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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/7/2011 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Monday Koffee Klatch
     If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea   We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

      But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed...  turn    So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
Daily Question:
Do you "spring clean" or make preparations for spring?

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

Chronic Pain Moderator

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   Posted 3/7/2011 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm still working on the spring cleaning from last year tongue.

Besides, still have a lot of winter left here. We had snow in May last year, and I've heard tell of snow falling in June. In my opinion, it's not really spring if there's still snow in the forecast.

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   Posted 3/7/2011 1:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to clean a few times a year. Sometimes they oddly fell around the weekends near the daylights savings time. Alot of my spring cleaning comes from the warm weather... it induces wide open windows and slider doors ... which lets in the fresh air ... which stirs up the, yuck, dust. Ewww, sunlight filtering through dustmotes to let me see just how much winter has settled through out the home.
Of course this year spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning. Last year in June they opted to drain the local pond, and as a result the residents were unfortunately evicted from their home. Thankfully the city decided that anyone in the town could show up and take home one or two (or in one family's case, 35!) of these displaced fugitives. So my mom and I, being the animal nuts we are, opted to take a couple each!
Well we'd really wanted turtles, but they all went to ground. However we discovered alot of gold fish and carp. And amoungst the carp, low and behold, we found a foot long tri-colored koi!! We also found a massive two-toned goldfish. So we took "Calico Jack" and "Mr. Cool" home in our bucket, and just as we left they called out that they'd found a turtle! So we took home this hatchling that wasn't much bigger then a fifty cent piece. My son named him Tiny. Two days later they called us back to see if we wanted another turtle, that was caught crossing the road, and almost became named Speedbump. So we opted to take the turtle and ended up naming her Calypso.
Now we have two ponds in our backyard. A 90 gallon turtle paradise, complete with basking ramps, outdoor areas, and dig boxes.... and a secure mesh top since we discovered (the hard way) Red Ear Sliders like to escape from their enclosures and go on walk about!!! The second pond is a 140 gallon koi retreat. With water lillies and other plants, rock croppings, waterfall, underwater lights, and a sand castle at the waters edge that's solar powered.
However, after everyone got done hybernating for the winter they're awake and active again... and the ponds are messy and scummy. Time to do a thorough spring cleaning now that spring has sprung and our critters are awake and entertaining us once again.
But for all their work, there is nothing more peaceful then in the warm summer evenings then to go sit on the lip of my pond, and trail my fingers through the water with Calico Jack nibbling at them ... hoping I've brought him worms to eat. :-)

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   Posted 3/7/2011 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
      I'm a tidy person, so I tend to keep things clean and in place year around. When done with the mowing in the fall, I prep it then for the spring time.
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   Posted 3/7/2011 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Just bought a house, gonna move soon, I figure I will clean after I get all the stuff out.
How do you get rid of the dirt? Move away.

Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/7/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm insane with clutter right now and begging for help this weekend to "stock" and "dress" the addition. So far....no takers. It's amazing that I can keep your kid for free for a year, but when I need some help to move some dishes and put up curtains or make beds, nobody can be found. It makes me SICK!!! that my family is so selfish on this. They won't help at all because they think I'll eventually inherit it from my mother......excuse me......I hope she lives another 40 years!!!! This is, after all, for her....not me!!

I feel like I should be on the show hoarders, burried alive.....but I'm naturally OCPD and I like things neatly in their correct place and smelling good. It's gonna take some work, but I hope to get most of it done this weekend (assuming the cabinets are finished today as they should be. It seems like it's always one step forward and two steps back!!!

I'll do my deep cleaning as soon as I can get up the strength. I just have to stay away from the vacuum as much as possible. It's a killer on the lower back!!
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/7/2011 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   


      I started umm.. yikes I guess 5 days ago. The entry way first. Wipe down and clean the spring items in their storage bin. Pack away all but a few pairs of gloves, 1 heavy jacket each.. you get the idea. Bring out and clean summer light sweaters.

     Then I tackled my oldest daughters room. Its the same routine for all rooms. I strip all the items out. Pass them through a "cleaning station" on their way out. Books, papers, containers and their contents (train set, jewelry, doll house) upgrade containers to larger sizes as needed.. all of it wiped down and cleaned as it gets taken out of the room. Then I deep clean the rooms and furniture. Walls, base board, carpet...  upholstery, beds, wood furniture. Move all furniture around and re arrange (I look silly scooting my bottom on the floor using my feet to move stuff). Got a patch of dry skin on my right thigh   rolleyes Then it is off to the next room, the next day.

   Think the only part I hate about a seasonal cleaning is that I have to get my regular chores done as fast as possible so I can begin working on a room. I HATE that at the end of a exhausting day I have no energy to cook a good hearty meal that I am always craving. Last night was Sub-Way *sigh*

     ...I remember being able to tackle 2 and 3 rooms in a day just a few years ago smhair    I do seasonal cleans each season, but summer time gets x2. Fall cleaning is a full cleaning and a partial prep for winter since I wont have much time at all from October to first week in December.

    Speaking of cleaning!! I should already be up and tackling at the laundry room now... maybe just one more cup of coffee  smilewinkgrin


TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

Chronic Pain Moderator

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   Posted 3/7/2011 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I love to spring clean. I've been pretty tidy my whole life. Matter of fact my shrink told me I should try to be more messy. Really hard to do. Been more difficult to keep up with over the past few years. I still try to get it done just on a different time line due to pain and down time.  I have trouble using many of the new cleaning agents. I think I'm allergic to most of them...so I just use the old fashioned vingar and water.  I like to decorate a little lighter for spring bringing out shells, botanicals and lots of white.
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