Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Show Me a Woman With a Clean House...

...and I'll show you a very dull woman.


So says the magnet on my grandmother's refrigerator door. Of course, my grandmother's house is spotless in my eyes, but she thinks it messy. I can vouch for her not being a very dull woman, so perhaps my house is beyond messy for me to think hers tidy?


In any case, here's the magnet that sits in the place of honor upon my fridge:





Let's just say I am not God's gift to housekeeping. There are so many more important things to do...like blogging! Although I'm certain City Boy would disagree. His mother is the Wonder-Woman-Domestic-Goddess that all daughters in law are to live up to, but sadly do not. Get yourself a glass of water in that house, set it down for two minutes, then try to find it when you turn back around. It's not there. It's contents have been emptied into the sink and the glass is in the dishwasher. Have you any idea how many glasses of water I drink during the day? I swear the woman washed an entire load one day of my water glasses alone.


You already know I don't like cleaning toilets. I also see little reason to make beds. Vacuum? What's that? Don't get me started on dust...I collect dust bunnies! Hey, every one's got to have a hobby, and as far as collections go, dust is cheap!


Now then, there is the little issue of work space. Sue has challenged people to post their spaces. I've been seeing other work spaces posted across blog land as well...these people believe their spaces are messy. I believe these people must be dull. Here is my evidence that they are very dull people. Please don't go running, shrieking and crying away from my blog when you see these photos. They are graphic in nature; so very disturbing and likely deserve some form of rating system that the movie people have yet to come up with (because they've never seen anything so bad!)


You have been warned...



This is the dining room table where we do not sit down to eat. Instead, I pile my label making things onto it, leave a few packages to be shipped, empty brownie containers (it was Darling's, and I don't know who ate the last of her brownies, really I don't! I'm on a diet, remember?) My bible is also there, reminding me that I've only got six days left to do my lesson for bible study. It will likely remain there, half hidden, for six days and then I'll rush to get it done two hours before we meet. (Confession is good for the soul, right?)

Can you see that white cabinet hidden back there? I think there are fragrance oils in it, but I'm not too certain as it's been buried for several weeks now.

City Boy is often frustrated with my messes and continually tries to clean up after me (thank you, City Boy, for caring.) He has tried several times to organize me, but the trouble is he gets it looking so tidy and condensed that there is always an open shelf when he's done...that would be the top right shelf in this case, where I have stuffed stuff. I'm not sure what the stuff is, but likely it's important and I may need it some day. I won't know what it is, of course, and will forget where I've stuffed it, but that's besides the point.

Now, here is where I may loose you....

As you can see, this area needs a little work. Okay, a lot of work. There sits the knitting machine I asked for, and received, for Christmas. It sits beneath piles of fabric (and of course there's no reason for me to have fabric stashes as I don't really sew, especially after the Big Bottom incident), DVDs and it looks like some cream. Behind it lies foam for felting projects, boxes of yet to be labeled lotions, and the remnant of neatly stacked soaps that are being stored for the spring market. Way in the back you will see the yarns and even a felted purse that hang where they can be seen, but not touched (because I can't reach them over the mess!)

Yes, it's messy. But I can assure you that if the magnets speak truth, I am not in the least bit dull, and man, do I look good!

15 comments:

Sue said...

Your a hoot Tracey, and brave to show off your mess like that!! LOL But, if that's how you get creative and productive who cares, it works for you, right? You do have some nice goodies hiding in there, I love that wooden cabinet!! So glad you took the challenge, loved it!!

Alpicks Treasures said...

I am not much into cleaning house either. My Mom was spotless! I used to be that way but after 3 kids and a hubby, well we tend to slip here and there. I do have alot of junk in corners. Someone treasures someday. Have a good day. A mess just shows how busy you are. Nothing wrong with that!

Kentucky Gal said...

Again...YOU are a HOOT!! And a very BRAVE woman...lmbo!!
:-D

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Oh you are sooo funny! This post certainly is good for the soul, as I am sure there are many others out there just like you (I am most defintely included). YOU, my dear, are the bravest of them all and I congratulate you!

Tracey said...

Well, to be perfectly honest, I'm not too sure it's that I'm brave; more that I'm a bit on the stupid side.... :)

cityfarmer said...

Sorry to say that I am compulsive...but gee didn't think I was boring...

Rebekah said...

I have a home-made wooden thingie (not sure how to describe it) hanging up that says "housework makes you ugly." That's all I have to say on the matter.

2 LMZ FARMS said...

Girl, I just love reading your blog. You crack me up. I got a knitting machine one year and I love mine. Promise you will get yours out and play with it. I believe you will love it.
You are right about my son. My nerves just can't handle it though. I have seen my Mother pull the glove off of Terry Clay and Rodney one to many times . Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day. Laura

vi said...

hello my darlink......
be afraid dear
be very afraid........



vi

smilnsigh said...

Tracey, you are a hoot! {And I know that line has already been used here, but I don't care! That's what I wanted to comment and that's what I'm gonna comment. -grin-}

Thank you much for your sweet comment in my picture blog. I saw your photo blog yesterday, but not this one, as of then. But today I got here!!! -grin-

Hope you drop by my photo blog again. And {if you don't mind a lot of sugar, once in a while...} stop by my regular blog too. It's not a hoot, like yours is. But I'm into prettttty right now. So, it's pretttty. ,-)

'MN'
http://photoscitymine.blogspot.com/
http://smilnsigh.blogspot.com/

Tracey said...

I come by the hoot thing innoscently enough...I take after my grandmother, whom I refer to as being a hoot and a holler :o)

Violet, dear...I'm quaking in my cowboy boots!

RoseMary said...

Tracey, I'm so glad to know that other people have to keep alot of their 'stuff' in bins and boxes!

FarmgirlCyn said...

After looking around my house, I'm thinkin' I'm not so dull myself!!!!

Betty C. said...

For me it's neither clean house nor looking good...anyway, thanks for your comment. If you have "farm envy" you'll probably enjoy some of the posts on La France Profonde -- we have farms all over the place here. I see you're also a triple blogger like me!

Blueridgegirl said...

Haha! Your areas DO look like mine! But mine has mouse-poop, so that may trump you. Lest you think I'm a nasty housekeeper (which is worse than a messy one), let me tell you the stupid mouse eluded me for months, but we nailed him this summer. Now I am finding all of his rest areas tucked back in my craft area. Slowly though, I'll get in in shape. And then I can pile more stuff in there- just like you! :)

PS- Husband Dear's maiden aunts are THOSE kind of housekeepers... the ones you could really eat on their floors. But, they aren't much fun either. At least not to the rest of us.