or the lure of routines

November 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm (domestic life, Uncategorized) (, , )

About a billion years ago I went onto and I have to admit that I thought, “this lady is crazy. She is a purple houskeeping dictaotr!”. I read through her site – thinkin g thoughts like – crazy woman gets dressed before she does anything. She shines her sink every night? why is she so happy about house work ..huh , just work on a task for 15 minutes?  Interensting  idea.

Fast  forward a bit — the book Home  Comforts  by   Cheryl Mendelson .  Another one  that seemed  overly  obssed  by cleaning  things ( I do not care how a  fitted  sheet  is  folded — as long as it  doesn’t  fallon  my  head or take up too much  space) However in her introduction, sh  mentioned  an  old  fashion idea — laundry  day  was  monday ,  baking  day  was  Tuesday … a schedule.

Fast  forward to  –  a  few  weeks  ago .   A  lot  of  my  friends were  talking about  the  flylady  again and  there  was a  slightly  different  take  on  things . Most  of  the people  I  know still  look  at  the getting  dressed to  the shoes every  morning  as  something  that  doesn’t  make    lot  of  sense. The  language  is  too cutsie. But people  were  still  reading  and talking and using  the  site.   At  the  same  time  my  friends  were  talking about  the  flylady ,  I  was  in  the process of  trying  to  figure  out  how  the  house  was  going to  be a  better  place  to  live.   I  had been  back at  a  full  time  job  for six month; it  was  a  month  after  my  walk  and I  hated  that  my  Wednesday  off  was  become  clean  the house  day.   DH  had  come  up  with  a  great plan  for  the  master bedroom to improve – so  the momentum  was  there.    So  I  reread  the  flylady  site – with  a  more  grown  up eye  and  a  trust  in  my  ability to  pull  what  I  needed out  of  it and  not  be  overwhelmed  by  the  purple.

Interesting,  the site  read  differently to  me this  time  through.   While  I  would  say  the flylady  has  many  ideas  about how  things  should  be  done,a  lot  of  what  she  said  made  sense.  Things  didn’t  become a  mess  in an hour ,  a day  or  week  so  they  won’t  become  clean  and  organized  in  a an  hour a  day or  a  week. Her  baasic  plan  breaks  the  house  in to zones  and  you  concentrate on one  zone  per  week.   She  has a  bunch  of  daily  routines  and different  places to  concentrate  on  and  decluttering  tips , but the interesting  thing for  me is  that the zone  thing seems to  work for  me.  Over a  week,  I  got  the kitchen  cleaner  than  it  had  been in a while – in small  15  minute  tasks.  And interestingly – the  kitchen  stayed  clean while  we  ripped  apart  the  bedroom  and  scattered  it all over  the  house.

We  ended up  with  a last  minute  thanksgiving  here.   So  we  needed  to  clean up in order  to  fit  people  in the  house – it  didn’t  take  too  long  and  all  but  two  rooms  look good.   We are  both  happier  with  things  cleaner  and  more  organized and  I think  we  a  little  help  from  the routine  builder  we  have a  chance  at  some  visual  peace

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3/50 project

November 20, 2011 at 9:55 am (domestic life, food, fun, niles, politics) (, , , , , , , , , )

So It is all about local business . It turns out that for every 100.00 spent in a local independent store 68.00 comes back to the community – only 43.00 if you spend it in a chain and well, nothing if it is online. ( there are some intersting exeptions to this)

The project info can be found here. it looks like brick and motar counts in the project because of commercial property tax. What this site is asking you to do is think of 3 independent brick and motar business and commit to spending 50.00 dollars out of you budget at them – instead of at a chain.

I have a few quibbles with this. But only because it doesn’t count a home based business like Pamela’s Soap or an online delivery business like Nile Pie . However , because they don’t have commercial property taxes – they don’t fit the model. But if you read through the 3/50 project site – they aren’t against such business – they just don’t fit the strict model.

Now I actually do spend at money at local business. the big grocery stores, clothing stores, and hardware stores that I use are chains. Sadly, book buying is mostly on line – but if I am near a bookstore – I buy.

I’ve read a few post about not buying for the holidays – but I think supporting the local independent businesses is a better idea.

So some local favorites:

Corrie Glass
Mr Mikey’s – hey i just found out they deliver!
th e Vine in Niles
the Nile Cafe
Bronco Billy’s ( small local chain)
kiowa rose
Picnic sandwich bistro

I’m  wondering  if  I  can  make  a bigger  list,  by  thinking  about it a  little  more

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March 24, 2011 at 10:53 am (domestic life) (, , , )

I was going to  call this  rain,  but  that  is  not  the problem.  I  kind of  like rain.  The problem is the rain hit at the same time as  the  time change.   and allergies.  Some  one  even  noticed that I  have  allergy  eyes this morning.   Getting  out  of bed has been  ridiculously  hard.  I  think  three days of sun would  fix this .  I swear , this  feels  like getting up  in  the  middle  of winter in  CT.

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Home Improvement by Nathaniel

March 1, 2011 at 11:51 am (cats, domestic life, home improvement) (, )

tired  after  work

Nathaniel doesn’t like our wall paper anymore than we do. He is being proactive about it. Note: wallpaper removal is a tough job

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Clean All the Things

August 30, 2010 at 11:40 am (domestic life) ()

Welcome, Welcome to Clean All the Things Week. I took vacation so I could clean the house. I’m not sure that DH understand this. And I am sure the cat thinks it is Knock everything on the floor week. But I just want to get things under control , so I can get on with more fun projects. We shall see.

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June 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm (cats, domestic life) ()

I figured out that I had no pictures of Nathaniel on my blog. Nathaniel cam into our life a couple of weeks after we lost AndyCat. Nathaniel was a wondering around our neighborhood – very friendly . Despite having a collar and a bell , no one could find his home. so he either got very lost , or was abandoned . Unforrunatley due the park, a lot of animals ( bunnies, cats and dogs) are abandoned here. nathaniel is still a kitten- maybe 8 months old now. Here is a picture of him useing an insulated bag as a fort

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