April 30, 2010

5 Weeks To A Clean and Organized Home wk4

I have seriously fallen behind in posting the challenges! We are finishing up the last week of our school year, planning curriculum and extra activities, getting ready for rabbit shows and home school convention, trying to get settled into routine with Hubby's new school and getting ready for a road trip up north. We didn't plan for all this to happen in a few week time period and so we are a bit rushed!

Instead of posting daily I will just do a once a week post and put the "what to do" in it with a recap at some point in the week.

Day 1 of Week 4 ~ Entryway, Hallways or Other Room Of Choice

Sylvia says---
We’re nearing the end of our 5 weeks. This week is sort of a bonus week where you can clean one of three areas.  Have a hallway, entry way or some other room that needs attention? Perhaps even a mudroom or back porch area?
The basics of cleaning and organizing are what you can use to clean these areas of your home. First declutter; get everything out of the area that doesn’t belong there. Next, consider getting rid of things that you simply don’t need but are storing in that area. Finally, dust, clean and straighten, touch up paint or make other repairs.
Don’t forget to clean the ceiling or at least dust it. And don’t forget to make yourself a cleaning solution of some kind and clean the base boards and floors. Move pictures off the wall, clean them, clean the wall and then replace pictures.

I have a small hallway  that will take all of 5 minutes to do a proper clean in. The only other room that could use work that might fit this challenge is the rabbits' room. I have the kids clean it nearly daily and the bunnies have it messed up seconds later. I can't wait to get the outside cages built and reclaim that room!

Creating Routine (this is wk 4 day 2)

We all have a routine even if it is not written down. I had a routine I posted in January but it quickly failed as I am not a morning person and the stress and grief of pregnancy followed by surgery knocked me on my butt a few months. I did love having everything done by noon but hated the 5 am wake up call! During the "kitchen challenge" I found the paper I had everything planned out on and felt guilty for dropping the ball. 

I really should sit down and make up a new schedule based on a more realistic wake up time of 7am. This is on my to-do list for when we get back from our trip in a few weeks.

Day 3 Week 4 ~ Continuing On and Some Great Links

Oh what GREAT links Sylvia posted! I am a sucker for links, lists, and how-to's so this makes my day! I have a few natural cleaning recipes of my own I need to type up add to my blog and the blog needs a good cleaning as well! All the things on my to-do list is sure piling up and the few weeks of summer break aren't looking like such a "break" anymore!

Spring Cleaning Printables
Suggested Cleaning List For You To Build On
Natural Cleaners and Disinfectants That You Can Make At Home
Spring Cleaning Lists For The Chronically Ill or Disabled with links to the series
Spring Cleaning Instructions:
Spring Cleaning in The dining Room/Eating Area
De-Cluttering In The Kitchen
Spring Cleaning In The Kitchen
De-Cluttering and Organizing the Bathroom
Spring Cleaning The Bathroom
De-Cluttering the Master Bedroom
Spring Cleaning The Master Bedroom
De-Cluttering The Living Room
Spring Cleaning In The Living Room

and now some good news

I had an HSG today.

Hysterosalpingogram - HSG - fertility test for tubal patency and normalcy of the uterine cavity

A hysterosalpingogram, or HSG is an important test of female fertility potential. The HSG test is a radiology procedure usually done in the radiology department of a hospital or outpatient radiology facility.
  • Radiographic contrast (dye) is injected into the uterine cavity through the vagina and cervix.

  • The uterine cavity fills with dye and if the fallopian tubes are open, dye fills the tubes and spills into the abdominal cavity.
This determines if the fallopian tubes are open or blocked and whether a blockage is located at the junction of the tube and uterus (proximal) or whether it is at the other end of the fallopian tube (distal). These are the areas where the tube is most commonly blocked.

I went in knowing this procedure would have the potential to affect the way Hubby and I uh "live". We both do not want to go through another ectopic surgery and frankly we can't afford it. Since we have given over *every* part of our lives to God and trust His judgment this could have caused some issues in the faith and trust department.


All is GOOD! The HSG was fairly quick and reasonably pain free. The right tube "spilled" first and with some effort by the nurse with the plunger and dye the left tube "spilled" as well. The radiologist said his initial opinion was that "both tubes are clear, open and good." My left tube that has suffered through 3 surgeries is not showing any damage or internal scar tissue. HUGE RELIEF!  The final part of the test checked my uterus and showed no scarring or growths. I think some "stuff" was dislodged from my left tube based on how hard they had to try and that after the test I had bleeding and some pieces of tissue flow out with the dye. The nurse said that was OK and nothing to worry about. My OBGyn should get the final results this afternoon.

This test closes the chapter on my physical recovery from the ectopic surgery and tubal ligation reversal. Now I can "let go and let God" and stop blaming myself for the past. It is a big relief to know *I* have not damaged my body to the point of infertility and that it is just God "opening and closing" the womb.
I can live with that. :)

April 28, 2010

help name my home (give away!)

If you trace my family linage not too far back you will find everyone lived in a "named" home. Town folk knew who were talking about if your mentioned the house's name. Grand names like "Old Magnolia Plantation" and "Harris House"... funny that is the same house just depends on if you were family or hired men on what you called it. Up until my mom's generation my ancestors lived on plantations, farms or sprawling race horse acreages when my grandparents fresh from the Great War moved to town and settled on a 1/2 acre.

I live in a small Texas town just a block from the "Town Square" well within the city limits and just a short jaunt to the Big Cities. Yet it feels so country listening to the roosters crowing in the dawn, smelling the fresh plowed gardens of the neighbors and staring at the stars at night while the coyotes howl in the fields and woods just across the road.

Anyways, I want to name this place.
Here are some things on the property that may help with the naming...
Wild and Native TX Pecan Trees
lightening struck hollowed out pear tree
biggest Sycamore tree in neighborhood
almost completely surrounded in iris beds
wild climbing roses in pink, white and soon yellow 
(our family's rose brought by my 5th great grandmother on the Trail of Tears)
2 medium sized gray barns that match the house
red flowered trumpet vine on the fence

Enter a suggestion to be in the give away!
I will post the prize in a bit
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