Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Of Dust Bunnies and Time!

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action;
  actions form habits, habits decide character;
and character fixes our destiny.
                                  Tyron Edwards.


It is 5 a.m. on Sunday and it is pitch black outside, I have no idea why I am even out of my nice warm bed. I look over to see a huge dust bunny under my couch, I swear that it has teeth and I am almost afraid it will run over and take a bite out of my leg. Where does my time go? Maybe today I will get at that list of things to do, yes today will be that day.

I have said that every day for a week, or maybe two, or possibly three, and yet that darn dust bunny sits and glares at me, getting bigger and bigger. I am pretty sure I heard a snicker emerge from behind those big white teeth, he knows he is safe. The minty smell from the analgesic rub lingers in the air from a night of tossing and turning, I get up from the table and pour myself a cup of coffee; it is going to be a long day.

My list just seems to be getting longer, the holidays are coming and I am so excited about the girls coming home and the thoughts of spending every minute with them. Oh this is going to be great. I really do have to get my butt in gear and tackle at least one of those things on that list today. “Maybe YOU” I point at the huge dust bunny under the couch, he does not recoil in fear but seems to snicker. Maybe I will hem the curtains in the living room that I bought months ago, it is a sit down job and I am sure I can do that one, well if I can stand on a chair and pull them down from the window, it was easy enough to hang them before the analgesic rub which has now become my new body lotion.

There is always the paperwork from the farm, oh I love paperwork and My Hero would so agree since I have yet to start January, I cannot believe it is November. Where does the time go?

There is always the girl’s/guest rooms, when do they become guest rooms, are the girls now guests since moving out years ago? I could dust, vacuum and flip the mattresses and maybe find those hidden baby dust bunnies that the huge one under the couch has hidden for their safety. Guests expect no dust; family may bend a little, right? Oh decisions, decisions.

My friend Jent has a theory about housework when you are farming, “Merry Maids” what a nice dream that is. I used to be a house cleaner, a very honest hard working cleaning lady, yes cleaning other people’s toilets is a very lucrative business but when you have done it for years you tire of doing your own and just want to hire a hardworking person like yourself, or at least the hardworking person you apparently used to be. It is truly hard work and I do not think that job combined with the heavy farm work helped to make my back stronger. It seems funny the work that I used to do may have contributed to my now need to hire a hard worker like my old self. Oh those thoughts that run through your mind when you should be in bed or possibly vacuuming.


The sun is starting to come up and I feel this overwhelming need to run outside and again capture that perfect moment. I point my finger towards the couch; OK Mr. Huge Dust Bunny it appears you are safe for today, but we will wrestle tomorrow, I am sure of that.

Before I get any comments wondering where the "Merry Maids" reference is in the above link for Jent there was none. I truly just wanted you all to know what runs through a modern day Farm Woman's mind while working, the above link post is worth the read, she is funny.

Later.

35 comments:

  1. The dust bunnies of DOOM are multiplying....let the Merry Maids (and Energetic Elves) of the world have at 'em. You rest your back. *hugs*

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  2. since we have put the wood stove on the dust grows by the second it seems. I wipe everything down one day and by the next you can write your name in the dust!!

    I am like you when we have folk to visit I go into a cleaning frenzy so am worn out by the time they get here!!

    Gill

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  3. I'm getting to the point I only clean if company is coming...I actually invited people this weekend so that I would clean..ha!

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  4. Oh what I would give for someone to clean my house sparkling!

    Dust bunnies are friendly! No shame in watching them grow and multiply ;-) We have better things to do!

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  5. Choosing what to do, leave the dust or not. I look at it this way. If I were to go to someone's house to stay I wouldn't like to see a lot of dust, for one thing it would start me sneezing. Then on the other hand, you can't be a slave to cleaning :) a house with a bit of dust looks homely :)....best wishes, M xoxoxo

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  6. I am so close to hiring somebody to get rid of my dust bunnies...but can't quite justify it yet! And while I think of it, maybe I should hire somebody to do my books too...here it is November and I haven't started January either! We are a lot alike, I think! There are so many more important things to do than cleaning and bookwork, don't you think?! :)

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  7. I clean once a week and sweep every day as I have a shaggy furry dog that drags just about everything in from out side and a lazy medium length haired cat lol . I know how you feel though I to get like that , I get to the point that I want to do something but just don't know what then I end up thinking about it all and before ya know it the day is done ! I wish I could just take photos all day every day ! Lovely photos and post !

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  8. Dust bunnies don't have teeth.

    :)

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  9. It is much eaiser to think about these things over a nice cup of tea. Now I am feeling like I need to flip matresses. See what you have gone and done?

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  10. Seriously, if I were that dust bunny I would be skeered! :)

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  11. You will be happy to hear that J arrived last night and yes she is asleep in her bed and the dust bunnies are playing under it. Like you I had good intentions but there is always something more important or fun then cleaning.

    Love You, BA

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  12. I have made friends with my dust bunnies! They won't bite, besides,you have more important things to enjoy, like that gorgeous sunrise and a good cup of coffee!

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  13. The dust bunnies will still be there, but the beautiful sunrise won't. You truly captured the essence of it. Thank you so much for stopping to visit me. Have a great day.

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  14. my mother toiled many years as a cleaning lady for other folks. i have always hated housework.

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  15. Love the sunrise- worth snubbing the dust bunny for.
    Around here, they grow to dust buffalo size.
    My two most despised chores are vacuuming and dusting. I'd much rather shovel horse poo.
    Which I now have to head out to do.

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  16. Dust bunnies -- devious little things.

    I, too, was and AM a house cleaner. IN fact, I have a job coming up next week (on top of my regular job). It's good, humbling work and more often than not is a cash exchange.

    I like cash exchanges. :-)

    Pearl

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  17. Well, if your dust bunnies are like mine, they will just return in force as soon as they are dealt with. Annoying. Hope your minty cream is doing the trick and you are feeling better. :)

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  18. I used to love cleaning my house and making it look nice. I promised myself when I retired I would spend more time at it. Now I'm retired and my body is killing me and the house is a mess. There is no justice.

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  19. I don't mind cleaning so much, it's just there are so many other wonderful things I prefer to do. I tend to clean at night, once we are in for the evening. I clean when it rains and when it snows. I do my heavy, annual cleaning in the winter, when I am stuck inside anyway! I never, ever clean when the sun is shinning!

    Gorgeous sunrise, def worth getting up for!

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  20. Every time I finally get around to sweeping the dust bunnies and the spare cat show up in my dust pan.There is so much more interesting things to do than clean... yick. I used to keep a "perfect" house ready for company... now people better be coming to see me as my house isn't ready. LOL

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  21. I don't know if this helps, but YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

    Love the photos.

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  22. With a scene like that, I would totally ignore the nasty dust bunnies. That is a gorgeous capture.

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  23. I love your talk about dust bunnies. So funny! I'm happy for you that you'll have your family with you for the holiday. I bet you'll have a great time. Good luck getting everything done on your list :)

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  24. Dust bunnies sure get around! There are some BIG ones in my house too! I need to call Merry Maids myself-or maybe it's time for animal control;)

    Have fun with your girls! I'm glad you get to see them for the holidays:)

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  25. Dust bunnies = "interpretive ongoing interactive felting art project"...

    Loved talking to you today !



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  26. Oh those mornings when your mind starts to run away with you! I LOVE your morning shot. Love, that is a sunrise worth getting out of bed for.

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  27. Those dust bunnies sure do get around! Look, there are some clear down here in Arizona!! Yikes!!

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  28. I'm more the cobweb plagued girl here, guess my dust bunnies hide in the carpet!
    Beautiful shots of the sky B, what magnificent colours.
    Keep well and I hope that analgesic rub is helping :D)

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  29. Buttons, you had me laughing so hard about that dust bunny. You know, before I married my husband I told him: I don't clean or do windows. I mean, I did, when I felt like it, but it was never like my mom who cleaned everyday. We now have a lady who comes over and I swear I will defend her any time my hubby wants to complain about something!!!!!

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  30. I find myself thinking many of your same thoughts. My two kids with grandkids will be here for Thanksgiving. The first ones arrive Friday. I've known a few weeks but still I've put off. Each week I sit and watch my neigbor's maid come and stay all day. That service is in my dreams.
    There is always something else pulling me away from doing what I should -like blogging and reading wonderful posts like this one that keeps putting me off.
    No, I'm not blaming you but you are a good excuse. :)

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  31. I hate dust bunnies! They are so gross. I hope your holidays aren't so stressful you forget to enjoy them. As for your comment about how young I look in the photo with my brother, that is bcause it was taken back in 2004. I could only wish it was recent.

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  32. Aaaah! Dust bunnies, holidays, cleaning never ends! I too, was a housecleaner for many years while my children were young and I found the hours and pay much to my liking, but yes, the body does wear out sooner. Now I have a bad right arm that puts me out of commission more times than not. Do what you can, what you want to do. Maybe your girls can help you clean when they come. Or just catch the dust bunny and call it a day! Hugs, xx

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  33. Yep, We have dust bunnies here in the city also. I am thinking about buying one of those robotic vacuums. My girlfriend has one and loves it. She says she still doesn't get any other housework done. Cause she is sitting watching the machine clean her floors. And her cat thinks its a toy. Sounds like fun to me.

    Hugs~

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  34. I just remember the name of her Vacuum. Its called a roomba. Now how are those toilets going to get cleaned. Hee hee...

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  35. Loved this post, Buttons....probably because I could relate to so much of it. My house never seems to be clean anymore, and I almost don't care. But...I have lots of animals coming in and out and feel the need to not be a completely uncivilized old woman. I clean semi-regularly and since we live far enough out that no one ever drops by, I don't worry too much.

    I have bigger fish to fry. lol

    And I can't stand the thought of someone else rooting around in this chaos, so I'll never be calling Merry Maids :)

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