Spring Cleaning in Winter

The love of Spring cleaning

Does anyone else love Spring cleaning?  My husband and I have started our Spring cleaning a bit early this year.  By the time Spring comes it’s too hot here to do it.  Hence doing it in Winter.

I was out of action for the better part of a year so a lot of our housework became very neglected.  I’ve been looking at my windows for months and itching to clean them as they were filthy.  We’re working our way around the house cleaning windows, blinds and curtains, ceiling fans, skirting boards, fly-screens, furniture and floors.  It’s a huge job but oh, so satisfying.

I’m a Domestic Goddess!

I’m a bit of a control freak with cleaning.  I have never paid anyone to do it, even though at times my health has meant that I can’t do it myself.  No-one else could do it to my satisfaction!  I enjoy really getting in there and scrubbing thoroughly.  My husband doesn’t quite do it the way I like, but I bite my tongue most of the time because I need his help with the heavier work.

Girl with a silly grin cartoon.  Caption:  When Your man helps clean but your idea of clean and his idea of clean are totally different and you're trying not to be an ungrateful b***h
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He’s a perfectionist in the garden though.  At times I’ve suggested we pay for someone to do our lawns or do some of the other outside chores.  He would rather do it himself though, for the same reason I like to do my own cleaning.  We’re our own worst enemies!  I guess we like the satisfaction that comes from doing a job properly, and seeing the results of our hard work.

The Love of a Clean House

Spring cleaning will take us the good part of a month to six weeks to do this year.  Phil works very long hours and I’m back doing shift work, so we only get one day a week to do it.  We’re about half way through.  It’s so nice to see the sun streaming through sparkling clean windows!  It’s a constant battle to keep on top of it because we have three cats and a dog which means lots of fur and dirty paw prints.

Women’s Work / Men’s Work

My family growing up was very traditional,  with a tradesman dad and stay at home mum.  There were jobs for the girls and jobs for the boys.  I didn’t mind helping mum out with the housework because I learned a lot of useful skills from her.

My first marriage was quite traditional too.  The difference was that I worked and also had to do the majority of the housework.  My ex-husband  did a minimum of housework.  He did look after the swimming pool and yard though, so when we separated I had to figure out how to do those chores.  

I remember being overwhelmed by having to look after the pool and yard.  I eventually became proficient with those tasks and learned how to do many tasks that were traditionally men’s work.  I bought a tool kit and tackled many jobs around the house.  I didn’t want my sons to lack basic skills so I taught them how to sew, cook, clean, do laundry, iron and many other skills.

Man Tip #42 meme:  A man cleaning the exhaust fan in the kitchen.  Caption:  No woman has started an argument with a man while he was dusting, vacuuming or washing the dishes
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Second Time’s a Charm

When I met my second husband we realised pretty quickly that we enjoyed doing tasks together.  We renovated my house and landscaped the yard together.   Being with someone who you can rely on to be supportive like that is such a good foundation for marriage. 

I’m curious to know how many of my readers love Spring cleaning, or whether you would rather outsource it?  What jobs around the house do you pay someone to do?

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What I Really Want For Christmas in 2020

What I Really Want For Christmas in 2020

Family Unity is More Important Than Gifts

My Christmas wish list is a little different this year. What I really want for Christmas can’t be wrapped and placed under the tree. Christmas is a time for families to gather, often over a celebratory meal and the traditions like gift giving.  In Australia it is one of the main celebrations of the year.  Even if you don’t identify as Christian, most families gather together.

Most mothers take on the role of organising many of the Christmas traditions such as buying the gifts and preparing the food.  It can be a busy time leading up to the day as mothers tend to take on the extra tasks so that Christmas can be a happy time for their family.

Christmas Traditions

Every family has its own traditions for this time, whether it is watching the Carols by Candlelight, eating roast turkey, or going to Midnight Mass.  There is often food that she traditionally cooks every year because it is someone’s favourite.  

Every year there are a few things that I always cook.  My son loves turkey, but it has to be one specific turkey that I cook.  I was a single mother during their teens, and my budget didn’t stretch to buying a whole turkey.  I cooked a rolled turkey thigh that was frozen – it was pretty grim.  Even though I could now cook a whole turkey, my son insists on that awful rolled turkey thigh!  Every year we laugh about it, but that is what I still cook for him!

My Christmas Wish List

As another Christmas looms, I have put some thought into the gifts on my wishlist.  This year’s Christmas is sure to be extra special as most of us will be pleased to see the end of this very trying year.  These are the gifts I would love:

  • My family to be united to celebrate Christmas
  • Security and safety for my family
  • Good health – everyone remains Covid free, with the prospect of a vaccine soon
  • My sons are happy with life and both stay employed in jobs that they enjoy
  • Our country remains free of natural disasters
  • Our leaders keep our country safe and our economy strong
  • We are free to travel and enjoy our freedom again
  • Peace and serenity, gratitude for all that we are blessed with

I am optimistic that I will receive all the gifts on my wishlist this Christmas.  Wouldn’t it be a lovely celebration if we could all receive them?  It wasn’t that long ago that we took most of this for granted, but after this year I don’t take anything for granted anymore.

The Gift I Most Desire

Time with my family is even more precious now, as both sons moved out leaving us empty nesters.  The border was closed for most of the year meaning that I couldn’t see my family in New South Wales.  Our family has had many health issues, not from Covid, but from cancer and other issues.

This year the emphasis won’t be on material gifts, it will be on celebrating together as a family.  One of my brothers will be here, which will be lovely.  

My other brother has sadly distanced himself from the rest of the family after our father passed away.  It’s such a shame as dad’s dying wish was for all of us to be united as a family.  The situation seems insurmountable as he refuses all attempts of reconciliation. 

It may be the last year we spend with my mother-in-law too, as she has reached the palliative stage of lung cancer.  We will treasure every moment we have with her.  

This Christmas Will Be Different

This Christmas has taken on a different meaning for all of us.  We now don’t take for granted that we can cross the state border, or gather together as a family group.  Our health has been our focus and we no longer take that for granted either.  It will be a relief that we made it through one of the most challenging years any of us has ever seen.

I am so grateful for a Christmas celebration with the most precious thing, my family.

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