Celebrate Autumn




Happy Autumn!  Last week we continued our Fall Cleaning Challenge by deep cleaning our bathrooms.  Since it hadn’t been that long since I’d done some bathroom reorganization, I didn’t think it would be too hard a task.  Since there are a lot less cupboards than in my kitchen to pull things out of, wipe down, and then replace, it definitely was easier for me than last week’s focus.  However, I was caught a little off-guard by the bathroom fan.  You see, we’d never actually dismantled it before.  The cover came off easily enough, but then we decided we’d better shut off power to the fan (recommended when using wet cloths!).  My husband had to go through most of the electric panel before he found the correct switch.  When we saw all the dust up in the fan, it just made us feel better to know it was cleaner when we were done with it.  Continue reading

The Sparkle Has Started




As you recall, last week I started a fall cleaning challenge with the end result in mind that we will have a wonderfully clean house by the end of October.    I know spring is the traditional time of year for this sort of cleaning project, but here are a few reasons why I think autumn may be an even better time of year to do our deep cleaning:

  • Our houses will soon be shut up for the cooler months, so it would be good to go into this closed-in time with a fresh start.
  • Many people (including me) have hay fever.  Although we may not be able to rid the world of goldenrod or leaf mold, we can do our best to reduce the number of allergens we harbor inside our homes.
  • The holidays will be here before we know it.  By getting the deep cleaning done now, we can welcome visitors into our homes, knowing that what we used to “sweep under the rug” isn’t there anymore.

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Fall Cleaning Challenge




The great preacher, John Wesley, once commented in a sermon, “Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness”.  As I look around my house, I am glad that I can be sure Mr. Wesley won’t be stopping by today.  The truth is, whether we’re talking about our spiritual lives or our earthly lives, it is easy to get used to coasting along.  We fill our days with superficial things, all the while becoming blind to the mounting rubbish that we’re accumulating.  If we can just keep the dirt out of focus, we can put off dealing with it for another day. Continue reading

Unexpected Treasures




My husband and I have been trying to walk the neighborhood more often in an effort to stay fit. We are blessed to live in a safe community and our house is situated at just the right place to give us a number of options from which to choose.  This morning, we decided to walk into an affluent neighborhood. We soon discovered that it was their trash day. As we walked and talked, we would occasionally glance at the mounds of rubbish waiting to be picked up along the curb. You can tell a lot about a household from their recycle bins: Are their newspapers stuffed into a diaper box? Which pizza place do they prefer?

On our way back home, I noticed a colorful box in a bag next to a trash can near one house. As I stopped to look more closely, I discovered that it was an entire bag filled with little boxes, the kinds you would get with a jewelry purchase. Being a crafter, I’m always looking for ways to wrap up the gifts I make. These would be perfect! So, to my husband’s dismay, I announced I was going to carry the bag back home with me. As I lifted it up, I discovered another bag filled with similar boxes underneath. Double score! One glance at my husband’s face told me that I would not be getting any help toting these home. Continue reading

Do you ever feel like a rock?





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Recently I visited a science museum and saw a display case with this rock inside.  It got me thinking about how we view ourselves.  Each of us is different.  Some start life endowed with every aspect of beauty.  Others, not so much.  No matter which category you put yourself in (or maybe you think you fall somewhere in between), we all face changes as we age.  Each grey hair that we try to pluck from view and each deepening wrinkle that we excuse away as “laugh lines” remind us that we are not as young as we used to be.  So, how do you react when you look in the mirror?  Do you search infomercials for the latest fountain of youth tonic?  Or do you just hurry past the mirror (like I do) and hope that if it isn’t seen, it doesn’t exist?  Continue reading