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A Dreary Morning




Garden Cats – unfinished

While the  washing machine continues to spin a load of clothes, outside it’s dreary, and looks cold.


My vegetables are proudly growing while I sit patiently watching them.

All is quiet in our little piece of the world, except for the birds chirping in the trees out back.  I love listening to them as they work out all the details in their small lives.  I can’t tell if the chirping is just chatter in their everyday lives, or babies wanting to be fed, they are speaking an unknown language to me.


The yard is looking dry since we now have water restrictions due to our severe drought, and I think about how it’s such a waste of water  to try and keep a lawn alive.  We wonder what we can do to make our yard look better while we uncomfortably watch the grass die out.  Could we put flagstone all over the back?  Or, would rock be better.  I really don’t want rock in the back yard, since the front is already mostly rock. It looks so “Senior Citizen” to me!  But then, we are who we are…..

I’m left to do housework, i.e.:  laundry, floors, bathroom, kitchen, ect.  By the time all that is finished, I’ll be tired and won’t want to do much else.  The “else” are things like painting or creating!

I have Elvis on the stereo, but  I must be antsy because it isn’t doing it for me today.

This is my monday!  But I’m actually writing for tomorrow.  A day ahead…..what a loser!

It’s The House Wisperer!


How could any artist do without help of some kind?  If we had to pick up our own “stuff,” or do all the gardening,  or wash our own cars, it either wouldn’t get done, or we wouldn’t have time to paint, and create!  I’m so grateful to have Ariceli here  to clean our bathroom, kitchen, to scrub floors,  and  chase the herds of dust bunnies that have taken up residence on the slate floor, and under the furniture!  The dust bunnies have become more elusive since we’ve had Daisy,  our dog.  They  duck, and dart in, and out of sight, leaving me wondering if I’m  seeing things!  Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I was seeing things, they are called “Dust Bunnies!”

Sometimes when we are quietly enthralled in a movie, paying absolutely no attention to anything around us, out of the corner of my eye I think I see something roll by.  Subconsciously it doesn’t even register until a couple of minutes later when, it dawns on me, ”  What was that, a heard of mice, or dust bunnies? ”   Rarely, if ever,  in my life have I seen a herd of mice running through the house!  So out of process of elimination, it must be a heard of “Dust Bunnies!”

Ariceli’s job has increased a little since we now have a dog, and a cat!   It was bad enough to have Kramer in the house, he drags toys around, and shreds our books if we don’t put them away.  We now are careful to hide reading material out of sight leaving me to wonder if Kramer is on the take, you know extorting money from Ariceli for getting us to clean up some of our own mess!

Today is the day we get help, and yes we do a little pick up prior to her arriving.  Somehow, the few days before she comes, we get a bit messy, and leave things here and there.  Our home is really small, and this doesn’t help, but still we continue to be messy!

After she has cleaned all the nooks, and crannies, steamed the floors, and herded all the Dust Bunnies, we always walk into the rooms with a huge sigh of satisfaction.   I dread taking time to slow down while Ariceli cleans, but I love the times when we walk into our rooms and can’t see any shredded ropes, squeaky toys, leaves, or other  stuff lying around.  The house is fit for company, but we aren’t having any, so we’ll just sit here and enjoy the quiet, cool, of a clean house just the two of us!  Ariceli is truly a “House Whisperer!”