I got up a little earlier this morning. Maria cleans Steve’s place and then mine every other Tuesday. And I like to have things a certain way before she gets here.
I guess you could call it a sort of “pre-cleaning.” Ivy’s toys muar be picked up from her play during the night.
I want some of the surfaces cleared to make way for cleaning. Like the dining table, etc. I like to put things in order.
I never wanted to be dependent on someone else to clean my home. But I would hate to see what it would look like if it was left to me now.
It’s not the cleaning; I’ve always had a clean and organized home. I always liked to move things around a bit while I cleaned to break the monotony of seeing things in one place.
The problem is that cleaning this apartment is just not physically manageable for me. Not right now anyway.
Before Maria gets here, I like to have Ivy’s bowls washed and set on the counter until the floor is mopped. Today I put the bowls in the dishwasher for a deeper cleaning.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Pet Bowls:
FYI: Do you know how to tell whether it’s okay to put a pet’s stainless steel water and food bowls in the dishwasher?
If the bowl has a non-skid base, then don’t put it in your dishwasher. That’s easy enough.
Before Maria gets here, I like to have the sheets off the bed and in the washer. My washer is so small it will only accommodate one full size sheet, and it’s a tight fit.
I like to have my breakfast dishes put in the dishwasher. I only use my dishwasher the day Maria comes to clean. Otherwise I wash my dishes and set them in the dish drainer to dry.
Only after I’ve done all these things will I allow myself to sit down with my cup of decaf.
I’ve always had a routine I stuck to as best I could, especially with children. Because children need routine.
They may not realize it, but it is soothing to know what is coming next and what you’re expected to do next.
My Mother’s Day Combo Plant:
So here is the combo plant Kasi got for me setting close to the Boston fern.
I love the height of the elephant ears above the rest of the flowers. There are pink impatiens, salvia, green and also purple sweet potato vine.
It’s gotten rain in the past few days. The Boston fern laps up that rain, for they are from the rain forest.
In the warm and humid ecosystem of the world’s tropical rain forests, ferns thrive and are abundant.
Shetland’s Season Seven:
I am now, as of last night, watching the first episode of Shetland’s season seven. And I read it is the last season for Jimmy Perez/Douglas Henshall. He’s played this role for nine years.
I wonder how they’ll work that into the plot? Will he go off to another region to work? Maybe with a lady love?
Will Duncan get out of jail? What will Cassie do? And there’s Tosh’s pregnancy. I guess we viewers will find out in due time.
It’s funny how you get so attached to seeing a familiar character in a TV show. And then hate to see them taken out of a series.