Not Your Typical Monday

We usually move at a slower pace on Mondays; not so today! This morning Mr. C supervised the kids as they worked on their lessons while I headed to town to run a couple of important errands. Every time there is an extra trip to town I bemoan the gas that is being used and the dollars that are floating out the exhaust pipe. Looking on the bright side I'm thankful for a safe, dependable vehicle and the money to buy the needed gas.

School work was finished by lunchtime. I spent the afternoon working on some needed tidying up both inside and out while the kids played together.

Mr. C spent his day off working in the yard. Living next door to a forest means that we always have a lot of leaves in our yard. He raked the remanining dead leaves from the flower beds and put out 14 bags of mulch. Those 14 bags didn't even seem to touch the tip of the iceberg, but the mulched area looks so nice now!


My handsome hubby made a trip late this afternoon to pick up another truckload of mulch. Hopefully this will be all that we need to finish up the front side of the house.

Our pond is in need of major repair. When the original owners installed the liner, they used one that was too small and really stretched it out. Over the last few years the liner has deteriorated to the point where the whole thing now needs to be replaced. We're hoping to have the pond looking lovely again in the near future.
While my handsome hubby worked in the front yard, I helped out by spreading pine straw around the back side of the house.

There was one bail left to start on the area around the schoolhouse. We need about 15 more bails to finish the rest of the beds. Having grown up in Florida surrounded by pine trees I never thought I would see the day that we would pay good money for pine straw!

Dewey spent the afternoon supervising the yardwork. He is such a sweet dog!

After finishing up in the yard I headed back inside to work. I thoroughly swept the wood floors and then mopped them. They will look bright and shiny...for a couple of days. It doesn't take long for six people and three pets to track footprints and dirt into the house.

I have finally grown tired of the bunnies and the other spring decorations that have been displayed thoughout the house for the last several weeks. Most all of them have now been boxed up. I now have just a few simple things on the mantle and foyer table. The simple look is much easier on the eyes.

Our entertainment center also got a good dusting and all the videos were staightened up. Usually this job belongs to one of the kids, but today it needed a thorough cleaning.

The dining room was decluttered as well. I added this cute birdhouse table runner that I recently picked up at a yard sale for $2. Don't you just love a bargain?

My least pleasant task of the day was cleaning the toilets. This is usually Mickey's job (his future wife will thank me), but I felt like getting it done quickly while on this marathon cleaning spree.

Lest you think that I am a super-organized, got-it-all-together girl, don't be fooled. I didn't do any individual teaching today or spend time playing with my kiddos. I did spend the evening enjoying their company and reading Farmer Boy to them. Days like this aren't the norm for us. You'll also notice that there are no pictures of tidy bedrooms being posted. That's the next thing on my to-do list. Maybe I should put up some pictures of them in their current condition for some accountablility...or not!

Unfortunately, by the time all of the rooms are picture perfect, it's time to start all over again. But I really don't want a spotless house; that would mean that my children don't live here. :)

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Monday, April 14, 2008
Not Your Typical Monday
We usually move at a slower pace on Mondays; not so today! This morning Mr. C supervised the kids as they worked on their lessons while I headed to town to run a couple of important errands. Every time there is an extra trip to town I bemoan the gas that is being used and the dollars that are floating out the exhaust pipe. Looking on the bright side I'm thankful for a safe, dependable vehicle and the money to buy the needed gas.

School work was finished by lunchtime. I spent the afternoon working on some needed tidying up both inside and out while the kids played together.

Mr. C spent his day off working in the yard. Living next door to a forest means that we always have a lot of leaves in our yard. He raked the remanining dead leaves from the flower beds and put out 14 bags of mulch. Those 14 bags didn't even seem to touch the tip of the iceberg, but the mulched area looks so nice now!


My handsome hubby made a trip late this afternoon to pick up another truckload of mulch. Hopefully this will be all that we need to finish up the front side of the house.

Our pond is in need of major repair. When the original owners installed the liner, they used one that was too small and really stretched it out. Over the last few years the liner has deteriorated to the point where the whole thing now needs to be replaced. We're hoping to have the pond looking lovely again in the near future.
While my handsome hubby worked in the front yard, I helped out by spreading pine straw around the back side of the house.

There was one bail left to start on the area around the schoolhouse. We need about 15 more bails to finish the rest of the beds. Having grown up in Florida surrounded by pine trees I never thought I would see the day that we would pay good money for pine straw!

Dewey spent the afternoon supervising the yardwork. He is such a sweet dog!

After finishing up in the yard I headed back inside to work. I thoroughly swept the wood floors and then mopped them. They will look bright and shiny...for a couple of days. It doesn't take long for six people and three pets to track footprints and dirt into the house.

I have finally grown tired of the bunnies and the other spring decorations that have been displayed thoughout the house for the last several weeks. Most all of them have now been boxed up. I now have just a few simple things on the mantle and foyer table. The simple look is much easier on the eyes.

Our entertainment center also got a good dusting and all the videos were staightened up. Usually this job belongs to one of the kids, but today it needed a thorough cleaning.

The dining room was decluttered as well. I added this cute birdhouse table runner that I recently picked up at a yard sale for $2. Don't you just love a bargain?

My least pleasant task of the day was cleaning the toilets. This is usually Mickey's job (his future wife will thank me), but I felt like getting it done quickly while on this marathon cleaning spree.

Lest you think that I am a super-organized, got-it-all-together girl, don't be fooled. I didn't do any individual teaching today or spend time playing with my kiddos. I did spend the evening enjoying their company and reading Farmer Boy to them. Days like this aren't the norm for us. You'll also notice that there are no pictures of tidy bedrooms being posted. That's the next thing on my to-do list. Maybe I should put up some pictures of them in their current condition for some accountablility...or not!

Unfortunately, by the time all of the rooms are picture perfect, it's time to start all over again. But I really don't want a spotless house; that would mean that my children don't live here. :)

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17 Comments:
Blogger Sis. Julie said...
Thanks for coming by and taking the tour of our new home. Your home looks very inviting as well. And the outside looks absolutely great!! Ours needs some work done on it. Hopefully we can get to that soon. But that takes money and that is something that is in short supply at the moment.

Blogger Alesha said...
Everything looks great, Mrs. C!!! Whooo - I bet you sleep really well tonight! :-)

Alesha

Blogger Kelli said...
Your home is just lovely, Mrs. C and your yard is looking great. We go through lots of mulch too! I can't wait to see your finished pond, it's nice and big! Oh, I noticed the three tiered cake stand on your kitchen table? I think I have one just like it. I love how you are using it for a centerpiece, does it hold fruit?
Have a wonderful week!
~Kelli

Blogger Mrs. C said...
Kelli,
Yes, there is a variety of artificial fruit arrange on the stand. I'll try to post a close-up picture soon. :)

Blogger Tori said...
Everything looks ship shape! I totally agree, as soon as I have one room clean and move on to the next, I need to go back and reclean the first. Does it ever end???
Nope, it doesn't but that the Lord with have family to clean after!

Your yard and home are both so pretty, looks great!

Blogger Missy said...
your home and yard look wonderful! your home has lots of charm :) it's great to have a productive day. i spent the afternoon cleaning my daughters very messy room. Yuck! thanks for sharing a piece of your home with me :)

blessings,
missy

Blogger momofmhasr said...
Just stoping by to say hello. Looks like you had a great day. Very Productive. Have a great week.

Blogger Trixie said...
What a beautiful yard and home! I just love the wonders that mulch can do to make the landscapping really pop.

Thanks for sharing!

Trixie

Blogger Susan P. said...
First of all, Dewey the dog just makes me smile every time I see a pic of him:o) Y'all sure did have a busy day ~ I bet everybody slept well last night! I loved seeing pics of your beautiful home, you can tell just by looking that it is filled with lots and lots of love. I also wanted to thank you for your sweet note Mrs. C. You are such a precious blogging friend:o)

Blogger Becky said...
What a great post. It was busy with all the acitivities of the household, and yet you really made the priorities of your family apparent.

I loved reading this and seeing all the sprucing up. Your grate decor over the mantle is really pretty. I love it. i also like the lamp on your foyer table. It is just beautiful. Your home looks so lovely.

And the mulch really makes a difference doesn't it? I noticed you have blooming trees and the yard is so green and pretty.

I love a good spring cleaning and sprucing up. Good for you getting so much done. And now today can be more normal.

Have a good one.

Blogger Katy said...
You have a beautiful home!!!

Blogger Arlene said...
Wow, you weren't kidding when you said you had a LOT of things to do over the next few weeks -- and this is just one day's worth of work! Everything looks great, though; Dewey must be a good supervisor :P

Blogger Nikki said...
You have a beautiful home. I love your colors.

I spent my Monday cleaning as well. Trying to clean out closets and switch out winter clothing for spring clothing is a JOB! And I didn't do any teaching either. I am not a miracle worker. Wish I were, though.

Blogger Sharon said...
Everything looks so lovely! Thanks for sharing. :)

Blogger Karen said...
Dewey is just too cute! I'm impressed with all you've gotten accomplished! Spreading pine straw used to be one of my jobs until the year my mom got some free from some friends. When we opened it, about 15 or so little snakes slithered out. From there on, my hubby takes that job!
You have a beautiful home, and I also tackled the bathroom today. It needed a good on-my-hands-and-knees tile scrubbing. Glad it's over! :o)

Blogger Mrs. C said...
Karen,
I had to chuckle when I read about your pine straw incident. One of the bales I opened had a huge piece of crinkled aluminum foil in it. Go figure??? I'm glad I was wearing gloves!

Blogger Mishel said...
You have such a lovely yard, Mrs. C! : )

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