Tuesday, April 17, 2012

4 Weeks To A More Organized Home: Day 12

Today began as a pretty ordinary day around here.  School was back in session so we were up at our normal 6:30am getting dressed and getting breakfast.  After putting my daughter on the bus, I came back and shortly found my Day 12 Assignment:

--Get dressed in something that makes you feel great.
--Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.
--Complete your morning routine.
--Set the timer for 15 minutes and vacuum the main living areas of your home.
--Clean your microwave, stove top, and/or oven.
--Find 7 items to get rid of today. Throw them out, stick them in a donate or garage sale box, give them to a friend who can use them, or list them on Craigslist or eBay.

I fed the little one, and then vacuumed while she cuddled with her grandmother who was laying on the couch and not feeling very well.  I had been vacuuming the main living areas pretty regularly since the warm weather hit because we have very fluffy kitty cats. ;)   There was one room I had been neglecting, though...ours!   I can't tell you the last time it had gotten a good vacuuming (I normally just pass it through the doorway and move on....

Well I quickly picked up the few remaining things that were on the floor and came in with the vacuum and even took the hose attachment in all the cracks and crevices.  I must say it is looking MUCH nicer in here now!

After that, I started in on the microwave and oven.  I gave the stove a quick wipe down as well, but I had just cleaned that yesterday.

Then I made lunch.  Then I noticed my MIL's condition worsening.   I won't go into details, but she has a long list of health problems, and after consulting with her husband over the phone, we thought it best that I take her in to the ER.  They must have been pretty concerned about her, too because we were barely in the waiting room for 5 minutes before they called her back and started doing some tests.

We still do not have any definitive answers, but we know a few suspected things that have been ruled out.  They decided to admit her to the hospital here, so we had to call and cancel her flight (she was supposed to fly out tonight).

Its been a very long day for me, as I had to take along a toddler who'd not gotten her nap, and had to leave and go pick up my other daughter from school and then return to the hospital with them both.  Thankfully my husband was not working this evening and was able to meet us there.

So, what started off as a day I thought would be quite normal and allow me to get back into the groove of my schedule ended up being a very long and trying ordeal.

My sink is still full of dirty dishes that I do not feel like worrying with tonight, and there is a basket of laundry sitting half folded waiting to be finished in the middle of my living room because I was in the middle of doing that when we decided it was time to take her in.

I am thankful that I've gotten into the habit of getting up and getting my housework out of the way in the morning because if I were still functioning on my old schedule of getting in the cleaning mood after my kids were in bed, nothing would have gotten done today!

I'm not sure what the doctors plan on doing tomorrow, but I assume they want to run some more tests and just watch her for a bit.  I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers for her as well as for wisdom for her doctors.


Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM  

Prayers for you all. Hope you get a good night's sleep

angie kelley April 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM  

Sending prayers your way!

Amanda April 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM  

Thank you both. I was falling asleep typing this but now I'm having quite a bit of trouble getting to sleep. Not surprising, though.

Camille April 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM  

You are a good daughter in law. Prayers to your mother in law and your family.

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