The other day I found myself being asked about why I seem so content - the first thing that came out of my mouth was "I have everything I need and many things I want" which is true and rings like a line to the song that is my life. I am so blessed. It is my job to take what I have been given and make the best of it. I still have my health and the rest, as Lionel Barrymore says in You Can't Take It With You, I leave up to Him.
I have been very busy around here:
I made a huge pot of home made veggie broth using this recipe...
And I have spring cleaned my kitchen and dining room...
This is the first year since I've moved out on my own I've really not had a solid block of three days to work on the house so It's being spread out and I'd like to be able to do a room or so a day. My expectations are a bit lower on the speed of it this year, but I still want it done, particularly because I was so sick when we moved that I was unable to clean much but the things that were absolutely necessary. The house was pretty filthy when we moved into it - sooty walls, dust everywhere, and fingerprints all over everything and I'm slowly working my way away from that.
I am an old fashioned housekeeper and I am a firm believer that the house needs a good scrubbing once a year so that's what I give it along with our general tidying and cleaning as needed. Spring cleaning is more thorough than our usual cleaning - we move the furniture and rugs to wash the floors, I get as much of the windows as I can, and I do a major declutter and reorganization for functionality as I work through each room. I take down the window treatments and wash and iron them, and so on. Also, spring cleaning is the time when I put away our heavy winter coats and bring out the swimsuits, shorts and other summer clothes that I hide under the bed all winter long!
Spring cleaning is very, very worth it since it sets the house up for a summer of adventures and creativity and takes me just a little time each year.
If you are interested in doing your own old fashioned spring (or fall for my readers in the Southern Hemisphere) cleaning, there are resources at apartment therapy here. Also, you are also welcome to ask me any questions you'd like and I'll try to answer them.