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Day 185

Day 185

I like days of small wins. I have aimed for small wins today. I signed on this morning and then went for a walk.

I had a very yummy breakfast of a strawberry crisp cereal but I used strawberry drinking yoghurt instead of milk and it was scrummy! That is going to be repeated tomorrow.

Later in the midmorning I tidied and cleaned the bedroom and changed the bedding.

This evening, after reading another blog I love (www.mortgagefreeinthree.com) I was inspired to do a small job that I’ve been putting off for years (no lie).

Behold!
Before…

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After…

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And it took all of about 10minutes including looking out the tools.

As was asked on the other blog, what 5min jobs have you been putting off?

KT. :-)

Day 171

Day 171

Another day goes by and it is another day when I am desperate for sleep on and off most of the day. No idea what is wrong with me.

I did manage to stay awake long enough to clean the kitchen top to bottom and knit more rows on sock two. We’re well on the way for sock 2 now. We’re on the leg chart repeats.

But for the rest of day I’ve been fighting off sleep. It’s supposed to be summer so I should have increased energy but today I didn’t. I’m going to aim for a good sleep tonight and wake up with more energy, ready to face the world again tomorrow.

KT. zzzzzzzz

Day 159

Day 159

I spent about 3 hours in the kitchen today. About 2 of them were spent cleaning and organising and 1 spent cooking lunch and dinner. I’ve noticed a pattern in myself, when I am upset pr feeling down my first instinct is to hide away for the day, sit in front of the tv and craft all day. However, the over riding need to clean and tidy and generally be house proud tends to take over.

I had many business and job hunting things to do today. I should have exercised (although the scrubbing the kitchen got felt pretty close to a work out) but I didn’t. I followed my heart and gut and did what I needed to today. I can’t keep letting myself fall down the rabbit hole but at least I have a clean kitchen to show for my day. And some washing done. And a new phone cover made to replace the one the man-shape lent me when my case broke causing the smash to the screen, and 1 more repeat of the leg chart on the sock (6 rounds).

But really today I mostly indulged myself. I’m hoping for an early night and to wake up feeling like I can get started again. I can’t keep letting myself just tick over.

KT.

Day 144

Day 144

I wish I had taken a picture. We are having a little heat wave. The best part of my day was reading a book outside in the sunshine with a bottle of water and quiet.

Vitamin D here I come!

Oh, the bathroom got cleaned like I said it would too. A relaxing day. A break was needed. Not having regular work has been a bit more draining (mentally) than I expected so I am being sure to look after myself as best I can. If I don’t, I’ll be good to nobody.

KT :-)

Day 143

Day 143

Quick day today. It started in a rather lovely way with a present! I had done a karma swap on Ravelry and claimed a Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novel. I’m not normally a graphic novel kinda girl, but thanks to the man-shape’s love of all things comic book and graphic novel I can on occasion be persuaded. And I’ll probably always have a soft spot for Buffy anyway. So, I claimed – graphic novel. This is what arrived…

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And mgasammie (as she is on Ravelry) was sweet enough to also include a 1972 Golden Hands mag which has tatting patterns in.

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My tatting has been a little neglected for the past few days. I figured out a few ways to solve my tension problem thanks to the amazing people on intatters.com but since then I haven’t done much. It takes so much concentration from me just now I am finding the small amount of crafting I am doing is the kind I can more easily multi-task with (ie knitting or crochet granny squares). But even then I’ve not done as much as I normally would.

I am hoping to remedy that tomorrow after another mammoth cleaning session. The good news about my mammoth cleaning/tidying sessions is they take about half the time they did at the start of the year. My biggest jobs for tomorrow will be cleaning the bathroom and a declutter session in the living room/ hall cupboard. There isn’t much more in there than there was at the start of the year but it’s getting disorganised again. I’m just glad it won’t take weeks to put right, like it used to.

Time for sleep. I am starting to collect part finished things/jobs again. Tomorrow I want to start remedying that.

KT :-)

Day 140

Day 140

What a funny day. I’ve discovered I’m a bit of an idiot at times.

I have cleaned the bedroom top to bottom, done a bit of reading, started working on my tension problems I’ve noticed with my tatting.

I went to make my dinner. I have been planning to make chilli all week. I went to the supermarket last night for the last couple of ingredients I needed with plans to make it today. I went and got all my ingredients together and what was I missing? Oh yeah, the chilli powder…

Another walk to the supermarket later and I had everything and eventually made a nice chilli.

I have also had the news that my car is fixable but I need to find a way of juggling my money to have £120 to pay for it. The timing sucks. But as always, I’ll manage. Still smiling!

KT :-)

Day 119

Day 119

Quiet day today. I got some tidying up done. My flat has descended into near chaos over the last couple of weeks. It’s nice to bring back some order. It didn’t take long for either the kitchen or bedroom to look presentable. The living room is going to be the pain. There is just no system there, no organisation to keep things flowing nicely. It will have a big impact on my life if I can get that sorted sooner rather than later.

In knitting news, the socks are nearly done!! Just the toes tomorrow and the never ending socks will no longer be never ending. I’m glad I’ve seen that they do fit. I seem to have more yarn left over than should be possible… I’m guessing (hoping) that it is because I kept the ankles a little shorter for mums comfort.

Mum, if you’re reading this, can we get together on Monday for me to give them too you maybe? Hope you’re free.

This evening I rewatched Captain America, I wanted to watch Thor too but I ran out of time. I watched that tonight to get me in the mood for tomorrow night. Tomorrow I have plans to see The Avengers! I am refusing to call the film by its UK release name (Avengers Assemble), I really think that the UK people are smart enough to not get a 1960s tv show mixed up with a current Marvel superhero film… Anyways, I’m really looking forward to it, all (but one) of my favourite actors and my favourite characters are there in the one film! Too good.

KT :-)

Day 100

Day 100

Much more like it!

After being a bit rested I got stuck back in today. I cleaned the rubbish out the car, a job I’ve been putting off for weeks. It took all of about 3 minutes… I checked my tyre pressures (that took about 15mins if you include travel time to the garage). I went to the supermarket for the bits and pieces I missed last time. I did multiple loads of washing. And I did it all at quite a leisurely pace.

I have decided that the next big mission is decorate the bedroom. I bought a couple of tester pots of the colours I think I might use and I have been making plans as to how to tackle this job. It’s not the biggest job ever but it will have a good impact. The big thing though I most of it will be done by me alone. That means the prep work, the painting, the prettifying (I know that’s not a word) will all be done by me. The part that I can’t do myself is wire in new lights, that will require an electrician. I will be doing it as cheaply as possible. The main things I will need to buy other than the paint will be new night fittings, curtains and a curtain pole. Later in the year I will need a new wall heater in here too. I know the costs might add up so I’ll be keeping a close eye on it and doing it over the next couple of months. Before June this room WILL be done. Before pictures to follow.

I also started something else today. I have previously listened to Jillian Michaels book “Unlimited”. I am now re-listening to it and I’m going to go through the advice step by step after I have listened to it this time again. In it he describes the process of making a vision board. I am making one to go in my new bedroom when it is finished (or perhaps before). This evening I painted the frame of an old cork-board I had with one of the sample pots of paint, a light green (I think it looks more white in the picture). I think the green sample I had is going to be too light for what I had in mind but the frame will still look good. My hopes and dreams will be added to it over the next week or so. I hope to post a picture when it is done.

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KT
ps. Nearly made myself sick on Easter egg chocolate tonight. It was totally worth it! (for putting me off chocolate for a while if nothing else!)

Day 84

Day 84

Progress! Sorta. In my quest to long term save money and protect the money I have one thing has become clear to me (that should have been crystal clear all along…) I need to look after the things I own, basic maintenance, and learn basic repairs as I need them. Obvious, right? Link to the blog where this became obvious.

I don’t always look after my things as well as I should but that is gradually changing. Last night after my blog post I ran a couple of system checks and maintenance on my laptop to keep it running smoothly. I know that if I do little checks often they don’t take much time and the Macbaby knows it is loved an behaves itself. If I don’t… Well, I don’t want to think about that.

There are things I own that aren’t so easy, clean, or dare I say fun? To maintain. But these things are still necessary and could be costly to replace. I’m talking appliances. Today, for the first time in months I emptied the hoover. I didn’t just empty it. I cleaned out the filter, checked it over for damage, put a few drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil so the place will smell nice when I hoover and less bugs will want to live there, and put it back together again. It was choked with hair and dust and who knows what else. I cleaned it out and now it sucks better than it has in years! It was second hand when I brought it here (it had been my parents) and already has tape holding bits together but it is a good machine… Provided I take care of it!

There are other things that will last much longer if I keep them clean, do basic maintenance and check for damage regularly. As I identify things I’m going to add them to a mini-maintenance schedule. The hoover’s next empty has been added as a reminder on my phone for 6months time. I live in a small flat so every 6 months seems like a reasonable timescale for that job.

I also finished reading The Hunger Games today. I thought about doing a review here but I have changed my mind. I will say I loved it! But I will talk about the book when I compare it to the movie that I am hopefully going to see soon.

I spent the rest of the day pottering. I’ve tidied and cleaned the bedroom, done a load of washing, tidied the kitchen a bit, watched some tv, knit another couple of rounds on the sock (slow progress there) and spent some time with the neighbours downstairs. That sounds like quite a bit but it hasn’t felt busy. I like days like this.

Tomorrow is a busy one. I am going to a training session an hour and a half drive away and then going to a concert closer to home in the evening. In looking forward to most of it even though it’s going to be a tiring day.

KT :-)

Day 78

Day 78

First, happy mothers day to all the UK mothers. Happy mothers day mum!

I like Sundays that are stress free, and today was a stress free Sunday. I got up, spent a bit of time on my appearance (I’m still not a regular make-up wearer by the way) I tidied the kitchen, hoovered and generally got the flat into a state that I could relax in. It didn’t take too long.

Next I spent time with the man-shape. It was fantastic, just what we both needed. We watched tv, chatted about future plans, laughed and connected again in a positive way. I love that after nearly 7 years together we still make an effort when we are together. Nothing is taken for granted and I hope that never changes. We both make an effort to make each other feel like important people, to show each other that we are special to each other and I think that I am a very lucky girl. His health has not been great lately so I know that just relaxing, with me or anyone, can be difficult just now so I appreciate the time we spend together.

In the evening we visited his gran on hospital. That was a little stressful because I can see that it upsets him to see her struggle. She’s a feisty woman though and her sense of humour is still very much intact. Love her to bits, and not only because she lets me steal her grapes!

I also spoke to my mum on the phone this evening. I know she sometimes reads the blog so I’ll try not to be too sappy but she’s great. I love that our dynamic is sometimes a bit backwards, mum is younger in personality and looks than in years and can be quite silly, never stupid though, she’s fun. I am often a little too serious and I’m bad for trying to be the grown up sometimes. It’s sort of a running joke, we have to remind ourselves which is the parent occasionally, but only in a jokey way. I don’t think of my mum as just my mum but as my friend. Again I say, I’m a very lucky girl.

KT :-)