God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Thursday, July 23, 2015


I finished cleaning my blinds today.  Wooden slats. 878 of them.  All slats were cleaned first with a dust cloth ...

    Dust cloth after cleaning one set of 34 slats

... then wiped down with a cloth dampened with warm water.  878 slats x 2 = 1756 slats.  

A set of 102 slats in the living room, 76 slats in the kitchen, & 76 slats in my craft room had to be vigorously wiped down a third time because of them being sprayed with what looked like tomato paste & maybe cake batter.  I'm hoping it was cake batter.  Thick, dirty, clearish white crud as shown in the photo below.
If you're good at math, you now know that I basically cleaned a total of 2010 slats.  Sadly I do not have an extension ladder.  Who knows what I would have found on these slats.  Then again, maybe it's best I don't know.
At least the slats I come in contact with every day are cleaned.  Stained in many cases (couldn't get the brown stains out even with SoftScrub with Bleach), but clean.  

On the plumbing side of things, the plumbers came today & installed my new faucet!  They explained to me that it is an odd facet & thus not one carried in stock at places like Lowes.  The boss had to order it directly from Kohler.  It's a lovely silvery thing that doesn't leak or drip.  I was able to reclean the underneath sink cabinet, put in new shelf paper, put all my cleaning supplies down there, & wash off the countertops.  Cooking & dish washing won't be far behind   : )


Frances N said...

Please come to my house, and bring your dust cloth, soft scrub and elbow grease!!
Seriously, I'm sure you're happy it's clean!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That double height room looks rather lovely! You're doing a great job coping with the cleaning and I'm happy the sink works now too.

When my parents moved house last time Mum insisted the kitchen was OK for everyday cooking but Sunday Dinner was too much for it so my Dad had to take her to the local pub restaurant every Sunday for months!

Julie said...

Well done... that's a lot of slats!

Vickie said...

ugh! What a project. So glad to hear that is done.It will be so nice for you and John to eat home cooked meals.

KimM said...

Oh my - doesn't a clean house feel good? I'll tell you a secret - mine looks a lot cleaner when I don't wear my glasses ;0)

Robin said...

Good for you, Shirlee! Glad to hear your faucet is installed and working well! Do you do windows?

Enjoy the weekend, my friend!

Robin in Virginia

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Whew! At least you can now make tea if you want. Those slats! Oh. My. Goodness! Wow!

Vicki said...

Oh well, those high windows are gorgeous!

gracie said...

Be sure to take the time to rest...yes, clean and get moved in, but also rest or stitch!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Yucky jobs but the results are so worth it

marly said...

Hope we get to see more of the new home!

blue star stitcher said...

Ewww! Makes me glad we switched out our blinds for shutters, much easier to clean.

Ele said...

Ouch! sounds like you have been busy... hope you will soon be able to relax and enjoy the house
The double height room look very nice

Paula Lima said...

When I read, I started to sing mentally a Simon & Garfunkel song "slow down, you're moving to fast", but totally understand the need of putting the house in the right condition to live in it.
Hugs from Portugal

Kaisievic said...

Shirlee, I have some plantation shutter slats that need cleaning, if you just want to pop over to Oz - lol! Seriously, though, well done and good news re your tap.

Carol said...

Wow! Your landlord is going to love having you and John as renters, Shirlee--I know the house will be in even better condition because of you two!

Weronika said...

Wow you've made an amazing job! Looking forward to see more of your gorgeous home!

Michelle said...

Oh my what a job - well done. Look forward to seeing more pictures xx

Ma, Herself said...

Oh Shirlee you have busy, girlfriend! I just caught up with your blog and wow, I miss a month of reading and a whole lot happens...all good though!
We still have a 10x10 storage unit that holds a large portion of our things...we went from 3700 to 1500, like my holiday dishes and well, most everything that is mine :)
The blinds are clean, that must feel good and a new faucet, you will enjoy cooking and even doing dishes now....I'm so glad that you are settling in nicely. Pa and I have come to the conclusion that maybe renting is not so bad at our age, and after owning four different homes over 20 years, it is actually nice to let things be someone else's worry...and to stay in Kentucky, that is a blessing!
Yikes, that is a bit spooky, so be sure to tell us all when you are going to storage beside Satan's unit so that we know where to look if ya'll don't come back...just kidding God forbid :)

Pam in IL said...

That's a lot of slats and I'm sure it feels great to have that job done! Glad you have your new faucet now too. From what I can see, your new place looks lovely.