I have only met the Countess twice, in Zürich, when she was working in the Russian investment bank with one of my friends. But really, she's just a (relatively) normal fun person -- perhaps I will have photos in 10 days or so, because it is not this weekend but next.
Well, over the next two days, I have to overhaul the kitchen and the bathroom for sure and do vacuuming and dusting in the other rooms (picking up papers and clothes lying around goes without saying). Then I have to remember all during the coming week that people are arriving Friday night. Are we having fun yet?
The job of a housewife is an endless round of repetive tasks, for sure. You cook a nice meal and it gets eaten, leaving a pile of dirty dishes and pans. You wash the dishes and before you know it, there's another sink full of em. You sweep or vaccuum and the dust and dirt comes right back. Toilets don't stay clean, nor do mirrors. And don't get me started on windows!
I was brought up in a flat (no fleet of stairs to deal with) kept really clean. not spotlessly clean, but really tidy, and used to keep my flat tidy - or as tidy as I could when I was living in Switzerland.
Then I moved to the UK, got shocked out of the habit of keeping the place tidy and now I thoroughly adhere to the saying " people with a spotlessly clean house are boring." . Still have pangs of cleaning angst from time to time, usually alleviated by meeting friends in real life or a time on here.
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.
My cat leaves a lot of dirt around the house. I don't mind though. I just clean it up. He jumps onto my bed most nights and if it's raining he leaves his footprints on my white covers, he also walks mud up the stairs and he's a messy eater. But all is forgiven, I love him so much.
My house is a never-ending source of angst with me never catching up with the cleaning. As I sit here and type I know my front steps need brushing and scrubbing, the brass 'furniture' on my front door needs to be polished, the windows need cleaning (£35 per time) and what about the vaccuuming and dusting...it's never ending. It's so boring.
One doesn't need a lot of cleaning products. I only use:
Ecover washing-up liquid Cif cleaning cream Viakel - a product for removing limscale BarKeepers Friend - powder for removing stubborn stains on worktops and sink Green Fairy soap for dealing with stains on carpets Persil tablets for the washing machine
Sponge mop-ups non-scratch pads for washing up wire scourer (good for burned food in casseroles) bleach spray wax for polishing/dusters/dishclothes/kitchen towels
Since my little surgery last week, I am not allowed to do any housework, for at least another week. Not that I am complaining, of course.
However the dust is a bit more visible than I care for at the moment and the kitchen floor is looking less sanitary than I would like.
College girl is coming home today for the weekend, which is nice because she will help take care of the basic cleaning of the stuff that's making me nuts. However her roommate is coming with her which is setting off the "house guest alarm" in my head. I'm trying to ignore it.
Fortunately, the floors in our house are all tiled, in a pattern that doesn't show dirt. The bathroom floor tiles, however, are a lighter color and a simpler pattern that needs more frequent attention. (I've been looking for a photo to illustrate, but so far haven't found one.)
EDIT: I found a picture of our tiled floor that doesn't show dirt!!!
But it does show bugs.
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2009 21:14:29 GMT by Don Cuevas