Share Your World – December 4, 2017

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

All of them. No, really. I hate them all. Dusting is probably the worst because it’s pointless. I can see the dust settling down as I’m clearing it off. I did get some great spray on bathroom cleaner that has really improved that process. Spray it on the tiles and the tub and go take care of the rest of your life. Whenever you come back — no timing involved — it will clean itself with your next shower.

I scrubbed the kitchen floor. We changed the covers on the sofas. Vacuumed the rug and the stairway. I changed the duvet and cover and put new sheets on the bed. The living room is slightly less hairy, but I figure by tomorrow, it’ll look as if it were never cleaned.

The tree is nice, though. Cheerful. I’m still pondering buying some wrapping paper for presents. I really ought to do that before there aren’t any.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

That is a cruel question for an aging woman. Probably the last time I got that shooting pain in the bones of my chest, probably from changing the comforter and doing all that cleaning.

Nothing makes me feel more alive than a few seconds of sheer agony.

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

None. We are planted in this house. They will have to carry us away.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? 

We went to the doctor and have learned that is likely Garry can get a cochlear implant. Maybe two. We aren’t there yet, however. There are more tests to run, insurance to be navigated. Schedules to meet.

If it’s a “go,” Garry should be able to hear. We aren’t there yet. I don’t want to get too excited about anything until we are sure it will happen, but it is looking good.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. I decided the passionate and alive question was also not for me, my memory failed me. Somewhere on the way I was infected with the Swiss complaint and clean an hour a day approximately, but because of that method it’s not such hard work

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    1. We clean, but we are in the maximum dust, dirt, and dog hair zone, so it often feels like we aren’t accomplishing very much. I clean probably a lot more than an hour a day, but you couldn’t prove it looking at this place, unless you got here right after I finished. Living in a woods with 3 dogs is not the way to a clean home, I think.

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      1. Living in suburbia with one dog is not the way to a dog hair free home either…I think they secretly plant at least one to remind you they ‘rule’. 😉


        1. Pets and kids. We live in the midst of hair and tree debris and massive dust, so our homes look like what they are: full of dust, debris, and dirt. We learn to live with it. I only get REALLY excited when I move a piece of furniture and discover a whole NEW filthy area!


  2. I clean because you can’t live without dust, but it certainly isn’t a job I aspire to do. It is just like the laundry or dirty dishes – it is never done. I love your tree – cute and twinkly. Good news for Garry and hope you survive maneuvering the insurance mine field without doing bodily harm to someone. My husband is hearing impaired so I appreciate the challenge. 🙂


  3. It’s a toss up for me between changing the sheets, washing dishes, or vacuuming. We rarely have visitors, and my husband doesnt care as long as something doesn’t leap out and throttle him, so it’s up to me. My grandmother used to literally strip her bed every morning and redo it. My mother did insist on at least changing the sheets once a week and using a bedspread. I just close the door if we have company.

    We burn wood, so there is always a trail, somewhere, of ashes or wood bits or something, and yes I could dust three times a day and never catch it all.

    How wonderful, if Gary can get his hearing back! And your tree is lovely. I feel almost inspired to dig ours out of the attic…


      1. I keep telling my Inner Nag that it isn’t that I don’t know HOW, it’s that there is so much more out there that matters beyond the dust on the mantle and smudgy bits on the fridge. For me, it’s what you do when you know company is coming. Unannounced, they get what they get.


  4. There are places that run out of wrapping paper before Christmas!?!? That’s a December 26th tradition at Mecca…. the door crashing by shoppers looking to get 50% off the oodles of wrapping paper we have left over. A truly frugal family would hold their holiday celebration sometime during that last week of December…


  5. You can clean my bathroom (my personal least favorite chore) and I’ll come dust. I don’t mind doing that part at all..Congratulations on the good news vis a vis the hearing front. That’s just wonderful! 🙂


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