“You can’t eliminate the dust, only move it somewhere else.”

Maddie is missing Fern. This morning, around 5, Maddie just kept meowing in the deep, throaty meow she has. She never did that before this. I called to her, but it took a while before she settled down and was quiet. Now she is sleeping on the back cushion of the couch in the living room, one of Fern’s favorite spots. This is the first time Maddie has slept there. She and Fern had been together the whole of their lives.

Good thing I bought my favorite candy bars to give out last night as I have so many left over. I should put them away just as I did the anise bears. I never did find them.

Today is a beautiful day, sunny and bright, in the 50’s. Last night was really cold, and I think we had our first frost, but by the time I got outside this morning, the frost had pretty much melted. The car windows, however, were still wet and opaque.

My house is really dusty, especially the bookshelves. When I worked, I tended to get far more housework done in less time. Now I figure I have all day today or all day tomorrow or even next week to finish. The key is not to mind the dust. Proudly I can boast I have mastered the art of ignoring it.

Yesterday I changed the bed. The sheets had been sitting on the chest at the foot of the bed for four or five days. I have also learned to ignore them, but a new bedspread and shams arrived so I was eager to put them on the bed and figured I might as well change the sheets at the same time.

After reading what I’ve just written about being a sloth, a happy sloth, I decided to describe what I do all day. Well, you know I start the day with two papers and two cups of coffee. I then get to my e-mail and after that, I write Coffee. Depending upon when I got out of bed and how active my muse is, it could be late morning or even early afternoon before I finish. If I have no errands, I stay in my comfy clothes all day. Sometimes I read the day away or watch programs I DVR’ed. I go through magazines and cut out recipes I probably will never try despite my good intentions. Lately, I have been browsing catalogs with Christmas in mind. Notice, cleaning is not mentioned. Neither is laundry which gets done only when the bag is overflowing or I am close to running out of unmentionables. I have also left out showers, brushing my teeth and making my bed. I will mention that I sometimes enjoy an afternoon nap which is the reason I don’t make my bed. I figure I’d only mess up the bed again if I napped or maybe I should say when I napped.

I retired twelve years ago so I have perfected a variety of ways to spend my days. I am no longer feeling any guilt at what I don’t accomplish. Dust always returns.

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8 Comments on ““You can’t eliminate the dust, only move it somewhere else.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Bertil is still missing Orvar and it’s over a year since he passed away. He even tries to get close to Albin which is problematic since Albin always wants to play with him and is just too tough, even though he has become slightly kinder to the cats.

    Cold and rainy here today and I hope that the Norwegian weather site is right and that no snow falls here, the Swedish one says we’ll get snow though and if they’ll be righ any time I guess this is the one 🙂

    I can’t say cleaning is high up on my to do list either 🙂 I do vacuum the floors and wash them every now and again but not much more 🙂 Too bad I don’t have orderliness as a hobby 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Maddie is beside herself. At first she seemed fine, but she is into the meowing and needing comfort.Gracie had stopped chasing Maddie a long while back, but yesterday she chased the cat and today barked at her. Poor Maddie!

      It got warmer than the morning, but it is still chilly. The weather will be in the 50’s or low 60’s for the days of this week but in the 40’s at night though 1 night will be in the 30’s. Winter is inching closer.

      I have a cleaning couple who come twice a month, but they don’t do the book shelves as that would extend their time cleaning and cost me much more.

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    I taught a class today for supporting crew members. When we get a single client enrolled in a course and don’t have an even number of clients we have to pair the single pilot with a trained copilot. We pay the right sweaters a small amount of money and give them free training. One of the crew members in the class today retired from American several years ago when he reached sixty and was flying the Dallas Mavericks around for a few years flying for Mark Cuban. When I asked him why he wanted to be a right seat crew member in a simulator he replied to save his marriage. His wife was continually asking when he was leaving on a trip. 🙂

    I’m not sure I can retire and spend every day with my better half. I will have to work part time. You are lucky you only have to spend all your time by yourself. 🙂

    Today was warm again with clear skies. This October was the driest since records have been kept. Just sitting down to watch the Cubbies even the World Series and play game seven tomorrow night.

    • katry Says:

      That’s a funny story. I totally understand. I had a friend whose husband was home only on weekends as he worked off Cape. When he got a job on the cape and they were together every day, it didn’t work out. They ended up getting divorced. he was fun for weekends, and that was it.

      I’m thinking your wife might feel the same way. I remember my dad went grocery shopping with my mother. He questioned stuff she bought and would show her cheaper stuff. She told him never again, and he agreed.

      I am thrilled that it looks as if there will be a game 7!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s tough when animals mourn. Not a lot you can do except be a warm body for them to lean against when they need it.

    I’m a happy sloth, too. I actually like to dust but I let the dust build up a really good coat before I attack it. The furniture always looks brilliant after a heavy coat of dust has been removed and the effect gives me the satisfying feeling of having worked really hard. I can go sit down and read for another six or eight months and not feel at all guilty. 😀

    Today was cold to start, warmish and sunny in the middle and cooler again at sundown. The walnuts were once again bouncing off the roof. I guess it was cold enough last night to inspire them into falling. The dogs and I stayed away from the back yard for fear of head injuries.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My two are staying close to me. Gracie chased Maddie yesterday and barked at her today. She hasn’t done that in years. I figure she was working on being alpha, taking Miss Fern’s place.

      I’m with you and the feeling when I do finally dust. Everything looks so good, so worth the effort.

      Today was the same here. Tonight is chilly but not as cold as last night. It will actually be warm tomorrow.

      Gracie would bark at every walnut!

      Have a great day tomorrow.

  4. lilydarkl Says:

    Your life sounds like mine. I love it when my house is cleaner, but I hate the process. It is hard when animals mourn, as well as you your mourning. I think you have your priorities straight.

    Often i wish like in Bewitched, I could just wiggle my nose and the apartment would be clean.

    Please take care, and no that from one sloth to another, I care about you.

    Lori and the Crew.

    • katry Says:

      Maddie did it again but around 2 this morning. I called to her and she finally stopped.

      I sued to wish I was Samantha as well then, even though I was an adult, I wanted a Harry Potter type wand. I’d travel the way Harry and the Weasley’s did.

      I know you care-never questioned that, my friend!!

      Kat and the critters

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