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Texas Bluebonnets

Okay, yes Spring is here folks…at least it is here in Texas and unfortunately I know that it won’t be around long because our Spring will soon turn into Summer with temperatures in the high 90’s and low 100’s!

I thought I would try something different in this post today because I’m not feeling the love so this is an experiment and whether you are a follower or not and/or maybe you just stumbled upon this blog of mine by accident or for the first time, this conversation will remain open forever so it doesn’t matter if it is 2 weeks from now, 2 months from now or the dead of winter when you find me. I hope that you will join me and leave a comment at the bottom of this post. And while we converse I will share some Texas Spring Beauty with y’all.

Wild Flowers

The topics are Spring Cleaning, Forgetfulness and List or no List??? For me Spring Cleaning as I am sure for most of us can be overwhelming. So I would like to here your take on this subject. Most all the time I have this list in my head of what needs to be done around here. As I stroll from room to room in my home I see all the things I would like to do and make a mental note of it, for instance I walk into my kitchen and looking up I see a few cobwebs in the corners and on those tacky fake plants, LOL I see what appears to be dead bugs that have collected in the light fixtures, and what looks like fur growing on the top of my ceiling fan blades. Then as I look lower I notice smudges on the glass cabinet doors and windows. And greasy fur growing on the lip of the vent hood. EOOH YUK! Looking even lower I notice tiny food splatters on my lower cabinets, and I remember it’s time to re-seal those granite countertops again! What’s worse is if I open the drawers and cabinets I can see and feel tiny dust particles and can’t find anything in my unorganized pantry.

Texas Wild Flowers

Most people who walk through my home may not notice these disgusting little things that annoy me. But I do and they will annoy me until I do something about them. I know I am not the only one who cannot afford a maid to come in and take care of all these things that annoy me. This is only one room in my home, what about the Bathroom and the Living Room and the Bedroom etc.

Texas wildflowers

Wildflowers

Oh and because it is so beautiful outside, the birds are singing, the trees are sporting  thier new duds for the season and rustling in the wind and the warm air and sun feel magnificent! Oh I just want to be OUTSIDE!  To get those annoying task done, sometimes I will sit and write myself a list of all the things I need to do for each room and slowly cross them off the list while I tend to them but sometimes I figure I could get them done quicker if I just DO IT! I think I need the list cuz sometimes I will forget, you know it comes with age, we get forgetful and I’m afraid I’ll miss something, I also think without the list I’ll get the most important things done and if I forget something well I guess it must not be important and let it go and figure I will eventually get around to it! Sometimes when I clean I get bored if I stay in one room until it is done and because we, as women are naturally multi-taskers, though some folks may call it scatterbrained,  I’ll do this, I’ll clean the ceiling fan and lights in the Kitchen then I’ll wander into the Living Room and I’ll vacuum the rug, then I’ll mozy over to the Bedroom and I’ll fetch a load of  laundry and I’ll step outside and sweep the porch etc..and before you know it not one room gets completed. So here’s my questions for you, Do you write List or do you just DO IT and trust your mental list? Are you forgetful and/or scatterbrained? Or do you stay focused and complete one room at a time? Do you have a maid? How do you attack the Spring Cleaning  around your home? Or maybe , you are one of those special ladies how don’t have Spring Cleaning chores cuz you know how to stay on top of everything throughout the year.  I’m not hatein’ just sayin’…To be honest, I’ve just touched on my Spring Cleaning because I have been busy getting my Spring Garden going instead. I do Love being Outside!!! Working on my Farmers tan. 🙂 Gotta Get TO IT!

Texas Bluebonnets

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  • robin April 4, 2014, 8:04 pm

    If a don’t have a list, I tend to flit around and nothing ever really looks done. I’m not saying everything on the list gets done, but it has a lot better chance. Whatever is left undone on today’s list is moved over to tomorrow’s list, so eventually it will get done. I try to do one big job and then one little job. That seems to help, too.

    • Cindy April 4, 2014, 8:18 pm

      Hi Robin, thanks so much for commenting, I truly appreciate you and thanks for following!! I tend to do one big job or several little ones and yes it will all get done eventually 😉

  • Vickie April 4, 2014, 8:34 pm

    Actually, I don’t have a list and I am a scatter-brained cleaner also. That means that many times my house looks messy. Frankly, dear, I don’t give a darn! My house is not dirty. The important things get cleaned when they need to be cleaned, but if I haven’t vacuumed my lampshades this week – oh well – life goes on. As far as I know, no one has ever died from dusty baseboards! Thanks for the beautiful pictures! Who could stay shut indoors to clean when there is so much glory to be seen outside!?

    • Cindy April 4, 2014, 8:45 pm

      Hi Vickie, Hallelujah!!! I think I’ll save it for the rainy days! hehehe, thanks so much for the comment and follow!

  • Kathy April 4, 2014, 8:51 pm

    Cindy
    I don’t think I could do anything without a list. I make a list for what I’d like to do in one day. Then if it doesn’t get done I try to get to it the next day.
    I also make a list for heavier projects month to month. It reminds me that it has to be done, even if I can’t get to it. I usually schedule these on a pocket calendar.

    • Cindy April 4, 2014, 9:09 pm

      Hi Kathy, sometimes I think it is better to write it down because if I just keep it in my head then it will keep me from sleeping! Ugh!! I’ll toss and turn thinking about all the things I gotta get done. Thanks for the follow and showing me some love 😉

  • Jo Ann April 4, 2014, 10:51 pm

    I’m a list maker and when cleaning I TRY to finish everything in one room before moving to the next. The exception is vacuuming and mopping. Those are whole house chores. My problem comes with decluttering and putting things away. I’ll go to set something in another room and get “sidetracked” into doing something there. I wanted my house light and bright after having a lot of brown wood (80s house), so I redid baseboards white. What was I thinking?!?!? I had 7 dogs now six. It’s constant upkeep.but it is pretty and I did need to make the house mine after my husband death so I could live there. So you can see, I’m all over the place. There are too many other fun things to do than housework!

    • Cindy April 5, 2014, 8:42 am

      Hi Jo Ann, I also try to focus on one room at a time but it is easy to get “sidetracked”. Wow! 6 dogs would be too much for me to keep up with! I have three outside cats and they will leave thier hair, occasional throw up and half eaten treasures on our porches for me! Decluttering and organizing would make things easier for you, but oh well, I agree there are way too many fun things to do than clean house!!! “Clean in moderation” could be our motto! 🙂 Thanks for following, so nice to hear from you!

  • Grace April 5, 2014, 5:48 am

    Hi Cindy,
    Love the pictures of the flowers, it is a treat to see such beauty. In Brampton,Canada we still have the snow piles that are slowly melting. I do the List as I am too forget to remember everything I want to do in my head. I no longer beat myself up about what
    I don’t get done on the list. There is always Tomorrow, we are here to enjoy life not to be chasing dust bunnies.

    • Cindy April 5, 2014, 8:54 am

      Hi Grace, Great to hear from you, thanks for following! Snow! Oh my, I have lived in Texas all my life and I do not get to see snow piles ever! I took these pictures a few days ago, some are on our property and some I stopped on the side of the road on my way to the grocery store! Those Bluebonnets are magnificent! My camera does not do them justice, glad you enjoy!

  • Ruth Holt April 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

    I do make lists and promptly loose them. I love your blog– don’t know where I found you, but I love your postings. You are my kind of country girl. And you seem like you would be a great neighbor. However, I live on the Texas coast. Nobody likes to be in “hurricane alley”. Good luck with that garden.

    • Cindy April 5, 2014, 8:54 pm

      Hi Ruth, 🙂 how funny! Do you think you loose your lists purposely, maybe because you really don’t want to follow them? Hehehe!! If you live in Texas then you are my neighbor, Lady! I was born and raised in Galveston. The last hurricane there was awful, I have alot of family in the area, some lost thier homes. If a hurricane is headed your way, you are welcome to head my way my friend. Thanks for leaving your sweet comment 😉

  • Lisa @ The Wellness Wife April 5, 2014, 7:07 pm

    I’m becoming a list person and I never used to be. Old age? Too much to do? Who knows. I LOVE your your pictures! Absolutely beautiful!

    • Cindy April 5, 2014, 9:03 pm

      Hi Lisa, I don’t think it’s old age I think it is just a way for us to feel more organized because yes, we do have a lot to do, If we didn’t what would we do with ourselves?? 🙂 Thanks for joining me and I’m so glad you enjoy the pictures.

  • Rebecca | LettersFromSunnybrook April 6, 2014, 7:39 am

    Hey, I remember those Bluebonnets from when I lived in TX back in 2000, when I had my little boy (now a strapping 13-year-old)! They caught my eye when I saw your link on Nifty Thrifty Things 🙂

    I don’t do an official Spring Cleaning, but I do love lists. I actually like looking at lists about Spring Cleaning and thinking about it, but I have to do just a little bit each day, due to chronic illness. I have a cleaning schedule set up on my smart phone so each day I do one household chore. That way every major area gets cleaned each week, and on days I feel better I can add a little more deep cleaning. On days I can’t do any chores, I only get a little behind, rather than having the whole place to clean at once.

    • Cindy April 6, 2014, 11:00 am

      Hi Rebecca, Love that you use your schedule from your smart phone, great way to keep on top of things. Cleaning chores can get out of control quickly, keep it up, it works for you! Thanks for stopping by from Nifty Thrifty Things with your Nifty Thrifty cleaning tip! 😉

  • karan Mccaughey April 6, 2014, 9:20 am

    Oh your pictures are beautiful! I love Spring! ( who doesn’t) I also blog about my travels, and just posted on Spring in New Zealand…I’d love it if you would drop by.. 🙂
    http://karanandmichael.blogspot.com/
    I found you nifty thrifty linky party….glad I stopped by!

    • Cindy April 6, 2014, 11:12 am

      Hi Karen, so glad you stopped by, New Zealand! WOW! I’m on my way!

  • Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage April 7, 2014, 6:49 am

    I love it when readers and bloggers “talk back”. It makes it seem worth it to fill the page with your thoughts when you know someone’s “listening”.

    I tend to make both physical and mental lists. The trouble is that I am so busy with the everyday must do’s that I often feel tired and lazy by the time I can fit in some need to do’s.

    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Joplin

    • Cindy April 7, 2014, 9:30 am

      Haha! Laura, ugh! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be like Samantha and just wiggle your nose and all those nasty chores are done? I do love it when my readers respond, thank you so much! Sometimes you feel like your just talking to yourself, makes you wonder if your going crazy? hehe 🙂

  • Judy - Jill's Mom! April 7, 2014, 6:44 pm

    Cindy, the wildflower pictures are beautiful! I have never seen such patches of flowers. Do you know the names of all of the blooms? I started a list of “house chores,” however, it became overwhelming so now it stays in my mind. Sometimes I spy that list in the junk drawer while searching for something else, I read a few lines then try to accomplish a task or two that has been forgotten. Happy spring cleaning, that is, if you can stay in the house. I love to be outside during spring in Texas to savor the beautiful weather.

    • Cindy April 7, 2014, 9:33 pm

      Hey Lady, great to hear from you! I sure hope you are doing well! Nope, sorry I only know the Bluebonnets… and I think the orange ones are called Indian Paintbrush, but I do not know what the others are so I just call them pretty.;) Yeah, I took care of the ones that really bugged me, the buggy and furry ones. The rest will half to wait for a crumby day. Then I’ll crank up the music and get busy! Outside is callin’ my name! Thanks for joining me. 🙂

  • liz April 8, 2014, 10:00 pm

    I am so completely unfocused when cleaning – I flit from one area to another and never end up finishing a room. I also do this in my garden. I’ll start cleaning one bed & on the way to dispose of the debris, I’ll see some weeds that need pulling and then I see another area calling to me, so none of my beds are fully cleaned. I really do try to stay on task but it gets boring so I keep moving on to something new. I tried lists but they became to stressful – so no more lists. Stuff does get done, & what doesn’t – oh well, la di da – eventually I will get to it.

    • Cindy April 9, 2014, 4:54 pm

      🙂 List can be stressful!! No doubt about it! I have decided “LIST” is a dirty word! I think I’ll do it when I see it, if I feel like it, hehe. I love your “la di da” spirit Liz. Thanks for visiting and commenting, your awesome! 😉 Cindy

  • Stacey April 9, 2014, 7:40 am

    Another Texan here and your bluebonnets caught my attention!

    I make a list every day but sometimes only get one thing done from the list. Then I make a new one the next day. Not very efficient but it’s the truth. I’m very scatter brained. I’ll be cleaning one room…walk to another to put something up…then I stay in that room awhile. Sometimes I have to talk out loud and tell myself to finish what I’ve started!!

    I do spring cleaning but not to the extent that I see people write about. Our house stays pretty clean because I’m a little ocd about it. If you see fur on your vent a hood just clean it that day and be happy. 🙂 Right now our little dog is shedding so much you’d think she would be naked and it’s a mess! My vacuum cleaner died and I’m waiting to use my 30% off coupon at Kohl’s to buy a new one. Oh brother, that’s tmi.

    Like you, I’d much rather be outside hearing the birds and enjoying the beauty before it hits 100 degrees and burns up.

    • Cindy April 9, 2014, 6:41 pm

      It seems majority says we are not alone! I’ve decided “LIST” is a dirty word and not made for cleaning! Clean it as we see it even if it means a little here and a little there. Eventually it will all get DONE! Yeah, we know it will soon be too hot to enjoy so let’s enjoy it while we can and clean on bad weather days or when we feel like it! hehe! Thanks for joining in and the follow Stacey!! looking forward to hearing from you again!

  • At Rivercrest Cottage April 9, 2014, 7:56 am

    skip the list and just get it done. I spent years making lists and losing them. Now I just make a list of the chores that are big, the rest I just do on the spot or do on a schedule. Like laundry… I have 4 laundry containers: a white one for whites, a heavy black one for jeans and sweats, a lighter weight looking black one for dark clothes like pajamas or black tops, etc., and a light beige one for colored clothes. When one is full enough, I do a load. My kids are grown with families of their own, but this worked when they were little and it works on my husband. He can handle 4 types of laundry, but I don’t think I’d go past 4! LOL. Hope this helps, love your blog. We’re Texans too.

    • Cindy April 9, 2014, 10:56 pm

      Wow! I don’t have room for 4 baskets of laundry! Closets would be nice in my home! I Love my old home but we have no closets! I agree, just get r done! Why waste time writing a list that you will not use. 😉 Thanks for stoppin’ by and sharin’.

  • Connie April 9, 2014, 10:26 am

    Your beautiful pictures caught my eye! Are those Texas bluebonnets? I know it’s a treat to have them announce spring every year.

    I started having house help twice a month when I was teaching and now that I’m retired and not as much energy, I still have a house cleaner twice monthly. However, there are chores to be done in between time. I realize that I am bad about getting distracted by a second job before I’ve completed the first.

    • Cindy April 9, 2014, 11:13 pm

      Connie, I like to call it multi- tasking! That’s what we do, we are care givers. It’s just my husband and I so our home is pretty clean but it would be nice to have someone come do the deep cleaning, maybe 3 or 4 times a year. Oh yes, Those are Bluebonnets! My camera doesn’t do them justice and we have had a lot of overcasted days here. Thanks for joining in and thanks for stoppin’ by. Cindy

  • Kim Gaynor April 13, 2014, 8:53 pm

    I tend not to make lists when it comes to house cleaning. It makes me dread house cleaning even more than I already do. Maybe it’s because my mom used to leave us lists of chores to do during the summertime. So here’s what I do when I clean: I focus on one room at a time, and I thoroughly clean it, then I go on to the next one, then the next and so on. Some days, I clean just one or two rooms per day. Within 3 days, the whole house is clean.

    • Cindy April 14, 2014, 11:54 am

      Great process, Kim. That’s the way to get it done! I try to stay focused, I just spread it out a little longer. Thanks for stoppin’ by and sharing! 😉

  • Mary May 20, 2014, 10:25 am

    Thanks for writing a post about me, I am just like how you described yourself. I started cleaning my bedroom and just got one corner done because I left to do something else. I do work in my garden every morning because the chicken coop is beside it and I go out to feed them in the mornings. I make a list of things to get done on the house, only to find it a month or more later and see things still not finish.

    • Cindy May 20, 2014, 12:23 pm

      Hi Mary, ya know we are not alone, I think this is the norm these days. Our lives are so full and we never seem to have enough time to do all we intend to do. Maybe if instead of making the “to do” list we should make a “done” list of what we actually do. As we go about our day try writing down every single item ie. fixed lunches for the kids, washed a load of clothes, worked in the garden etc. and then we can look back and feel more accomplished and not focus on the list of things we did not do. I’ve tried this and believe me it would be easier to simply speak and record the items on the “done” list if you are able. I never realized the “done” list is a lot longer than the “to do” list. That’s awesome and makes me feel so much better! No more “to do” list for me. Hehehe! Thanks so much for visiting and your awesome comment! Have a great day Mary!

  • Marilyn June 26, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Hi Cindy, I was drawn to your blog because of the pics of the bluebonnets. 2 of my 3 (adult) children have moved from their native California and relocated to Texas. I’ve really enjoyed your blog and have it on my favorites list. Thank you for all of the clever projects. My husband and I will probably retire to Texas in a couple of years. Thanks for your blog, Marilyn

    • Cindy June 27, 2014, 9:11 am

      Hi Marilyn, thank you for visiting, glad you enjoy the Bluebonnets and so sweet of you to add my little ol’ blog to your favorites! You can sign up with your email and get all my post in your in box, so you won’t miss any of them! I hope you make it down here soon, bring that third child and be close to your family again. Texas is a great place to live! 🙂

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