Friday, March 10, 2017

This Week

I have visited blogs. I have enjoyed those blogs. I have commented on some of them. But I haven't had any motivation to post on my own blog all week long. Well, except for Monday. 'Cause I have to share those funnies with my blogging pals. Who else is going to get you chuckling and chortling?


I've got nothing to say and at the same time I've got plenty to say. Does that make sense? My mind is a jumble of thoughts lately and they're all tangled up. Maybe I'm tired. Maybe I'm distracted. Maybe I'm just too busy. And maybe I'm all of the above. Probably all of the above.


It's been two weeks since we moved into our new home and our new city, and the list of things to do is still much longer than the list of things done. We have set ourselves up to be comfortable and completely functional but most of our stuff is still in boxes piled up around the house. Not one room in the house is completely ready. There's been a lot of scrubbing and dusting and vacuuming and purging, but not one wall has been painted yet. We cannot start painting until this house is clean. And sometimes it feels like it never will be. It is so dirty. Every inch of it. It's not a gross type of dirty, thank goodness, but rather the type of dirty where areas of the home were never deep cleaned or even cleaned at all. I get the impression that for years this house was surface-cleaned but that's about it. So layers of dirt and dust have accumulated throughout and it is a lot of work to get rid of them. And until we do, no paint will stick to that, not even primer. I know we will get this done eventually but in the meantime it is challenging and sometimes discouraging. I have to remind myself to breathe.


Earlier this week it was International Women's Day and I meant to blog about that but didn't. I have amazing women in my life, including all of my female blogging pals. But most important of all, I have raised two amazing women. I am so proud of my two beautiful daughters who continue to fight the good fight and pave the road for their generation and the generations that will arrive after them. We've come a long way, ladies, but we haven't reached the promised land yet, so onwards and upwards.


I am going to end this post with the tune "Play That Song" by Train that I've been enjoying immensely lately. It's really catchy, so don't click on it unless you're prepared to be stuck with an earworm for the day. Don't say I didn't warn you!



And that's a wrap. Happy weekend, everyone!

45 comments:

  1. Oh gawd, that music, THAT MUSIC! Kids used to plunk out that tune on the piano at school. It only took one finger to play and any kid could do it. GAAAAAAH!

    It is SO much work to move, isn't it? That's why I try to do it as little as possible. Hang in there, baby!

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    1. We all learned how to play that tune Debra....'Heart and Soul'

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    2. You couldn't help yourself, could you, Debra? LOL Didn't I warn you not to click on the video!

      Moving...UGH... It is a real pain in the behind, that's for sure. Last time we do this!

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  2. Your right about the Train song...it ear worm material.

    I feel your pain on both subjects....blogging lapses are sometimes inevitable. I, am too unfocused, preoccupied, distracted or something and am finding it really difficult to stay on a regular timeline for my posts. I certainly don't have as many distractions as you as I haven't moved to a new city but still I am finding my days are presenting obstacles that make me lose focus.

    I TOTALLY understand what you mean when you say you have nothing to say but plenty to say. I have tons of ideas of things I would like to talk about but either can't find an interesting way to articulate the thoughts or feel like the subject would be of little or no interest to others. Then there are all the big news topics that I try NEVER to discuss on my blog. Politics and religion are both things that I don't want to have dirty up my blog and tick people off.

    As for the deep cleaning. I feel for you. I have never moved into a place that was "grimy" but I still felt the need to go over everything. Why is someone elses dirt and dust creepier than our dirt and dust? ...but it is.

    Good luck with the cleaning and putting things away. I am sure when you are done it will all be wonderful.

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    1. It's really nice to have a clean and freshly painted home, even if it is tons of work. The moving part alone is quite tiresome and everything after that simply adds to that fatigue. This will be our last home. I'm happy to settle down here since we're close to friends and family. We'll add some travel to our lives and that'll be our 'moving around'...LOL...

      My mind is always working overtime but, like you say, sometimes I can't seem to find the right way to say out loud what's going on in my brain. Lately I've been busy, too, and that doesn't help. But I enjoy visiting other blogs. I find that very relaxing.

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  3. Please, please, please don't be hard on your self.
    These past months and the move have not been easy.

    You will get the cleaning done
    You will get the painting done
    You will get everything done ... in time

    I hope you may be able to relax a little this weekend
    Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way.

    All the best Jan

    PS I love this song

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    1. You are so right, Jan! Everything will get done in good time. I have to just take one day at a time. This weekend I plan to take it easy. Thanks for your support!

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  4. It's difficult to feel comfortable until you have your house in order. You'll get there.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. You bet it is, Janie! I think that's part of my fatigue. Seeing the house in such disorder is stressful.

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  5. I love that you found something to say in the absence of having something to write about...and I enjoyed reading it :)

    Bonus....the reworking of Heart and Soul brought back a sweet memory of my Dad teaching me how to play it on a little keyboard. I never asked him where he learned it as he did not play but he taught me and we played it together. A moment of togetherness. I may need to blog about that ♥

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    1. Aw, that is a sweet memory! I hope you do blog about it. I'd love to read that story.

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  6. Have a great weekend Martha, moving is stressful and requires a lot of adjustment.

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  7. Aha - Heart and Soul! I learned it as a duet and at school we'd sneak to the piano on the stage before and after gym class to play it ... something I haven't thought of for forever :)

    Remember that TSP (trisodium phosphate) I mentioned for cleaning grease off cupboards in your post recently? That is recommended by paint people (do paint people have an official name??) for cleaning walls before painting, and it really does work. It cuts through grime like magic. And like Jan said, don't be hard on yourself. But I understand the feeling - so much work, and it would be so much nicer to just be done. Take your little selves out for a treat now and then for being such good workers :)

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    1. I'll have to check that product out. We are planning to wash the walls (not even there yet!) before we start painting and the easier the cleaning goes, the happier I will be. There is a lot of work and sometimes it's discouraging. But we do go take breaks and find time to enjoy ourselves!

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  8. Love that song! Gonna have to dance the rest of the day.
    Have a great weekend.

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  9. Take as much time as you need, Martha, to 'get your blog-head' back. You have better things to do right now....and a LOT of it by the sounds of things!!
    Your new house was previously owned by an older person, right? Even though it may never have been cleaned thoroughly at all, I bet it was quite the vintage find.....like buying a car from an older woman who was the only owner? Or am I totally out to lunch about this?!!

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    1. You're right, Jim. It was an elderly couple that owned this home and they were the first owners. The home is fairly new, though; built in 2005. The husband died last year and the wife is now in a retirement residence. It was hard for them to keep up with the home, and especially for the wife once she became a widow. As we get older, we don't have the energy for many chores and even our eyesight is not that good, which makes it hard to see problem areas!

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  10. Of course you are heading for "burn-out city!!!"
    You have been so busy selling, blogging, buying, blogging, packing, blogging, driving, blogging, cleaning, blogging, unpacking, blogging, try to keep us, your fans - happy, blogging...I'm frazzled just typing blogging :} Take a well deserved break from blogging and return after you've had a rest!

    Great Big Hugs
    xoxoxo

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    1. HAHAHA! I love the way you wrote that, Jan. That really summarizes the craziness that's been going on. I will blog when I can and when I feel up to it. Not much else I can do! Thanks for the hugs. They are greatly appreciated - and needed :)

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  11. Glad you are settling in to your new home. Once all the cleaning and unpacking is done you'll have time to sit back and enjoy.

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    1. For sure, Linda. Eventually we'll be fully settled!

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  12. The house will come together and you know it will. Just enjoy it in the process and if you need to take a day away from it, it will still be waiting for you when you get back :) Set a long term goal (like weeks/months down the line) when you want to have it done. It will more than likely be done before that time, but it won't stress you out thinking it has to be done NOW :) (know what I mean?)

    betty

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    1. That is a great idea, Betty! Part of the problem is that my expectation date of when this house would be settled when we first moved here is not going to happen. I have accepted that now. Better to look toward weeks/months and be pleasantly surprised if it happens sooner!

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  13. Martha, you should see some of the homes I go to. Nothing, not even surface cleaning has been done in years. It's indescribable. I always try to do something to clean but it's a drop in the ocean.

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    1. I believe you, Birdie! When a home is like that, it's quite unnerving for me since I like my place clean.

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  14. I'm surprised it's the first time I've heard the song

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  15. Hey Martha! I have been going through a rough time myself. What say we just chuck it all and go to Cuba! I will always remember your photos of the beaches!! :-)

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    1. Sounds like a plan, Kay! A turquoise coloured, white sand beach and a pina colada sound wonderful just about now :)

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  16. You believe in doing thing right . Good on you. Paint will not last if it's on a greasy dirty wall. There's a special stuff you wash walls with before painting. I can't remember what it's called. You're right society has to go some yet on women's issues. Women pay too high price for having kids.

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    1. We want to do the job right so that it will last for years. There's no point painting right now. It'll just be frustrating!

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  17. i think you deserve to be a woman of the year as while facing so much you gave such an uplifting post!!!

    all i feel about you is that you have so many combine feeling inside you as you are at the same time excited ,ambitious ,determined, courageous and TIRED .But you know better than me that this furious phase will pass soon and things will settle down .then you will go to sleep with that precious feeling that you have all cleaned and organized home dear friend!

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    1. You are so right...all this will pass and things will settle down! Eventually everything will be in its place.

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  18. That's quite an ear worm you have there, Martha. I feel you about the cleaning, can't do all of my own anymore and others don't clean the way I use to...I hope you aren't too exhausted when all is done.

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    1. It's tons of work but I'm making sure to take breaks regularly to keep from burning out. It won't help the situation if I can't do anything once I'm in that state!

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  19. Too bad about all that cleaning that is required. I remember spending so much time making sure every nook and cranny was clean before we closed the door for the final time. The house was immaculate and I hope the new owners appreciated it - but who knows they might have found things I didn't see ...anyway - hope you enjoy the process as you go along -... I love Train - nice video!

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    1. That is wonderful of you, Sandy. I won't say that our last home was left immaculate but we did make sure it was dusted and vacuumed, and I scrubbed and thoroughly cleaned all countertops and toilets. The new owners would have work to do - every new home owner does - but not like I need to do now!

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  20. That cleaning sounds like so much work, just keep thinking of how nice everything will be when you get it all done.

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  21. I'm so sorry that your new home was left so filthy. Very disheartening. But I know you will 'get to the bottom of it', and will feel so serene and accomplished once you do. :)

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    1. We'll get it all done...eventually. I'm taking breaks during the week or else it'll become completely overwhelming.

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  22. We've been living in the house for about 15 years now and loads of it still isn't painted or decorated and we still have boxes that need unpacking! Oh and I'm sure it's only surface clean too. Sigh.

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    1. Wow, that's incredible! Do you even know what's in those boxes anymore? Or are they labelled? And here I am complained about a couple of weeks....LOL...

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