Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Easy-Peasy Pumpkin Decorating

I sure haven't gotten around to doing much decorating for the Fall. I'm feeling sort of "Bah-humbug" about Halloween this year.

I did buy some pumpkins. 

And then I put them outside the garage door. 

And that is about all the effort I have put forth so far. 

Last year I was inspired to do some creative chevron painting on my pumpkins and use decorative ribbons. For whatever reason, this year I've been so lazy and wanted something with less effort required. 

Is that bad of me?!

I got my act together today and put some spider web on my now dead bushes in the front of the house (yeah I managed to kill those - I did not consider how much the dirt would settle and the top two inches of the roots became exposed. Lesson learned!). I also put some up on the brick wall by the garage. That stuff sticks perfectly to the texture of the brick! 

Then I put my pumpkins by the door. I had a few pairs of black textured tights, so I put one leg of the tights onto the pumpkin. And...ta dah! Cuteness everywhere! 

I was concerned the tights would not stretch over my jumbo pumpkin; my legs are not that big!

But it worked!

I found some leftover fuzzy yarn from an old craft project and tied it around each stem to look like vines. 

I think the rest of my decorating efforts are being saved up for the Trunk or Treat in a few days. My awkward swing-out SUV door is providing me with quite a canvas for creativity. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A New Approach to Old Chores

Is it just me, or is there always a never-ending list of things to do around the house? No matter what I do, I can't seem to ever get to the point on the list of chores where I can plop down on the couch and say, "There. It's ALL done."

In fact, I've already plopped down on the couch, and now I can't get up and get motivated to do anything. 

I've heard the quote

 "Life's too short to spend it cleaning". 

And I agree.

But I've also heard the quote,  

"Work hard, play hard".

I agree with that, too. 

It's a tough balance between the two. 

I'm most productive on busy days, but I'm often ready to just relax after work. And on my days off, I have a hard time getting started on my incredibly long to-do list. And the weekends are no better! My husband and I both have what I lovingly call "the hidden lazy gene" in which we are both great at our jobs, but put us together at home and NOTHING gets done. If one of us is relaxing on the couch, the other one wants to join. It's hard for me to want to spend our time together cleaning.


I have been trying to figure out another way to handle the neverending list of household chores and tasks. 

A way that both of us can keep up with. 

I decided to make a GIANT list of EVERYTHING that needs to be done. 

First, I broke it down by room/area: 

The, I filled in each cleaning chore or task to be completed:

So there it is.

I feel that I always have a mental list of what needs to be done, but sometimes it's helpful to have it in writing for a reference point. Plus, it's pretty much a fact that being able to physically cross something off a to-do list is motivating.

It also helps the hubby to know what needs to be done, as I'm sure he doesn't have this same mental list. I feel it is a common gripe of women that their man doesn't help out.

I think it may be that they simply don't think about it as much as we do.

Let me give an example.

I wrote this list out one evening while the hubby and I were sitting on the couch watching tv. All I said was "I'm making a list of things to get done around the house".

Minutes later, he got up and emptied the dishwasher and then filled it with dirties.

And I didn't even have to ask.

I hugged him, kissed him, and gratefully said "Thanks for helping!"

Just like we need recognition for the everyday tasks we do, so do our men, even if we feel their help is expected.

The most memorable thing from our marriage counseling before our wedding was simple as this:
"Katie, you should be doing things in Chris' best interest; and Chris, you should be doing things in the best interest of Katie. With both of these things in mind, you both with have your needs met, and therefore a long, happy marriage."

I feel this is an important thing to remember, and it GREATLY applies to daily life, including those pesky chores and giving recognition.

 So with this list, I am simply going to leave it out and visible to us both, crossing off items as we complete them. You could either tackle one whole area at a time, or pick one item from each area, or pick the biggest or messiest task first, or whatever you feel like that day.

I hope this will be an open-ended project in which we can both work independently on it to finally get it all taken care of, and without the use of complaining, finger pointing, or negativity.