I Have a Problem

Tomorrow is Monday. My friend is coming over so my house has to be clean . . or cleaner than it is now. If I had 48 hours, I might could get it presentable. Hmmm . . are there 48 hours between now and tomorrow morning? Probably not.

But the real problem is . . tomorrow is Monday and I have nothing on my design wall.  NOTHING I tell you!   I have a few pieces cut and half a block made.  Clean house or sew??  What to do?  I think I’ll sew.  I can’t have nothing on my design wall tomorrow, can I?  (Please don’t tell me that’s horrible grammar.  I know but I had to use nothing again so it would all work . . don’t ask me to explain.)

I have a headache.  I know it’s from cleaning house.  That’s why I never do it . . makes me sick every time.  Proves my theory that I’m allergic to housework.

I think I’m procrastinating.  I should be cleaning but I want to be sewing . . so I’ll do neither!  🙁



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    Linda says

    When I start cleaning I start sneezing, then my nose starts running…..I’ve decided that stirring up the dust isn’t a good thing. As long as I just let it lay there all is well. One of my neighbors was telling me that her husband cleans the whole house every Sunday morning before church…imagine that!! I asked if he wanted to come do mine in the afternoon, but so far no luck. LOL
    Is your friend a quilter? If she is she’ll understand that sewing is more important then cleaning.

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    Julie says

    Cleaning??? No!! Your friend is coming to see you — NOT your house! SEW and enjoy the time with your friend tomorrow. Life’s far too short to worry about cleaning.

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    Ardelia says

    Is she coming over to see you or the house? The answer is probably that she is coming over to see you. I say sew if that is what you want to do.

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    Elaine says

    Judy!! Don’t you dare clean for me!! I’d so much rather see what you are quilting. I don’t care a bit what you are cleaning! I can’t WAIT to get there tomorrow – we are gonna have so much fun!!! You better get over that headache too, we’re not gonna have time for such as that!

    See ya in the mornin’!!


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    Glenda says

    Hey Judy, now HEAR THIS !! Listen to Elaine !! Spending time with a friend is SO much better than cleaning. And you MUST put something on that design wall. So sew while you wait. Enjoy your friend !! Glenda

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    Sew! Definitely. Housework will wait, but design wall Monday only comes once a week 🙂 Which reminds me – having just finished a quilt, I’d better get something up on my wall too.

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    for goodness sakes, clean the bathroom she will most likely use…spray something good smelling and move the shoes… (I always have shoes everywhere!)…

    Now go sew!!

    Really, how dirty can the house really be!!

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    I’m happy to see Elaine is a true friend….not a “white glove” inspector who looks for dust and dirt when she comes to visit!!!! Enjoy your visit….and I hope you got something sewn to put on your design wall. You KNOW our fearless leader cannot have an empty design wall on Mondays!

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    Karla says

    I would much rather visit with my friend than worry about how clean her house is. Sew and visit, worry about housework another day.

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    In the house cleaning department, I would just make sure the dirty clothes and dishes are pickup up the the garbage cans empty……….if the friend complains about the dust, lint or streaky windows…………………………..hand her the cleaning stuff and tell her to have at it. But being the woman you are, I’m sure your busily cleaning away.


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    I have a cleaning angel (and her helpers) come once a month. Otherwise its piecemeal around here as far as getting the house ALL clean at once—rarely happens! I hope you ditch a deep cleaning and just tidy up a little so you can relax enough to enjoy the visit!

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    Deb says

    I feel your pain. But, I bet you will cook some awesome food, so that will make up for EVERYTHING.
    Now go sew something, looking forward to the design walll!

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    Nutz4Redwork says

    I used to clean my house every Sat morning when the kids were small. And then…I discovered quilting. Haven’t cleaned the house since.

    I’d put on a fresh pot of coffee and have some yummy zucchini bread, which I’m sure you have made with your wonderful chicken’s eggs and both you and your friend head for your sewing room. Life is too short to stress over a messy house!

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    Seems as though Elaine has the right idea………. And besides, your house is clean………. I have seen the pictures. Perhaps you are using your mother’s standard. I know my mother’s standard is something I could never achieve. And we cannot eat off the floor in my kitchen. But then I never was one for eating off a floor.

    Sewing will leave a legacy that a clean house never will……

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    I’m allergic to cleaning too! I had some friends over on Friday for lunch, so I had to dust. My throat closed right up. I really should wear a mask next time. I say that every time and never wear the mask.

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    A clean house is highly overrated. Dust is a protective coating for furniture so you don’t want to get rid of it. And when you die you won’t take a clean house with you. There…does that help? blessings, marlene

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    Judy – I’ve adopted the Erma Bombeck approach to life. Ronda and I have each seen each other’s house in a messy state, but we didn’t care. We enjoy each other’s company. I’d rather see my friend and overlook a little dust and clutter than to miss out on visiting. I am a terrible housekeeper, but I’m working at it. I will never tell anyone they can’t come because I can’t get the house cleaned up. If I have other obligations (like putting something on my design wall) then the cleaning will have to wait! A good vacuuming to keep the pet hair down, and away we go!!

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    I would set the timer for 15 minutes. Then go to the bathrooms and clean. Then sew. After you sew awhile, if you want to, and only if you want to, set the timer for 15 minutes again. This time go to whatever door she will come in, and just pick up whatever needs to be picked up. that is it!!!!!

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    Sandy says

    Yes, spending time with a good friend is so much more important than cleaning! My best friend and I are alot alike as we don’t worry about asking each other over and feel we have to clean all day. We accept each other as we are. Isn’t it nice to have a friend like that? Getting together is the main attraction (other than eating or shopping, lol.). I try to pick up clutter and get the dishes done before bed and then if I want to play the next day, I don’t feel guilty.