“Wipe, wash away the evil. Leave a pure, sparkling space.”

Today is another glorious day, as pretty and bright as yesterday. I went out to the deck to chase the spawn away from the feeder and stayed a while taking in the sun and the warmth. Henry joined me. We played his game for a few minutes. He comes up one set of deck stairs, I pretend to chase him and he goes down the other stairs. Repeat.

When I was on the deck, I noticed the herbs in the deck boxes are coming to life. I saw oregano, basil and the tops of mint. Spring is here just about everywhere.

Yesterday I was possessed, possibly hexed. First, I finally took down the outside Christmas lights and the giant ornaments on the side tree. I wound the first set of lights on the spindle which came with the lights. Easy job. I then tackled the second set. I swore more times than I care to admit. I got both ends unwound but the middle was a jumbled mess. I was reminded of all the sets of Christmas tree lights my father cursed about when I was a kid. Every one of them was always tangled when the lights came out the next year. I sat on the stairs and worked on that set for over an hour. I was sweaty when I finally gave up and wound the mess around the spindle. I’ve moved this task to a future to-do list a long way off.

I ordered my mid-month groceries. They arrived in the early evening. I hauled them to the kitchen and put them away which entailed trying to find freezer space. I helped the cause by eating a drumstick ice cream cone.

Next, I moved heavy empty clay pots to the deck and rearranged a dining room shelf. I washed a tea set I found in a wooden box under the hutch. I don’t even remember it. The set is for a child. It is Limoge and is covered in tiny pink flowers. The whole set is intact. It is also clean.

My landline kept losing the dial tone. I checked and found a cord in the back with a wire which had frayed a bit. I have a similar phone upstairs. I bent down and reached under the bed to the power cord, but I couldn’t reach it. I got to my knees and finally found the end of the phone cord. Getting up from my knees was a project of its own.

Finally, I cleared below the cellar stairs. I had been throwing dirty towels and even dirty clothes down the stairs. There was a pile. I put everything into the washing machine.

This morning I woke up with the worst backache I have had in months. I moaned so loudly I scared Henry and Jack. Both of them sat without moving and watched me with wide eyes.

Today is a sloth day. I choose to do nothing because yesterday I did everything, far more than I usually do in a week or even a month. I hated it.

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8 Comments on ““Wipe, wash away the evil. Leave a pure, sparkling space.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Well my day has been a bit different. Most of the day just passed by smoothly, too smoothly to be good and later on I learned how to call after a tow truck 🙂 🙂 I managed to get all the way home but now my car is dead. They’ll come and pick it up tomorrow. The plus side is that I don’t have to go to work 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I hate when things die like cars or appliances. They are never cheap to fix or replace. I hope the cause isn’t too expensive to fix.

      You’re right. The best part is you get a day off.

      Take care!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    You must be one of the last people in the country to still have a landline telephone. The last one we had was actually an internet phone through our internet provider AT&T. We’ve since dumped them but we canceled the land line several years ago. We just never used it.

    This morning was chilly under clear skies. The high today only reached 65°. Tomorrow morning we could have frost with predicted lows around 40°. April weather can go from cold to hot in an instant. The record high temperature on Saturday was 111° and the record latest freeze date was on April 13th.

    Sorry to hear about your back ache. I avoid physical work at all costs. I’m good at getting estimates. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I actually know several people who still have land lines. Most of them are our age. I do have a cell phone. It is in my bag and does go everywhere with me, but sometimes I forget to charge it.

      Wow, maybe frost!! What’s going on in Texas? I expect your high but not your low.

      In Colorado it was 18˚ where my sister lives. Her weather this time of year is strange. Tomorrow could be 70˚.

      Half of my cleaning couple passed away quite suddenly about a month ago. I haven’t heard from her husband as to whether or not he will continue cleaning. They have been with me nearly 15 years, and I don’t want to hire anyone else until I hear.

      All the lugging I did yesterday did in my back. I moved heavy planters and ceramic pots. I should have known better. I ended up doing some more cleaning today, odd things I don’t generally clean. The kitchen floor is next.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I, too, remember my father trying to detangle Xmas lights. Every year they came out of the box merged as one giant snarl. He spent a lot of time untangling them. But when it came time to put them away, he just jammed them in the box any old way.

    Today was a sloth day for me. I didn’t really do much yesterday to earn it but I hurt just the same. Today is better but I’m not pushing my luck. I can see the dust on the end table but I’m resisting effortlessly.

    I hope your back eases up quickly.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The spindle with the tangled lights is sitting in the hall mocking me.I’ll wait a couple of days and try again. At some point my mother gave me the light chore of taking them down. They were never tangled again.

      I ended up doing some cleaning but so much hauling. I mostly polished furniture and rearranged a few things but I sat down in between.. Downstairs looks good but upstairs could use some help, especially my room. It has a lot of boxes of Christmas presents I need to sort into bins. It is on my list, actually it has been on my list a long time.

      My back is a bit better. I guess polishing furniture doesn’t hurt in the long run.

      Take care!

  4. Birgit Says:

    A severe attack of spring cleaning? Get well soon!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’m telling you I’ve been cursed, hexed. I can’t stop myself.


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