A Clean House…

My House Was Clean Last Week...

Ok, there is a reason that I have this sign hanging in my house!  To cover days like today.  😮

My hubby was home today.  Yay! for me, but Not Yay! for my schedule.  When the hubster is home from work that saying, “Carefully laid plans of mice and Wo-men,” apply.  I absolutely LOVE having my hubby home, but I usually don’t get anything done all day.  When dad is home everyone in the house goes into vacation mode…including me. :/

So, today my house looked like a Grouches’ Holiday Inn…imagine the bad guys house from Elmo in Grouchland.

My living room was covered in assorted piles of the 98 books we currently have checked out of the library, my couch and loveseat were covered in unfolded but clean laundry, and every possible flat surface to set something on was littered in Homeschool Prep Paperwork.

I won’t even begin to go into detail about my kitchen!   Let’s just say I’d been neglecting it for a day or two. 😦

So, after a fun filled day of staycay vaycay, I had to come back in for a landing on Reality Island.  It was almost dinner time and I had to cook.  Whoopee.

Since today was National Hotdog Day, I decided to make hotdog’s for supper.  Yummo!

After running thru the kitchen with a scrubby and my awesome lemon spray, I began the task of making supper.

Hotdogs check, Green beans checkarooni, baked potatoes got it.

Everything was coming along nicely when out of the blue my microwave shuts off.  I was like, What? Hello?

Long and short of it, I ended up calling the landlord, turns out the problem was just a tripped breaker, but the breaker panel was labeled wrong and hilarious phone call tag ensued with the land lord.

In the end, they decide to show up at our house to check out the circuit breaker, unbeknownst to us.

Remember the, “My House Was Clean Last Week,” bit from the beginning?

My landlord was coming into my house for the first time…I hadn’t met her face to face, just spoke with her over the phone…and here I was in the middle of a house that looked like an extra on the set of the Wizard of Oz tornado shoot, and me in all of my, frizzed up hair plopped on top of my head in an Extremely messy updo, wearin my oldest Tshirt and shorts that I own, you know the Do Not wear That out of the house Ever be-cause it has a hole Where?!, outfitted glory!

This was the convo:

Landlord: “We’re outside in the driveway.”

Me: “Oh, Okay.”  said with a forced smile thru clenched teeth.  😀

Landlord: “See you in a bit.”

Me: *Click*  Ack!! Oh, my gosh babe, the landlord is coming here, IS here Now in our Driveway!  Quick put the laundry in a basket, oh my goodness the kitchen!  Holy cow! I don’t have a bra on!!


Me: Wait, don’t answer the…….door. *sigh*  Helllooooo, I don’t believe we’ve met yet. 😀  Big smiles everyone, Big smiles.

Oy Vey!

I decided something while I was cleaning up the house, after they left.

I am taking, “My House Was Clean Last Week,” sign and hanging it on the Front Door!!


The Blue Moon Thinker 🙂


Vocabulary Words…

word words

Today I received a small morsel of Linguistic Enlightenment from a retired English teacher.

I was checking out books at the library and began sharing about how I was writing a curriculum for a book series I was reading for homeschool.  I am currently in the Vocabulary phase and I disclosed that I was busy writing what seemed to be endless lists of Vocabulary Words.

The librarian behind the counter looked at me for a moment then said this, “I’m going to give you a bit of a hard time about something and I hope you won’t be offended.”

All within the space of a few seconds, I thought in my head, Oh, dear. What could be the matter?  I quickly began mentally checking things off the list of stand out “might be” issues:


Maybe my hair was a wreck, after all, I had been caught in a bit of a downpour on the way to the car.  And as everyone on Pinterest knows rain, high humidity, and curly hair do not mix well.  Carefully and surreptitiously, I reached up and felt my curly locks…nope, no excess frizz.


Maybe there was a bit of food on my shirt somewhere.  I did have to quickly wolf down supper in order to get to the library.  I definitely could have missed my mouth and never been the wiser.  Quickly glancing down, I checked.  Nope, I’m good.  No crumbs or globs of egg and toast to be found anywhere on my person.

I was quickly running out of ideas and time, because she had finished checking in my books and was now looking at me as I glanced up from dusting off the front of my shirt, just in case I had missed something.

She opened her mouth, “Again, don’t be offended, but you said you were listing Vocabulary Words.  I used to tell the kids in my class that the phrase Vocabulary Words didn’t make any sense, because they were just saying, Word Words.”

I looked at her perplexed.  I knew that I should be having an epiphany or something from her obviously sage filled statement.  But I had nothing, I simply stared at her with what I’m sure was a look of, A-derrrrrr.

After mulling over her words for a full minute, but what seemed like hours in my mind, as she watched me waiting for that elusive “Light Bulb” moment, I finally had to fess up.

“I’m sorry, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

She gazed across the counter at me with a look filled with pity? Mild irritation? Defeated resignation?

Then she spoke again, “It’s okay, a lot of people make the same mistake and never even know it.”

I left the building still in a bit of a daze. The entire drive home, my mind was filled with the phrase, Word Words.

In fact as I sit here working on my Vocabulary Lists, I can’t help calling them Word Words Lists in my head.

So, for all of you Language enthusiasts out there, just remember…saying Vocabulary Words is the same thing as saying Word Words. 😮


Blue Moon Thinker :\