However, out of the bad comes the good. While we have had to endure a cleaning crew in our house from 9 until 3:30 every day, my home hasn't been this clean since we moved in 28 years ago! Every nook and cranny, every crevice has been 'de-sooted'. And, for me, a great chance to get rid of clutter and old objects that I had long forgotten about.
And, I am motivated to continue the decluttering in weeks to come - go through seldom used drawers, cupboards and closets and leave them with only functional, useful items that are used regularly.
We have one more day of cleaning crew - they are 'attacking' my laundry room tomorrow and then a walk through of the house, checking to see if anything has been missed. I must admit it is a shock to open cupboards and, while everything is in there, it has been put back differently so time is spent searching for the elusive spice or tin of tuna.
My walls are 'naked' as putting pictures back up is my job and, again, time to decide what we really like and what we have lived with just because it was there.
Next week, new stove will arrive (I hope), carpets will be cleaned and after that, it is waiting for painters for the kitchen, carpenter for kitchen cupboard replacment and microwave/convection oven to come.
For all my quilting or hobby friends, I have advice from what I have learnt! Keeping items in labelled, lidded containers is far better than any other kind of storage. The plastic bins with drawers are great as well but, having any fabrics or supplies for projects on open shelves is asking for not only dust and dirt, but in case of a fire or other disaster, damage from soot. The time and effort to clean all the little bits and pieces that are laying around or on pegboards is incredible. I am going to shop for clear view plastic shoe boxes that I can label and fill them with my fabric postcard making supplies, my quilting bits and pieces and try to have nothing left that will need dusting other than the tops of the containers. A lesson learnt the hard way and it was difficult to watch the cleaners have to handle each and every item that was exposed to soot.
Today was also my cataract surgery. I don't think of myself as a wimp but, I much preferred retinal surgery where I had some wonderful drug substance put into my body by intravenous!!! Today was a test of my patience. My eye feels like grit or granules of sand floating around but I will survive! I see the doctor tomorrow for a post-op appointment and will find out if he has success or there are issues with my scar tissue from surgery last year.
Lastly - every day is a good day when you can find time to sew! My fabulous Pfaff is back home and today I worked on my Canada Day placemats. I still have to do a bit of free motion quilting and bind them, but, they will be DONE for July 1st. I have a few projects lined up to work on while I am unable to bend or lift. For that, I planned ahead