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. 

This week we’ll continue by tackling our living rooms.  If you have a family room or a media room, you can throw those into the mix and do some thorough cleaning in all of them, but if your main living/great room is really bad, just focus on that.  I’m going to try to go after both our living room and our adjoining study.  The checklist is provided below:

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In the middle of our cleaning last week, we decided to take a break from all the dust and the grime and enjoy the beautiful day.  The crisp fall-like air made me think of cider mills.  Before we knew it, we were enjoying two of our favorite past times – rail-trail riding and apple orchards.  I would suggest you reward yourself this week for all your hard work by taking a breath of fresh air.  Enjoy God’s creation.  Here are a couple of pictures from our fun day:

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Now mind you, I looked high and low at the cider mill for an apple tree for my pictures.  I have heard that there there is a high yield of apples this year, so I had visions of trees with branches that were weighted down with beautiful, ripe apples.  I finally asked at the doughnut counter and was told that, although there weren’t any trees we could walk to, my husband and I could pay $15 to be taken out to them.  That’s when I decided that a picture of their bagged apples was just fine.  You’ll just have to imagine them hanging on a tree.  

Let’s cheer each other on to having clean homes, but don’t forget to enjoy God’s bounty in the process!

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