mess"!  I am someone who loves having things neat and organized but is very messy in real life! 

So, what is all this mess?  There's an on-going knitting project in the blue tote bag, the Olive Garden bag has files to be sorted through, and the boxes under the table have fabric and more papers, and another craft project.  I have the best of intentions to keep things tidy, but, stuff clutter my flat surfaces until it almost overwhelms, me.  As I mentioned to one of my close friends, yesterday, sometimes, I look at it and feel like crying. 

I'd like to say that I took care of every piece of paper, but I didn't.  What I did do was take the knitting and fabric and craft projects to the spare bedroom, where they belong.  And, I gave myself permission to move the bags of files and papers, too, to the spare room, until I can go through them.  They do not need to be stored here, where this desk is, in my bedroom!  Then, I sorted through all the rest of the papers and did some filing.  I shred (well, tore up, actually, since I don't have a shredder, other than Dancer!) enough papers to fill a grocery bag! 

It took me nearly two hours to clear the desk and do the paperwork.  In between, I cleaned the smaller bathroom (daughter's/visitor's) and, since I had the toilet cleaner out, I scrubbed my toilet, too.  And I vacuumed my bedroom, again, as there was dust under the desk.

This is how the desk looked when I finished:

After Cleaning March 2019
This desk is one I purchased back in 1981, from an office design store where I used to work.  It was in their basement, where they had old used office furniture for sale, and I think I paid something like $60 for it (they took out $10 from my weekly pay checks until it was paid off).  It is solid wood; my mother thought it was ugly and not worth what I paid for it, but I love it.  I do need a different chair for it, though, as the folding chair is too low for me!  Anyway, now that I've cleared it, again, it is my intention to keep it cleared! 

After that, I was ready for a cup of tea and an egg salad sandwich.  Then, I watched the evening news and knitted.  Both aunts T and C called in the evening and cousin P; I also exchanged messages with cousin P's daughter about an upcoming family event.

Dinner was half of the salmon steak (no, it's not a chicken drumstick, although that's what it looks like!) and some of the asparagus.  I cooked all the asparagus tips, so, tomorrow's dinner is in the fridge - the other half of the salmon and the rest of the asparagus. 

Dinner: Salmon and Asparagus

Afterwards, I had yogurt with a little palm treacle for dessert. 

Daughter and I video chatted later in the evening.  She was happy to say, "I told you so" when I informed her that I figured out how to post the follow button!  LOL. 

I washed the dishes and wiped the kitchen counters, but I was too tired to sweep and mop the floor. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- I figured out how to add the "follow" button to my blog!
- More rain for the garden
- Keeping in touch with family and friends
- What I was able to accomplish today
- A working heater

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Tidy the top of my desk - DONE
- 30 mins. of paperwork - DONE
- Clean 1 bathroom - DONE
- 30 mins to 1 hr. of tidying in the 3rd bedroom - NOT DONE (dumped more stuff in there, instead!)
- Clear/wipe down the kitchen counters - DONE
- Sweep and mop the kitchen floor - NOT DONE

Thursday's To Do List:
- Tidy the top of my dressing table
- 30 mins. of paperwork/filing
- Finish cleaning my bathroom
- 30 mins. of tidying in the 3rd bedroom
- Sweep and mop the kitchen floor

It is supposed to be another rainy day, tomorrow.  I am looking forwards to a productive day.

How was your day, today?   Do you have cluttered flat surfaces, too?  How well can you keep them cleared after you've tidied them? 


  1. Ooooooh, I like that sweater too. Love the pattern. Getting dressed for work must have helped you jump start your day, because you sure got a lot accomplished. As soon as I opened your blog post I saw your sidebar with followers and I knew right away that my blog did not have that. I have a "follow me by email" button, but people have told me it doesn't work. So now I have followed your example and figured out how to add a "follow me" button. Now perhaps that will help people to find out when I post. We will see. Of course most of my family have now bookmarked my page and go in periodically to see what is new in my life. In the past, that is what I did to find your posts, until I added your blog to my sidebar as "bloggers I follow". Now it is easy to follow you.

    Fantastic before and after pictures. That is very motivating. I should try to do more of those. Your desk area looks fantastic and very inviting to sit down and get things accomplished.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I debated whether to post the before picture, because, well, I am exposing my vulnerable underbelly when I do that, aren't I? Showing my shortcomings to all the world to see! Up until now, I have done that only with a select few people in a private group whom I've known for years and who have their own messy spots to deal with and are very non-judgmental, a couple of good friends, and a cousin or two who know better than to say anything! LOL! No doubt, that before photo is a bit like the sound of nails against a chalk board to some of my blog friends who are neat and tidy. But, I am hoping that sharing these candid photos will help someone else out there to know that they are not alone in their struggles to keep things neat. Just the photos of the cleared table or desk, taken immediately after cleaning, can be misleading!

      I saw that you have added the follow button! Well done! LOL. I had wondered about the follow by email button, but I wasn't very sure if I wanted that or if there was a hidden fee involved, etc. I'm glad you told me that it doesn't work, sometimes. I need to reconfigure my gmail account before I sign up to follow anyone, because, when I went to follow you, it told me that my real name would be shown as it is linked to my gmail account. I am not sure if I want that, so, I will wait until I can figure out a way around that!

  2. Congrats on getting the follow button on you blog. I'm with you daughter, you're a smart woman and do most anything you set your mind to.

    The pattern on your sweater is so delicate and pretty. Was it hard to knit?

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I really need to dig deep down and rediscover that person who said, "Yes, I can" and went off half way around the world by herself at age 18 to face whatever it was that she had to face!

      The pattern on the sweater wasn't too hard. It's a pattern called "elfin lace" in my book of knitting patterns; multiples of 8 stitches plus 9 and 16 rows to the pattern; lots of yarn overs and slip two stitches and knit them together, to form the lace. I am generally fine with knitting lace until it gets to shaping armholes, etc., when you have to figure out the decreases while maintaining the pattern. My usual way of avoiding all that is to knit straight, a rectangle without any shaping, which results in dropped shoulders and a boat neck. :)

  3. I am so glad I am not the only messy person in Blogworld. If my house is not messy I seem to be able/compelled to create one.
    BTW I follow you and my only option on your button is to unfollow, but I do not appear as a follower, so I think your numbers are a little off.

    1. Thank you, Anne. Yay, Messy Bloggers Unite! LOL! I am striving for an "everything in its place" type of home, but, even when things have a home (some of them don't!), I am not very good at returning them to their homes and they, apparently, don't know to return to their homes by themselves!

      Oh, I don't know why you don't show up as a follower, Anne. I have to figure out how to follow people without my real name showing up as it is linked to my gmail account! Until then, I am not following anyone! I've bookmarked all the blogs I like to read and check on them regularly. But, maybe I can figure out how to lists the blogs I regularly read on the side bar - in my next foray into blogger to customize my layout!

    2. I unfollowed then clicked to follow again and now I am there. I love the simple method that works for my inner technidiot.

    3. Yay! You figured out how to do it! LOL! Welcome back!

  4. If blogging seems more appealing than cleaning (and why wouldn't it?) then blog! No-one ever died wishing they done more cleaning.

    1. Eloise, you do have a point there! LOL. I can just imagine myself saying, "No, I can't die yet, I have to clean my house first, before the paramedics come and see this mess!" Ha, ha! Maybe I can find that middle path between blogging and other leisure activities and a clean house. Moderation in all things and so forth. That balance I keep looking for in the various areas of my life. :)

  5. Such a pretty sweater, I can see why it is one of your favourites. As for the messy desk, well, we all have our messes, says she looking over her shoulder at the spare bed with things on it that didn't need to be there in the first place, let alone stay there! You did a great job with your desk. My excuse is that I am waiting for winter to go, since the very thought of it being around -13°F during the nights is enough to bring on hibernation mode. I'm hoping that when spring arrives, it will bring a burst of spring cleaning effort with it!

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. Ha, ha, you haven't seen my spare room, yet! Brr! Those are cold temperatures, indeed! Bundle up and stay warm! Spring will be soon enough to declutter and clean! In between collecting and boiling the maple sap, that is!


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