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Scrubbing the Floors!!

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Friday, March 27, 2020

I was giggling a bit today at the posting of a Sparkie Friend grateful for indoor plumbing!! My grandfather's house had a backyard privy . . . up the hill on a board walk. No worries about toilet paper shortage . . . my goodness, such a ridiculous waster of money!! Nothing wrong with neatly scissored squares of newspaper on a nail, or even pages from last season's Eaton's catalogue!!

On the other hand, I don't suppose my grandmother ever spent a morning on her hands and knees scrubbing ceramic tile grout with an old toothbrush either!

Most of the time I don't do the major cleaning at my own house. I've got a new appreciation of how hard my cleaner works to leave the place so immaculate, every second Friday!! But also (it's inevitable) found some things that I would do differently. For example . . . I don't think that a mop is the optimum way of cleaning a floor. My mum believed in scrubbing on hands and knees, getting right into the corners, making sure that the baseboards weren't awash leaving a tide water mark . . . So that's the way I was taught to do it.

Three bathrooms scrubbed. Kitchen was scrubbed yesterday. Three floors dusted too: and there is a ridiculous amount of elaborate wood work. This was a house built in 1889: and I'm sure there was at least one parlour maid. Maybe two!! Possibly with accommodations in the old attic . . . before we renovated and moved up there in 1999 (and updated in 2019). Looks like the old kitchen may have been in the basement, originally. . . no one appears to have worried too much about the comfort or well being of "the help". I was imagining how many times that main stair bannister has been dusted and polished over the years.

I did my best, and definitely am enjoying the clean polished surfaces. Followed by a nice soak in my immaculately clean claw foot bath tub with some of my favourite green Vitabath: the one that's made with extract of horse chestnut.

And then . . . of course: a walk with Henry and DH in the spring sunshine, listening to the robins! And home to an egg omelette with cheese and tomatoes and mushrooms on a bed of mixed spring greens. Followed by a small apple cut in wedges . . .

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  • NANCY-
    You ambition is inspirational. Your bath sounds so soothing.
    66 days ago
  • JHADZHIA
    I am sure there is a whole lot of cleaning going on. But with a massive house like that, I can see having help for two working people. I remember hand waxing then polishing the old tile floor at our family home. We kids had the fun part -get our butts on towels and go sliding for the polishing part. So much fun. Kept sliding long after the polishing was complete emoticon

    I don't mind cleaning and enjoy a job well done. I have a glass computer desk and when the sun is shining it all too clearly shows any dust build up. Its extra work keeping up with the dust and fingerprints but I don't mind.
    The warm weather has finally arrived -its supposed to be 11 tomorrow and Monday. I am at home and will return to Mom's when my sister comes back. She has to go home to water the plants at the school and check on her fussy cat Coco who hasn't been eating too much. She has always been a cat person whereas the rest of my family are all dog lovers.
    Enjoy your time at home -working from that lovely verandahhh with Henry chasing squirrels, the flowers blooming and birds singing. We are missing our Gardenscape, one of many major events canceled but perhaps we will finally have an early spring this year.
    66 days ago
  • NASFKAB
    Great job
    66 days ago
  • SNOOPYLINKOS
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  • BESSHAILE
    My secret

    I love housework.

    I don't always feel like doing it - but I love to do it. I had maid help when my MiL lived with us and truth is - I don't miss it now. I have a high tolerance for dirt - and my own immune system has been proof that for some of us the cleanliness bar can be a little lower than for others. But the act of caressing everything I own has always brought me pleasure. When I worked it had to be crushed into a Saturday - but now I can take my time over it. My daily presence here also means that I can do a little bit throughout the week - I don't have to blitz the house anymore. I do sometimes. Especially if guests are coming. But I can also just caress one room at a time - if I want.

    And No. I am not for hire. It's because it's mine that I love caring for it. Like a Disney princess, my things talk to me!


    LOL - and so, for your delectation - with the caveat that this is NOT my inner Disney Princess. Sorry I can't post it as a link. But it's worth a cut & paste.

    https://www.youtube.c
    om/watch?v=Uuk-h2ZYNJU

    66 days ago
  • SUSANNAH31
    I also have given my cleaner a paid leave during this isolation period. And the dust is appearing.
    Ending your day with that soothing bath -- perfect!
    66 days ago
  • DESIREE672
    It sounds like a perfect day if you like housecleaning - I do like it! Off to do some scrubbing!
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  • DOVESEYES
    Put the kettle on I'm on my way :), what a lovely way to spend the day :)
    67 days ago
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  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    I have that same toothbrush for grout!

    I'm contemplating my mother's old standard. Spring cleaning by washing walls and ceiling with ammonia and water. No smoking in this house but pollen, dust and soot from candles surely must be clinging to something.

    Ack! I'm turning into my mother!
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    67 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I still always was things almost always the "old way" there is something to be had from it!
    67 days ago
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  • MEADSBAY
    Your life is GOOD! emoticon

    I feel the same about my wonderful bi-weekly house cleaner, although I really do not see a single thing she does that I could do better!
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    67 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Ah ha! Another person who has turned to cleaning! We never thought Fletcher shedded until we got a white floor. Cancelled our cleaning person so I got out the vacuum yesterday and then the Swiffer which really didn't do a good job. Can see I need to get down on my hands and knees and do some scrubbing.

    Didn't do a great job but better than nothing. Of course we are cleaning surfaces and door knobs all the time. Fletcher is getting long walks in the morning and then we take him out after dinner which he enjoys. Getting lots of steps every day.

    We will make it though! Pets to Henry and a virtual hug to you.
    67 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    Wow, what a great working day!
    67 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Sounds like a day being well lived and enjoyed. emoticon

    It was the Sears catalog at my great-grandparents. emoticon

    And, my late BIL's childhood home? Floors of dirt. No windows. So, no floors to scrub or windows to wash. He's of my generation. Hails from the same home town in Michoacán as my grand parents.

    The description of your home reminds me of a 3-story Victorian rented by former co-workers. The house had redwood floors, banisters and cabinets built into the wall. Absolutely beautiful!

    It's sunny here today and I was gifted by the presence of a male, Rufous Hummingbird. Oh eM Gee! Stunning!!

    67 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I am so with you on appreciating the lady who cleans every other Tuesday for me! I told my husband last Saturday when I spent the day cleaning that I should give her a raise! I forget how much goes into cleaning the house when I have the luxury of not doing it myself!
    I hope you are enjoying a beautiful day, we are here in MN. I went for a walk next to the river with hubby, saw lots of bald eagles and heard lots of birds singing away. It was lovely. Then I raked the backyard and cleaned up the flower areas of leaves and branches. In a little bit, I will meet a friend at a park and go for a walk, keeping distance between us but being able to catch up a little bit.
    Stay safe and have a lovely evening. Hugs!
    67 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    My mother also taught hands and knee scrubbing, but I rarely do it that way. I have foam knee pads for when I do get down to scrub the floors really clean. They help. My knees couldn't do without them.

    Safest way now is to do the things in our homes ourselves. And if it gives us an appreciation of things we have done, well that is great. And if we get greater appreciation for what the help went through in times past, that is a plus. Thanks for sharing the interesting perspective.

    Glad you got your walk with loved ones in loved nature.
    67 days ago
  • PENOWOK
    I also think the real cleaning of floors takes place on hands and feet, but I'm not willing to do that every week. Sounds as though you're doing a really thorough job! Maybe I'll be inspired! I will shortly start my downstairs (lower level) to clean. Tomorrow will be upper level. Main level either today or tomorrow...
    67 days ago
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  • S_MHANCOCK
    A clean house feels great!!
    67 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    Clean is such a good feeling!!!
    67 days ago
  • BCHARIE
    Amazing how much house cleaning is getting done with this isolation thing going on. Boy, do I remember my mom's house cleaning. She had knee pads and was down there in every crevasse! Outhouses, yikes, been there too.

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    67 days ago
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  • SERENASEA
    Well, you certainly deserved that lovely bath after all the scrubbing and dusting! I do have bath envy, however, as our half-finished bathroom remodel is on hold due to The Virus and I've been 45 days without my calming nighttime bath. I will never again think of withdrawal in terms of food....
    67 days ago
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Yes, definitely doing more cleaning than I ordinarily would do! That's not such a bad thing.
    67 days ago
  • NANASUEH
    Spring cleaning! I don't get on my hands and knees but I do have a scrub brush that works well in the corners.

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  • KALIGIRL
    Definitely blessing your house!
    67 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    What a great and glorious day! That claw tub sounds so inviting. Enjoy your walk and send us that sunshine as it has eluded us today. We have rain coming tonight and most of the weekend to make things even more glum. I know it's good for the Spring flowers, so I really can't complain.

    Enjoy! Take care!
    67 days ago
  • HARROWJET
    We have some similar memories. I am thankful for indoor plumbing too and I am old enough to remember the other kind.

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  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Silver linings, going "back in time" in our minds! Well done... give Henry and extra pat or two for me!
    67 days ago
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    Ok
    67 days ago
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