So, today, I ate well but badly. My customary oatmeal and coffee, which is the “well.” Lunch, the best and worst of times. Iced cold brew with half and half and splenda, goat cheese spread with spicy peach jam and sliced almonds with a mini, sliced French bread loaf, and a flowerless slice of chocolate tort. That was the bad. Bread is in honor of French doll artist Bernard Ravca, who used French bread crumbs to create fantastic character dolls, among cloth and other media.
|Ravca Stockinet Dolls, Public Domain|
Bad because of the heat, though it is better, and a painful knee. At my favorite coffee shop, there is no where to elevate it, more bad. Sill I a rash, still allergies. But, my family is well, and I puttered this morning around the house, accomplishing small thing, noting what needs to be done.
Tips; like Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little House in the Ozarks, you can’t do it all. We are not House Beautiful; ok, there is great wall display here, a worthy bookshelf there. A doll house in great order. Yet with a teenaged boy, a husband [another teenaged boy], two cats, a nasty back injury, bad knee and dust allergies, you do the math.
I have a great friend who helps me inside, and as nice many who does the lawn and garden, except for little things I do. But, here’s my tips for keeping the house livable, not beautiful.
- Clean up as you cook.
- Watch the litter box and keep it fresh.
- Make the beds; it makes you feel sane and accomplished.
- Go around and tidy up, couch cushions, doilies, do some spot dusting.
- Do spot cleaning, a little sweeping and vacuuming where needed. Knock down cobwebs.
- ic up clothes off the floor.
- Take out garbage several times a day, fi needed.
- Get little blue thing to put on the rim of the toilet. They help. Swish it out frequently and flush and run even plumbing you don’t use often.
- Stack books and magazines Go through them and organize them.
- Deep clean one manageable art of a room at a time.
- Don’t stress and take breaks.
Hope this helps!