Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Maids Are Coming! The Maids Are Coming!

Note: Rarely do I write a personal post, but I want to announce what may turn out to be good news. The signs look good so far.

Ever since that miserable car accident last year—Never get rear-ended by a cabbie!—I’ve been unable to do my own housework. It’s all I can manage to get the laundry and the dishes done. We live rather primitively and have no dishwasher other than yours truly, so dishwashing here involves more than loading an appliance. Until I got laid up with this back injury, I didn’t realize just how painful standing over the kitchen sink could be.

Admittedly, the housekeeping situation here is very bad, so bad that last week The Merry Maids came to give an estimate and never called back to schedule a cleaning. I'm not surprised that I didn't get a return call because the representative contorted his face the minute he started looking around. Also, he would not commit as to exactly what day he would call back.

You ask, "Why doesn't your husband help you, AOW?" He tries to, but my husband is the Oscar Madison type; I attribute his abililty to ignore the necessity of housekeeping tasks to a combination of genetics and growing up with a live-in maid. In addition, he also has back problems, much more long-standing than mine; the same tasks which give my back fits give his back fits.

This morning, after waiting nearly a week for Merry Maids' return call, I contacted a different company, which seems to have consented to come here on Monday. Being a bit of a cynic, I’ll feel more reassured when the cleaning crew actually appears at my front door, in part because the representative did not actually come to look at the house. According to the company’s representative, the crew has four members, and I figure that within three hours, these ladies can get done what I absolutely must have done: kitchen, bathroom (Yes, only one), living room, and upstairs guestroom; they can leave my home office and the master bedroom alone, except for possibly vacuuming the carpet in the latter. The upstairs guestroom, usually closed off, simply must be freshened up because my mother-in-law will be paying us a visit in September. Even though she has Alzheimer’s and won’t remember much of anything about her accommodations here after she leaves, the daughter-in-law in me just can’t abide the thought of her staying in a room which has not been properly vacuumed and dusted.

At this time, I count the blessing of having a small, albeit quite old and a bit rundown, house with mostly hardwood floors. If the maids come as promised, four of them can put this house in order in a relatively short period of time. Come Monday evening, I hope to be a much happier person—even if my wallet takes a hit.

96 Comments:

At 8/24/2006 9:09 PM, Blogger Raven said...

I can't believe Merry Maids was so rude as not to call back! Sheesh.
A back injury can have so many other effects besides pain and doctors visits
and all that- things we all take for granted- like doing the dishes- can become
impossible. Good luck AOW with this.

 
At 8/24/2006 9:17 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Raven,
As a nurse, you understand that agony that I suffer--both physical and mental. Looking at a dirty house is misery, and living in it is unpleasant. Thankfully, my allergies haven't acted up with all this dust and cat hair.

I'll never call Merry Maids again. They talked a good line on the phone, but the rep had a snooty attitude. I think he was hoping for a McMansion, though I told him ahead of time about the age and size of this house.

 
At 8/24/2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Raven said...

I hope you complain about MM to the local Better Business folks too. And to the national headquarters.

A thought- once you get your place picked up, hire some level headed teenagers to come by and help to keep it up. Teaches them good housekeeping skills, among other things!

 
At 8/24/2006 10:48 PM, Blogger Obob said...

a bad back is miserable, but a clean house is peaceful. But with three children and a dog that sheds enough fur to cover Nevada, I get what I can until the rugrats go through the room again.

 
At 8/24/2006 10:54 PM, Anonymous Debbie said...

I would LOVE to have a maid come once every few weeks, even once a month to clean ceiling fans, behind the entertainment center, all those places I hate to clean.

Back problems can be terrible and some back surgery has terrible consequences. I can only imagine what chronic back pain must be like. Prayers for both of you and good luck with the maid service. I hope they show up.

We have what we call a cabin on the river. We did the big house routine and it was a lot of work for nothing. I would much rather be here with the peace and quiet. We don't even have any service like merry maids. I would be lucky to find an individual.

Then I would be ashamed to ask her to do the work by herself.

I don't have a dishwasher either. Not because I wouldn't use one. I didn't want to give up the cabinet space for one.

 
At 8/24/2006 11:25 PM, Blogger Obob said...

thanks aagin for stopping by, the absence made me stronger

 
At 8/24/2006 11:26 PM, Anonymous Seth said...

I am to domestic what Patton was to conscientious objection, LOL.

For me, housekeeping means finally getting off my touchas and leaping into the fray in major sacrifice mode, which doesn't happen as often as it should, and I have to contend with a 7 room house + a kitchen and 2 full baths, all by my lonesome.

That said, if I had a back problem preventing me from what limited initiative I already have, I'd be in deep shirt.

Procrastinationwise, I almost am, anyway. :-)

 
At 8/25/2006 6:47 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Homeschooling is wonderful, but cleaning is in fits and starts! Worse, when my late and I married, he had a house and I had an apartment. Then my parents died,add another house. Have a marriage between 2 packrats(of different types except books), add 2 children. Right now I am trying to declutter, so everything gets worse before better! Add dog who sheds all over the state of Florida! Thank You, G*D, for terrazzo! I could cry...or pray for the Rapture! Then my back goes out, sigh...
I give! Getting teenagers or college students to come and clean is a good way to go, they make money the old fashioned way and your house will be human friendly again! Thank the Lord your allergies have behaved, that would definately be the breaking point!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 8/25/2006 7:45 AM, Blogger Ogre said...

And if you didn't live so far away, we could all come and destroy the place after the maids finished with it! :)

Oh, and two words:

Paper Plates.

I know, I know. But I AM an Ogre.

 
At 8/25/2006 9:37 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Always:

You simply have to have a dishwasher! I could no more be without my dishwasher than I could be without my refrigerator or my computer. Simply put: It's a 'must have'!

As for the cleaning with a back problem, I can only sympathize. But may I suggest that after it is all cleaned up that you get a 'cleaning lady' in periodically, if only once a month. I think that would help you greatly.

I know how busy you are with homeschooling and blogging. You need to be kind to yourself. Treat yourself too the luxury of domestic help. You'll thank yourself for it; and you'll feel so much happier, too.

 
At 8/25/2006 10:16 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

I have a dishwasher, AOW, and very rarely use it. Somehow, we seem to derive pleasure from washing dishes! That would not be the case if I had a back problem, however, and I don't envy you. It has to be miserable! :(

"Merry Mades" hunh? They sound more like spoiled brats to me... what do they do; only clean houses that don't need cleaning? Sheesh!

I hope the other cleaning team shows up and earns whatever money you have to pay them.

 
At 8/25/2006 10:40 AM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Isn't it standard to have someone clean the place once a year?

 
At 8/25/2006 11:14 AM, Blogger nanc said...

dear Lord, plucky - wtf is the matter with you? it stands to reason you only clean once a year...

 
At 8/25/2006 11:56 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Duck,
Isn't it standard to have someone clean the place once a year?

Until my car accident, I did twice-a-year DEEP cleaning (June and December), and the usual regular maintenance in between. On doc's orders, my cleaning efforts have come to a mandated halt.

Nanc,
dear Lord, plucky - wtf is the matter with you? it stands to reason you only clean once a year...

Surely, surely, he meant hiring a cleaning crew to come in once a year! The alternative gives me the creepy-crawlies.

 
At 8/25/2006 12:01 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Back in a while to respond to other comments. I need to finish up some lesson plans.

 
At 8/25/2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

My mother was a consummate pack rat/slob, so I have developed a bit of OCD about clutter and crummy floors. The thought of not being able to vacuum... AHHH! Of course, with my beagle/sheltie mix dog, not much of the food that hits the floor via the kids stays there long! LOL!

I can't imagine how frustrating that must be to NOT be able to clean, or to have intractable back pain. I hope that it works out for you, AOW!

One of the things my church does for those who can't is weekly or monthly cleaning, free of charge. It's all part of ministry. Perhaps you could look into something like this?

 
At 8/25/2006 12:31 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Oh, and you should definitely look into getting a portable dishwasher, if you have the space and budget for it. My house has a modest kitchen, and does not have a under-counter type. The portable is one of those things that will have you spoiled in NO TIME FLAT!

 
At 8/25/2006 12:33 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- Stress tightens muscles! Do what you have to to feel normal in your house. A home maybe a man's castle, but if the queen ain't happy...it's your nest and an expression of who you are! It is worth the money and if you destress your back may heal faster! I have a portable dishwasher, makes a great island in your kitchen! You'll be glad you did and so will your back!

tmw

 
At 8/25/2006 5:17 PM, Anonymous Seth said...

I don't think I'd stand a chance if I didn't have a dishwasher. I'd probably eat out a lot more or, as Ogre suggests, use a lot of paper plates -- hmmm, someone would also need to invent affordable, disposable pots and pans.

 
At 8/25/2006 5:33 PM, Blogger benning said...

Good luck!

Having on-again-off-again back trubbles, I have an inkling what you're going through.

Heal, Baby, heal!

 
At 8/25/2006 5:40 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Raven,
I think that I'll indeed complain to Merry Maids. If they didn't want the job, the rep should have said so.

O Bob,
...with three children and a dog that sheds enough fur to cover Nevada...

No children here, but with these four cats, which shed like none I've ever seen, if I didn't broom-sweep once a day, I could easily have enough cat hair to stuff a mattress. Having hardwood floors helps with the fur control, but the dustpan gets filled up several times a week.

Debbie,
Most maid services here send out 3-4 in a crew because of all the McMansions.

Our house is small but CRAMMED. My family has owned this property since 1947. Picking up in preparation for the maids' visit has morphed into quite a task.

I'm just about ready to give up some cabinet space for a dishwasher. I need to get rid of the hidden junk anyway.

Ogre,
We don't use paper plates, but we DO use paper cups for most beverages. I can't imagine the dishwashing if I had to do glasses.

we could all come and destroy the place after the maids finished with it! :)

If you pay for another visit from the maids, you've got a deal!

Seth,
I am to domestic what Patton was to conscientious objection, LOL.

Quite the vivid analogy there.

For me, housekeeping means finally getting off my touchas and leaping into the fray in major sacrifice mode

When I wasn't working outside the home, I was a fastidious housekeeper. And I used to look forward into the twice-a-year massive cleaning-frenzies. Not any more.

A microwave is a sort of substitute for disposable pots and pans.

a 7 room house + a kitchen and 2 full baths

Wow! You have a lot of space. But I'll bet that I could fill up that same amount of floor space with what I've got crammed into this small house.

 
At 8/25/2006 6:00 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Gayle,
I have a dishwasher, AOW, and very rarely use it. Somehow, we seem to derive pleasure from washing dishes!

I never used to mind doing dishes even though my kitchen sink doesn't have a window out of which to look--the windows in that portion of the house are way too high for me to see over the sills.

I checked with the maid company today, and they assured me they'll be here first thing Monday morning. Yee-haw!

Mark,
But may I suggest that after it is all cleaned up that you get a 'cleaning lady' in periodically, if only once a month. I think that would help you greatly.

Such is the tentative plan. Housework can have aerobic benefits, but the doc will have to lift the restrictions for me to get that form of exercise.

I know how busy you are with homeschooling and blogging.

The two activities take up the majority of my time.

I had to forego the usual blogging today in order to make start-up lesson plans and to run off the necessary copies.

TMW,
Right now I am trying to declutter

The clutter here really got out of control when my father died; I had to move so many things over to our place so as to rent out the house he had. And even so, I had to leave an antique desk, an antique vanity, a lathe, and a safe at Dad's house, which I rent out to family members, so the items are secure and well tended.

Brooke,
One of the things my church does for those who can't is weekly or monthly cleaning, free of charge. It's all part of ministry.

I haven't heard of a church in this area providing such a service.

I wish that I did have room in my kitchen for a portable dishwasher! TMW mentioned that it could be used as an island, but my kitchen is long and narrow; and the only available outlet is dead center, along one wall of the kitchen counter. The fellow who built this house did not design it for a woman's taste!

TMW,
Stress tightens muscles!

Yes, and maybe once this house is presentable, my back pain will ease off.

Benning,
Heal, Baby, heal!

Hold that thought!

 
At 8/25/2006 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story of man
moving dirt from here to there
against the whirlwind

 
At 8/25/2006 6:45 PM, Blogger nanc said...

that has to be farmer...

 
At 8/25/2006 6:48 PM, Anonymous Seth said...

The story of man moving dirt from here to there against the whirlwind, LOL. Ain't that the truth.

This is the first house I've ever owned, I'm used to one and two bedroom apartments in downtown areas (except a house I rented when I lived in P.R.), and the space, to me, is intense. I do all I can not to clutter it up, just so I can enjoy the space. :-)

 
At 8/25/2006 7:00 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
that has to be farmer...

Sounds like him, doesn't it?

If it was he, Farmer must have decided not to sign in--for whatever reason.

Anonymous & Seth,
One of my mother's dearest friends used to say that she wanted a tent so that she could pack up every few months and leave the dirt behind. :)

Seth,
I truly believe that if we had more space, we'd be able to control the clutter. I realize that I'm delving into theory, if not into outright fantasy.

 
At 8/25/2006 7:20 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

Sorry to hear about you health problem.

 
At 8/25/2006 7:22 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Missing Link,
Thank you.

But don't be TOO sorry. My back problems brought me into the blogosphere!

 
At 8/25/2006 9:52 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Nanc,

I don't think Farmer John writes haiku. ;)

 
At 8/25/2006 9:54 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

But I know a guy in a gasmask that does, occasionally.

 
At 8/25/2006 10:04 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
You write haiku?

I know, of course, that you occasionally write a sonnet (sort of):

I was enjoined to write a sonnet
For a high school English class
And had I not thought upon it
The task might have kicked my ass
"Ten more lines to write!" you say
And all within this parameter:
Rhyme eight lines a-b-b-a-a-b-b-a
And in iambic pentameter
But what about the rest
Can it be done
With such nuance?
Well sure,
but not quite so
Lest I become a bad influence.

 
At 8/25/2006 11:59 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Oh honey - it will be worth whatever they charge. Being in a cluttered house just depresses me. In fact I am sending Troll out with the girls tomorrow so that I can really go through this house - - it's getting bad. I have to get ready for the coming start of school!

I am sure that the housecleaners will help you to feel better and I hope that your back pain eases up.

P.S. I am one who really enjoys doing dishes by hand. However the portable dishwasher has been a huge timesaver for me.

 
At 8/26/2006 6:52 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- There are also countertop dishwashers, but I don't know how well they work. More space is a fantasy! More space means you don't realize it's clutter until it starts taking over(again) then you just have MORE stuff to get rid of! It's worse than rabbits or wire hangers!
I know you will feel tons better to have your house back! That will destress, so it's well worth the money spent for peace of mind and relaxation! Enjoy it!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw
P.S.- Glad you enjoyed the "Yellow Pages", I thought it was great! Very handy too! Answered your e-mail, can I hide at your house from Nanc and Fern?

 
At 8/26/2006 8:09 AM, Blogger LASunsett said...

Merry Maids is a national franchising company. Maybe the home office would like to know about this.

I'd let them know how they treated you.

 
At 8/26/2006 9:56 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

LA,
Thank you for that link! Your providing it saved me some time.

I just fired off a nasty letter of complaint to Merry Maids. The contact form was restrictive as to length. But I am a blogger and know how to deal with the word limits at HaloScan, so I always copy and save so as to subdivide into shorter portions.

 
At 8/26/2006 9:59 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I know you will feel tons better to have your house back!

Absolutely. I'm looking forward to Monday morning even though I have a lot of picking up to do before the crew arrives.

I loved "God's Yellow Pages." It's a great online resource. I've recommended the site to my students.

You have to hide? Is it possible to successfully hide from Nanc and Fern?

 
At 8/26/2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Monica R,
it will be worth whatever they charge.

I'll tell you how bad it's gotten here in this house. Even my husband has been insisting that we get somebody in here to do what we can't physically do. Getting older is a bummer!

If the maids do a good job, I plan to give each of them a handsome tip. They will have earned it!

 
At 8/26/2006 10:31 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

It's nice to see that I'm not the only one who posts anonymously. Good morning mr. president!

 
At 8/26/2006 12:29 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- Good! I'm hoping it's useful! Just remember that we have an uncorruptable body, after the slider I took this morning I am ready for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As for hiding, oy, not possible! Nanc's law background will make her relentless with resources! I'm lost!

tmw
P.S. Don't get obssessed with pick up, you'll stress and hurt something!

 
At 8/26/2006 12:32 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Don't get obssessed with pick up, you'll stress and hurt something!

I'm trying not to. I've been doing the picking up a little at a time. My husband will have to tend to the end table next to his recliner. Ick! What a bunch of clutter. Only he can sort it.

 
At 8/26/2006 1:03 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
And my husband will have to move the new tires too. Yes, tires, right here in the living room. UPS tossed them on our front porch yesterday. I hope that we can get those tires on the Mustang tomorrow. The maids would have fits if they were to come into the house and see two TIRES!

 
At 8/26/2006 2:52 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Tires? I love it! I have a friend that got in trouble for taking his Harley into his apartment livingroom! As for hubby's table, yeah, he better deal with it. Who knows what trash is buried under the treasures! hehehe!

tmw

 
At 8/26/2006 3:06 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Mostly trash, I think. But some of the scraps of paper might be important!

At least the tires are paying a very short visit to the living room. One time, we had special wheels for Mustang cluttering up the house for two weeks!

 
At 8/26/2006 6:19 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- Well, your husband didn't want them to get "nasty" from just sitting outside, did he?

tmw
It may be saturday, but Monday's on the way! to paraphrase an old Carmen song!

 
At 8/26/2006 6:33 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Actually, those tires might have gotten quite nasty. We have a (stray?) tomcat in our neighborhood. Tomcats love to anoint tires. I haven't seen "Little Tawny" spray, but our cats--all spayed females--don't like him. "Not like" is an understatement.

 
At 8/26/2006 8:59 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- I can see it now, one female sees the little varmant, her hissess and yowls bring the rest in assorted order(according to age, mobility and who hates him the most!) LOL! I have had to toss furniture that my roommates spoiled brat dog peed all over, including my pillow! Nasty is right!

tmw

 
At 8/26/2006 9:17 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I can see it now, one female sees the little varmant, her hissess and yowls bring the rest in assorted order(according to age, mobility and who hates him the most!)

I see that you know the protocol! Mysti, who hates intruders the most, spotted Little Tawny sniffing around the tires on the front porch and, from her window perch, began hissing and growling in a high-pitched tone; Cameo, our youngest and feistiest with her Siamese/Russian Blue heritage, came running with all her fur standing up. Dusti is a coward, so she crouched under the bed. Sheba, aged and deaf, didn't know a thing was going on and continued to snooze away.

Quite a morning here!

 
At 8/27/2006 2:40 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Yeah, I wrote the above anonymous haiku. I didn't intend for it to be an anonymous post, however.

 
At 8/27/2006 2:44 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

AOW,

Do you have a tire mounting machine and a computerized wheel balancer in there too? :)

 
At 8/27/2006 6:13 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- Yep, I can see it now, the level of agitation rises, the amount of movement by the interested parties increases, the noise level approaches the point of boilover! Animals are certainlly a wonderful addition to our lives! They keep us alert and awake. My puppy-wuppy lets no leaf go unchallenged across our yard, so you know what is going on, even when you're trying to read, type a comment, reading out loud or conversing! Keeping a train of thought can be a way of challenging your mind!
well, I pulled an AoW yesterday, hit a patch of water in the kitchen, everything is screaming at me this morning! My left knee and shoulder are VERY unhappy, PTL nothing serious, just a reminder that 50 is behind me! Nertz!
Hope your day is less painful!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 8/27/2006 6:16 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

P.S.- When I was a new bride, the house my late bought was small, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath! Getting ready in the morning with 2 adults and a toddler(and infant) was a challenge in scheduling!

tmw

 
At 8/27/2006 7:00 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
Do you have a tire mounting machine and a computerized wheel balancer in there too?

Unfortunately, no. But my husband does have castor/camber plates so that we can do front-end alignments. Those plates are in our shed--not in our living room.

 
At 8/27/2006 8:45 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I pulled an AoW yesterday, hit a patch of water in the kitchen, everything is screaming at me this morning! My left knee and shoulder are VERY unhappy, PTL nothing serious, just a reminder that 50 is behind me! Nertz!

When we get over age 50, we have to be very, very careful not to fall.

My advice for you today: several long and as-hot-as-you-can-stand hot showers. They work wonders, after the icing (which I hope you did yesterday).

Thank the Lord you didn't break something!

 
At 8/27/2006 9:11 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
When I was a new bride, the house my late bought was small...

When my husband and I first got married, we rented my grandmother's little cottage, on the same lot as her "big house." For over nine years, we lived in The Little House, which consisted of two large rooms (a bedroom and a living-room/kitchen combo). No bathroom! Once my grandmother passed away, we moved into The Big House. Now, The Little House is a storage unit. It's crammed full!

Funny thing about that Little House...Originally it was a garage, then converted to a chicken brooder, and finally to an "efficiency apartment."

Our living in The Little House saved us loads of money. Also, my mother's mind was eased because someone was watching over my grandmother. My grandmother was the very independent type, and she never suspected that we were keeping an eye on her, and those short trips to her one bath allowed for us to watch her without being obvious about it; she always thought that she was doing my husband and me a favor. Which she was!

For a time, my teenaged cousin moved in with us. Talk about three's a crowd!

 
At 8/27/2006 9:13 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
I wrote the above anonymous haiku. I didn't intend for it to be an anonymous post, however.

Your haiku is worthy of an A+!

I plan for my classes to write haiku this year. Yours can be a model for them.

 
At 8/27/2006 11:32 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Right now we are living in the house my parents left me. about 1150 under a/c. 3 bedrooms/2 baths, small but adequate for our needs. We spend lots of time together in the livingroom, so we know each other pretty well and talk to each other! Which is a blessing really, methinks that's why my 2 have turned out so well, we aren't isolated from each other!
Yes, I iced yesterday! PTL, my knee was a bit of a worry, but it is so much better than yesterday. Now I have both shoulders a wrist and ankle talking, but it's more achy than "pain" pain. Slept well last night, so that was a factor I think in why I'm doing so well today!
Haikus are fun, hope you share some of the "art work" with us!
I love homeschoolers!

tmw

 
At 8/27/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

So I guess I won't be calling Merry Maids. My Wife and I both have health problems. We moved from a large house to a mobile home because I have cronic back problems. She's had a couple of heart attacks, plus she has COPD and Osteoporosis. Most of the "stuff" that was in the house is somewhere out in the shed. We do our best to make sure the mobile home has that (real) lived in look. Good luck with the maid service.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

 
At 8/27/2006 5:44 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

David,
Does half the world have back problems? Sometimes it seems so.

I'm hoping that by this time tomorrow my house is spic and span.

 
At 8/27/2006 5:47 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Knee injuries can be tricky. But if you're better today, the cartilage must be okay.

I enjoy teaching the poetry unit in my classes, even though I'm not a master at writing verse. I do quite well writing haiku, however. Maybe it's the conciseness factor!

 
At 8/27/2006 6:39 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I've taken two other falls like this, years ago in CA. I wrench every tendon and ligament in my leg(always the left) no other damage. I didn't go down so badly this time, the pain is about 25% of previous times, PTL! I didn't fancy driving myself to the doctor! The last time was at the Pinnacles inCA. walking down a steep path, thought I had broken my thigh, I think my scream of pain is still echoing in the mountains! LOL! But I had just pulled everything, like an all over charley horse! I know you are excited about getting that work done, it will be well worth the dineros for that sense of well being having a clean house again will give you! Enjoy!
Be praying for Morgan, MadZ,RetiredPreacher and I this week, please. We have some weather heading for us, especially Morgan.
Thanks!

tmw

 
At 8/27/2006 6:57 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

AOW,

Haiku is one of my favorite forms of poetry. Just don't ask me to compose in Japanese.

 
At 8/27/2006 7:01 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

AOW,

I'm coming over to your house next time I need a front end alignment LOL.

 
At 8/27/2006 7:08 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
That would be quite a drive, so be sure you don't wear those front tires.

My husband would certainly do an alignment for our future President!

 
At 8/27/2006 7:10 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
You should put a posting with a few of your haiku. And possibly add some of your art work.

 
At 8/27/2006 7:11 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I just finished watching the evening news. Definitely some weather headed your way!

 
At 8/27/2006 8:22 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

The worst will be to the west, but we will be on the bad side. I think MadZ is south of me along with RetiredPreacher, but Morgan is up in Jacksonville! They may get the eye passing over them! Go to the National Hurricane Center site, you can get all sorts of interesting info!

tmw

 
At 8/28/2006 3:44 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I think you may have seen one of my other haiku -

Birdshit stained windshield
Police car takes me to jail
For peeing on streets

 
At 8/28/2006 5:11 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
Better not post any artwork for that particular haiku, especially if the artwork is of the before-and-after type. Hehehe.

 
At 8/28/2006 6:22 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Beamish is an acquired taste, AoW!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 8/28/2006 6:24 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Beamish is an acquired taste...

Agreed. I have been referred to as "blunt AOW," but Mr. Beamish is even more so.

 
At 8/28/2006 7:46 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Nothing wrong with bluntness, in the right places and times. Personally I'd rather deal with blunt than sneaky!

tmw

 
At 8/28/2006 7:48 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

BTW- I called RetiredPreacher last night, his paramedic son was going over to put up the rest of the shutters and he said they were tied down good! I'm a mother, what can I say?

tmw

 
At 8/28/2006 7:52 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Sometimes my bluntness gets me into a bind. Oh, well.

 
At 8/28/2006 8:07 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Forewarned is forearmed.

I well recall a few years back when we had to batten down the hatches for Hurricane Isabel. The Lord watched over us--felled trees and crushed cars everywhere, but not on our property.

We were out of electricity for a few days, but one of our neighbors had a portable generator, so our basement stayed dry because the sump pump was operational with that generator.

 
At 8/28/2006 1:32 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

My son checked the generator this morning and it works great! But it looks like it will pass east and south of us now! At least 60% + chance, we're getting to betting odds now!
How's putty-tat doing? And have the maids arrived?

tmw

 
At 8/28/2006 1:48 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Preliminary diagnosis for Cameo: abscess. She should be coming off the operating table about now.

The maids have come and gone. Wow! Best money I've spent in a long while. I recommend The Maids. Their rates aren't cheap (in this area, $128/hr for a crew of 4), but they get the job done.

I got to practice my Spanish with them. The team leader was truly bilingual and one of the crew nearly so. But the other three knew very little English.

Funny thing with the maids today...They were so surprised at (1) how small this house is and (2) the lack of a dishwasher.

 
At 8/28/2006 4:39 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

HooYah! I'm so happy for you! Yeah it's expensive, but now it will be easier for a single person to care for it! And I know you feel better on 2 counts! Small house, probably didn't take that long and then you can fetch home putty-tat! Will she ever be surprised!

tmw

 
At 8/28/2006 5:13 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
HooYah! I'm so happy for you!

Thanks!

In order to keep expenses down, I had The Maids skip the dusting in our tiny and rarely used dining room. I'll dust it myself tonight or tomorrow. The Maids did the floor in the dining room, and Dusti, once released from confinement in the master bedroom, flopped down on the clean surface as if to say, "It's about time!"

I didn't have The Maids tackle the master bedroom; I have to put away too much stuff in there before any deep-cleaning is attempted.

Cameo will indeed be surprised when we bring her home. Unfortunately, she has to stay overnight at the animal hospital; the abscess was much larger than it first seemed, so she needs to stay in hospital for the night. We're scheduled to pick her up tomorrow at noon.

 
At 8/28/2006 8:49 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Poor baby! She will be glad to see you, then she'll probably pout for an extended length of time, especially with "The Collar"! Is she good at giving guilt trips? But you also have your house back, that should help!

tmw

 
At 8/29/2006 7:09 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I have most of my house back. I didn't have The Maids clean my office or the master bedroom (My husband vacuumed the latter last night). Both my office and my office are very cluttered because I stashed some of my pick-up items in those rooms.

My husband came home early from work yesterday so as to see this beautifully clean house. By the time he got home, I had picked up the master bedroom; I told him not to look into my office. LOL.

Also, I need to dust the dining room. I had The Maids skip dusting in that room because I have so many breakables there--antique glassware which has been in my family for generations. Dusting the dining room is the easiest and most enjoyable housekeeping chores here.

I think I'm going to have The Maids come in every few months. The Maids couldn't get over how old and how small this house is.

If my budget allows, I'll ask for once a month. I never know about my fourth-quarter budget until I get the tuition payments from my homeschool group. Next time The Maids come (I can ask for the same team!), I'm going to have them wash the woodwork; I used to wash the woodwork once every two years, but I've been off that schedule since caregiving Dad in his last years, particularly once he was diagnosed as terminal in 1996 (He lived another 1.5 years after that diagnosis). Then there was the grieving and the estate to settle--those processes took about two years.

Cameo didn't mind the Elizabeth collar when we had her spayed. We'll see what the reaction is now. She may also have drainage tubes for me to attend to.

Cameo is not inclined to sulking or pouting. In the past, anyway. But she's never been this sick before.

 
At 8/29/2006 7:56 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- Well, in that case she just may be happy to be relieved of the pain and feeling something is wrong! So glad you're happy with The Maids, what a relief for you! I'm going to e-mail you later, Donal had a great idea, so I will be contacting some folks!
Be well, be blessed!

tmw

 
At 8/29/2006 12:09 PM, Blogger Eleanor © said...

AOW - I crowed with delight after reading your post as I have had similiar experiences with maid services and my Oscar-Madison-style husband who allowed things to pile up during bout with injury and illness during our long marriage. I feel for you.

 
At 8/29/2006 3:02 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Eleanor,
Many men are Oscar-Madison types. Right now, my husband is doing his best to be neat and tidy. I don't expect it to last long, however. He always reverts to type.

 
At 8/29/2006 5:40 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- My late color coordinated the wire hangers and his shirts! He had them hung in threes, he complained early in our marriage that I didn't dust and vacuum everyday like his mother! My reply was, "I have a life." If he got to persnickety, I'd hand him the dustrag and told him to have fun! I didn't marry Oscar...

tmw

 
At 8/29/2006 6:09 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
The Felix type, I see. I'm not naturally neat enough to be married to the Felix type.

 
At 8/29/2006 6:55 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I wasn't either! He relaxed after the children arrived! He was more concerned with their wellbeing than his shirts! He had his heart in the right place! I still miss the rat, he's still going to get a kick in the seat of the pants for bugging out! LOL!

tmw

 
At 8/29/2006 7:16 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I still miss the rat, he's still going to get a kick in the seat of the pants for bugging out!

A good marriage, huh? :)

 
At 8/29/2006 9:17 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

VERY! I was so blessed by G*D to have that man in my life. I learned alot and was encouraged to grow into what G*D designed me to be. We were married for 5 weeks less than 15 yrs., not long enough! And Thanksgiving still isn't our favorite holiday, he died the day after! But he was home with his family and beloved pets, so that was good! It took us about 3 yrs. to get our heads screwed on straight again. To few good Christian men out there, each one's a treasure to be cherished!

tmw

 
At 8/30/2006 6:30 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Losing a loved one around a holiday is so difficult! I lost my mother a few weeks before Thanksgiving, and that holiday has never been the same since. For one thing--not the most important aspect, of course--Mom always cooked the Thanksgiving meal for the extended family. Nobody could cook like Mom!

One of our dear friends died from brain cancer on Thanksgiving Day itself. The family has never recovered. His widow makes sure to go on a little trip for Thanksgiving week.

Another of our dear friends lost her brother in a car accident on Christmas Eve. His car was loaded with presents. My friend's brother had only recently come to the Lord, and this was to be his first Christmas as a Christian living a sober life. The family has never resumed the Christmas Eve celebration often observed in the South--opening presents the evening of Christmas Eve. BTW, my friend's brother died some 30 years ago. The grieving still continues.

In my experience, the grief never ends. It just gets more bearable.

You had less than 15 years with your husband? Not long enough!

few good Christian men out there, each one's a treasure to be cherished!

So true. Some of my single friends often complain a bit about that.

 
At 8/30/2006 8:33 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Fortunately my daughter, Daddy's girl par excellance, has been able to develope a good relationship with me! She was pretty much his clone in temperment and personality. The 2 of them were born on the same wavelength, it was spooky! But now she has a tight relationship with me, so I have 2 close children, no favorites! Though each is convinced the other is my favorite! LOL!

tmw
P.S. Without G*D we would be in horrendous shape and seperated from each other emotionally!

 
At 8/30/2006 10:52 AM, Blogger Eleanor © said...

AOW - My hubby is dyed-in-the-wool Oscar-Madison type and considers housework to be unnecessary, a waste of time and efffort and is happy with piles around the house. However, no one should disorganize his sports equipment...

 
At 8/30/2006 1:11 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Eleanor,
My husband allowed our back yard to pile up so badly (automotive "stuff") that our yard was cited by the County as an automotive graveyard. As he didn't allow me to interfere with his automotive items, the burden fell on him to remove the material before legal proceedings were instituted. He will need to take care of some remaining clutter before the trees, screening shrubs, and vines shed their leaves this fall. I still think that we could be cited if the inspector drives by again.

My housework deems that housework is necessary when the ants invade or when he starts tripping over things as he walks in the dark.

But I have to admit that I'd rather live with Oscar Madison than with Felix Unger!

TMW,
You are indeed blest of the Lord to have such a close relationship with your daughter, especially since she was so close to her father!

When I was growing up, one of my classmates had a close relationship with her father; she and her mother butted heads a lot, primarily because of that reason. But in a few years, my classmate found the Lord, and from then on, she and her mother (an alcoholic) established a truce which lasted until her mother passed away a few decades later.

 
At 8/30/2006 3:09 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AoW- I had a close relationship with my adoptive Father which caused head butting between my adoptive Mother and myself, then she accepted the Lord 12 yrs. before she died, then we had a Mother-Daughter relationship. So I am very happy that my daughter and I can do things together and enjoy each others company!

tmw

 
At 9/14/2007 10:36 AM, Anonymous Matt said...

Today Sept. 14, I caught Merry Maids in fraud. I pay for two hour cleanings. Today, I took the day off. They arrived at 9:00 so I figured I'd split so they could work without me in the way. I stopped back to my house at 9:50 and they were gone. I was furious. My house was no that messy so they should have had time to clean behind the bed, wipe the counters down, wipe the top of the fridge down, and other little things. Instead, I got the "Once over lightly. . . ." treatment. Me thinks I'll need to pursue legal action if I don't get a free cleaning.

 
At 9/14/2007 7:52 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Matt,
Thank you for stopping by Always On Watch.

Your comment made me glad that Merry Maids turned me down!

In fact, Merry Maids insisted that I paint the interior of the house before they'd even consider coming in.

I've been quite satisfied with the service which The Maids has provided. Their web site is linked in my posting.

I hope that you get that free cleaning!

 
At 11/22/2007 9:54 AM, Anonymous Bed UK said...

A few years ago i was hit by a car and injured my back this caused me so much pain it was ruining my life and then i tried one of those mattresses that mould to your body shape and adjust to your weight and i slept great for the first time in months and woke with no pain at all! You should try it!

 

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