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Monday, January 31, 2011

Cleaning out the Cob Webs

Finally getting to writing....

 Today is one of those perfect days for clearing out the cob webs. After nearly three full days sitting in on the couch watching endless hours of recorded OWN network programming, TV talk shows and bad reality tv that we all know is not really real; eating bowls of dry cinnamon Cheerios and drinking hot tea, my brain felt fuzzy and my body stiff . I could swear if anyone came in I would be attached to the couch with cob webs, growing dusty with the rest of the apartment.

So, though I was really wanting to drop kick both my cats to the nearest corner ( yes I love them, God help me, but....) when first before dawn 20 pounds of tom cat jumped on my for once sleeping deeply body, and then the real queen of the house, his sister started her daily alarm of mewing till I got up,I was actually thankful. I knew I was really wanting to walk again and needed to clear my head of somethings weighing heavily and it would have been too easy to stay under the warm blankets all morning long. So I shuffled out to the kitchen and gave them their treats, shuffled back and dressed in my many layers, brushed my teeth, pulled on my sweater cap and headed back to the kitchen to get my water bottle. However before I did so, since it was sunny I opened all the blinds.

It has been days since we have had a sunny day. I know I should not complain seeing what the rest of the country has been dealing with, but darn it I hate gray. Either rain or clear up. One thing a gray day or many gray days is for is the accumulation of dust and cobwebs and crumbs and well so many other things that you do not notice so much as you do when the sun shines on it.  Now ask anyone and they will tell you I keep a very neat home. Always have, even when my kids were young. Yes, dust will accumulate, seems to be unavoidable, but past that , even with the fibro I keep a clean living space. Helps me feel better and think better. But when seeing my space in the rays of the morning sun I shuddered! There was things stuck to the counter, crumbs all over, cat fur made certain spaces look like a new color than what it actually is. There was spots of the kitchen floor I had no idea how I missed when I swept! The list really went on and on. So as soon as I returned from my walk, I knew it was time to get to work. So armed with coffee, and tuning into a TV radio station with a good mix of upbeat music I started, room by room...clearing the cob webs!

Wish I looked like this cleaning !!
 It is amazing to me how the simple act of cleaning , like my walks, can really help clear the mind, lift the spirit and make the day turn around. Of course the sunshine really helps as well! I scrubbed down the kitchen humming to the diddy on the tv. I lit some candles after I was done, and I was happy with the now sparkling space.  On to organizing drawers , throwing things away, dusting, and re-arranging both items around the apartment, but also in my thought process. I dusted and fluffed, wiped and straitened. Feeling better about things going on in my daily life and with my body moment by moment. So decided to take a break...takes a lot out of me to do housework like this , so have learned when it is time to take a 10 or 20.

I flipped through some magazines and answered some tweets , humming to the tunes of the latest country songs that I had not heard since I no longer drive my car and I normally just have the talk shows on for company. I sat while I folded some fresh towels out of the dryer , don't you just love hot towels?? I eased myself back into the chores with a hot cup of tea and putting the laundry away. I realized I was in a very happy mood, not noticing my loneliness, my worry over the health issues that I can not afford to get checked out taking a tiny back seat to just feeling so accomplished at achieving my goals for the day. I still have a few things left to do and of course there is dinner something with pasta yet again, though does not seem so depressing now . Funny how something so simple how a walk and housework can clean the cob webs out and give you a fresh perspective on other things that are not so simple. What helps you clear out the cob webs????

Got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade.  It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.  ~D.H. Lawrence

You sometimes see a woman who would have made a Joan of Arc in another century and climate, threshing herself to pieces over all the mean worry of housekeeping.  ~Rudyard Kipling

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.  ~Bette Midler


  1. It takes a lot for me to get going on cleaning but once I do I don't stop. Eventually I enjoy it too, especially afterwards with everything smelling so nice and clean and shiny. Wish I could motivate myself more often!

  2. You're supposed to clean out the cobwebs?! Uh-oh... When you're through, you can come get mine... We've just had three wonderful days and are now back to the dark, cloudy, winter days. Cleaning works for me, too! Come visit when you can and check out my new vlog!

  3. My husband know if I am seriously cleaning and purging items something is wrong. Sometimes he just steers clear.

  4. I was actually very excited last week when I bought a new sweeper/steamer mop...I couldn't wait to get home to use it. I love doing a good thorough cleaning....

    By the way, I tagged you on my blog for a meme!

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