Saturday, November 11, 2017
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - Cleaning a little at a time
I'm a little late writing today. I have the sniffles. And a cough. Nothing serious but just enough that I'm going to grab my pillow and head for the sofa when I'm finished here.
I learned a lesson today on believing that God does answer our muttered prayers. I've been looking at the deck and actually "praying under my breath" to God that I have to get outside and finish clearing the deck. I must. I need help.
So today when a group of volunteers from a Christian group at the University came to our house to rake the gazillion leaves and take them to the forest for us... they asked if there was anything else they could do.
"Well, I have this deck and the stuff on it (except the tables) need to be taken out by the shed. I usually set everything there so when my husband winterizes the mower, he can then decide where everything can go in the shed."
I had to leave for a quick trip to the grocery store right then and when I arrived home, the college students had finished. Our yard looked amazing. Then when I went to my Family Room and looked out the window, the deck was CLEAR. I almost cried. What a burden was lifted.
God indeed answers prayers, even those that are half thrown up and barely heard as the pray-er is only muttering. I guess when one mutters with a kind of half faith, that is all He needs to answer. :)
Otherwise, I have begun my "getting ready for the Holidays" cleaning. Sometimes I clean just one room at a time but recently it was a combination of sweeping and dusting that was accomplished in a few rooms.
I had already broken down some other tasks over the past few weeks, including... polishing the silver service and using lemon furniture oil on the antiques. The kitchen windows have been washed and more windows will get a good washing when it warms up a bit.
Since having to deal with less energy, I've learned not to take even the smallest task for granted. For any task done early (even weeks ahead of time) is far better than the burden of having to do something when I'm tired but I had put it off thinking it wouldn't take much time. Sigh...
It reminds me that every Christmas, I think I should have started making Christmas cards in July. Just saying. ;)
I will see you tomorrow but right now I really need my pillow, a box of tissues, and a little pot of peppermint tea.