Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Contest For the Weekend, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  

Hello, everyone, welcome to today's matchup between mimi and Grandpa's room.  It looks like it's going to be quite the contest.

Grandpa, as everyone knows, hates for mimi to clean his room, even when the housekeeper didn't show up to do it.  That's why it's a contest to see if mimi can clean his room in the 30 or so minutes that he's out of the house in the morning.

Here's mimi now, let's see what she's up to.

"Hello, mimi!  How are you feeling about today's competition?"

Right now, i'm feeling pretty confident.  Because Grandpa never tells me when he's going to leave the house to go to daily Mass, i have to have everything ready.  My Windex and newspapers are here, the Lysol and rags are there, i have a Chlorox toilet cleaning wand at the ready, a Swiffer sweeper already loaded with the pad, and i'm pretty certain there are clean linens hiding in the closet, but of course he would see me if i went and looked so that has to wait.

"And how much do you want to accomplish while he's gone?"

The hope is that i'll get the bed stripped and remade, the bathroom cleaned, the bedroom swept, and as a bonus, his office dusted and vacuumed.  He never lets anyone clean the office, and he's not generally very thorough when he does it himself.

Did i just hear the door shut?

"Yes, you did, and his car is out of the driveway."

Time's a wastin'!  The first thing is to strip the bed, and the very last thing is to remake it.  That way, if my timing is off and he gets back before i'm done, he has to at least let me finish the bed because otherwise he can't get in it!

"That's quite a sneaky strategy!"

Well, you have to be sneaky when dealing with Grandpa.  Now that the bed is unmade, i will scrub the toilet bowl and spray down the tub.

It's not a very big bathroom.

The tub is standard sized.

"What's next?"

Next is dusting both rooms, really quickly.  It doesn't do to wipe down surfaces and then dust, because the dust just falls and sticks to whatever you just cleaned, that's something i figured out the hard way when i got into this business.


Now for the bathroom mirror, then Lysol the sink and the toilet seat and outside of the toilet.  A quick scrub of the tub -- those scrubbing bubbles really do a good job, there's not a lot of elbow grease needed -- and a rinse.

"What about floors?"

Swiffer is a good choice for all of these hard floors, they are the vinyl tiles that look like wood, durable and easy to clean.  Once i sweep, and i have to make sure i even get well under the bed, and in the bathroom, i'll use a wet swiffer pad to clean the ceramic tiles in the bathroom.  The vinyl tiles are the kind you aren't supposed to use any cleaning products on, so if i have time, i may damp mop those floors, but it's not a priority.

"Where does the vacuum come in?"

They got the vacuum's broken plug replaced -- this looks like overkill to me.

Grandpa has those mats in his office for his rolling chairs, to keep them from marking up the vinyl floors.  As i noted, he doesn't let the housekeeper in his office at all, and those mats really need it.
"It's getting close to 9am, what now?"

Everything else is clean, so i'm digging the fresh linens out of the closet, and once i remake the bed, i'm probably going to have to call it done.

"You're right, he's making the u-turn at the corner to pull back around to the driveway.  Are you finished?"

Yes, the bed is made, the bathroom is sanitary, the floors are swept, the office is much tidier, especially those mats, so i'm calling it done.

"And it's mimi for the win!"

Thank you, thank you very much, it feels great to still be the champion!

(Folks, really, i have around 30 minutes when i go to Grandma and Grandpa's house to get his room and office done while he's at Mass, and this is about what it's like!  Since he's a sports fan, the whole time i was cleaning last Saturday, i imagined it as a play by play, and it tickled my fancy so i wrote it up.)

River, i believe, asked about Dr. D's electric broom.  It's really a small stick vacuum:

On the left if the steam mop, the Eureka is the "electric broom".

They come in very handy, especially if you don't want to have to pull out the large vacuum for a small job.  This one even has a brush roll you can turn on and off so it gets hair off the carpet. 

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Answer Your Cat's Questions Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; meditate on what your cat's question might be, then answer it

Celebration of Life Day

Come in From the Cold Day -- somebody at an ecard company decided today would be a good day to do that 

Day of Unity and Liberty of Ukraine -- Ukraine

Dia de la Fundacion del Estado Pluinacional de Bolivia -- Bolivia

National Blonde Brownie Day -- i thought these were just called "blondies."

National Speak Up and Succeed Day -- become one of those people who aren't afraid of public speaking, practice! originally sponsored by Polished Presentations International; as they no longer have a website, i'm sure Toastmasters International can help    

Polka Dot Day -- looking up why they are called "polka dots" gives lots of stories, but no concrete evidence; they were probably named after the dance craze that became fashionable around the same time the pattern appeared

Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day -- always the Tuesday of Healthy Weight Week and includes the announcement of the Slim Chance Awards, highlighting the worst fad diets of the prior year   

St. Vincent of Zaragoza's Day (Spanish martyr and Patron of vine dressers, vinegar makers, vintners; Lisbon, Portugal; Portugal; vicenza, Italy; Vilamalla, Catalonia, Spain)
    a sunny day today indicates a good wine crop next season

Birthdays Today:

Christopher Masterson, 1980
Balthazar Getty, 1975
Olivia D'Abo, 1967
Steven Adler, 1965
Diane Lane, 1965
Michael Kelland Hutchence, 1960
Linda Blair, 1959
Steve Perry, 1949
John Hurt, 1940
Joseph Wambaugh, 1937
Seymour Cassel, 1937
Sam Cooke, 1935
Bill Bixby, 1934
Piper Laurie, 1932
Ann Sothern, 1909
Robert E. Howard, 1906
George Balanchine, 1904
Rosa Melba Ponselle, 1897
D.W. Griffith, 1875
Grigori Rasputin, 1869
August Strindberg, 1849
Richard Upjohn, 1802
Nat Turner, 1800
Lord Byron, 1788
Andre Ampère, 1775
Sir Francis Bacon, 1561

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Emergency!"(TV), 1972
"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In"(TV), 1968
"The Crucible"(Miller play), 1953
"Our Town"(Wilder play), 1938
"Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"(Opera; Shostakovich Op.29), 1934

Today in History:

The first contingent of Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican, 1506
Postal service between NYC and Boston is inaugurated, 1673
The Native American Iroquois tribes renew their allegiance to the British against the French, 1690
Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain, 1771
A severe earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands, 1837
The Zulus attack the British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa, 1879
The Ancient Egyptian obelisk "Cleopatra's Needle" is erected in Central Park, 1881
After 63 years, England stops the sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series and begins King Edward VII series, 1901
First live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury, 1927
KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood, California, 1947
Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space, 1968
The Boeing 747, the world's first "jumbo jet", enters commercial service, 1970
The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued, 1971
The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous "1984" television commercial, 1984
Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet Computer worm, 1990
Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, 2002
Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president, 2006
Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres, 2014
Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours on the New Jersey turnpike in Pennsylvania, 2016


  1. It was fun reading about how you managed to get your Grandpa's office and room cleaned before he gets back. Now I am feeling tired as if I am the one doing the cleaning job. Ha ha ha!

  2. Well done you - and congratulations on the win.

  3. Aha! A stick vacuum. I wondered if it might be something like that. I used to be a speedy gonzales too, when cleaning the offices of certain people who didn't want their stuff touched, these days it takes me half an hour just to strip and remake my own bed.

  4. Team Mimi All The Way!!
    (We need t-shirts...)

  5. Mimi,

    WOW, you can really tackle a lot in 30-mins! Old people are funny. I'm sure we'll be no different when we get old. :)

  6. You are a fast cleaner! And two rooms too! Love your strategy of waiting until the last minute to put the sheets on the bed. I don't have a spare set of sheets for my bed, so we have to wait on the laundry which means I need a full morning to do just the bed.

  7. Haha.. you outsmart granny, isn't it? Congrats on your win. My grandma was like that, so I think it's the way of the old.
    Wonder Cottage
    The Glossychic

  8. You are amazing ~ when do you sleep??? Great post and photos ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Dang, that made me tired, you were moving on through with the clean!

  10. You have your timing down to a fine science. You're also very organized. I had fun reading this and grandpa was probably very happy for a clean room and office.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  11. I took notes because I want to get as fast as you! Your Grandpa is a very lucky man to have you taking care of him.

  12. We told our Female Human to learn from your speedy cleaning regime but anything that includes the dreaded vacuum monster is a bit of a horror story for us!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    Oliver & The Tribe of Five

  13. Do you still have energy to come over and clean here? MOL! Good job!

  14. How nice of you to do that for Grandpa. We just know he appreciated it a lot to come home to a clean house.

  15. You don't have to ask me twice to come in out of the cold. I don't really care to get out in frigid weather. I'll just get a glass of milk and a blondie while I surf the net. Have a blessed day.


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