LABEL US CLEANING – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Label

Label me too busy to write anything.

We’re having company. Most people have company, but we virtually never do. Why not? Because we live in an odd place. Even though we’ve just 70 miles out of Boston, many people — even people from other parts of Massachusetts — are convinced we live somewhere on the moon. I think they are surprised we have Wi-Fi and telephones and (sort of) paved roads.

We also have cars, cows, horses, a LOT of churches and a decent selection of grocery stores and hairdressers. I’m not sure why we have so many hairdressers, but we do. Barbers, too.

Today, though, we started cleaning. We hadn’t done any serious cleaning in a while. I washed the floor when we came back from the Curleys and we vacuumed — but that’s our “minimum” cleaning. We hadn’t done the stairs or downstairs in a while because we haven’t been using it.

Surprise! It came out looking amazingly nice. Needs painting and a new rug in the den — and new flooring in the bathroom as well as a new sink — but that’s doable. Eventually.

On a positive note, we got a lot done. I cleaned all the equipment (but NOT the inside of the fridge — I just couldn’t bring myself to haul everything out so it’s grubby in there). But I did the floors (bathroom and kitchen), the little oven, the big oven, the entire outside of everything including the corners and finally got the downstairs bathroom looking like a real bathroom.

In fact, other than needing a new sink (the old one is worn out), it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it was. The living room needs organization, but for now, it’s in waiting mode. If I could manage the stairs better, the underneath living room would make a fantastic office and den. That’s how we used it when we first moved here. Before the kids came and took over the lower level of the house. The fireplace in that room works too, though it makes the room awfully hot.

I haven’t gotten to this blog until now and it’s already dinner time. In fact, it’s past dinner because the dogs have already eaten. Speaking of labels, if your dog doesn’t eat, try Pedigree Choice Cuts In Gravy Steak & Vegetable Flavor Adult Canned Wet Dog Food. They like it better than OUR food and that’s something!

Label us finally getting the house clean. And this doesn’t include dusting, which is an entirely different subject. I don’t want to cook in the kitchen. It’s so … CLEAN.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

21 thoughts on “LABEL US CLEANING – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I have days like that every time the real estate agent calls to say he’s bringing someone over to view the next day. I try to do one or two of the bigger jobs on a regular basis to make it less tiring. This week I cleaned the oven again and some outside windows, I am so bad at cleaning windows. I always seem to leave streaks no matter how careful I am. It’s my least favourite job, I’d rather clean the toilet any day.


    1. You actually CAN’T clean our windows from the inside. You need to have a long ladder and do it from the outside and then again on the inside. Owen’s going to powerwash the house and hopefully that will clean the windows. It’s beginning to look like the house is wearing sunglasses.

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  2. No need to clean on my account. Here we rarely get a chance to clean for company because John tells me nothing in advance. “Remember my friend Jorge? He is coming to stay for the weekend.”
    “When is he arriving?”
    “In about an hour.”


      1. John is fanatical about a few things, like taking out the garbage and cleaning the toilet. We might do a few more things if we know someone is coming. I tend to the outside mostly.


        1. Mostly, we vacuum, keep the kitchen clean, and I take care of the kitchen floor. We both spray down the shower and we care for the toilets because they are … y’know … toilets. But we aren’t crazed cleaners most of the time. Before holidays or family occasions … and when the dirt is really bothering me 😀

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  3. Bravo! Our place is way overdue for a serious clean, but I’m going to wait until we have some friends coming over. Why waste all that effort? lol Have fun. 🙂


      1. -grin- absolutely. I love it when my house looks its best but…life is too short to spend it on ‘cosmetics’. I hope I’m still around when domestic robotics really take off, and we can hand housekeeping over to a robot. 🙂


  4. Our dog alternates between raw, frozen patties that is mostly protein that we get at the pet store and ground turkey with rice and veggies that my wife cooks up.


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