Why is that “maid’s been here” look so perpetually elusive? I know firsthand what my home can look like, sparkly clean throughout. When the three girls were babies and toddlers, I insisted we pay a maid to clean the house a couple of times a month. This maid was not your ordinary maid. She came with outstanding references, and so devoted to her trade. Maria would arrive at 8am, and not call it a day until 5pm, all the while scouring, scrubbing polishing, and freshening our home. But now that all of the babies have evolved into teenagers, we take care of such business ourselves. Once a week, usually on Friday mornings, I delegate out the house and yard chores. We clean different areas of the house every week, except for the bathrooms that get scrubbed weekly, so it rather looks like the maid has visited only select rooms! Getting back to the question I posed earlier, our house doesn’t have that “maid’s been here” look, because our priorities dictate that we have other things to do besides cleaning, and also because we are not professional house cleaners like sweet Maria. And that’s okay.
Always looking to save a dime on our tight budget, we also let the gardener go over the summer. We are the house cleaners and the gardeners now. And now is time to start the yard makeover, replacing our water-thirsty lawn, that never really looked that great anyway, with California-friendly plants. We have 120 days to complete the project in order to receive the Department of Water and Power rebate. We have unfortunately procrastinated a bit and so that leaves only 90 days. Everyone is pitching in a little at a time, just about every day, pulling out the grass, removing rocks, and raking leaves in preparation of the new landscape. We just need to seriously pick up the pace. I am thrilled we are giving the yard a new look, as I didn’t really like the sickly, dying crab grass anyway! I hope we are not getting in over our heads. It’s one more thing added on to a very tight schedule, but getting the family involved, I am fairly confident it should be a success.
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?” and follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette