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1 Hard work or just old ??? on Wed May 08, 2013 11:53 am

bethk

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Sad I'm taking a break from some simple housekeeping tasks....

So, is it "me" or does everyone get winded and break out in perspiration from the simple task of pushing a vacuum around a room? I don't remember light housekeeping being so labor intensive as I have lately.

Maybe it's because once our girls were tall enough to help, they were my designated slave labor around the house. Then, when they moved out of the house, Mr. Amazing took over the vacuuming and floor cleaning tasks. Yes, I do lead a very charmed life....

But here in our villa it's just me and, quite honestly, I do not understand who is leaving all this dust. The previous owners must be coming in when I'm not here and shaking dirt across the floors and furniture.

It's just that the effort to move a vacuum across berber carpeting and ceramic tile is exhausting to me. And the vacuum is a neat little self-propelled Kenmore canister model.

Wimp.

Well, I think I'll sit a bit and have a glass of tea. After all, I've allowed myself the time limit of ALL DAY to accomplish the task of floor cleaning and dusting today.

2 Re: Hard work or just old ??? on Wed May 08, 2013 6:25 pm

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About four years ago, I bought a Roomba (pet hair model) and a Scooba and use them to vacuum and mop my floors. I have to laugh as I've always been a good cook but a lousy housekeeper as I hate cleaning up with a passion. They do a super job, especially if you run them every other day or so before lots of stuff accumulates. Trust me, our wood and ceramic floors in the living room and kitchen can look spotless but it's amazing how much dust and cat hair the Roomba will pick up when I run it.

Now I laugh and tell Brian, "Maybe the house looks a tad messy but the floors look freaking wonderful!" He swears he's going to take over the cleaning when he retires in June -- we'll see!

3 Re: Hard work or just old ??? on Wed May 08, 2013 6:41 pm

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Hahaha, Michelle, you sound like me and my thoughts on cleaning. When I was growing up I had 3 brothers. They all had to go out in the fields to help with the farm and it was MY job to clean the house, iron their 8,000 shirts every week (remember sprinkling, rolling & storing ironables in a plastic bag in the refrigerator?) and keep an eye on the meals or, as I got older, prepare the noon and evening meals.

Well, to this day, I dislike cleaning, I will do just about anything to avoid ironing but, fortunately, the cooking is now a passion and not a chore.

I always kid Dane because he is 100% better and more anal about cleaning than I am. He can always tell when I think it's time to have the floors vacuumed or steamed because I'll fix him something special for supper! (he gets the hint pretty easy, especially when I mention, "geeze louise, I think the carpet needs to be mowed!" lol)

4 Re: Hard work or just old ??? on Thu May 09, 2013 5:52 pm

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I always kid Dane because he is 100% better and more anal about cleaning than I am. He can always tell when I think it's time to have the floors vacuumed or steamed because I'll fix him something special for supper! (he gets the hint pretty easy, especially when I mention, "geeze louise, I think the carpet needs to be mowed!" lol)

Brian is much better about it as well. Every once in a while he will grumble about something and he laughs when I say, "I know if I wait long enough, you'll do it!"



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5 Re: Hard work or just old ??? on Sat May 11, 2013 3:08 am

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I clean / vacuum / wash clothes / scrub & wax floors / cook / Make the beds and bolster the pillows (not alway's ) / sew if I have to / on a machine / I can blind stitch / sew a hem line. Take in or let out a seam. / iron / know how to dampen / roll / and refrigerate blouses and shirts. Starch collars , and use bluing.

I like a tidy house. Lived in is ok, but as long as an hour of time to straighten up, then that's ok.

I grew up with a mother that cleaned every Saturday....did nothing on Sunday .....Washed clothes on Monday with a wringer washer, and then Tuesday, was iron the clothes day. Back then, there was no such thing as permanent press. Just about everything had to be ironed.

She taught me how to do all that, and she said,"Son, there may come a day, when you will have to do some or a few of these things. She was right! I wasn't ashamed either.

When I was out dating or going out with friends, if I wanted a favorite shirt or pair of pants, and they were in the hamper, I was able to wash, dry, and iron it for use. That was when we had a clothes dryer, and that was only used in the winter, or if someone needed a fast washout and dry for something to wear.

Clothes were hung out to dry on the clothesline. There is a right way to use one of those too.

If it rained...the clothes were hung in the cellar. There were a bunch of ropes that dad hung up for that.

I love doing house work. I get crippled up now and can't kneel and bend without effort and creaky bones and pain, but I just do a little at the time, and rest in between.

Does anyone remember those flat adjustable pants / slacks crease formers. we had them things too. They were supposed to dry the pants and when the wire slip in was removed it was supposed to hold a crease like magic. Still, the dress pants were ironed. Work and school clothes most always got them metal crease formers put in while the clothes dried. LOL...

Then came spray starch. Yuck! That clogged and stained the iron.

Oh Boy! Such Fun.

6 Re: Hard work or just old ??? on Sat May 11, 2013 5:05 am

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Oh, yes, Jimmy - the metal forms to stretch the pants legs and leave that sharp crease...UNLESS, of course, you missed getting them in just right and then you ended up with the off center crease and the crease where it should have been! Pain in the "you know what"! I still use my clothesline when the weather is nice in Ohio. I love to have shirts flappin' in the wind (it softens & "irons") and I'll wait to wash sheets until it IS a nice day. Nothing smells better or feels softer than when you crawl between sheets that have flapped in the sunshine!

I'll hang towels & wash cloths on the line and then put them into the dryer for fluffing. Even if they flap out there all day they don't get as soft as when they are in the dryer for even 10 minutes.

7 Re: Hard work or just old ??? on Sat May 11, 2013 6:20 pm

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:I clean / vacuum / wash clothes / scrub & wax floors / cook / Make the beds and bolster the pillows (not alway's ) / sew if I have to / on a machine / I can blind stitch / sew a hem line. Take in or let out a seam. / iron / know how to dampen / roll / and refrigerate blouses and shirts. Starch collars , and use bluing.

I like a tidy house. Lived in is ok, but as long as an hour of time to straighten up, then that's ok.

I grew up with a mother that cleaned every Saturday....did nothing on Sunday .....Washed clothes on Monday with a wringer washer, and then Tuesday, was iron the clothes day. Back then, there was no such thing as permanent press. Just about everything had to be ironed.

She taught me how to do all that, and she said,"Son, there may come a day, when you will have to do some or a few of these things. She was right! I wasn't ashamed either.

When I was out dating or going out with friends, if I wanted a favorite shirt or pair of pants, and they were in the hamper, I was able to wash, dry, and iron it for use. That was when we had a clothes dryer, and that was only used in the winter, or if someone needed a fast washout and dry for something to wear.

Clothes were hung out to dry on the clothesline. There is a right way to use one of those too.

If it rained...the clothes were hung in the cellar. There were a bunch of ropes that dad hung up for that.

I love doing house work. I get crippled up now and can't kneel and bend without effort and creaky bones and pain, but I just do a little at the time, and rest in between.

Does anyone remember those flat adjustable pants / slacks crease formers. we had them things too. They were supposed to dry the pants and when the wire slip in was removed it was supposed to hold a crease like magic. Still, the dress pants were ironed. Work and school clothes most always got them metal crease formers put in while the clothes dried. LOL...

Then came spray starch. Yuck! That clogged and stained the iron.

Oh Boy! Such Fun.

My goodness in heaven! Many times I thought I'd love to have you around for your "fix-it" skills, Jimmy, but now I envy the whole package. What a super mom you had to teach you all that! There's nothing that smells better than clothes dried on a clothes line! We feed the birds here so the clothes woulds be covered in bird poop, like our car often is, if we had a line.

It must be something tied to my age group (I'm 59) but I love ironed clothes. I wear a lot of linen in the summer but had to get used to drying the linen for a while and then taking the pieces out and hanging them up. Or else I felt like a geek in my ironed linen! I look a lot more "hip" now and it's a lot eqasier, too!

8 Re: Hard work or just old ??? on Sat May 11, 2013 6:57 pm

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Crybaby wrote:
UNCLE JIMMY wrote:I clean / vacuum / wash clothes / scrub & wax floors / cook / Make the beds and bolster the pillows (not alway's ) / sew if I have to / on a machine / I can blind stitch / sew a hem line. Take in or let out a seam. / iron / know how to dampen / roll / and refrigerate blouses and shirts. Starch collars , and use bluing.

I like a tidy house. Lived in is ok, but as long as an hour of time to straighten up, then that's ok.

I grew up with a mother that cleaned every Saturday....did nothing on Sunday .....Washed clothes on Monday with a wringer washer, and then Tuesday, was iron the clothes day. Back then, there was no such thing as permanent press. Just about everything had to be ironed.

She taught me how to do all that, and she said,"Son, there may come a day, when you will have to do some or a few of these things. She was right! I wasn't ashamed either.

When I was out dating or going out with friends, if I wanted a favorite shirt or pair of pants, and they were in the hamper, I was able to wash, dry, and iron it for use. That was when we had a clothes dryer, and that was only used in the winter, or if someone needed a fast washout and dry for something to wear.

Clothes were hung out to dry on the clothesline. There is a right way to use one of those too.

If it rained...the clothes were hung in the cellar. There were a bunch of ropes that dad hung up for that.

I love doing house work. I get crippled up now and can't kneel and bend without effort and creaky bones and pain, but I just do a little at the time, and rest in between.

Does anyone remember those flat adjustable pants / slacks crease formers. we had them things too. They were supposed to dry the pants and when the wire slip in was removed it was supposed to hold a crease like magic. Still, the dress pants were ironed. Work and school clothes most always got them metal crease formers put in while the clothes dried. LOL...

Then came spray starch. Yuck! That clogged and stained the iron.

Oh Boy! Such Fun.

My goodness in heaven! Many times I thought I'd love to have you around for your "fix-it" skills, Jimmy, but now I envy the whole package. What a super mom you had to teach you all that! There's nothing that smells better than clothes dried on a clothes line! We feed the birds here so the clothes woulds be covered in bird poop, like our car often is, if we had a line.

It must be something tied to my age group (I'm 59) but I love ironed clothes. I wear a lot of linen in the summer but had to get used to drying the linen for a while and then taking the pieces out and hanging them up. Or else I felt like a geek in my ironed linen! I look a lot more "hip" now and it's a lot eqasier, too!
Ironed linins are back I say. It's a pain ironing, but be careful not to scorch the material with too hot an iron. Cover them with an old piece of an old sheet. That way, they won't have that burnt smell.

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