This has been kind of an odd, topsy-turvy sort of day. I feel all kinds of turned around. Today will be a Works for Me Wednesday post (even though it’s Tuesday as I’m writing, you won’t see it until Wednesday! 😉 ). Scroll on down if you don’t want the details on our twisted Tuesday.
We rose early to serve breakfast. Straight from there we went to get groceries. By 10:30 in the morning we were home, unloading a week’s worth of groceries for six people. It felt like it was about three in the afternoon. 😛
The groceries had to be put away and school still had to be done. The oldest was going out with my mother-in-law for her (Grace’s) birthday lunch.
I also had to break the news to Grace that her sweet little dog had died this morning. We both cried. Then we cleaned a bit. Then we cried some more.
I went down to the basement to put some groceries away and saw flies. Too many flies. My personal (local) friends that read this will remember our first experience with flies in this house. Apparently it was like something out of Ammityville Horror. I’ve never seen the movie, but that’s what I was told. We had a rotting mouse carcass under some shelves, but didn’t find that until weeks after the fly incident. Literally hundreds of flies. To this day I have a visceral reaction to flies in the house. We have no idea what could be attracting the flies or where those bats of late have come from, but we have a bad feeling they’re related.
I keep trying to start dinner and keep getting distracted by things like Facebook, laundry, blogging, and children wandering in and out of the kitchen.
Anyway, on to those Works for Me Wednesday thoughts….
1. Cleaning the Microwave
Ever have trouble with your microwave becoming caked with gunk? The first ten years of our marriage I tried several different ways of cleaning out the microwave and nothing ever really cut it once the stuff was really baked on. That is until I was researching a different issue (how to remove the smell of cat urine from a mattress – the culprit has been banished, though I do feel sorry for her out there). I discovered vinegar – wonder of wonders! Fill a small bowl (cereal size will do) with equal parts water and white vinegar. Heat until boiling (about two minutes in my microwave). Remove bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a dry cloth. Voila! Clean microwave! If your unit is particularly dirty, it may take a time or two. Beware of strong fumes, btw. 🙂
2. Kids Chores
Ok, I don’t know why I didn’t come up with this one sooner, but it just came to me yesterday and it worked so well, it’s going to become a habit!
Let me begin by saying that I have a love/hate relationship with chore charts. I have used them many times in the past, but have noticed that after a while two things happen: A. the children stop “seeing” them and resume not doing their chores. and B. if a particular chore is requested of them that is *not* on their chart they act appalled that you would ask them to stoop to such depths as doing *someone else’s* chore. Or maybe that’s just our children. Ahem.
So, back to my new idea. Yesterday I was writing the date on the white board in our school/dining room in an effort to avoid answering at least seven times that day the question, “Mom, what day is it?”. That date sat so lonely at the top of the board that I wondered what to do with the rest of the space. I believe the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me to make a list of chores that needed to be done that day and assign a child to each one. (Okay, maybe it wasn’t the Holy Spirit. But who’s to say it wasn’t? I firmly believe the Lord is present in the mundane things of life.) This would prevent me arbitrarily figuring out each morning who was on dishes and cat feeding and plant watering and so on. Then, when a chore is finished it can be crossed out and the next day I still know who did what and can assign the chore to someone else as needed.
This idea may not be for everyone, but it worked for me!
What about you? What’s an idea that’s worked for you?