I don’t have the physical energy to do a whole house cleaning anymore, so instead, I clean limited areas. I go after a closet, or decide to move all the appliances and clean under and around them — or I spent hours cleaning the countertop oven. Some area grabs my eye and I take care of it. By the time I finish the house, it will be time to start over.
Today, I took on the bedroom. It’s all because of the DVD player which replaced a replacement of the previous DVD player. The original ran (most of the time), but it was ridiculously slow, You could eat dinner and wash up before it finally engaged with the DVD, Each time, I was sure it had died before suddenly, the movie popped up. Mostly, except when it didn’t. It was 20 years old, so it didn’t owe us anything.
New DVD players are expensive and like everything else, full of junk software and apps we will never use. I don’t need one more link to streaming services. We have a good (new) ROKU. It’s fine. We have another in the bedroom and Owen has one, too. How many identical devices does anyone need? All it does is confuse you and all your devices. My iPhone, Kindle, Alexas (we have four) — even the Roku — want to link to each other even though I tell them not to. They want to become one happy device. I would prefer they not do this. The phone rings and I don’t know how to answer it because the voice has shifted to the Mac or my Kindle or Alexa herself. Just what I need — another device that wants to join the party. AI is out of control.
The day before yesterday, the replacement DVD player refused to play a standard DVD we’d play many times before, I decided to do what I’d wanted to do in the first place which was move the DVD from the bedroom to the living room. We’d bought it new maybe 15 years ago, but never used it. I’ve turned it on a couple of times to make sure it was still working. It was. It has had zero hours of use. It’s simple. Put the DVD in the slot, turn it on, and it plays the movie. It doesn’t try to run your TV or link to Alexa or the Mac or anything. It just plays movies.
Having moved the DVD player, there was an empty area on top of the tall dresser. I could move the lamp from the back (where it was never used because no one could reach the switch) to the front. Having cleaned the top of the dresser and managed to move the lamp to a place where even I can turn it on, I realized the top of the long low dresser where Garry keeps all his hearing aid stuff and I have all the rest of my jewelry boxes, perfume, containers of doll miscellany, single earrings, bits of ribbon, one pair of fancy earrings that must be mine, but I don’t remember getting them and Garry doesn’t remember giving them. Body creams for perfumes long finished. Empty medication bottles and boxes. Earring backs. Tiny little toys including several in their original plastic wrap originating from the ubiquitous McDonald’s.
I unplugged a couple of excessively long extension cords. Cleaned dust off many small bottles and boxes. Found the mates to a few single earrings, but not enough.
It took about three hours. When I was done, I felt I’d accomplished something. These days feeling I accomplished something is a rare moment of triumph.
Now, it’s time to cook. I was going to try to set up the Mac today for photography, though I think it lacks the oomph to run Photoshop no matter what I do. I guess that will wait for tomorrow. Meanwhile, I’m about to get myself organized for cooking. It’s nearly 6 and I cleaned! I did something.
I wonder where those earrings came from?