There are habits and characteristics we take on as adults that we probably don’t realize come from our parents. How many times have you said something to your child and had the immediate thought, “I just sounded like my mother?” My mother has always believed in a spotless house. She can find dust before the dust bunnies. I’m not sure her three daughters caught the “house-cleaning” gene. Don’t get me wrong, we all like a clean house, but we generally aren’t as obsessive about it unless visitors are coming. In addition to day to day straightening, once a month our home gets a good top to bottom vacuum, dust and bathroom clean-up. For me the big house-cleaning-white-tornado comes with visitors or our leaving town. It’s like wearing clean underwear. What if something happened while we were away and somebody had to go into the house?
There have been times that I have been known to literally vacuum our way out the door. In addition to all the preparations there are in leaving for a short weekend trip or a full vacation, I feel it necessary to clean the house. And even if we leave at five in the morning, the beds are made before our departure.
Of all the quirks I could have inherited, this is a productive one and my husband is wonderfully patient with me about it. As I see it there are two good outcomes from this habit.
First, like I said, should something happen and someone need to come into our home while we are away, they will find order and cleanliness. This can only help with the matter that has brought them there.
Secondly, when we come home, we come home to a clean house. We can ease back into reality of work or school without having to do anything around the house. It’s like extending vacation-mode a little longer.
Ok friends, I’ve been posting and you’ve been kind enough to read my writings for five years. As I read back through all the different posts some are more my favorites than others. Below is a list of some that stand out to me (in no particular order). Let me know what you think. Or go through the archives and pick your own favorite. I’d love to hear which one you liked.
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Anyone can do a top ten list, but a top 6 list, that’s original – and it’s not because I couldn’t come up with 10 things. For the next six days, there will be a post a day with something I’m grateful for. They are not in any priority; all are equal.
Today I am grateful for those days when I give it all and at the end of it I am completely spent. The activities for the day can be full of work, writing or volunteer projects. Those days have been plentiful recently and for that I’m grateful. There is something wonderfully fulfilling about working hard, giving my all with excellence. I can do a string of these days for a while, but when I start looking forward to time off that I know I’ve maxed out.
Since June I have been in a reading slump. My favorite authors haven’t published anything recently and the books I’ve started I can’t seem to get into. This feels something similar to worse case of writer’s block a person could have. I tried reading through first novels but got hung up on a really bad first novel from a Kentucky author. There is restlessness in my soul that is a longing to be taken away to another time and place by a novelist’s ability to make today disappear and paint pictures of places I’ve never been. I want to become friends with the hero and get frustrated with the villain. You know the feeling when you finish a good book and the next day you are wondering what the characters are up to only to realize they are gone.
I found this list that intrigued me. This is a list of books that are set in each state. Many of these books I have already read; others I think I may try just to scratch this itch. It’s important for writers to read. Really, it’s important for everyone to read.