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That’s ridiculous.


Deserving or inviting derision or mockery; absurd.
ludicrous – laughable – absurd – funny – comical


So I bought a Swiffer.  Why?  Well because it’s easy.  I never intended to buy refills for it though.  Today I used the last disposable “cloth” it came with, so I sat down and made one from some terrycloth scraps I had on hand.  Here’s how the morning progressed:

  1. Mop floor using disposable “cloth” that came with the mop.
  2. Make reusable cloth.
  3. Mop a second time.  Appalled at amount of remaining dirt on my floor after having already “mopped” once.
  4. Make another reusable cloth.
  5. Mop again.  Still appalled.
  6. Make another reusable cloth.
  7. Mop again.  Still not good enough.
  8. Make yet another cloth.
  9. Mop again.  Moderately satisfied.

Yes, that’s right, I mopped FIVE TIMES.  I must say, I do not think I had to keep mopping because the reusable cloth was inferior, I think it was simply due to the fact that there was so much build-up on the floor from insufficient mopping.  The floors look AMAZING now and I’m so happy I made these cloths.  When the cleaning solution that it came with runs out I plan to refill it with diluted vinegar and a dab of Murphy’s Wood Oil Soap.

So there you have it folks.  Mopping your floor with paper does not work!  William and I are sure that this is a corporate agenda that keeps your floor dirty and keeps you buying more “cloths”.  Maybe so, maybe not, but either way, I’ve learned a lesson here.  Making these cloths didn’t just save money, it didn’t simply help the environment, it also worked a whole lot better.


And P.S. The yogurt was a fail.


Easy Update

Today I updated a couple of frames with new pictures.  It’s amazing how this makes it seem like you’ve redecorated.  I need to do the rest of the frames but it took me so long just to choose these five pictures I figured I’d wait to do the rest.


By the back door.

And in the small bathroom.

(One of my fave pics of Klaus, his first bath.)

So worth it!

We finally finished the stairs!  It was really hard work but they’re worth it!




(Just to prove that I do in fact help with these projects!)

William, We have a problem!

Well, we bought the wrought iron balusters for the stairs.  They are GORGEOUS!  William was all prepared to put them in, when we realized the banister is WAY too short!!!!  We knew that when we replaced the carpet on the stairs it had reduced the height of the banister, but WHOA, it was short.  I’m talking 26 inches (that’s just a little over 2 feet, in case you didn’t realize).  Aparently, the ideal height for the banister is around 33 inches, so we were 7 inches shy of that!  So what could we do?  It was too late to rip out the posts without destroying the stairs that William worked so hard on….

So William had a great idea (he claims it was his, but rest assured, it was mine).  Whack the post and put some wrought iron in the middle of it!  Ingeneous!  (Remember:  it was my idea!)



First we whacked the top off of the post

(we did this with a hand saw, logger style)


Then, William drilled a hole in the post


William drilled a hole in the top of the post

(using his fancy new vice)




Then William measured and cut the baluster.


All that work for only one post!  It still has to be secured in place, and there’s 3 more posts to take care of!  All in a days work.  You’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out!!!  =)

As promised

Here are more pictures of the fancy work William did on the stairs (He carved all the trim by hand).



Sing us a song

I had the most wonderful gift delivered to my door yesterday….a piano!  I haven’t had it long, but it feels like it belongs here.  I love it.  I’ve even given William his first lesson (which mainly consisted of – this is middle C, sit up straight and tall, and curve your fingers).  I’m sure he’ll be a master in no time (as long as he doesn’t sit down in a few weeks time and play the Linus and Lucy song likes he’s been playing all his life, ANSON).  As soon as I get a song worked back up, I’ll put it on youtube and link it here.  Right now I’m working on Spinning Song, which I think I last played in like 6th grade, but it’s all coming back to me.




William finished the stairs, except for the balusters, or spindles, or whatever they’re called.  Those will come later.  These stairs ended up being an unrealistic amount of work and William made them look so beautiful!







The last picture doesn’t show William’s final handiwork, but I haven’t taken a picture of that yet, so I’ll add it later.