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bleach, elbow grease and nature's breath!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Our carpet smells so nice now, looks so fresh and clean. I use bleach and the official jug-o-cleaner for the steamer. The bleach smell is not too strong, but it sure does get the spots out of the fibers that are too tough for regular solution. It took me 2 1/2 hours to do just the living room and hall. Moving furniture takes time too. I even tried the steamer on my kitchen floor. IT really works great, but leaves the floor wet, so since we store the appliance in the basement, I will not be hauling it upstairs every time I wish to clean the kitchen floor.
Today's project is moving our BBQ grill off the deck, all the way around our yard, through the drive-through gate, into the garage for the winter. We also will be covering our picnic table with our old pool cover.

I also laundered our bedsheets last evening and put them out to dry on the line this morning; it was 52 degrees and a breeze, so nature's breath dried my sheets while I cleaned carpets!

Yesterday morning the U.S. Postal Service kindly moved my mailbox to a new post next to the neighbor's post. They did, however, leave the post I had , STILL STICKING IN THE GROUND!! When I put it in a few years ago, I did sink a new hole, poured a foot of concrete in, so they would have needed a backhoe, or some hydraulics to get it out of the ground.
I guess you could call the new setting "Sparkish" since I now have to walk further and out into the street to get to my mailbox, instead of in my yard. Hopefully, I will not lose any more slippers frozen in THEIR driveway this winter!! We will see....

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/5/2011 5:12PM

    I'm guessing that your new mailbox that is in front of your neighbors home has a box with a Key? It's more for US Postal Services benerfit rather than the customer.
Get yourself some wading boots for the snowy weather to get the mail. that'll do it. nice to ahve a clean floor isn't it?
Hopefully you will ahve a relaxing Sunday.

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KILLERANGEL47 11/5/2011 4:35PM

    Awesome! How are you supposed to get the post out of the ground now, though? emoticon

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NORASPAT 11/5/2011 9:28AM

    LINDA.Good for you. The rugs in here are about to be tackled i have to wait till all the yard work is done. DH has problems with fallen arches and HAS to wear orthotics. At $350.00 a pair they have to get moved around and with carpal tunnel and a replacement finger joint i told him to wipe his feet and keep his shoes on. He does do that but we all know changing shoes would be better. Janet is right though, you should change in to boots, I have zip ups by the back door and leave my cleats on all winetr long.
I wear them in Wallmart and go Click, click. click. it does not bother me i just keep going. HUGS Pat in Maine. I was happy to read your blog today. It sounded like perfect satisfaction at a job done well! Pat emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I think we are supposed to use outdoor shoes when retrieving the mail! My slip-ons got left behind on the sidewalk when I walked Oscar on winter days. I guess just because they have hard bottoms doesn't mean they have outdoor uses.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

Lots more cleaning today, bedsheets on the clothesline,,, winter approacheth!!!

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SHARON10002 11/5/2011 12:15AM

    Rather do almost anything else than clean! It's so boring. . . and tedious.

Soon you'll be able to kick back a little bit and ENJOY!

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NORASPAT 11/4/2011 6:23PM

    Nothing wrong with cleaning, if you keep on top of it, it gets easier and I feel very satisfied after it is done and looks nice.
Bed sheets out on the line, that is one thing I do miss. i love the smell of fresh sheets, I never use fabric softener and we have to use perfume free products but there is always a fresh scent to clothes from the line. Way to go LINDA. Doing it now makes it easier for the holidays. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KESHIAG 11/4/2011 8:26AM

    ugh :( cleaning

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a nice cabernet

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Pickie decided to have a glass of a nice Cabernet Sauvignon` last night., I rarely drink spirits, but red wine is good for the heart, stimulates the RBC's, so I settled down in my chair and sipped. It has a nice, smoky, deep woody flavor, with tones of blackberry. I always drink Redwood Creek wine.(California domestic)
I was celebrating getting the windows cleaned. The actual cleaning of the windows is very easy; it is the wrestling of furniture and hopping on the beds and bouncing around on them while cleaning, that is the big challenge! In my Lodge room I have an antique commode in front of the window, that I refinished , that has my printer, office supplies, phone,router on. There are about a hundred cords and such next to an end table next to it with my tower and speaker with added tweeters/woofers. You can only pull this commode away from the wall a certain way, and only so far away from the wall, without dropping everything(I DID drop the phone and base) and/or yanking all wires and cords from their appliances or the wall.

It was 65 degrees here yesterday, a heat wave, and I was perspiring within five minutes!! I also had to move huge planter and my chair, a couple boxes of DVD's to get TO the commode.

Two of the windows are behind the beds, so up I go, bouncing around, removing valances, cafe curtains from DD's windows just to get to the glass,, my windows have wood blinds AND valances(I did not bother to remove MY valances), .. This sounds kind of whiny, BUT besides being on the mattress close to the ceiling, I also had to work in-between our ceiling fans! Don't smack my head or pull window out and snap a fan paddle off!!
Linda's Law # 612: When cleaning ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, you will always run out of cleaning solution on the very last thing you are cleaning.

Yes, I ran out of my special glass cleaner while trying to spray the top outside of DD's window while wrestling both windows on my knee, hunched over beneath the ceiling fan, on the mattress, near the ceiling! Off I go after carefully setting both windows, cleaning cloths down, kneeling down on mattress without putting any weight on surgical hand, off to get crappy old leftover windex somebody gave me, tossing my old can of cleaner away and then climbing back up and dodging all, to get that last window clean, .

I cleaned 22 windows inside and out and my hand hurt so badly that I could only sit and do some repair work to my steam cleaner, instead of actually cleaning the carpets. It has already started raining throughout the night, so we will have to let it dry for much longer when we get the floor cleaned.. humidity is 90% now.

Fortunately, DD got the lawn mowed and leaves mulched..it may be the last mowing/mulching this year for OUR house,, moms is a different story,, we will see..
I think I have underestimated how much I can do with one bum hand,, I need to work on that,,, I am not used to sitting and watching things NOT get done..

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SHARON10002 11/5/2011 12:12AM

    You deserve more than a glass of wine!
You should drink the whole bottle! emoticon

I can recommend Gnarly Head Zinfandel and Cabernet. Two favorites and affordable!
emoticon If you can find them, the Black Box wines are very good for the price.

When we clean our carpets we set our dehumidifier in the room for a few hours. Works wonders!

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KILLERANGEL47 11/3/2011 11:57PM

    OMG!! You are one very busy and productive woman! You always seem to be cleaning and organising stuff! emoticon

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NORASPAT 11/3/2011 4:08PM

    Lots of work with a bum hand. You deserve your glass of Wine LINDA
I think you are almost ready for winter and the holidays. Fall cleaning always seems to go faster than Spring. I think we must work faster in the cooler maybe it is because we are not wanting to get outside in the sun. I never want to be outside in the cold. HUGS LINDA Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 11/3/2011 2:21PM

    I am used to getting things completed, too but sometimes, in our efforts to be normal, we do a little more damage than we anticipate. Be gentle with yourself!

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Lots of treats, three trickers!!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Pretty slow trick or treat night for Halloween, we got three kids at 6:45, then nothing! Last year we had twelve kids...

People have been inquiring about my tart cherry capsules. I order my glucosamine, tart cherry caps and CoQ10 all from Puritans pride ONLINE. I got some in September and they had 25 cent shipping! I always wait until they have free shipping, but this was the first time they offered it for a quarter! Their standard shipping if I cannot wait for free, is $4.95, regardless of order size.
It is a safe site, I have been using my credit card for years and never had a problem. The order always arrives in a week. Once in awhile they send me a freebie, like a plastic medicine holder (I use it for jewelry when I travel!) , I have two of them...
You can buy one bottle of their products, BUT I have never done that. their sales are as follows:
I get paper catalogs and use them to see new products, but I usually go online to puritanspride.com. There is never any junk mail sent ,, just an occasional catalog,, usually seasonal..
I was ordering my cherry caps from Traverse City, the cherry capitol, but they were about $12 for 30 ct. They are pure liquid concentrate,,, the Puritan Pride caps are same concentration, but capsules with powdered concentrate. 1000mg in each..
I even have my pharmacist buying them!! He told me about the Traverse City caps, but I could not afford them after one order, so researched PP caps.. He has his sister with rheumatoid arthritis using them!!

So, this is not an ad. I am just answering questions for about nine or ten Sparkers who have asked for a while..
I was surprised how much of a discount there is buying them online as opposed to the markup in stores!! Overhead is expensive I guess.

Today I am getting my pneumonia shot,it has been five years, the maximum time to get another.. sure wish I did not have to keep getting them:$70 this year,, five years ago, it was $40!! out of pocket too..
SInce I did not get all of the windows cleaned yesterday(I cleaned my wood blinds, all the ceiling fans, tv, pc, windowsills, cobwebs, dusted furniture, mantel, hearth, lamps,etc, some of the interior windows. today is all the rest of the windows and steam clean the carpet after r I repair the steamer.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hoping to feel better today,, I need to get up and motivated before I return to work in a couple weeks.. I did not steam clean carpets, but I did clean one of he bathrooms, some of he windows, washed some dishes and ran dishwasher, but it was a painful day.. I discovered last night that I had forgotten to put tart cherry capsules in my daily med pac! Those are for arthritis and fibromyalgia,, natural treatment.. I had been taking one twice a day, but forgot to add them to my daily regimen..

Today is the day,, and I am going to make another appointment for a hot stone massage ..

Still need to get pneumonia shot when they have them at my pharmacy.. still on order..

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NORASPAT 11/2/2011 2:12PM

    Thanks a lot for the information LINDA I am going to PURITANS Pride and check it out. We use CoQ10, for years and that will help if it is less expensive. Will price check. I wonder if these supplements are made abroad nowadays CHINA !!!!, that has become a worry since US is importing from there so I will need to check that too. Thanks Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/2/2011 12:00AM

    Before I ahd my cochlear implant surgery i ahd to ahve the pneumonia shot and did get it in my dr.'s office. It's a once in a lifetime vaccine. I am never sick.

That hot stone massage sounds so good.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/1/2011 11:51AM

    Maybe the weather will level out and we'll all feel less pain! Try not to loverdo the chores but keep moving and stretching. Feel better, sugar. I understand - I actually feel your pain! emoticon...gentle ones!

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NORASPAT 11/1/2011 8:26AM

    DH has arthritic hands hence the many surgeries. I have been buying cherries but we decided they are too expensive for us, $8.00 a pound so i am interested in the tart cherry capsules. Please tell me the name , brand and strength so we can purchase them. We already buy many natural supplements, often wonder if any are working but so long as we do not get any worse we keep doing it. I am so happy to see you are getting to have your outings. I do not remember them in the earlier blogs these are so nice to read, HUGS Linda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KILLERANGEL47 11/1/2011 4:29AM

    I hope you are feeling better again soon! emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 11/1/2011 4:22AM

    An SP friend told me she takes these capsules and they really work.

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