Wednesday, May 30, 2012

If You Can't Have Fun While Vacuuming, What's The Point?

Am I the only person around who wields a vacuum hose as if it were a sword?

I have mentioned my Dyson vacuum in the past and the fact that it has a lot of power. Power in the wrong hands, MY hands, can be dangerous. Man, I love that thing.

When I vacuum it is ON, people. I do it, like I do most things, with enthusiasm. I love wielding the hose, it's sort of like a giant snake or something in my hands and I am pretty sure that it is alive.

It has attacked socks, curtains, dog dishes, plant leaves, towels, the shirt sleeve of a hoodie, plastic bags, tableround covers, slipcovers, etc. Once it sucked up the bottom of my jeans WHILE I was wearing them!!!! That thing will eat anything. One time it even tried to eat a 6-inch Christmas tree.

My husband insists that it's ME who is endangering everything because I vacuum with reckless abandon, but if you can't have fun while vacuuming what's the point?

After all, you only vacuum once in life! (O.k., not really but let's just pretend that you DO, because otherwise the whole premise falls apart. Work with me here, people.)

I live in fear of "that sound." You know the sound I mean. The sound that means the vacuum hose is fighting with something and trying to prove who is boss. I was vacuuming earlier tonight and heard "that sound."

The vacuum was trying to persuade the tableround cover that what it really wanted to do was be sucked up inside the hose instead of gracing the table. The tableround cover did not agree.

Now, lest you think that I only vacuum with the hose I will assure you that I use it for corners and to "detail" things, but somehow I manage to attack other things in the process. I bend over to pick up something with one hand and have the hose in the other hand and well.......things happen. It's really not my fault. The thing is alive, I told you that.

It's not very well mannered either. I vacuumed half of my living room tonight and was working on the other half when I heard a noise. I turned around and saw this.......



Somehow the vacuum chord wrapped itself around the plant's neck and pulled it ruthlessly off the stand onto the floor. Plant guts were everywhere. I think I even heard the plant scream "No, no, nooooooooo!"

Still, I love my Dyson even though it has a mind of its own, and NO, Dyson did not contact me or pay me to write this post. I just want you to beware of what is lurking in your utility closet or wherever you keep YOUR vacuum. They really are alive, you know.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: Oooops I Forgot It Again

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I'm sorry that I didn't get this up last week! My weekend was so full that I literally forgot to put it up. Then when I remembered I didn't want to get up out of bed to do it and figured I'd get it going the next morning, at which point I forgot again.

Today I was telling a friend of mine about some stuff that I forgot recently and she started teasing me saying "We're just getting older, Nan!"

I really think that I need to go back to keeping a to-do list and write stuff down.

Have you seen this on pinterest?


Yeah, that pretty much sums up my problem.

I just KNOW that I'll remember it, so I don't write it down and then, of course, I forget.

Have you ever gone to the grocery store without a list because you just knew that you would have no trouble remembering everything? How'd it go?????? Yeah, it's like that.

So I'm thinking that I will resurrect my to-do list because I really LOVE being able to cross things off. I just don't like DOING them so much, lol!

What about you? How's your memory working these days? What are YOU forgetting? Join me in resurrecting that to-do list and let's make our homes sing this week.

So what are you up to this week? What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: After We're Gone

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Yesterday one of my sisters and I helped my mom organize her closet and sort through many of her boxes of "stuff," helping her get some things ready to sell or donate to family or the thrift store.

I shredded papers for two hours, and I still have some left to do. Two hours! Some of the things I shredded were tax documents and papers dating back to the 1970's, and I'm not even kidding.

I had lots of time to think while I was shredding paper. Lots. I thought about how thankful I was for a shredder. I thought about how I really should be sitting down and shredding instead of standing up. I thought about how much my back was hurting. I thought about the fact that I now had a headache. I thought about the fact that I was hoping that my quads were getting a workout from the occasional squatting.

But mostly, I thought about the "stuff" that OUR children will be left with someday. I thought about the papers and books and decorative things that we have acquired, and how my children will have to dispose of them after we're gone.

I thought about all the clutter and "stuff" that I have acquired over the years. I thought about all the magazines that I have managed to pile up (not much, just a basket but even so, it's a pile that I'm pretty sure my sons won't be interested in). I keep meaning to sort through them but am waaaaay behind.

As I held some of my mom's treasures in my hands, I realized how dear they were to her. I also realized that not all of them were to MY taste (obviously).

I also realized that my children most likely are not going to love all the little decorative knicknacks that I love. Some they might appreciate for sentimental reasons, just as I have some of my mother's things that I love because of the memories they bring. But not everything.

They aren't going to appreciate many of the books that I appreciate. They're going to get a backache from standing at the shredder for hours upon hours shredding tax documents because I never got around to it after the time for saving tax documents had passed.

They are going to wonder why I have maternity clothes that I couldn't part with (yes, I still have one or two shirts that I saved although the bulk of them are gone). They aren't going to want to have to deal with my small shoe collection that seems to be growing (how does that happen?????).

They are going to be having to deal with their grief at my loss, and having to struggle with perhaps feeling guilty for parting with something that belonged to me, or possibly even feeling resentful that I placed such a burden on them in the first place. I want to make things easier on my children during that time, not harder.

If your children or husband or family members walked into your garage, your "junk" room or your bedroom closet and had to face disposing with everything, how do you think they'd feel? If they had to dispose of the contents of your desk, filing cabinet, pantry, linen closet or bathroom cupboards, would they feel overwhelmed?

I remember helping my mom sort through some of my dad's stuff right after he died. I remember specifically that I did NOT feel resentful in any way, and so that gives me hope that my children won't resent all the "stuff" I've left them either. But I do remember the stress my mom felt as she tried to decide what to part with and what to keep.

I also remember all the work and time it has taken over the years for her to begin to let go of a lifetime of memories as she has worked at emptying her storage unit. Can you imagine how difficult that would be for her? And all the work my brothers and sisters and I have done to help her clear out the unit and help her make decisions when she asks or gratefully accept things that she wants to give to someone, and the endless trips to the thrift store.

I know that I have found some comfort in seeing my dad's things. Yesterday I saw his name signed on a receipt, and it was so nice to see his signature again.

But I also know that my kids are going to laugh at some of the things I've saved, and shake their heads in disbelief at some of the other things. I also know that I love them, and because of that, I am going to try and get that garage cleaned out........not to mention taking a good look at some of the closets, drawers, and seriously look at my home files.

But maybe I'll save a receipt with my signature on it. Just in case.

So what are you up to this week? What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: My Son, The College Graduate

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

It's official! I am the mother of a college graduate. Our oldest son graduated on Saturday. He got his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He was also awarded Business Intern of the Year, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.


His dad and I are very proud of him and told him so. He worked his way through college, working 32 hours a week (sometimes more, sometimes less) and yet still managed to get a 4.0. I don't think he slept much at college.......

I also grabbed his diploma and had my husband take a picture of ME with it, because I figured I "earned" some of it after the 12 years I spent homeschooling him, lol!

In the midst of telling him how proud we were of him, we also reminded him that our love and pride was not based on his GPA. It wasn't based on his achievements but on the fact that he is our son.

We also didn't forget our second son during all this. We let our oldest son have his moment, but we also reminded our youngest son of our love for him as well.

I have never wanted my children to confuse parental pride in their accomplishments with love. It's one of those "fine lines" you come across as parents. You want to encourage them to do their best, but don't want them to think that your love is based on being the best.

I've never wanted them to believe that I loved them because they got a good grade, or an award, or won a race. However, I didn't want to discourage them from giving their best either and just "settling" for something less or nothing because they were too afraid or to lazy to attempt any more.

I've never wanted them to limit parental love and think that maybe there wasn't enough to go around. I've never wanted them to be jealous of one another and think that our love was conditional or played favorites.

This is why, when others comment on our oldest son's accomplishments, we also tell them about our youngest son's as well. This is why, when they say "I'll bet you're proud of your oldest son," we add "Yes, and we're proud of our youngest son as well." We also turn it around and do the same when they ask about our youngest son.

Our oldest son graduated college and our youngest son is navigating his first year of college and I am so proud of them both, because they're mine and I love them! This post also reminds me that God love for me is not based on MY performance and I can't tell you how happy that makes me!

This week I'll be making my home sing by enjoying the fact that my oldest son is once again living in the same STATE as me and that I can keep my youngest son here for a little while longer as well. I am going to enjoy having both my babies home in the "nest" because it won't be long now..........

So what are you up to this week? What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Facebook Post Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

This was my facebook status on Monday:

Me: "First, I made some hard-boiled eggs to have on hand for lunches this week. Then I put them in a plastic bag to store them.

Then I dropped the plastic bag on the floor on my way to the fridge. Then they all cracked their shells big time.

Then I went out and shot a bunch of chickens for revenge (or maybe I just *thought* about doing it, I get those two confused).

Later I took (my youngest son) to work. Then I locked myself out of the house because I forgot my house keys. First, I knocked on my mother's window, but she didn't hear me. Then I went to call her on my cell phone to ask her to let me in.

Then my cell phone died. The end."

My husband jokingly commented: "Well, I can only guess, as I am reading this, that you somehow got inside. Do I need to call anyone for repairs to broken windows or doors?"

So I responded with this comment:
"*THEN* my husband commented on my status and did NOT say that he was leaving work right away due to my emergency and was bringing me a vanilla and chocolate mixed frosty........."

Several of my friends made some comments with suggestions of what my husband should bring as well, such as diet pepsi and m&m's (my friends know me so well, sigh). One friend said: "Do NOT, whatever you do, NOT buy a lottery ticket today."

Then, after work, my husband came home bearing a gift, a chocolate and strawberry shake! He apparently can't read but hey, it's all good!

So I commented: "‎.....and then my husband brought me a chocolate and strawberry shake......so I unblocked him from facebook and changed the locks back so he could get in the house."

Then another friend jokingly commented: "next time...just call and ask him to bring you the shake...why go thru all of this effort???"

Her comment is very true but hey, I got a blog post out of it!