Ready for the Winter Cleaning

Oh the fun! I have worked up the new schedule and this weekend we start the new chore list with the children. I have also developed my master To Do List for the next month. Sometimes I wonder WHY I do things like that! I really hate seeing that the list is 2 pages, 2 columns long. But the satisfaction I get when I cross off each item makes it worth it (I think!).

I do make my To Do List very detailed. I go through each room and make a note of what needs to be done. I take it down “clean out silverware drawer” in the kitchen level. That way when I have 15 minutes I can take a look at what needs to be done and can see I need to wipe down the microwave. Then I clean out and cross it off and there is one more thing off the list.

I didn’t get pictures of the boys room before we started cleaning it. Douglas was reading over my shoulder and took off and started cleaning. I am thinking he did not want to be embarrassed online. I will have to keep that in mind for the future. The threat of posting pictures may keep people in line.

We are waiting for a light coating of snow today. It could have been a lot worse. I friend in North Carolina is expecting 12 inches of snow. So I will not complain. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and stay warm and dry.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Tuesday Thoughts

Thankfully today was a quiet day around the zoo. After the weekend we had I am so thankful for that!

Patrick skated through his work, I ran a couple of errands. We had a great dinner. All the children are bathed and in about 20 minutes the children start heading to bed. I can use more days like this!

Tomorrow is going to be spent revising my schedule since I haven’t looked at it in a while and it needs some tweaking. I can tell things have been chaotic around here, the house is showing it. So over the next couple of days it is one room at a time and get it back under control. First up will be the boys room.

I don’t know what to do with them. I clean, they destroy. They clean, they destroy. I am thinking that room is going to be for sleeping and studying only. The toys are getting an eviction notice!

I’ll post before and after pictures when we are done. It may be more than a one day job.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

It was an interesting day, with long lasting ramifications. I am not sure exactly what yet, but definitely things are going to be changing and SOON!

Saturday started out fairly normal. Richard let me sleep in. I got up around 9, ate a quick breakfast and then spent the next couple of hours cleaning out our dungeon, I mean garage. The dump closes at 3 PM on Saturday so around 1PM Richard started loading up the van. We were getting rid of A LOT of stuff that we really couldn’t or wouldn’t freecyle. Our 3 cribs were all on the recall list so we sent them to the dump. A broken beyond repair dresser also has a new home there.

I cleaned out a bunch of empty diaper and wipes boxes. My children just leave them in the garage for some reason. I had to get rid of bunch of old clothing. We have mice, lots of mice from the looks of it in the garage. They chewed through the cardboard boxes and ate a bunch of the clothing. Other places and boxes has nests. So most of those went to the dump too. We also emptied out bins that hadn’t been shut correctly and then became mouse havens. We had the children take these empty bins to the back and wash them. (This figures in later on.)

We also send a couple of broken printers, a dead computer monitor and a my dead computer too. One other thing went — the ancient TV. It gave up the ghost just before Christmas and needed to go.

Most of the dump requires you to back the car into the area, pitch the trash off the back into big dumpsters. The electronics place isn’t like this (and it needs to change). You drive up to the dumpster and then you have to climb up a metal ladder and pitch the stuff into the bin. While Richard was pitching the TV in, the ladder tipped over and fell. He and the TV fell about 6 feet. He had the forethought to pitch the TV and when he hit the ground to roll so much of the force of the fall was dissipated. I took him to the ER to check him out. (I admit, I panicked, but he was just cleared for normal life on Wednesday. It hasn’t even been two months since his surgery). We spent almost 6 hours there waiting for a CT scan, until I pulled a mama bear and got them to change it to a normal x-ray. Thankfully he is ok, but I am sure that he will be feeling it tomorrow.

During this time, Mandy was home with the other children. They all did great with the day’s upheaval. On our way home from the hospital, Mandy called in a panic. She had gone down into the basement, because she heard a noise (she thought the cats were getting into trouble). As she came down the stairs, she saw a man in the back of the hallway, opening the door to our laundry room. He ran out the back door when she saw him.

Mandy ran upstairs and called us. We promptly told her to call 911. Richard called our neighbor, who came over to check things out too while waiting for the police to arrive.

I have to say I was pleased with the response of the county sheriff’s office. Two cruisers passed us with lights and sirens on. The speed limit on that road is 30. I would have to bet that they were doing at least 70. We found out later that Mandy told the 911 operator that she was home alone with 7 other young children, so I am guessing that got them on the move.

The sheriff’s brought out one of their K-9 units. The dog, Bruno, tracked the scent of the person through our backyard, over our fence and the streets toward back of the neighborhood. Then the dog couldn’t track anything. The officers are assuming there was a car waiting that he got into.

We do know the basement door was unlocked from the children going in and out washing those bins. Richard and the officer’s are guessing it was a crime of opportunity and the perp had been checking the basement doors of several houses and ours was one the lucky door. Nothing physical was taken other then my sense of security.

So now what? I do not know. I am not able to sleep tonight. I don’t want to stay here in the house anymore. So we will having some discussions about what will be happening soon.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Congressional Tracking and Earmarks

Here is an interesting site where you can read bills that are up for review and vote in Congress. Another neat little feature lets you see what earmarks are being requested by your representatives. An earmarks are special instructions in spending bills directing money to projects in representatives’ states and districts. You know those things like the Louisiana Purchase that just happened with the ObamaCare bill.

Check it out. You may find it very interesting, I know I did.


A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

To My Twin and Triplet Blogging Buddies

Check your followers for “Sheila“. She has started to follow a lot of our blogs. I have my guess as to where she “found” us. Those of us with HOM are used to the stalkers and fakers and tend to get a 6th sense about these types of people. She is setting off mine!

You can block her as follower if you care to:

Go to Dashboard. On the right side of your blog name, there is a link showing the blog followers count. Click that link and you’ll see all followers for the blog. Click the follower’s avatar and you’ll see an option to block the user.

I have reported her to the site where she I believe she is finding us. Email me through my blog if you would like to discuss this some more.

Stay safe!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

A sad testament …

I received this in an email.

The economy is so bad that:

•I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

•I ordered a burger at McDonald’s and the kid behind the counter asked, “Can you afford fries with that?”

•CEOs are now playing miniature golf.

•If the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you can call them and ask them if they meant you or them.

•Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

•McDonald’s is selling the quarter ouncer.

•Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their childrens names.

•A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

•Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

•Motel Six won’t leave the light on anymore.

•The Mafia is laying off judges.

•Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

•I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Lifeline. I got a call center in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

It is so sad, that it is funny.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Tax Time Peeves

I have a huge peeve regarding taxes. (My biggest one is that we have to pay taxes at all.) Waiting for W-2s. In this day of computers why does it take so long to get them out to people? I understand in the “olden” days why it took so long, but now they should go out with the last check of the calendar year.

Can you tell I am waiting on a W-2? We have them everything else in, but the one W-2. I even had Richard call today to find out where it was. I know, I’m impatient. I am working on that trait, but I will worry about it tomorrow. We were told that have been sent out, so we should have them soon. I wonder what they mean by soon? Soon my time would have been two days ago. Soon their time is probably next week.

So hopefully I WILL have it “soon,” and then I can file our taxes. And yes, we do get a refund. I love my children for a lot of reasons, including the Child Tax Credit.

I hope you all are having a wonderful tax season and no one owes much to the Federal or state governments.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

I REALLY hate to do this…

Okay I really, really hate to tell you about this because I want the book, but I am going to be a nice blogging buddy and tell you about a great giveaway over at Catinhat’s Ten Things Farm blog.

Y’all know I strongly believe in having a well stocked pantry. I feel it is the best hedge against disasters both natural and man made. The book that is being given away will help you plan a food storage system for your familyand even gives you recipes to use up that food you have stored.

So if you REALLY have to, head on over there and enter. Yeah if you don’t because it is more of chance for me to win a copy of the book.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome