Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Were You Born In A Barn?

I like a clean house. I really do. I clean mine on a regular basis. I’m talking scrubbed floors, sparkling toilets, polished furniture. I have candles in just about every room. The expensive, smell good, lovely to look at kind. It’s my one splurge that I hope to never give up. Who needs haircuts, facials or clothes newer than 1986? Not me! Send me candles! I love a clean house with smelly candles. Yep….






Of course, this lovely clean home fresh smelling burning candle thing usually lasts, oh, I’d say…..maybe five minutes after the grandkids arrive. Did I mention two of the grands and their parents are living with us while they build a new home? Yeah…
Did I mention two other grands come here after school every day until their parents get here after work? Yeah…
Clean house. Smelly candles. Grands. Five minutes. Tops.



Clean, clean, clean


So, right now my house is seriously resembling a barnyard. Um, do I sound like I’m kidding? Well, I am not. The doors are constantly being left open which means things come in uninvited …all …day … long. Things like dogs that make themselves at home on my bedroom sofa. You know, the one Bob and I purchased so we could sit in our boudoir in our underwear, sipping red wine, smelling our smelly candles … and stuff. Yeah, that one. Well, now it looks like this …all …day … long.



I sure hope Ruby and Gladys are comfortable on MY couch



And our beautiful acreage…the fifteen acres we purchased so we could take long, amorous walks together in the evenings. Maybe sit on the bench by the pond, feed the catfish, talk about growing old together, snuggle quietly in the fast approaching moonlight…and stuff. Well, five of the acres went to the oldest son and his lovely family where they are building the new house…while they live with us …all …day … long. The remaining ten acres of paradise now looks like this.



No seriously, this is close to reality some days


Okay, maybe not quite that bad but close. Due to all the outside debris, I find it safer to stay indoors where I only have to face heat stroke from having no AC. At my age, I cannot afford a broken hip from being run over by a grand on a horse or a motorcyle.



Even Jake has something to say about it



Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining. We are very happy to have all this life around us. We are especially thrilled that our kids are building right here on the property. This means we will not be put in a nursing home but can remain on our little pretend farm for the rest of our days. It also means that our oldest son…the one living with us…will have to take care of us when we have dementia, wear diapers and steal his car keys to go cruising at ninety-three years old.



The other siblings seem quite happy that
Matthew gets stuck with us someday
.....when we are old and incontinent



Anyway, enough chatting for today. I need to finish cleaning the kids bathroom. It’s such a great bathroom. We redid it a few years back. Made it all fancy with a double shower. Wanna see it?



Isn’t it lovely?



And here is our beautiful double shower. Isn't it....Wait…what in the world?






A barnyard, I tell ya!


Speaking of chickens....today is my sweet friend Jana's birthday. Now, I am not saying she is old but....



She's no spring chicken. That's all I'm saying.



Happy Birthday, Jana!! I love ya like fried......I mean.....
like baby chicks.  :-)


17 comments:

Glen said...

that is a really nice place you are living in, and I've never met a woman yet that doesn't own more candles than is healthy.

Blasé said...

I love my home to be clean, lit with candles, and my shower to be free of baby chickens.

Question: How many of those baby chics will end up being fried and accompanied with a side of mashed potatoes, butter-beans, yams, and cornbread?

Sarah said...

Nice use of the shower! The dogs look so cute on your sofa. I think it's very sweet that your son wants to live close to you. Speaks volume of what kind of parents you are.

Coby said...

I love my home to be clean too...but I have 3 kids, so I give up. I've found it rather easy to fool people into believing that my home is clean, however. I find that if I keep things generally picked up, throw the pile of clean laundry back into the dryer before company comes, and vacuum...they think I'm freakin' June Cleaver.

Maybe you could put your underwear on the dogs and give THEM the red wine. Hey, someone has to enjoy your boudoir couch!

Marla said...

Glen ~ True dat

Blase ~ Oh no you did not say that!

Sarah ~ I think you are very sweet. I really do.

Coby ~ I always look forward to your wisdom. It's a guaranteed snort each and every time.

Mommy Lisa said...

I know my mother feels your pain. She had to rip out carpet from a room after my brother, his wife and their two cats left her house. :P

Monkey Man said...

When it comes to cleaning, there is something to say for small houses and yards. Mrs. MM keeps saying she would love acreage, but I remind her we are slaves to our suburban postage stamp.

Parsley said...

I'm going to go light a candle in your honor! I lived with my husband's parents for 5-6 months as we sold our house and began building.

They were wonderful but let's just say....I was happy to move out and live in a metal shop building with no kitchen, no laundry facilities, etc.

Brian Miller said...

haha...what a beautiful mess...smiles. i cant stand cleaning but it must be done...i guess..

J.J. in L.A. said...

We had 9 people living in a 3300 sq. ft. house, when I was a kid, and mom was constantly cleaning. We now live in a 1550 sq. ft. house and have a cleaning lady come once a month. She's tired! ; )

2 brothers have lived here for several months each (not at the same time, thank goodness!). One bro was fine, the other was, well, mom said if you don't have anything nice to say...

Prudence said...

all I can say is ...bless you..

TechnoBabe said...

I hear ya about wanting the house clean. I gave up the really neat and clean place but it is worth it being with hubby more than having the place sparkling clean. That's all I'm saying about that. I stopped running around behind him wiping counters and sweeping floors. Oh yeah I wasn't going to say more about it. Ha. The family together at the table looks like a fun group. And like you say, now you have security for when you are older.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Isn't it amazing how fast a home can go from spotless to looking like a tornado hit it five minutes after kids arrive. BUt the happy sounds the kids make while they're messing it all up makes it all okay.
Cheers to a clean house and your beautiful family.
jj

Mama Zen said...

Why can't kids close doors? Why, why, why?

Two Shades of Pink said...

Um, do you have any spare acreage available?

Unknown Mami said...

Tell the dogs to scoot over, I'm coming over for a nap.

Kirby3131 said...

Raising my hand. I do not have 25 chickens in my shower. :) My cat would love the tasty snack though!

Kristin _ The Goat