Saturday through Monday, the girls and I were gone. We went to a wedding. :) In Wisconsin. I had never been to Wisconsin before, and I think I like it up there alright. It's pretty. :) (And people drive really fast on the interstate there and around Chicago).
It was a simple, short service, but it was very nice too.
On the way home, we met up with one of our adopted brothers--unfortunately, the other two were unable to make it. :( However, we had a great time taking up seating at a Panera's Bread and drinking coffee (or in Andy's case, lemonade). Can you tell we had just spent several hours enjoyably jawing?
Wednesday (which was yesterday), I decided that after waking up sneezing for the second day in a row that my room really did need a deep cleaning. It's been a while since I moved furniture and actually dusted. I think two things really spurred me onto it; first was the fact that I had just gotten back from staying at a quite clean, uncluttered home (Uncle Al has a beautiful place!) and secondly, the photos of someone else's room on their blog were so bright and cheerful that it made me really feel the dinginess of the dirt. Besides, there were those sneezes....and this ever growing consciousness that dust breeds mold.
I want to take the carpets out of my room (they are antique--believe me). They are worn out and are simply dust and dandruff traps...but since we would like to paint the floor when they come out, I think we'll wait until it warms up some. (Besides another something...but that'll come out in the wash after a while.)
Anyway, after wandering aimlessly for a few moments, wondering where on earth to start in my room (other than stripping the sheets), I began with the treadle machine (on the west wall) and then proceeded to systematically work my way all around the room. I waxed all the wood furniture (except for the bookshelf--which I dusted without removing the books. I'll take care of that when I take the carpets up). I guess I didn't really get rid of much, but I did manage to organize things somewhat better in a few "problem" spots. For instance, I had this very large Hobby Lobby bag filled with my wool yarn that would not fit in the drawer I keep it in...I rounded up a box and basically organized the extra and the stuff in the drawer better. The box is now still sitting on top of the dresser, but somehow it looks so much better than the bag sprawled up there.
All in all, it's much neater looking now. It feels cleaner and with the change out of the towels that I cover the furniture with, it's brighter. I may have gotten my hats organized better too. I guess I will find out when I go through them in a hurry next time I need one. :D (I actually need to freshen a couple of them up--the flat crowned straw one needs the brim flattened. I think I know how to go about it, but I probably should do a wee bit of research before I do.)
Over the weekend, Mama had left a note on my computer requesting that I clean up my "area(s)" and vacuum out my baskets. I have a couple of those for various projects--knitting/handwork and writing/books.
Therefore, knowing as much as she did that it really did need doing, I set-to. I pulled all the drawers out of my desk and emptied them and vacuumed them out. I tell you, I had stacks of books and papers and film stuff and odds and ends (including my pinned up queen bee) all over the dining room floor and table. Once the desk was empty, I slid it out from the wall and cleaned behind it. I think that is the first time since it got placed here.......
Then, I re-organized everything--more or less. The film stuff all went back into the same drawer it came out of, but I ended up switching some other stuff around. I actually think it will be more usable this way. I still have books lined and stacked up on my editing computer's "brain" as well as along the right hand side of my desk, but as it is cleaner and neater, it feels fine. :D
I cleaned out my knitting basket which I keep under my desk (I actually have two work-baskets...that just kind of "happened" in the last few months). I think, when I'm done with this latest pair of socks, that I will go ahead and finish up that acrylic sweater that I started...six(?) years ago. I'm a quarter of a sleeve and a neck binding, plus stitching it all together, away from being done with it. (I dropped it while in Florida. Acrylic is not something one wants to work with when they are hot.)
I still need to vacuum out my writing/book basket...I'd better go do that. And then I think I'll go wash my hair. I'm sure I've collected some extra dust in it today. :D