Tuesday, February 05, 2013
This was on the refrigerator door at my Dad's house for many years. At the bottom were the birth and death details of my paternal grandfather's life...1886-1966. I thought he was the author of this poem..but in the last year or so, I discovered that he is NOT the author. If you search google for it...it comes up in many variations...but apparently the author is unknown. So, I am sharing the version my father liked.
My Father's Prayer...and mine.
Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older; and someday will be old.
Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking must say something on every subject on every occasion.
Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.
Make me thoughtful, but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all. But thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details...give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips to my many aches and pains....they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible for me to be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint...some of them are so hard to live with...but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.
Help me to extract all possible fun out of life. There are so many funny things around us, and I do not want to miss any of them.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Well, for such a dirty carpet, I should have known it wouldn't be THAT easy. Last night I noticed some large spots resurfacing. I pretreated two of them and went on to bed. This morning I was at it again...using a mostly hot water solution this time. It is astonishing how much dirt is coming up (embarrassing to see that much crud in my rug!) At the moment, the carpet is still pretty wet, but the machine won't pick up any more liquid..so I must wait for the dry environment and woodburning stove to dry things out. It looks better and better.
Lesson from all this...I need to DO this more often. I kept putting off professional cleaning for a variety of reasons..too hot (no ac in summer...and right in front of the stove in winter), too cold, too expensive, no time to be home.
I am SURE a professional cleaning SOON would be wise (can't afford it right now), but in the meantime, I will continue to spot clean...AND I think I will keep doing Carpet Dance cleaning more frequently.
DH says we will need to replace this rug when Miss Daisy leaves us..but that could still be some years. Till then, I have my dancing cut out for me!
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I have a very old wall-to-wall carpet in our main living space. When we put it down, I chose commercial carpeting, knowing it would be taking a beating...and it has. Through multiple pets, raising four children, constant traffic, renting our house out for 2.5 yrs, parties and oopsies...the carpet has held on.
Now I also have a very old dog. She is as sweet as she can be, but in her elder years, she is ...er...leaking a little bit. Vet put her on antibiotics..twice...but it didn't quite do the trick. I have found natural tablets for bladder control that have helped alot...but there are still occasional spills.
All these years, I have been an avid spot cleaner. I tackle EVERY spill promptly and thoroughly. After our rental period, I thought the carpet was done for, but I purchased a steam cleaner and went to work...and it came out wonderfully well.
The carpet cleaner works great..when it works. Now the repair place is gone..and I can't find a repair/parts service. Now it won't put DOWN the water/soap...but it will pick it up.
I had an idea. I bought two different kinds of pump sprayers with the idea of mixing the soap and hot water solution, spraying it on the carpet and then using the steam cleaner to pick it all up. Seemed logical.
Today I decided that since I am home alone, it is sunny (thus easy to see) I would try cleaning one section of the rug that really was catching dirt badly. Alas...my husband has "borrowed" both sprayers...one is full of something and the other is not to be found. OK. So..plan B. I filled a 1 gallon bottle with very hot water and the Oxyclean. I poured this on the carpet and then, using my bare feet, worked it in.
This has become my method of choice for spot cleaning...but this was a LOT more than just little spots. Think EXERCISE!!! The Carpet Dance got the soap solution worked in. Then I hauled out the steam cleaner and started 'vacuuming'. It worked very well. I went over the same areas over and over as long as it seemed to be picking up water...and then poured clear water over some of it and did some more pick up.
NOW I have a damp, but much cleaner looking area of rug. I have gotten up the old cleaners used to treat the spots..and the spots that were catching dirt. Is it perfect? Not hardly...but you would never guess how old my carpet is...especially today.
Now I am counting on the dry heat from the wood burning stove in that room to thoroughly dry things out. I am very pleased with my efforts...and sincerely hope I won't have sore shoulders from so much push/pull or sore legs from my prolonged carpet dance.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tree tops down on the tomato cages in the garden. ..first view. Pictures taken with my other camera are apparently too large a file each..so will retake once camera battery for little camera is recharged.
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