Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Above is a block that I saw on Don’t Call Me Betsy.   I thought it a great way to use scraps and had to make it.  It will have to do because I may never be able to quilt again.  At least that was what I thought this morning after an early morning perusal of my house.   When did this happen?  How did it get into such a mess?

“That’s it,” I told myself.  “This has to stop!”

The little voice in my head continued its tirade. “New Rule!” it said as I put my fists on my hips and stamped my foot for emphasis (after all, I meant business).  “You cannot go play until your daily chores are done.”

I had to agree as I looked around and wondered how long it had been since I last ran the vacuum. 

I had to agree as I wrote my name in the dust on the TV table. 

I had to agree when I couldn’t find a clean coffee cup because they were all in the sink with the other dirty dishes.

I made a promise to myself right then and there.  I will clean this house first!  Then play. 

I did a pretty good job of sticking to my new rule today, but by mid afternoon I decided to make a slight change to the pledge:  I can go play once my chores are done; however, if they are not completed by noon, I can still go play.  Hey, I’m retired!  Surely I can get some play time.

However, my days of stumbling out of bed, grabbing coffee, and going down to that sewing room to play all day are over.

It is true.  I can’t deny it.  I’d rather “play” any day than run the sweeper, dust, or wash dishes (I don’t have a dishwasher).  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I retired.  I could sew and make quilts all day long.  However, I imagine that is only true if you are very rich and can afford a maid and housekeeper, and still be able to buy fabric!

Does anyone else have this problem?  I could probably stick to my pledge if everyone didn’t have so many cute tutorials and patterns out there.  I want to try them all.   Just the other day I saw some fancy shoelaces that I thought would be great for kids.  But I didn’t buy them because Art Gallery Fabrics has a tutorial for making Gang Rocking Shoelaces.  Great gift idea for those kids on your gift list.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!


Karen said...

Oh, no! The dreaded housework!!!
I try to break up the day with rewards when I have work to do.
And of course the rewards are time in the sewing room. It works - sometimes!

Terry said...

I don't like housework either, but it has to be done. And unfortunately I have to do it! LOL Love the block you shared! Thanks for the link! :0)

Calicojoan said...

Your singing my song. I would much rather grab my coffe and sew, than just about anything else. Problem is I still work too. So for me I have learned to compromise. I just live in dust. After all, it is 100% organic. No pesticides, etc etc etc. Can't be all that bad for you, right!!!!

Carolyn Sullivan said...

yeah I have that problem, and respitory issues. My solution is to HIRE someone to come in at least once a month to clean. Well worth the Money. BC in order for her to clean, I have to pick up. It's the picking up that also is a problem. Right now in my kitchen are 2 of my sweater /valor jackets,all of the recycle (goes out today) my gym bag, my apples to make apple butter, my Featherweight.... get the picture.... MY problem too! LOL

Mama Pea said...

I have that problem all the time! LOL. I saw that block somewhere, too. It's really great. You have my permission to go play. Sometimes I do a little of this, then go play for a while. Then come back and do a little of that, then go play again. It helps me to break it up a little!

Paula, the quilter said...

DH is retired/disabled but I work 2 jobs. My house is always like that because DH can't (and in the case of dusting, won't) do housework. There have been times when I've run the dust mop over the floor before work at 10am and come home at 3pm and it is dirtier than if I hadn't done it at all. Whaaaa??! Sometimes I just throw up my hands and hide my eyes.

Lynn said...

I do the opposite. I play first, but only until 8:30 or 9:00 am. Then "go to work", I work from home most days. I gave up on cleaning the entire house in one day a few years ago. Now I do just a little housework every day and try to make sure every chore gets done once a week.

Anonymous said...

LOL! Love it! Since I am newly retired I have struggled with wanting to play all the time all this year. My friend said, why do you feel guilty? Do you think the housework police are going to show up? Seriously, if I do housework for 1-2 hours every few days, I don't feel guilty about sewing.

Ellie Q said...

I completely understand! Whether it's housework or work, it's so hard to make it come before quilting. My only (potential) saving grace is that my 1 and 3 year old boys LOVE the broom and swiffer. Now I just need to get them working on technique... :)

AnnieQuilts said...

Whew! Until about halfway through, I thought you might be losing your mind, LOL.

You never should have written your name in the dust -- that only makes it worse.

When was the last time you could do whatever you wanted? Enjoy! Relax! The cleaning will get done when it gets done.

And if you're like me, it will get done so fast it won't even hurt as soon as a cousin from out-of-town calls and says they want to stop by and visit.

Denice Barker said...

My retirement plans (7 months from now but who's counting?): a six month nap, sleeping in till AT LEAST 8 a.m., maybe watching a Matlock rerun or two while quilting,a nap in the afternoon, sew, stay up till midnight reading. At the end of the driveway there will be a 'for sale' sign on the vacuum cleaner, Swiffer, laundry soap and if it weren't for the dishwasher, I'd use paper plates. 7 months. But who's counting?

Amanda said...

Haha...that housework. It always gets in the way. But I understand...it's really nice to have clean house too.

VickiT said...

Maybe you should reverse that saying I've been seeing around blogland that says "15 minutes of play" and put that to use. 15 minutes of cleaning each hour. ALL the rest is play time. LOL


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