Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Opening up

It seems like a lot of bloggers are very organized or are really working on it, have set schedules, routines, etc., and good for you.  Here though? Not so much.  Storm and I are more casual,..... Seems like some of the rooms in your homes might be featured in Good Housekeeping .  We're  more a Field and Stream type magazine that got left out in the rain and then run over by a pick up truck.  Or a 2 page paper advertisement inserted into the inner folds of  the local newspaper that visually displays that of which a particular store has too much inventory and wants to get rid of at a cheap price. And now!

You already know what Storm's office looks like (I'm still shredding papers, I promise.)  But, the best way for me to physically describe the inside structure of our house is "open."  The foyer, the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room are all one big giant space, separated only by furniture and counter tops and complimentary colors of paint on the walls of each section.  Kind of like a loft in the city, I guess, but less expensive, less fancy, and without one of those rickety-arsed elevators with a slotted wooden door that seems all sexy until Glen Close shows up in it to leave you a terrifying pot of "soup" on the stove. (Fatal Attraction)  Although if you do go downstairs to our basement here, you will indeed find a bunny.  But she is happy and very much alive and wants whatever food we are bringing to her NOW.  She is also sweet and very appreciative and licky afterwards.  Kind of like we ttwd gals are towards our men after an intense spanking.  Back to our house.  It is also cluttered, although I am slowly working room by room and then back to the same room to SDRR  - Search, Destroy, Recycle, and Rearrange, as I have recently explained to a friend who is an inspiring rock star of organization.  And since my phrasing made her laugh, of course it found its way to the blog.  However, if any company was standing in my living room at this very moment, he/she/they would not be laughing.  But, they might be smiling because what they don't know is that Storm and I will have hired professional cleaners in anticipation of this imaginary visit.

When I was little, my mom would clean an already very clean house to get ready for company that was coming over for dinner.  I understand wanting very clean toilet bowls, but I could not for the life of me figure out why the shower and tub had to be scrubbed and bleached if these people were only coming for dinner.  Like I said, all things were already clean, so why deep clean the shower?  Were they coming over dirty?  And if so, I wondered if they would be bathing before or after dinner because I was hungry.  I did know they weren't bringing their own towels because the linen closet had to be SDRR minus the first R because we didn't recycle decades ago.  To me, all the stress that she displayed and felt herself and then to us unclean children in preparation for the guests was almost not worth having the fun of company after all.  Almost.  These were the days when after dinner and dessert, the company would stand by the front door and tell the kids to put on their shoes and then stand there and keep talking to my parents.  So the kids had at least a half hour more of playtime before they actually had to leave with their parents. And we kids were waiting for that one magical moment when the parents would decide to sit back down and have some more decaf instead of leaving just yet. And we would chant,  "Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!"  And then we would be off for one more round of hide-and-seek in the basement with flashlights.

These days we play a different version of hide-and-seek.  It's when I pick up all the clothes and junk lying around and it is called: So-That's-What-the-Floor-Looks-Like.   I believe that our home often reflects what is going on in our personal lives.  I currently have 4 categories of clean:  "Company is Coming,", "Good Enough", "Cheap-Enough-to-Just-Buy-a-New-One," and "Not Today, Esther."  When we're in survival mode, only the very basics of things get done..... we eat, sleep, shower, talk, breathe, hug, love, pray and swear (but never at the same time), keep up on the dishes and wash the clothes even though we may all be pulling them straight from the laundry basket instead of out of neatly arranged piles of clothes in our dressers.  Papers tend to collect, dust collects, that dang tax man still collects.... and the mail is delivered rain or shine because that tax man really is trying to get to us ..... although he usually owes us money every April (U.S. Tax Return Deadline Day) , so I do not understand why he is in such a rush.

We greet one another whenever one of us leaves or arrives even after a short trip to or from the store.  We always say I love you before someone leaves or before we hang up the phone.  The t.v. is sometimes on, but often just the picture with no sound.  Storm thinks he can multitask and the kid and I just laugh at him because he looks hilarious.  He is sitting in his easy chair after a not so easy day, with his laptop on his ...well, .... lap.  He's facing the television, which is on, but is also on mute.  He's watching  some movie like Borne Identity or some spy thing he's seen a 100 times already, but he has headphones on and is watching a documentary on his laptop.  With the t.v. remote in his hand.  The man really is afraid he is going to miss something, but we can't quite figure out what it is.  So we all just laugh about it.  And he joins in the conversation between me and the kid, too, or will start one of his own with either of us.  Then he falls asleep in his chair because he doesn't want to go to bed yet...... again, he doesn't want to miss anything.  And then once he is asleep, the kid and I talk and he remains asleep during our light conversation, but as soon as one of us asks the other one a question.... you know how here in the US, our voices go up to a higher pitch on the last word of a question? This is when Storm wakes up and ANSWERS.  CORRECTLY !!!   Hilarious and inexplicable.

So, we are basically sometimes humorous and usually open people....... what you see is what you get with us.  Except that Storm has those superpowers.  Oh, and except for the professional cleaners doing my job, but I will put their magnet with their business logo on my refrigerator door just to keep myself honest. And so I can easily find their number again for the next time my mother visits.  Let her think I am doing a wonderful job and that cleaning gene that she thought I did not inherit from her may just have settled in with me later in life. But, 20 dollars (U.S. or Canadian... whichever is worth more) , says she'll find something to de-clutter ..... probably all the magnets on the refrigerator.

18 comments:

  1. LoL Windy, this was fun to read. I enjoyed reading about how things work in the Storm and Windy house :) Absolutely love your SDRR and Storm's superpowers lol. I suffer from OCD so am constant tidying and cleaning lol.

    Hugs
    Roz

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    1. Good morning, Roz! Or is it good night? hehe Either way, my head hurts! This post was a little fun to write and I was in the mood for something lighter, so I am pleased that you found it fun. I could use some of your OCD here with the cleaning. Feel free to email me some of that any time! The SDRR was pretty funny when I said it but it does perfectly describe the way the kid and I were double teaming the linen and supply closet. Storm and his superpower keep us laughing here all the time. Thanks for adding to the fun, Roz! Hugs!

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  2. Windy,
    To be honest I think organization can be over rated,but my sweet man disagrees. A place for everything and everything in it's place, I understand, but why run one's self batty to make things perfect? I like that you are open about your home and I enjoy that Storm has those super powers! Great post! I love that laughter and joy are the focus.
    --Baker

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    1. Baker,
      I suppose as stressed as it would make me to try and keep everything very organized and clean that those who feel the need to do such organization and scheduling would feel just that same stress and worse if they didn't keep up on it. I just taught myself something. HA! Yeah, open here, fishbowl and all that....... laughter and joy is wonderful and the best thing ever! Thanks, Baker!

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  3. High Five, my friend! ... we are not house people either and can relate to your 'Company's Coming' ... and add 'Going Away', as nothing ruins a vacation more than coming home to housework. Some might think from the way I describe Frank as super organized, we wouldn't be this way, however, his organization skills relate to routine, efficiency and time management, not physical space.

    We also have a 'Guest Cottage' that we do the vacation rental thing with. It, of course, is spotless. We sometimes joke that it's so clean maybe we should move in ... but then it wouldn't be ;))

    ... great post, Windy! ... certainly one that this household can relate to ... nj ... xx

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    1. Look at you appealing to my inner jock with the high five!! YES! Oh, the "Going Away" is a really good one, too, NJ! You're right that makes me crabby to back home to a mess.

      Interesting your organization is with time management and that sort of thing. I can see that. Storm is good with his time regarding his work and is a faithful employee even though he works from home.

      I need work in all the areas. LOL!

      That's hilarious you think you should move into the spotless cottage! That made me laugh!

      Glad I have another blogger friend that just tries to keep up, too, sometimes! HUGS, NJ!!

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  4. LOL you DO make me laugh

    loved today's entry !!

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    1. Thank you, Morningstar! I am happy I made you laugh! YAY!

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  5. Windy,
    You know my feelings on organizing......... that task gives me peace and harmony. When I am stressed, I organize something. Each January, I do my Touch Everything I Own project and our home shines. Sometimes I set the timer and see how quickly it really does take to get things in order. We live in a "carriage house" and it is open like yours....... one room opens to the next....... so keeping things orderly makes for my harmony. I love it. My strategy is to concentrate on just one room/area at a time and it works. I consider organizing a hobby!! How about that? So I have read your post twice............. are you attempting to be organized or are you enjoying the mess? Where are you here? Staring at the mess or rolling up your sleeves?
    Meredith

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    1. Meredith,
      Yes, I do know how you feel as you are the "Inspiring Rock Star of Organization" I referred to in this post. And I think you know that. :) Still laughing at the "Touch Everything I Own" project... and the setting of the timer. And I do find it interesting that your house is an "open" concept like ours here. I love it, but for me, it is very challenging to get all of it clean and then simultaneously keep it that way. I will try to adapt your "one room at a time" strategy and that might help me feel more like I'm accomplishing something rather than running from one room to the other all the time. And, no, I do not enjoy the mess ever. I feel guilty for the physical state of my home, but as things settle down regarding health issues, I have tackled several projects and in general I am doing a better job at having things less messy. I do have a really long way to go. So, if I keep things honest as I have said here in this post, I do a lot of staring at the mess. But, I am actually signing off for a while here now, and I'm rolling up my sleeves....... Thanks, Meredith for the tips and the fun!

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  6. The entire time I lived in my parents home, all I seemed to hear was 'clean your room'. My mother and yours must have been related! It never took with me. I am a slob, 'stuff' around papers, clothes, books, dishes - you name it, it usually sitting around and I'm fine with that. And God bless Nick, he really doesn't mind. If company calls that they're coming over we both jump on it and quickly clean the rooms they'll see. Things are better now that it's just the two of us. And I have a cleaning lady twice a month. It's how I want to spend my money - I don't want jewelry, expensive trips or the like. I just don't want to clean my house. But I do have to straighten before I she comes.

    I also have one thing in common with your husband. I hate to go to bed because I might miss something. I can't explain it but I feel it.

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    1. PK, You make me laugh with your honesty. LOL!! Sounds like our moms were related! By your description as a slob, I'd often fit into the same category. LOL Except it does bother me, but sometimes not enough to do much about it, although I really am doing better with it all. Storm doesn't care just like your Nick. Storm cares about different things and so that is what we focus on here usually. Good for you for spending the money the way you want so you can do other things that you enjoy. That is so funny you are like my husband with the not wanting to go to bed thing. He's falling asleep in his chair waiting last night and I say let's go to bed..... he says he's waiting for Stephen Colbert to come on . I say he isn't going to see it anyway if he is asleep. He says he wants to see his monologue. And so he does...... LOL....... Thanks for the entertaining way of telling on yourself here !!

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  7. LOL...oh I so love this post...probably because I see myself in it. Neither M nor I care much about the state of the house...until company hits....and then it is all hands moving as fast as possible! hugs abby

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    1. Hi there, Abby! Good to know I am not alone with being behind on housework all the time..... right, until the company is coming and we're running around like chickens being chased hiding things and closing doors to other messy rooms. LOL! It makes me happy that you enjoyed this post and had some laughs! Thanks, Abby! HUGS!

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  8. You do make me laugh, Windy, whatever cleaning category you finally put yourself in! We are all different. I am just wrapping up a whole house purge that started when I retired. One room to go. I do like things neat.

    My mom did not care about housecleaning much at all and certainly not organization. I became a neat freak out of self defense. I always think that perhaps the clean gene skips a generation.

    Hugs From Ella

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    1. Ella, Wow, a whole house purge!? Amazing! Laughing at you "became a neat freak out of self defense!" That is one I have not heard, but it makes sense. Maybe I am more messy out of self defense? My mom is so clean and organized it is incredible. I would care more about it if Storm did, but he doesn't, so no spankings for me in this situation. Whew! Your comments always make me think or laugh or both. Thanks, Ella!! Hugs!

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  9. Great descriptions! I can totally picture your house during all four times of life... lol

    Amy

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    1. Hi, Amy! Glad you could make sense out of this! It is often a mixture of each of the four times of life depending on which part of the great room we're standing in. Thanks!

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