Wednesday, March 23, 2016

INTO THE BRIGHT






Things looking brighter, folks---at least CLEAN bright.   We’ve had haulers and Goodwill trips and a delightful young friend who braved a neglected MESS and hauled away 20---count ‘em---TWENTY banana boxes of unspeakable detritus in one unholy couple of hours, as I loaded and he trudged up the stairs and out with junk and grodue we’ve not seen for fifteen years.  We wore gloves and MASKS, folks.   God Bless the Young Folks, and when they’re MY age, may there be a THEM to help out.

A new cleaning service came and wrought miracles to the living room and sitting room, as well as this big gathering space down here (didn’t have to touch my lovely pink kitchen---I’m delighted to do THAT).  And Caro’s kitchen upstairs is, as my Mammaw used to say:  Shinin’ like NEW MONEY.   She's so happy with it, for she's still not quite back to her old self and strength.

What a yoke has been lifted, since this time last year, when we embarked on this kitchen renovation and all the attendant chaos (plus some added on and other parts acquired, and I’m beginning to think some of it just looked in on the migration South, liked our style, and stayed like the Man Who Came To Dinner).  We're just so grateful to have our girls regaining their health.   It’s just lovely out, the house looks and smells lovely, and I’m feeling like Dufresne In The Rain.

I SWANNEE, you've been patient.  I love everybody. 


12 comments:

Miss Merry said...

Gosh, so inspiring to read of your great clean out! I am sure I am not the only one would like to be in your shoes watching the truck carry off all those boxes! I bet (at this point) all that hard work seems worth it! I would love to wake up to a shiny clean home! I might have to bookmark this post for inspiration. I need a plan. I want to be you! Great job!!!! Enjoy yourself now and rest!

Patsy said...

And the great spring cleaning is over?? makes one feel so good.

donna baker said...

Spring cleaning - I just love it. Getting rid of stuff and cleaning too, well, it is a very slow process around here.

donna baker said...

And I left you a message on my post.

GSL said...

Glad to hear your Spring Cleanse & Purge going so well dear Rachel. We're not outta the woods up here just yet with snow rolling in tonight they tell me....bet you'll be having sun tea curing on the front stoop before long.

Kathy said...

This is exactly what I need to do. Unfortunately I don't have any young people to help haul. So it's a slow task for me. So very glad you got so much done!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Just wanted to stop by and thank you for coming over to visit my blog, and your kind comments. Don't you just love a good clean and purge? I've been doing a lot of purging the last few years, and trying to get to some good spring cleaning right now. Well, not right now. Right now I'm relaxing after a big Easter dinner :)

Jeanne said...

Hello dear Rachel, Thank you so much for your very welcome Easter wishes on Saturday. Easter Day was a huge success today and I hope yours was too. I saw your comment on Pink Saturday but I was crazy busy getting everything ready for dinner right after we arrived home from Church. Not to mention spiffing up the house. I am posting it next PS.

Your cheerful post and news about your clean up makes me wish I had some "them" to do some badly needed carry away and brightening up as well. First of all the two story A frame wall of windows need some help. I did the bottom level but 20 feet up is beyond me. I have to hire help for that Spring cleaning job. Everything else was cleaned up by 'ME' and the motivation of 'Easter company' was a great motivator. Smile.

I am so glad Caro is much improved and all is boding well for you and your loved ones.
Happy belated Easter to you all.

Have a wonderful week in your bright and light home.

Love,
Jeanne

bj said...

I'm one of those people that, if there's a huge mess somewhere as in the attic, I can't sleep at night, afraid we'll die and our kids will be left with THE MESS...so...we cleaned the attic real good once a year. Then, when we made the big move 3 yrs ago, we disposed of a lot of things we really didn't need or use...I always had too many sets of dishes so a few of those went back to Goodwill. :)

Cheryl said...

Dear, sweet Rachel! I was SO grateful for your precious visit and encouragement at my blog. It has been so long since I got to stop by here and see what you are up to. I do apologize. It sounds like you have had a huge undertaking going on...so happy things are coming together for you. May the dear Lord bless you, and I will try not to be so long in visiting the next time. :) Sending you much love and gratitude for reaching out.

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

Oh my I need to do Spring cleaning but my back has been giving me fits. I love your mom's quote about the kitchen "shining like new money.


Love it.

Kim S. said...

Oh, dear! I need some of that spring cleaning mojo. And maybe that cleaning service, too. I've had "house cleaning" on my wish list for years, but so far no luck. Maybe someday! Yearning!!! Wish I could see it all. You know how much I love that pink kitchen!