Thought for today, 2nd July

Had my first marriage lasted, I would have been celebrating my 43rd Wedding Anniversary today. Looking back on that, I could not see it having lasted anyway, which is why I appreciate everything Hubby and I have now.

My back still hurts, something in common with that first marriage all those years ago, so I have relented and taken one of the mega painkillers prescribed by the doc last time. I’m waiting for it to kick in.
As Hubby walked the dog, I got the hoover out, which is the catalyst for this post (how sad I am you might think, but I don’t mind!).
Ladies (and gents, because Hubby is not afraid of the sucking machine in the cupboard), when you hoover, where do you start?
Is it in the room where you initially plug in and work your way round, or do you have a set routine?
In our second house, Hubby extended the flex for the upright so that we could do the whole house from one socket as it was a pain having to carry everything upstairs! My Mum got round that by having her hoover upstairs and my sister’s downstairs in the utility room. She lived with Sis since 1995 until going into the home in 2017 and did all the housework and cooking.

We live in a bungalow (single storey) which has 2 bedrooms, lounge, bathroom, kitchen and hallway.
Henry ‘lives’ in the boiler cupboard and has a lovely long flex which is usually carried into the kitchen and plugged into an easily accessible socket, leaving the body in the hall.
I always start with the lounge, moving on to the hallway and kitchen, then about face to do the rest of the hall, both bedrooms and finally the bathroom thus completing the circle ready to unplug, wind in and put away.
It takes less than ten minutes to do the whole house, so we usually hoover every day, especially when the dog’s shedding her coat.
Now when Hubby does it, he plugs in at the same socket, but does the bedrooms first, then bathroom, hall, kitchen and finally lounge.
Do you think it could be something to do with the fact that I’m right handed and therefore start on the right, and he’s a lefty which is why he does things in reverse?

Just a thought…………….

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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35 Responses to Thought for today, 2nd July

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    I start in the living room too. So sorry about your back Di. Hope the pill kicks in soon. You know I can relate to back pain.

    • Pill didn’t work and I took a second dose about an hour ago. Not like me to take painkillers, but at the moment, I need them.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I am so sorry. Do you know what caused this pain? Is it your lower back?

      • No idea to be honest, I just woke up with it a few days ago so thought I’d twisted in my sleep. I’ve got arthritis in my lower back, but this is the muscle on one side. Cream is being applied, so not only am I going to rattle, I’m going to be a slippery customer! Just take it easy for a while and hopefully it’ll sort itself out.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Don’t know if you have a hot water bottle. That often helps me.

      • Thank you. Yes, we do, but sometimes it’s a cold compress that works better for me (medicinal frozen peas kinda thing) LOL

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Yes, it depends on what the problem is. I have to reach for the frozen peas myself sometimes.

      • πŸ˜€ I had a couple of ice packs but they’re long gone and too expensive to replace now.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Frozen peas work just fine. In fact I prefer them to the ice packs because they mold to your body and the ice packs don’t.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    That’s a deep one.. personally I’d call it habit πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸŒΉπŸŒΉπŸŒΉ

  3. Sadje says:

    I hope your back gets better soon. I don’t think vacuuming is conducive to getting better soon. Get some rest.

  4. Liz says:

    I have a Henry vacumm cleaner. Had it for some years now, after buying one, knowing they have a long lead. This was because one house I used to rent for years, my previous old cleaner couldn’t reach the last room in the house from last socket available. So when it gave up the goat and for already using Henry cleaners at work, I knew what I was getting.

  5. Steve Tanham says:

    Henrys, Di. Can’t beat β€˜em! Best machine available. Why push all that weight and destroy the skirting boards when you can drag the heavy bit obediently behind you!

  6. murisopsis says:

    I’m organized and with the layout of my house I vacuum the family room first. Then the hall, mudroom, half bath and kitchen so that I can mop and let it dry while I vacuum the dining room and living room. I leave the stairs for Sparky to do (both the up and down stairs). Then it is all the upstairs rooms. The basement is all Sparky’s responsibility since he has all his “stuff” scattered around and I avoid messing with his “organization”.

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