Monthly Archives: January 2016

Signs of Spring

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This little fellow was in my yard this past week.  It is a rare event to see a bluebird here for one day ever.  But we counted at least 10 of them and they are still here for Day 8!  And yesterday driving into town, I saw two redwinged blackbirds in the slough along the highway.

As anyone who knows me even a little bit knows, I love winter.  Today we have had one heavy rain shower after another, with hail thrown in for variety.  I LOVE days like this.  I am truly a pluviophile.  (Someone who gets a feeling of peace from the rain)  But I also love to see the seasons change.

And the seasons are starting to change here in the Pacific Northwest.  We will certainly still have our share of rain.  We might even get a touch of snow.  Ice might show up too.  And I will enjoy all of those.  But I am also quite happy to see the signs of change.

The bulbs are sending up shoots.  The roses have started breaking buds.  The helebores and anemones are growing and budding.  My home is starting to be filled with the fragrance of the violets and daphne I have been picking from the garden.

It reminds me of the Persian fable of the sultan who asked his wise men for a saying that could be inscribed on a ring and would be true in good times and in bad.  They went away and pondered and returned with the phrase, “This too shall pass.”

Are things just the way you like them?  They will pass.  Are you struggling in some area of your life.  It will pass.  Things may pass too soon or too slowly, but they will pass.  The words give me hope when situations are not what I would prefer.  And they also remind me to enjoy the good things I have because they will not be here forever.  Like my family. My home.  My friends.  And bluebirds.


My Family is Wondering at my Sanity

I have a black and white kitchen floor.  I love the look of black and white tile.  I do not love the look of black and brown tile.  And that is what I had.  The vinyl flooring we chose three years ago had a bit of texture to it.  When I picked it out, I feared that it would hold on to dirt.  But it was the only black and white squared vinyl available that didn’t look like really fake marble.  So, I thought that surely they wouldn’t make vinyl that would be impossible to clean.  Wrong.  Wrongnessly wrong.

The floor was horrible.  The only way I could ever get it even remotely close to clean was on my hands and knees with a green scrubber, scrubbing for at least 5 minutes per little square.  Not something I really wanted to do.  Still I wanted my black and white floor, so….

But then last spring my knee went “pop!”  At first the doctor thought it was a torn meniscus.  I wish it had been a torn meniscus.  But that pop was the last of my cartilage tearing, giving me “advanced arthritis” in my knee.  Kneeling is pretty much out of the question for me for….ever.  So, my cleaning system went from unpleasant to impossible.

But then last month while shopping at Bi-Mart, I discovered a Magic Eraser mop.  Now I LOVE Magic Eraser.  It is probably the best cleaning tool I have ever used.  So a mop made out of Magic Eraser?  Yes, please.

I bought one and brought it home.  Oh my.  My black and brown floor is now black and light beige.  A marked improvement.  And every time I mop it just gets better and better.  I love this mop.  It is so effective that I look forward to mopping and seeing the difference.  I keep calling in the family to look at how clean the floor looks.  They are thinking of having me committed.

Mr. Clean did not pay me for this.  They don’t even know that I’m writing it.  But this is a fabulous mop if you have a hard to clean floor.  Go buy one.