I've spent the last 9 days power-cleaning the house. I guess I just need to call it "Fall Cleaning" wherein I spent many hours on hands and knees cleaning baseboard molding, and vacuuming the carpet where it meets said molding. I washed the inside of my windows. I swept webs and dust bunnies out of corners, scrubbed fingerprints off walls and doors, finally got my kitchen floor to feel a whole lot less sticky, cleaned window blinds, washed bedding, switched out seasonal clothing, sorted, organized, purged, and thoroughly cleaned an unfinished basement. I cleaned and oiled wood furniture, I did all the normal dusting and scrubbing and washing and cooking I would do anyway.
Then, I baked 2 pumpkin pies, 1 cherry pie, a batch of pumpkin muffins, a batch of sourdough bread, roasted a turkey, made homemade stuffing for said turkey, ironed table linens, polished decorative items, made sure my house was not just "passable" but magazine-spread-ready.
And then, in my insanity, decided to call the company that I use yearly to clean my carpets. They were here this morning. We have an electrician coming Thursday to install and wire a sub-panel in our basement, move the circuit that contains the basement's current electricity from the main panel to the new one in the basement. Yesterday, we had a Pest Control company come by for our normal quarterly application of anti-bug stuff. (Don't laugh, but I live in the 'burbs and do NOT like bugs and rodents in my house...) Thursday afternoon, I'm taking the kids to a local digital photography studio for photos, since their school pictures SUCKED to the point that I'm sending them back for a refund...Friday or Saturday, we're going as a family. For less than what I paid for Captain's pictures, we'll get 2 huge packages of good quality photos to pass out to family and some lucky friends. Sorry, but when you come from a family of 5 kids, you don't generally have extra for the "friends" category...
I'm currently hanging out in my living room, enjoying the silence and the chilly air wafting through my house. I've got my doors and windows open to make sure that the carpet is thoroughly dry before I move the couch, chair, and end tables back into the family room. Thank goodness they have the foresight to open windows and turn ceiling fans on in the rooms they clean to speed drying! The kids' rooms were dry before they even left the house, and I was able to vacuum and put everything back, AND the windows were able to be left open to let out any nastiness from the cleaning process. I know, I know, I'm probably fostering some crazy disease in my kids by having my carpets chemically cleaned, but even using my folks' shampooer, I just never feel like it gets clean. And, according to the gut who was hear today, I may be more right than I think! But that's a story for another day.
My kitchen is shiny, my hardwood is gleaming, the upholstery is vacuumed and I should really be folding the 4 loads of laundry that I've got piling up.
But right now, I think I just want to sit still for a tiny bit longer...the silence is a blessing.
The kids had no school last week, and it was just weird enough weather that we didn't play outside a whole lot. That means that the basement getting cleaned and organized came at just the right time! The kids had a massive place in which to be loud, run around and play! I've had people and noise in my ears except for when I was sleeping for the last week.
Capt has AWANA tonight, and Princess has dance class this afternoon. But for another 60 minutes, I get to sit in the silence and watch the light bounce off the walls...