“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”

Today is a beautiful day, chilly but still beautiful. Yesterday we had rain, a deluge at times. Off cape got snow so I was happy for the rain. We were just too warm for snow, 10˚ warmer than Boston.

I have nothing on my dance card for today. I’m going to stay around the house. I have some books to keep me busy, and the bird feeders need to be filled. Those are enough accomplishments for today.

My cleaning couple haven’t been here in a month. They usually come every two weeks, but they were in Florida for the second two weeks. Last night Lee called and said they couldn’t come today. I immediately panicked. Visions of the vacuum cleaner, dust rags and mops jumped into my head, and I was the one using them. It was a daytime nightmare. When I told Lee, he promised they’d come on Monday, and I was to do nothing. That’s when I stopped hyperventilating.

When I was little, the house was always vacuumed and dusted, and the dishes were always washed. When I left for school in the morning, my bed was a mess. When I came home, it was made. I never ran out of clean underwear. All day long my mother worked in the house and did the same things every single day. She washed the breakfast dishes, left them to dry in the strainer, made all the beds upstairs, collected laundry, brought the clothes to the cellar to wash, came back upstairs and cleaned the living room. Some time later, she’d go back down to the cellar and put the clothes through the wringer a couple of times. Finally she’d go outside and hang the clothes on the line.

I seldom saw my mother do all these things as I was usually in school. It seemed sort of like the elves and the shoemaker to me. Leave dirty clothes. Find clean clothes. It was a daily miracle I never appreciated until I was older.

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13 Comments on ““Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I think we had sunshine before noon but it was cloudy on my way home. It is less cold now but I can’t say that it is warm 🙂

    We didn’t have an elf in my home 🙂 🙂 so we had to learn pretty early how to work a washing machine in the big laundry room we shared with the rest of the ones living in our apartment building. I didn’t mind that much and the smell down there was amazing, green soap and clean clothes 🙂 I’m very lazy now days though 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It is a chilly day here despite the sun. I’m staying close to home where I can be warm and cozy.

      I didn’t do my own laundry until I was in college. I didn’t even know how to use it so I needed instructions before I left for school. The first time the machine stop because of a tilt on Ione side I had no idea what was wrong. I had ask someone who thought it was funny.

      Enjoy you’re evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Its fair to say that I am a gigantus fan of one Mark Oliver Everett. the new album is just around the corner and he released this morning this second song – a super duper upbeat (for MOE) song “Today is the Day” – Here it is Kat – I hope you love it.


    Tomorrow is the Day in Detroit we are supposed to be delivered some 10″ of snow – stop now please, I cant take it anymore. Everyday on the pavement and creating a launch pad for Maggie the Westie. I don’t want to live in Florida but I sure get it in February

    “Today is the Day” – It starts right here

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I do love it. I suspect I’ll be buying the album. I have money left in iTunes from Christmas.

      God, 10˚is more than we on the cape have had all winter. If I get that much snow, I know Skip will be by with his plow and shovels.

      I’ll cross my fingers and hope your snow is nothing!

      • Hedley Says:

        To make it worse, the commercial vendors have run out of salt and my snow removal guys are in a panic on how to service our shopping centers…..I blame im6

      • katry Says:

        I hope you’ll not risk going to work tomorrow, or if you’re going, you may not be able to get home.

  3. im6 Says:

    When i saw today’s theme, I came here to post this one for Hedley, not knowing he’d posted a song, too. I guess today is the day for dust and eels. (Mr. Everett’s song is okay, but I like Dusty’s song better).

    • katry Says:

      I am surprised too that he didn’t post a Dusty song as he usually does when it fits my theme.

      Anything she sings I love!!

    • Hedley Says:

      im6 and Kat, you will be absolutely shocked to know that I adore this…..and Dusty was perfect. The greatest female singer of all time …….DUSTY !!

  4. Bob Says:

    The forecast for Detroit tomorrow are ominous because I’m supposed to be flying to Toronto on Saturday. The airlines are already canceling flights to Chicago and Detroit. Hopefully, they won’t cancel my nonstop flight.

    I have a high tolerance for dirt which is probably tied to my Y chromosome. 🙂 When I was single I had a maid clean my apartment. When I was a kid my mother ironed everything spending hours with an iron and an ironing board. We don’t even own an iron. Everything is wash and wear. Every evening my mother washed the dinner dishes by hand because we didn’t have a dish washer. Times change.

    Sunny skies here with highs in the low 60s.

    • katry Says:

      The weather this year has been horrific for airports and planes with whole shut downs and cancelled flights. The ice too has been dangerous.

      In African, I had someone wash and iron my clothes. That charcoal iron was way out of my comfort zone. Before I lived here, I lived with a roommate in a house. We paid for a house cleaner for years. Neither one of us wanted to clean. When I first moved in to my house, I couldn’t afford a house cleaner. As soon as I could, I hired one and have had one ever since. I worked 50-55 hours a week so I did not want to waste weekend tie cleaning. I still do my wash, but I hate it!!

      Cold here!

  5. Spaceman Says:

    With the PSBs

    • katry Says:

      I haven’t, as far as I can remember, heard the PSB’s. This pleasantly surprised me. Other than the talking, my least favorite part of any recording, I liked this. The setting and colors too are likeable.

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