Cleaning, 4-22-24

I am so messy – I can no longer blame Rick! I always say a clean house is highly overrated but now I’m getting serious. Ha!

Reader photos:

And look at this guy roosting on the big adult roost!

Lookin good!

My original fiddle leaf fig – I cut off the top.

Here’s the top part I cut off the original – I sure wish I had not left it so long. It’s going to be hard to plant in a pot.

Maybe I should try to cut this long piece into quarters and see what happens. I think I will. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

32 thoughts on “Cleaning, 4-22-24

  1. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy in Central Ohio

    That is one heck of a Fig plant!! Whew! I have black thumbs so I say go for it, too😀. The Spring photos are lovely and the chickens are cute. It is going to be close to freezing tomorrow AM, but then in the 60’s in the PM. Ohio weather🙀. I am working on bindings to show items soon.

  2. Martha W in WY

    Wow! Susan’s yard are amazing but look like alot of work. That fiddle leaf fig does look long. The little chick must have taken a big leap to get up on the roost. You had better watch that one. She might be the escape artist.

  3. Marsha from Kansas

    Wow, Susan! You are doing great keeping up with yards in two different states! Been enjoying seeing everybody’s gardens. Cute little chick. He wanted the bird eye’s view. I’m getting started on my Lori Holt Mercantile as everybody else is ready to finish up. But that’s ok, I’ll go at my own pace. Jo Kramer is going to start a cross stitch sew along I’m really tempted to join in on, a stitcher’s alphabet. I haven’t cross stitched since the late 80s but did enjoy it each evening.

  4. Amy in NW Ohio

    Your fig tree is doing great! Mine has put out 3 new leaves so far since March. I can’t believe how big they are! I must be taking care of it right–this is my first one ever so I’m having to rely on advice from others.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Amy – do tell me where you keep your fig and how often you water it – how big is it? This is my first experience / I haven’t fertilized yet

      1. Amy in NW Ohio

        It sits in front of my southwest facing glass patio door soaking up as much light as it can. I feed it Osmocote pelleted fertilizer & water it when it starts to feel a bit dry. When I water I soak it good. I was told by the florist not to water it too often. So far, so good! It is about 4 feet tall after it grew those new leaves.

  5. patti

    susan k, that is some beautiful yard/property. i love the plant in texas with the red flowers – some kind of cactus, for sure. the chick is funny. probably the kid that always wanted to be with the big kids. my youngest sister always wanted to go with me everywhere. supposedly we have a cold front but i haven’t felt it yet. keep on quilting. i did turn on the machine today and actually pieced a 36 piece block (i have a set going – i get two out of a fat quarter of primary solids – i’m on the last four solids). been working on it off and on for a while. patti in florida

  6. Kim from Wi

    Susan, thanks for sharing both of your yards with us and I loved seeing your red cactus plant, how lovely. Our landlord takes care of our yard and I plant only in large pots these days. Today we are taking a 3 hour drive to meet some good friends for lunch and then on our way home we will stop and have dinner with my brother at his home on the yellow river in Wisconsin. I will clean my oven while we are gone, its in desperate need of it and it smells so bad when I run the self cleaning cycle.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – nice day for a drive – still too windy and chilly here to be outside much. Good thinking about turning on your oven while you’re gone!

  7. Donna Jo

    Susan K’s yards are gorgeous; so green. Love the cactus too! I absolutely hate cleaning but love a clean house so I just do it. My husband helps now that he’s retired. He needed some training at first. He was using one rag to clean all three bathrooms! ☺️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – my new cleaning lady is coming later this week but I’ve hired her for all the bathrooms, sinks and appliances. My biggest problem is that I lay stuff down all over.

  8. Fran

    I hate housecleaning! But I keep it presentable and call a cleaning lady to do the hard parts. It’s just me too now and I admit I am messy too. I live in my house and it is not a tribute to show anyone else. They don’t live here and they can spend their time cleaning if they want to but I prefer sewing!

    Love the chickens on a roost.

    Flowers in pots are on my agenda! (besides sewing).

  9. Ginger S

    I chuckled when I read your comment about blaming Rick. I am in the same boat and I can’t blame my husband either. I just have too many projets and when things get put away I forget about them. To make matters worse, I hate house work. I’d rather be sewing! That little yellow rooster ooked so cute on the roost. The chicks are growing fast.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ginger – my sewing room rarely gets cleaned – out of sight, out of mind – and I have too many burners going all at once.

  10. Sue in PA

    Kim, I would be afraid to put my oven on the self-cleaning mode while I was not at home. What if it malfunctions? I also never leave my washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher on when I leave the house. Maybe I am just over cautious, but it would make me a nervous wreck. I would be interested to know what others do.

    1. Vicki Ibarra

      I frequently turn on the washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher before I go out to work in the yard for hours. Now, that isn’t the same as being truly away from the house, but I am certainly not aware of what is going on with those appliances when I am outside. And I often turn one of them on when I go to bed at night. I am sleeping and wouldn’t know if there were a problem. I have too much to do to have to tie myself to being indoors while the appliances are on. Even if I were sewing, that is on another floor and I really focus on sewing when I am doing that pleasure.

  11. Susan K in Texas

    Thanks for the yard comments. My husband loves to work in our Texas yard. We’ve just started in the Iowa yard but the couple who owned the house previously must have enjoyed planting too.
    The red flowering cactus is called a peanut cactus. My sister and her husband are traveling the country right now in a travel trailer. She gave me her cactus to babysit while they’re gone. It loves living in the greenhouse and has been blooming for weeks now.
    As for house cleaning, I’ve had a cleaning lady for years now. I first hired her when my back was at its worst. We do have to straighten the house so she can just clean. She doesn’t touch my sewing room as I hide in it while she cleans. It’s so nice to have the bathrooms and floors and dusting all cleaned at the same time.

  12. Connie in NV

    Seems to be a running theme , none of us like house cleaning. I think it is because someone messes it up as soon as we clean it. When you clean the yard it stays clean much longer. I would like a cleaning person but my husband balks at the cost. It would be nice if he helped but that doesn’t happen. It is spring cleaning time but the time goes so fast because I’m slower than I was 20 years ago! I have a hard time throwing things away and I really need to pare down my possessions.
    I almost always run my dishwasher when I go to bed but anything else is while I’m awake.
    Your baby chicks are getting big so fast!
    Have a nice day everyone and sew today!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Connie in NV – oh, you and I think alike! I know I have too much stuff but I’ve made sure my family doesn’t have to deal with it all so I can continue to enjoy it as long as I like. There’s nothing I really want to shop for – except a cleaning lady – HA!

  13. Kathy in western NY

    As always lovely pictures to bring a smile to our faces and imagine the serenity of being in someone’s back yard with an ice tea walking around.
    Have my laundry out on clothesline drying before a cold front comes in tomorrow. Then warmer over weekend.
    Our son is a fireman and past fire chief so he’s seen enough house fires from faulty appliances namely dryers that I don’t do what I use to cause I don’t clean as good as I use to either under my appliances. Dog hair and dust build up way too fast if I let it go. Now I just plan accordingly and if I don’t start the dishwasher till a peak morning time when I am puttering in the kitchen , then so be it.

  14. Cindy Sabinske

    I used to clean for other people, I cleaned surfaces and they took care of their stuff which I call ‘the undercurrent’! Now I am retired and I don’t mind cleaning, biput my stuff, the undercurrent is always needing to get put away! The last time I did a major clean it up, I thought, if I did not live here, this place would be clean, but it would be the same no matter where I lived, books, sewing stuff always stacking up.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – I agree – if everything is picked up, it doesn’t look bad but I have too many things I’m doing.

  15. Pat in AZ

    We’re pretty good about picking up and putting away in the house but the floors, dusting etc are a hot mess. Our shops are a different story. I keep mine just straightened enough to still find (most) things and that’s good enough for me. I would love to have a cleaning person but so far have not found one.
    Kathy, your yards are awesome. They will be so serene. I have a peanut cactus too but it sure doesn’t look as beautiful as yours. So far I’ve only had 2 blooms this year.
    Love the spunky little chick. He/she wants to rule the roost. Lol

  16. Polly Perkins

    I agree that cleaning is over rated. I t just gets messy and dirty as soon as you are done. I do try to keep things somewhat presentable but….. there are too many other things that I would rather do. I figure my quilts will live on in someone’s life. The time cleaning will only be of value when my kids sell my house.

  17. Jiy in NW Iowa

    Mary we assay that every time the cleaning lady is coming! We get the stuff picked up….😂. Oh but th vacuum needs to be pushed and the mop and the ceiling fans need to be cleaned! Ugh! I love my cleaning young girl! She has lots of energy!
    Is farmer Tim’s corn up?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – corn is not up – too much rain and then freezing temps for several days. Our peas and radishes aren’t up either. Oh, those dang ceiling fans – and they weren’t even my idea to install!!!

  18. Linda in northern CA

    Interesting exchange re: cleaning and cleaning ladies. It’s good to get others’ perspectives. I would so love to get a little bit of help. Hub is not keen on having someone else in to help. In the meantime, I’m learning to lower my standards a bit. Keeping things picked up helps me to feel more at ease. But the guilt is still there. However, the reality is that I can either lower my standards a bit and/or get some help, or I can hurt all the time and still have a marginally clean house, but not have the stamina left to do any quilting. Hmm, since I only have a few more years left, maybe it’s ok to choose a more unclean house and spend more of my time and energy in the quilt room? Sounds good to me.

    Y’all, your yards are looking so good. Thanks for passing on all the beautiful photos, Mary. Always love your pretty pictures.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – and maybe on the other hand since we’re looking at the end of our lives, you could feel relaxed and happy for the remainder of it with adding in a cleaning lady. Too bad about all these husbands who selfishly don’t want a cleaning lady in their house yet they aren’t doing the cleaning. This becomes a social issue – why are women tied to keeping a clean house. Some husbands, including mine, simply don’t see the mess, don’t care and don’t want to help. My inner anxiety is also an issue because of the pets – people think I live in a mess because I have cats and dogs in the house. I remember a family reunion many years ago when someone commented that the house was so clean and Becky answered them that I cleaned it. Duh.

  19. Sherry Whalen

    I’m pretty lucky – Al does a good job of cleaning – I don’t think I have vacuumed (actually run the vacuum myself) for a long time. We usually team clean – I move things (it is usually my crap sitting around lol) around a bit while he runs the machine. He doesn’t dust…or clean bathrooms, but he wipes the shower after every shower, so it almost never needs to be scrubbed. He washes windows, we almost always team cook meals and I haven’t emptied the dishwasher for years – though I have to organize the loading. What I can’t figure out though – where in the wedding vows did it say that from that day forward – I would be saddled with deciding every single day what we would be having for meals????

  20. Judi Ver Hey

    found a fun coaster – I’m going to add a magnet and put on my refrigerator
    “My housekeeping style is best described as…
    There appears to have been a struggle!”
    a little dust didn’t hurt anybody, I’d rather sew

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