I’m still alive! But about that mandarin…

8 Sep

I once was good at housework. It really was only once – it lasted about 6 months. I got onto the Flylady bandwagon, and I was spotless between the time J started crawling and when I fell pregnant with Little D. Then I puked constantly for 5 months and it all fell apart. Now I live in a hovel.

And it was for this reason that I have neglected you all in blogland. The weather got warmer, I started wading my way out of my normal winter-induced malaise, and I realised just how much I had let the house go.

I know people sometimes say stuff like that, and you nod and think whatever… but I mopped the bathrooms the other day for the first time since we moved in. I really am that bad at housework. Much to P’s frustration, I fall into these funks where I literally don’t see the dirt. Maybe that’s why I like gardening so much – I get out of the revolting house, and I don’t get judged for the layer of grime.

Thankfully, I almost have my new kitchen too. It is pretty much all in apart from the splashbacks, so I’ll be ready to post photos in a couple of weeks when they arrive. I’ve been cooking away merrily and dishwashing with gusto!

The garden is going well. My fruit trees are flowering and setting fruit, my spring seedlings are ready to be planted out, and I’ve started already with the some of the warm soil things like cucumbers and melons.

I’m am however sad to report that my long-suffering dwarf Imperial mandarin finally gave up the ghost. I’ve replaced it with a lovely dwarf Japanese seedless mandarin, and I have high hopes for it.

9 Responses to “I’m still alive! But about that mandarin…”

  1. Leanne Cole September 9, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    I hear you, I’m exactly the same, there are always better things to do. I have a major clean every 6 to 12 months. I also have two teenage daughters and when they want money they do housework. Gotta love that. I remember a woman telling me once not to stress because everything gets done eventually, so true. I live by that, “everything will get done eventually”.

    • L September 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Thanks Leanne. My problem is usually that it gets done by my husband if I leave it too long, and he has enough to worry about at the moment with his 2 jobs. Will calm down again in November when he’s back to only one.

      How’s your bamboo going?

      • Leanne Cole September 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

        Bamboo is doing ok, have to keep a close eye on it, seems it needs quite a bit of water. I was told that, at least for the first year. I don’t think it gets enough water from the rain. Will post a picture soon.

  2. Kate September 9, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    You are not alone. Living and working on a farm and people constantly walking in and out, I’ve just about given up on clean, although I do like to give to living area floors a sweep most days, but I am determined to give the house a bit of a spring clean this year and started on the bedroom and got it mostly done in amongst farm chores. It is a very busy time of year on a farm to be also spring cleaning but as I said, I am determined.

    • L September 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Oh, thanks for the encouragement. Good luck!

  3. Liz September 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    A new kitchen, how exciting! Personally I think having a neat and tidy house is overrated, although I was a bit embarrassed when two of my 5 yo daughter’s friends independantly asked me why the house was sooooo messy (and this on a day which i had vaccuumed – only one room but still…..Ï have put in a little more effort since….

    • L September 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      Thanks for the giggle 🙂 I’ll have to keep that in mind as a warning for future. Must clean before little girls with big mouths come to visit!

  4. Barbara Good September 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I loathe housework, but would really love to live in a clean and tidy house, what a dilemma. I’ve compromised and try to do one job each morning, whatever doesn’t get done I ignore.

    • L September 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

      I like that approach – getting moving in the first place is half the battle. The first job is always the hardest, so I think your method is a winner.

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