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irons and washers and breakers, oh my.

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After two hours of work, I’m done with a pile of laundry that waited to be ironed.  I’d bask in the glory of it all, however the next pile has already started, well, piling up.  So I’ll skip the basking for now.  And the dirty laundry basket is half-empty now (which seems a more optimistic interpretation than half-full in this particular case, don’t you think?), but there are also three huge plastic bags full of linen and cat sheets.  Cat sheets are a special type of linen.  Read: old bedclothes adapted to cat use.  They are placed on cat chairs.  Which are — yeah, old chairs adapted to cat use.

There are a lot of things in this house adapted to cat use.  Sometimes willingly, sometimes not so much.

But back to laundry!  I’m writing this post in the wee hours of Saturday, and since Sunday is usually bedclothes change day, it means that my glorious half-empty laundry basket will be full again — probably with an additional bag or two.  The situation is exacerbated by weather.  It’s very hot outside, yes.  This usually means that one or two loads of laundry will be dry (we line-dry on the balcony) before I finish another two loads.  But since my mother can’t take the heat, I keep the AC going.  If I turn the washer on, it overloads the electrical system, and I have to run downstairs to switch the circuit breakers back on.

It’s all very exciting.

… I think I’m going to postpone changing (at least) my bedclothes for another week.  Ahem.

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Written by Alexandra

20 July 2012 at 11:37 pm

admitting to inadequacy.

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Lately I feel the need to read Proverbs.  I am ashamed to say that I’ve only ever read the first chapter, and chapter thirty-one — who hasn’t?

My circumstances are a bit complicated right now, so I haven’t had the chance to truly concentrate on reading — which is why I’m forever stuck on ch. 1.  But ch. 31 keeps me thinking lately.

I wonder, is it okay to feel inadequate after reading it?  Do you ladies out there ever feel inadequate?  Because what I feel is an odd feeling of inspiration, mixed with shame.  I’m not very good at keeping our flat in order.  Right now I have a legitimate excuse, as most of my time I spend with my mother at hospital.  But what about those days when mother and I were both at home?  Was our dwellings more orderly then, or am I just fooling myself?  Can I use the need to care for someone as some sort of an excuse for a disordered home?  Dirty floors and a pile of dishes?  Two baskets of dirty laundry, and about as much of things that need to be ironed?

But what about this:

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

Pride is probably my biggest sin, oddly combined with sloth, which leads to a lot of self-flagellation, but very little progress and development.  I’d like to say that I am getting better at keeping these two sins o’ mine in check, but that would be adding a third one — lying.

If you asked me a year ago whether I wanted to become a good housekeeper, I’d probably laugh in your face for a while.  Sure, I’d like to be a better cook (a great cook, my cooking is, with God’s help, okay), and it’s nice to entertain.  But all this laundry, floors, mending..?  Nah, thanks.

These days, as far as personal goals go, becoming a good (a decent) housekeeper is somewhere close to the very top of the list.  And I’m drastically failing at this.  Can’t even remember to water flowers!

So I guess we shall postpone the discussion of buying fields and raising grapes for a bit…  At least until I get the laundry under control.

I do have an excuse for laundry, though, — the water’s been out for three days!

Written by Alexandra

17 July 2012 at 9:37 pm