28 June 2012

procrastination, pathetic, performance & positivity

Greetings all,
When you are a housewife, your key performance indicators are housework & a happy family . . . it's easy to let things like neat storage slide, when you're busy.  I run my family like a business, "housework & child maintenance" = my job description.  I am prone to the odd poorly timed housework manic tantrum . . . i'll empty the kitchen bin for garbage day & decide the whole bin needs to be scrubbed immediately - stainless steel must gleam again & be sterilised . . . in the middle of cooking dinner!!  Ditto when i go to replace a toilet roll . . . it might turn into a complete steam clean of the mirrors, shower screens, floors & toilet. 
I surprise myself when i let things go & sabotage my control . . . hidden behind clean cupboard doors - disaster lurks - even with stark reminders like when i haplessly reach for a baking tray from cupboard-of-mayhem & six trays coming crashing with it, i put off sorting it out.  My husband innocently opened a kitchen cupboard last week & our favourite quiche casserole dish & my beloved Donna Hay Royal Doulton footed cake plate rolled out together & smashed with my heart.  Procrastination, i loathe you, stunting housework achievement.
 My husband is just home from 4 days in Brisbane, collecting uniforms & clothes to 'move back in' with us for 6 months.  He asked me to do 3 things while the was away - sort the kitchen cupboards, make room for his clothes in the walk-in-robe & complete my tax.  Tick tick tick.  
 I rediscovered wedding gifts & restored order in the kitchen cupboards; found clothes i had completely forgotten about including a gorgeous grey knit for Winter; + some invoices from my business to be paid . . . i saved & made money!!  
 I'm an educated & independent woman, yet i avoided fuelling our new car for 3 days (& drove the old Landcruiser) because i'd never put diesel in a car before.  Yes, i used to work in the oil industry, pathetic!!  So i practised how to open the cover & cap (i've been stuck with new cars before at the pump, on my knees, trying to work out how to freaking get fuel in) so i was fierce with pride at the service station yesterday.  I said to the attendant "that was the first time i put diesel in a car" & he could have said "are you the Queen or something" but he was so friendly & asked "would you like to know what kind of alpine diesel you just used" which was music to my chemistry loving ears!!
 Canberra Airport might fly all sorts of important people to our nation's capital, however, last night while we waited to collect my husband after 9p.m., it was absolutely empty (i was still swabbed for explosives at security though, tee hee!!)  
 So my middle girl broke out into dance, to entertain the guys in security, with a performance!!  I really should look at getting the girls back into ballet.
 I have totally gorgeous girlfriends in my world, who send surprises just to say hello & they're thinking of me.  Stacey from Sheep's Clothing is an all time fave blogging gal pal with serious knitting skills.  Look what she sent me for my recuperating wrists this Winter, beautiful & so warm, with thumb holes - she thought of everything!!
 Jane from Life On Planet Baby is working something fulfilling in her world, a little etsy store filled with handmade goodies inspired by her love of stationery.
 Her pieces scream positivity.  What a lovely collection of her wares, the book even has a lovely inscription too, so incredibly thoughtful, thank you Jane!! 
Some weeks are such a mixed bag.  On Thursdays, i would religiously post about something i had sewn for My Creative Space, instead today i've been making a lasagne from scratch - pasta made with our own hens' eggs - i'm busy on a very different scale right now out of the studio & i'm loving it, especially the time i'm spending with my husband.  Love Posie

21 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh reminds me of the time I let my cupboards get a bit untidy and poor husband opened one up to have a pottery casserole dish fall out and land on his toes....three days off doing the canberra marathon! Oops! yes and the first time I put diesel in my car I accidently went to the wrong pump,it was diesel but it was a huge thing meant for trucks and it wouldn't fit it the hole! so I was too embarrassed to change and just had to hold it above the hole and try to pour/dribble it in. kids thought it was hilarious!!

tinajo said...

Haha, this post made me laugh - I can definately relate in some of what you´re writing! :-D

CHD said...

I just cleaned out of kitchen cupboards on the weekend. I'd put it off for so long, but it made such a difference. Yours looks good. Love that clean, tidy house satisfaction. The lasagne sounds great. Glad you have your husband back to share it with you. Cx

Kirrily said...

Thankyou for your lovely stories - I'm sitting here with a goofy smile on my face having just read this post.

I fully understand those Household Manic Tantrums! I went to find some fabric the other week and completely sorted through and rearranged my entire fabric stash. Then the walk in robe got a going over this week when all I set out to do was return the fold up bed to its place after being used by a guest last week. I suspect the girls wardrobes will get a work over these school holidays, although that might be a little more planned.

Sindy said...

Can you come and do my cupboards now? Squishing into a small flat whilst we have the house done leads to big, tippy, leaning PILES of things around, not even hidden behind cupboard doors...

The Accidental Housewife said...

Oh, enjoy having your soldier home for a long stretch! I hope your resettlement readjustment goes as seamlessly as possible!

Vale cake plate, vale pan. What a sad loss. I would be gutted if mine broke, they are not even flash ones.

Your girl's a crackup. I bet security loved it! I got swabbed in that airport for explosives once. It was interesting because
a) I was wearing a singlet, miniskirt and thongs - no bag, nothing. Where could I cache my bombs? And
b) I had come directly from a grenade and claymore range. I was covered in the stuff...
No positive reading, however!

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

Oh yay! he is home...enjoy every minute...and ditto with the crammed cupboards...my baking tray section is just like yours used to be..perhaps you've given me the motivation i needed to clear it out! love to you all xx

Bree said...

My new kitchen is pretty and ordered. Its been 6 months now, wonder how long it will last.

I get this feeling some days. A stomach turning butt clenching feeling about mess and housework. It shits me to tears. My hubby likes to put stuff off then do it all in a big huff. Making me feel like the worst housewife ever. Never mind that our Christmas deco are sitting in our lounge for six months waiting for him to put them away..... piss me off I tell you!!!!

Polly said...

I really think there is nothing more satisfying than clean and organised cupboards!

alison@thisbloominglife said...

Now can you come to my place and those three? Pretty pleeeease? Sorry about the lovely broken bits...sob

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

Hahahaha this is so me! My baking trays crash down all the time and I leave them, but will suddenly decide to vacuum the house while putting the kids to bed! Crazy contradictory stuff!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Your amazing.....

TexWisGirl said...

congrats on reclaiming your hubby! :)

Lilli boo said...

It's a magic moment when you feel gratitude for where you are in life. I love the positive message you constantly eminate with your life regardless of what's happening at that moment, Thanks for another lovely and inspiring psot!

Jane said...

Oh Jennie, you gorgeous girl. What a time you've been having. I'm sorry to hear of your breakages - I know how much you adored your Donna Hay cake stand. Good for you for getting things sorted.

We are working on some of those things this weekend. Boring but a huge relief as well.

And thanks for the sweet mention. I'm so pleased my little parcel brought you some joy. J x

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