Good morning / good afternoon, everyone! Today is my first and only day this week with no work and no appointments, so I'm hoping to make the most of it. Yesterday was crazy, with work for me, vet appointments for both Lupin and Freddie, and a visit to another customer to pick up the keys (I regularly house sit for her every summer while they have an extended holiday). Freddie just had his monthly weight check - he has somehow gained 50 grams (sigh!), and Lupin had her six monthly check up. The combination of the "plaque off" and the dental diet seem to be helping her teeth, as they are improved from last time. I have tried to be more organized, and have booked Trifle's blood test and Freddie's next weight check for next month, so we're all good.
I think it was Harriet who was asking about vacuum cleaner recommendations? (I'm on my phone so it's difficult to scroll back). I'm definitely a Dyson girl - I have an upright for downstairs, as I have carpet in my sitting room, and a cylinder for upstairs (all hard floors) and a handheld cordless for cleaning the car. All are very easy to use and "pick up" well. Also it's easy to empty the dust cannister and to use the attachments, add the upright and cylinder vacuums both have a 5 year parts and labour guarantee. Replacing "consumable" parts like the beater bar brush is very straightforward too. Dyson are moving towards the cordless "stick" type vacuum, and I can definitely recommend the V10, having given it a thorough workout while the engineer was fixing my upright. (It's far superior to the earlier models- V8 etc, and has better performance and better battery power).
Blessed, could you just do a small area of your house that would give instant results? When my house is out of control, a few minutes spent straightening my tiny hall makes an instant improvement. It's also the first area any guests see, so saves embarrassment! If other people leave their stuff everywhere, could you try just boxing or bagging it up, leaving it in their room and then shutting the door, so you don't have to look at it?
Lady Maverick, I'm so impressed at your child management skills!
Twins Mom, I think the "end of an era" is always difficult, even if your head is saying it's for the best. The house I grew up in was sold a few months ago, after my mother passed away last December. Although I haven't lived there since I was eighteen, I still experienced a few difficult moments.
Today I'm planning a day at home. I've spent a couple of hours in my garden before it got too hot and humid, then I quickly vacuumed my house and tidied up. I've also rung my builder about coming to paint the outside of the house. Got the voicemail, but he did text back to say he would ring me this evening. As England are playing in the world cup semi finals this evening, I'm not holding my breath! Just stopped for lunch, a quick play with Freddie and Lupin, and a cuddle with Trifle. Now I'm planning to give my kitchen its weekly clean, and make lists of everything I need to do tomorrow and Friday.
Today I also need to:
Write all the cats' appointments on the kitchen calendar
Box up the flapjack I made for delivery to the YMCA tomorrow (every time a new resident moved in they are given a welcome pack including a home made cake, and I'm on the baking team)
Email H about advertising the forthcoming men's breakfast in the next news sheet.
Find my library books ready for return when I go into town next.