The Patron Saint of Housekeeping

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I’ve heard it said that god created the universe in six days, and on the seventh day, he rested.

I call bull. I’m pretty sure that on the seventh day, god had to do the housework.

Yesterday, on Sunday, I did my daily tarot reading (woo-woo alert) and it said, “Don’t just sit there! Get something done!”

I did 5 loads of laundry. Darks, whites, reds, delicates and sheets. God probably wouldn’t have had to wash darks, but he I’m sure he had countless loads of whites.

I also cleaned the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.

I wondered as I was cleaning, is there a patron saint of housecleaning? The Catholic church (of which I used to be a member) has a patron saint for everything. I expected her (of course it would be a woman) to be named St. Dustina, or St. Cobwebbia, but it’s St. Martha.

St. Martha, if you know your bible stories, was the one who did all the cooking and waiting upon when Jesus visited. She complained about her sis, Mary, not helping her because Mary was instead hanging on every word J. said.

Do I have that story right? Or did Mary complain about Martha bustling about when she should have been listening to J? This is why they kicked me out of Catholic Club; I can never keep the stories straight.

Anyway, J. said, “Cool it, gals. It’s all good.”

And then Martha became the patron saint of housekeeping and Mary became the patron saint of hanging on a man’s every word like he’s god or something.

 

M, M & J

M, M & J

 

Today my daily tarot reading (woo) said, “Don’t just sit there! Go vote!”

It’s a weird time for an election. They’re usually the first Tuesday in November. But apparently some things must be decided, and they can’t make decisions without me. Off to vote, I go.

Stay tuned…

No-Spend Month

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I way, WAY overspent in January, so February has to be as close to a no-spend month as possible.

I need to stay away from The Tasty Gates of Hell drive-through this month. I also need to quit cruising Amazon.com.

My fridge, freezer and cupboards are full of food, so I think I can go most of the month without grocery shopping, too.

FRIDGE FOOD

FRIDGE FOOD

FREEZER FOOD

FREEZER FOOD

PANTRY FOOD

PANTRY FOOD

I’m a little worried about the low level of cheese in the house. I only have 2 partial blocks, and you know I love cheeses.

A COUPLE DAYS OF CHEESES

A COUPLE DAYS OF CHEESES

Oh, I guess there’s the sliced provolone for sandwiches.

SEVERAL DAYS OF CHEESES

SEVERAL DAYS OF CHEESES

And the shredded cheese for cooking.

7-10 DAYS OF CHEESES

7-10 DAYS OF CHEESES

Yup. I’m still worried.

I can distract myself from the upcoming Crisis of Cheeses by working on making some things beautiful.

I added another print to the bedroom grouping (Goodwill, $2.99) and hung a mirror on the opposite side of the bed (Amazon, $149.90).

ADDED PRINT

ADDED PRINT

ADDED MIRROR

ADDED MIRROR

I also spent an hour in the studio, unpacking and finding homes for some of the stuff from my storage locker. Progress was made, but I definitely need to keep at it. And I definitely need to find a bookcase to house the books I unpacked. Next month.

STUDIO, BEFORE

STUDIO, BEFORE

STUDIO, AFTER 1 HOUR OF WORK

STUDIO, AFTER 1 HOUR OF WORK

Stay tuned…