Sunday, May 23, 2010

mousecapades and other unrelated issues

Let me be up front.... very little has been accomplished with the decluttering

A short while back, I spat the dummy, I felt more like the maid around here than anything else and now that I look back I've been kind of on strike every since.

Don't get me wrong I do stuff, but I'm not busting my gut right now. I do get a bit more help at times by other inhabitants but that's something that has to be managed on an almost daily basis. Let's just say if I wrote a list of things that needed doing, they would get done.... to the letter in fact but no more, no less. I'm after a bit of initiative here but it's slow in coming. I'll keep working at it.

Anyhow, I've felt rather unmotivated (via feeling unappreciated), we've had back to back colds for some time now... only now just clearing up but now I'm getting a lot of headaches (a new bug perhaps?). We've also had a hard week with Poss teething to the extreme, her last 4 teeth to come through all decided to come through in a week. So we've had sleepless nights, worrying high temperatures and one very sooky little babe.

That's passed now, thank goodness and she's back to her bright, perky little scamp self.

We've got mice. In our roof space. (If you're my friend on FB, you'll have read about the adventures of Squeak) We've caught 2 but it's likely there are more. We shall keep setting the traps in hopes that will get rid of them all soon. It has been cause for a bit of excitement around here though.... and a learning experience for Miss 5. I didn't sugarcoat it for her and told her straight that the traps were meant to kill the mice. She insisted she wanted to see the last one we caught... all very interesting to a 5 year old I guess. She was suitably grossed out but I doubt it will give her nightmares.

Hubby and I had last weekend away, just us, no kids. It was bliss and helped with my funk of mehness. We actually went out at night.... to a nightclub even!!! It was very different to anything I went to in my very short lived nightclubbing days. Aimed at over 25's, they played cool old (and I mean old, not 80's and 90's) music, fabulous cocktails and live entertainment... a magician, go-go dancers and a very funky house band.

We also went to the Art Gallery of Western Australia.... specifically to see their latest exhibition Patricia Piccinini: Relativity, we do not go to the gallery often but when looking for things to do in the city we came across info about this exhibition and it peaked our interest. The realism of the some of sculptures is quite unnerving. It took every fibre in my being not to reach out and touch.

And that's me to date, I have vague plans of stepping up to the plate again with my game face on and getting stuck into the muddle I call home. Miss 5's room is in great need of a weeding, so I may start there tomorrow..... we'll see

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

teeny tiny steps: Poss' Room

Motivation has been seriously depleted over the past few weeks.... the cold and flu season has us in it's grip. No sooner do we get over one bout then another steps into it's place.

So I am tired ( so so tired) and am not in the decluttering mood

However..... Just over a week ago (when I was feeling moderately better.... must have been in between sniffles) I tackled Poss' room.  I intend painting it (in the future) and with that in mind I've been guilty of letting it go... and then it got out of hand. It became a place to keep piles of clothes that Miss 5 had ougrown and needed sorting before storing what was good enough to be kept. Suffice to say I hadn't quite got around to that bit.

Then it got to the point where Poss didn't like her play pen anymore, in fact she found she could pretty much get to where she wanted but technically still be confined by pushing it around. So we changed the pen's configuration and it is now a fence (with a gate) that separates the kitchen and dining room from the rest of the house. Now Poss can explore.... but I do like to keep our bedroom, the laundry and bathroom doors all shut so she doesn't get into to too much mischief.

But it didn't seem fair that she couldn't play in her own room... so it was time to harness the power of guilt and sort it out. Surprisingly it didn't take all that long and it was very liberating to get rid of some of the baby things we don't use anymore. We also got rid of a lot of toys that are really just too big for our small place... Poss' childcare centre did very well out of us, taking our play tent (bought for Miss 5 who got the use out of it but now with 2 kids and more stuff there really isn't any space at home) and an outdoor tunnel thingy (a friend gave it to us when her kids were done with it, it is fantastic but again so big and our yard can not accommodate it and a trampoline) among other bits and pieces. I figured at least Poss can play with those things there whereas she wouldn't have at home.

There are still some things to sort out in the cupboard in Poss' room and that will happen in due course but it is now a place for her to play in.... her room not the cupboard ;)

 mind you like all kids she's prone to dragging her things out of her room and into the loungeroom and playing there... but that's life