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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A day off

I don’t have any finishes for today. I actually took a day off, can you believe it? I know, I know, I normally take Sunday for shopping and visiting but this was a Monday I took off.

I looked at my work schedule then looked at my kitchen; the kitchen won. Even though I had just gone to the grocery, I still had groceries in the bags from three weeks ago. The quilt work could wait one extra day while I cleaned out cabinets and put away food. I worked in the kitchen because that is where I left off back in January when I was last working on my house.

I always check the “use by date” on a can or box before using foods. Also; I date food with a permanent marker when I purchase it. I rotate by putting the newest in back. Or….at least I thought I did! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found unopened spices with a written date of 2004 on them. Obviously I don’t use those spices so I won’t buy them anymore.

I took out my appliances and cleaned the dust off every one of them. I have a small fortune tied up in appliances that make cooking a breeze if I only take the time to use them. You see this…

I found it on a top shelf of a cabinet, way in the back. I haven’t used it since 2000 when my daughter graduated high school. Instead of putting leftovers from supper into containers in the fridge, I made the little sandwiches to be used for school lunch the next day. Yup, gonna use it again….for me. It makes no sense to keep it if I’m not going to put it to use.

While I was cleaning I kept asking myself “Why is it I could do so much with so little before my last child left home? Yet, now I don’t seem to manage very well.” Simple really, I got so busy working I forgot to be frugal. I paid for convenience in order to finish just one more quilt. So I’ve decided to go back to the old ways I used when I had very little income. I survived then, I can survive again.

The kitchen is not completely finished. I’ll get back to it again in a few days, I hope. By the end of the day I was exhausted and felt really, really good! Nothing makes me feel better than a really clean and organized house, even if it is only one room.

Ok, I’m off the computer now and headed for work. The studio gets my attention today. I have a fair entry quilt to finish.

1 comment:

EileenKNY said...

Hi Anita,
Good idea-one room at a time. How many rooms are you dealing with? By the way, did you get the resend on my email?