Before you watch TV

    And then this happens. I took the picture after they put the bookshelf back against the wall. 

I think I’ve been using the television as some sort of stress preventer. I easily get stressed after stuff like the above picture happens… Which is basically everyday. I have trouble getting the kids to pick up. I pretty much always help them pick up, but the kids are ages 4,3,2,1. And none of them pick up when I tell them to. One of them always seems to escape picking up in general. I honestly don’t know how to get them all engaged at the same time. 

My husband has been trying to get me to use the TV less. I have tried other things like earning stickers for chores, etc. before they can watch tv. So hopefully I can keep up with this list. Everything on the list has to be done before they can watch tv. Here’s hoping…

Hot Dawg!



I got this in my stocking for Christmas. I had seen it before, but hadn’t thought it worth my money to buy such a thing. I have a couple complaints about it. The cutting tool isn’t sharp, which I suppose is okay for safety and kids, but it makes it rather difficult to cut through the all beef franks that I bought. You have to make sure that it’s exactly lined up with the bottom or it won’t go through. When it does go through, beware, you may get hot dog juice on your glasses or shirt, the fat generally goes everywhere, that’s why I put a paper towel underneath the tool. If your kid doesn’t like the casing of the hot dog, then congratulations, this tool basically peels it for you. I waited to clean it until later that day the first time I used it. Not so the second time. The hot dog fat was really tough to get off if you let it sit there, so definitely rinse it off. You also need to have a tiny scrub brush to get in the crevices to get the hot dog casing out when you clean it. The kids are very amused by me using it. So, if you have it, use it at the table and let your kids see it happening, that’s the best thing about this.


Cleaning Kitchen Chairs

My husband repaired our kitchen chairs last Saturday. The back fell off one of the chairs after my daughter had pulled it over on the floor. So he did a little maintenance on them. I was cleaning some of the sticky off of them with Goo Gone. It worked on the leather seat cushions, but it made the wood on the chairs look absolutely horrible. So I found a cleaner to use for the wood. Thomasville Kitchen cabinet cream. It was the only cleaner that was for wood. There were wood polishes and hardwood floor cleaner, but I chose this one… and good thing I did.

Kitchen Cleaning

So I got my kitchen clean on today. I stayed in the kitchen for a really long time. Let me tell you that the kitchen looked a lot worse than the photo below when I started. I emptied the dishwasher twice today. And did the dishes twice today.


The bunch of dishes are air drying next to the sink. I didn’t feel like drying them. 20140416-220516.jpg

This cabinet is a jumbled mess.


Here’s the after. I put all the alcohol in the cabinet. It’s so much more organized now. I put all the medicine in a container on the bottom shelf and I only kept one bottle out just in case we have a rough night.20140416-220540.jpg

The top of the microwave is a catch all for papers and stuff I don’t know what to do with. And I always forget to wipe out the microwave when I do the dishes. 😦 I need to make a sign on the window so I don’t forget to do it.20140416-220555.jpg

The only thing on top of the microwave now is my car keys.


I guess it was a productive day. 🙂



The refrigerator is now clean

My husband brought it to my attention that my eldest daughter hasn’t eaten dinner at least 6 of the last 7 nights. I didn’t realize that it was that bad. So we decided that it’s time to change. Regardless of whether you agree with this attempt at trying to get our child to eat, I’ve accomplished some things today with the advantage of supervising the kitchen table for the past three hours.

I have cleaned the refrigerator. I took out all the food, one shelf at a time though. I was a bit too lazy to get the cooler out of the garage. I cleaned it with warm soapy water, dried it off, and put plastic wrap around it because I saw that on Pinterest.

There are some things that come from making your kid sit at the table until she eats her lunch.




New place

kitchen & dining room this is my kitchen and dining room.

bedroom this is my bedroom (glass doors separate it from the living room)

living room this is the living room – yes those are bookshelves on both sides of the ‘fireplace’… a very cool thing

window seats this is looking toward the south in my bedroom – the window seat opens up for storage.  I must say that the wood inside there looks like the best thing in the house.

It is incredibly dusty in the house and it smells like an old house too.  It’s obvious the previous tenant had a cat.  I don’t think she bothered to clean after she left.  In the bathroom, for instance, you can see cat hair (at least I hope it’s cat hair) along the top edges of the molding, and in the corners on the floor.  I take showers with my flip-flops on because I can’t get the stains off the floor – it’s probably just psychological. I can only open one window, the rest are broken or painted shut (whoever painted the kitchen was a moron).  I need some ventilation.  They’re supposed to change the air filter on Monday, so hopefully that’ll help some.

My allergies are going wild, and I’ve been consistently taking my medicine.  I got pink eye yesterday from cleaning too much.  Now I feel like someone’s hands are around my brain squeezing it.  It hurts.