Day 1 of Staycation
Began the day with a visit to my kitchen window to watch bird activity. Just missed getting a picture of the Red-Bellied Woodpecker. Squeaky window alerted him of my intent, and he flew away. Birds are such nervous creatures.
Had breakfast and chatted with the hubster before he headed off to the office.
My goals for the day include getting my front two rooms back in order after having them painted. I think after one month, the paint has dried sufficiently. After that, the kitchen. I mopped my kitchen floor last week, and now that I know what my kitchen floor looks like, I’m considering mopping it again and then glossing it up.
Later today, after my muscles cry, “Uncle!” I will pay some bills–or play games on my computer.
First things first, though–Tylenol.
End of Day 1. Got this done:
Day 2 of Staycation
Ouch!–when I sweat, it feels like acid on my face.
Went outside at 8:30am to clean out bird feeders. It rained yesterday, and they filled up with water. Before I had been outside one minute, the mugginess caused me to start sweating. I persevered, though. If I’m hot and thirsty, then the birds probably are, as well. Filled up the bird bath with clean water, rinsed off the feeders and put new seed in, raked and scattered old shell hulls.
Time for a break.
Today’s goal: Pay bills and clean up our dining room/paper collection room. Here’s a “Before” pic:
I know, right? Well, let’s see what happens when I transform it.
It took most of the morning to pay the bills and update my ledger. Then I stood for three good hours while going through papers and cleaning up the dining room. Back hurts. Tylenol time.
Tomorrow: mine and Dave’s bedroom and bathroom. Pray for me.
Day 3 of Staycation
Still no sighting of the elusive woodpecker. I believe he’s avoiding me.
Oh, well, on to the master bedroom!
In all fairness, it’s been a crazy few months in our lives. Other than that, no excuse.
Later that same day: Progress on these two rooms is taking a bit longer than anticipated. I want to clean every drawer and closet out. I promise you, when we moved in we didn’t have as many drawers or closets as we do now! Or maybe it’s just the sheer mass of STUFF crammed in there. In any event, it’s on its way out now, but slowly.
Day 4 of Staycation
Mine and Dave’s 38th anniversary. Cleaning, but slowly. If we want to sleep on our bed tonight, I have to make some amount of progress. So, back at it! Dinner out tonight at Red, Hot and Blue. (Note: What a disappointment. It wasn’t what we remembered back when we lived in Maryland. Meat was tough on the ends, and Dave ended up with a stomach ache. Johnny Young, when will I ever learn that your barbecue ribs are the only ribs worth consumption?)
9:30pm – Okay, we didn’t get much else done on the room. Too tired. But there’s always tomorrow, right?
Day 5 of Staycation
Hubby and I spent the better part of the morning cleaning our bedroom. When I say cleaning, I mean moving all the furniture and vacuuming underneath it, wiping weeks of dust off of everything, and sorting shoes. I won’t even begin to tell you how many pairs of shoes the two of us own, but suffice it to say, they were under the bed, under the dresser, in the closet…
Anyway, here’s the after picture of the bedroom:
Tomorrow is the last day of my staycation. I got all of the downstairs projects completed. Yay!!
Believe it or not, I enjoyed this week much more than if we’d gone out of town. So much needed to be done at our house, and I feel contented at all that I accomplished. Thanks for letting me share this week with you.
It wasn’t just housecleaning this week. I also did some reading. I read the Tilian Pandemic series by Tom Calen. Whether or not you like apocalyptic-type books, you will love these characters. I truly didn’t want this series to end. It was nearly impossible to turn that last page and say goodbye to my new friends. According to Tom, though, some of his characters weren’t quite finished with their stories, so he’s putting their thoughts into a fourth book. I can hardly wait to read it!
Happy Independence Day, y’all! God bless America.