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I’m changing my name

Friday, May 22, 2020

I used to be Susie emoticon Sunshine...one of those sickeningly happy, positive, optimistic peeps.
Um...still am, actually.
But now I am officially adding Susie Homemaker to my names.
My house has never been this clean...
and I have had a wonderful biweekly Housecleaner for years.
Of course, she did a better cleaning job than me (and did the whole house in 3 hours or so!) but I clean every single day so it is always spotless especially since we didn’t have the lovely messy grandchildren over here for nearly eight weeks (until very recently when we ‘doubled our bubble’ with them.
I’m starting to worry a bit, though, when I hear myself saying things like ‘Don’t dirty up my stove’ or ‘Look at how shiny and sparkly my sink is!’
Btw...Patrick’s scan was as it has been trending lately...no new growths (good), slight growth in existing tumors, liver and kidney function fine).
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    I've done the opposite.
    I'll get to it tomorrow.
    Or when the "things" are visible on the floor.
    I'm responsible for the "things" as I have a habit of running outside for the trash or watering my plants in my socks and bringing in all those "things".
    Your family is always in my thoughts when I visit here and get reminded of the beauty of family and fragility of life.
    39 days ago
    I will never get a Susie Homemaker award, I'm afraid. Like my mother, I much prefer working in the yard. I would love to have a tidier house, but our house is cluttered, because when Peter and I got married we didn't get rid of enough "stuff" from 2 houses plus things inherited from our parents and other family members. We have too many pictures, stuffed bookshelves in three rooms plus the basement and no real decorating scheme... but we love our home. Crazy as it sounds, the social isolation of Covid-19 has brought us even closer, and we've both decided to give up some outside activities because we want to spend more time together.

    Yesterday we spent 6 hours outside, repainting some garden furniture and an old concrete planter. Peter cleaned up our winter wheels (I've never known anyone who digs all the little pieces of gravel out of the tires before putting them away), and I planted more perennials.

    I'm glad that Patrick's scan showed no new growths, and that the tumors in his lung are growing slowly. I'm glad that he decided to give up work (and then Covid-19 reinforced that decision). It's so good for them to have this time together.

    We are still not supposed to be spending any time with people outside our own home, but we have decided to mind Aria at least part of one day each week. It feels so good to be spending time with her again. The phone visits were better than nothing, but now that the weather is good we are going for hikes and she loves to help in the garden. Numbers in Ontario are still not going down... 400+ new cases every day with 40-60 deaths daily. We have been told to wear masks when we go shopping or anywhere outside that we cannot be sure of keeping the 6 ft. distance. Most older people are obeying, maybe half of the people our children's age, and almost no younger people. Scary that they just do not "get it", or that they think they are invincible. Media is starting to focus on "wear a mask so you do not risk infecting those you love", but it doesn't seem to be working.

    We're getting through this fine, but are definitely worried about the second wave, this fall or winter, which is predicted to be much worse, especially if there isn't a dependable widely-available vaccine by that time.

    Be safe Liz,
    Gail emoticon

    40 days ago
    I'm a stop and go cleaner. Sometimes I let things go a bit and other times everything is sparkling all the time. Joe doesn't care either way (which is great for me). I'm trying to be more consistent with all things. The stay at home order has helped give me the time to do so.
    40 days ago
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    40 days ago
    I'm impressed with your cleaning Susie Homemaker!! My house needs it. Gorgeous photo! So glad Patrick has no new growths.
    40 days ago
    Oh no, Susie Homemaker lol...Let your grandkids enjoy their time hehe...Do you want to come over and clean my house? emoticon

    Glad Patrick doesn't have any new growths. That sounds positive. Hugs for you all!
    40 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/23/2020 4:46:10 PM
    emoticon ... for Patrick.

    We hand wash dishes around here. Hubby commented on ... dang, all the dishes are done allllllll the time.
    40 days ago
    Ditto to Suzy Homemaker! YIKES! Can only do so much of that, though!

    So glad that at least things are primarily status quo for your son. Prayers.

    40 days ago
    Hello SUsie Homemaker. WIth my back pain, I still cannot do a lot of cleaning. I envy you. Have a great day. emoticon
    41 days ago
    My house is . . . clean (bathrooms, kitchen get sanitized daily and oftener) but dusty!! More vacuuming, more dusting needed!! Gahhhhh. I've been focusing on the garden and . . . the golf!!
    41 days ago
    I must say, I’m feeling a bit of pride about my self cleaned house! But, I will be happy to have the cleaning service return!
    As always, prayers for Patrick and family!
    41 days ago
    So happy to hear that Patrick is doing well
    That has got to be a big relief!

    I sure am glad your house is spotless clean. I'm not so fussy in the summer I spend most of my time outside.

    So my house is what it is. Now since this pandemic no one can come inside its just hubby and myself. So whats the point. By the way how can two grown people make messes. (LOL)

    Have a great day and your grandchildren are precious!
    41 days ago
    I do the bright and sparkly bits in spurts. The kitchen is always good, bathroom ditto, everywhere else Gets the frequent sweeping of dog hair and regular vacuuming and mopping.
    Me: I’ve just cleaned that, you’re not seriously going to use it!
    41 days ago
    Good to hear the better new regarding Patrick.
    emoticon Susie Homemaker. I've always done my own cleaning and, weird as I am, I get satisfaction from it and yes I get the " don't dirty my stove" thing LOL

    stay safe and keep well hun emoticon
    41 days ago
    That is a great way to be, Elizabeth--there's nothing more peaceful than a clean, well-ordered home. I want to be like you, but just can't put in the work!

    That is very good news about Patrick! Enjoy the holiday weekend at your super-clean lovely house with your beautiful little sweeties!
    41 days ago
    Congratulations on earning Homemaker award. I try to do better but not succeeding very well as housework is not my strong suit LOL So glad that Patrick got a good report. ((HUGS))
    41 days ago
    Keeping him in my prayers.
    41 days ago
    Congratulations on earning the Susie Homemaker award! I admit I challenge myself a bit to keep up with cleaning. I miss my cleaning person very much! But it actually is a pretty good workout to get the entire house cleaned and tidied… And then we get to do it all over again!

    I am glad that Patrick is doing well, and that you are able to visit with the grandchildren.
    41 days ago
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