Good Grief! Is it Monday already? I feel like I've been stuffed up with cotton wool and drowsy from my Alka Seltzer Cold Plus, endless napping, lemon juice, chicken soup, beef soup self cure for the last few days. It seemed there was no end in sight with this cold but I do think I'm a bit better today. Not great but definitely better. The light doesn't quite bother me as much and I'm wearing shorts again instead of long jeans and a long sleeved blouse.
Christmas is almost set now. Finally. So I was ready to think ahead to the new year. When I was a child I thought it was just some cruel diabolical plan of my mother's to tell my brother, Dennis and me that it was an important tradition to clean the house before the new year arrived so that she could put us to work. She said you needed to go into the new year without debts, without dirt. This meant she had Dennis and me crawling about on our hands and knees wiping down all the corners of the house, all the window sills and probably the walls. Being respectful children, we did as she asked but I always wondered if it was really 100% true. Whatever the case, I told my children the same thing. I never could get them to wipe down the floor boards though.
Then when I moved to Chicago, I saw a Ripley's Believe It Or Not cartoon that said exactly what my mother had told us. I was so surprised that I kept that cartoon on my bulletin board for several decades. When we moved back to Hawaii a year and a half ago, I know I must have kept it but... Doggone it!.... I can't find it. I'm sure I have it in some secure place. It would have been great if I could have added it to this post.
Since I didn't have the energy to clean the house today, I thought I'd clean up my computer, especially after I shocked Art when I told him I had over 63 GB of photos on my computer and only 25% storage space left over on my hard drive. It was really slowing down my computer. I complained about it to my brother but didn't realize it was my own fault. I was almost at the point of convincing Art that I needed a new computer... something he was not thrilled about.
I spent the day saving photos onto DVDs and organizing them. At least I'll know where the photos are even though I don't know where my cartoon clipping is.
My computer is responding a little faster now after the files were deleted, cleaned and defragged. It's ready for the new year.
Goodness, I got our Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving and now I'm thinking about the new year before Christmas.
You know... I wonder if I can convince Art that I'll be too sick to clean the house for the next 2 weeks. I'll bet he'd love to help my mom with the windows and floors. I can already see that gleam in her eyes as she looks around the house and notices every speck of dirt in every corner of every room.