Thursday, August 12, 2010

Small Successes-August 12th

Celebrating the little things in life that add up.

1.  My cleaning spree from the past couple of weeks continues.  Yesterday I cleaned the kitchen and made it shine.  I had been avoiding cleaning the stove top because it's just such a pain to take off the burners, the little round burner cover things and the drip pans and then clean them and the stove top.  I decided yesterday that I just needed to deal with it and clean it.  In cleaning it I got the brilliant idea to use baking soda to try and get some of the grime off of the drip pans.  It worked like a charm.  I don't think the stove has looked so new since a week or two after it was delivered three years ago.  Why didn't I think of this sooner?

2. All of the rooms on the main level have been straightened, vacuumed or swept, and dusted.  I even cleaned all of the windows on this level (Interiors only lest anyone think I'm a crazy over achiever.  I'm just your run of the mill over achiever.).  While I did this naughty Mr. Furkins was out in the yard getting muddy.  As a result, I also had to add giving the dog a bath and brushing him to my to do list yesterday.  Now he's a clean smelling dog that is not shedding all over the house.  I suspect that will last a day.

3. Laundry?  Yeah, I've got that covered.  I even ironed the clothes that had been waiting two weeks for some attention in that area.

Bonus:  I caught up with a very dear friend who I hadn't seen in a while.  She came to my house for the afternoon (when it wasn't clean-and I didn't even freak out about it) and we had a great time.  Her two little boys were a delight.  Ellie was thrilled to play with her son who is 14 months younger.  We all doted on her infant son.  He's such a lovable little chunk of a baby.  When they left my girls were asking for a baby brother.


  1. Great week! Way to stay on top of the never-ending drudgery of housework! Bah!
    Ironing clothes! Holy Moly! I haven't done that since I ironed on the patches on my daughters Brownie vest!

  2. Good week! Spring cleaning always feels good even if it happens in August.

  3. Good gravy, what a productive week! Summer cleaning rocks for those woman enough to do it :-D. Great job!

  4. Great list! Congrats on all the cleaning and enjoying a good visit with a friend even if the house was not yet perfectly presentable.

  5. Wow, what a cleaning spree you're on! Want to come to my house when you're done? LOL!

  6. Great job on the stove! I'm glad you posted about the baking soda, my burners are looking pretty awful and they are on my cleaning list.

  7. Awesome week! I hate cleaning the stove too! I wish it were self cleaning like the oven. LOL! Great successes from just your average overachiever. Love it!
    Enjoy your weekend in your now very clean home!


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