Clean Up, Spruce Up, Fix Up
Spring is officially here now. Clean up, spruce up, fix
up, is in the air. I don't want to remodel the entire house but I just
can't seem to help myself. No matter how much I argue, the adrenaline
seems to take over and I find myself working like my mother-in-law is
coming to visit.
Adrenaline: Go to the store and buy
Self: I don't want to fix anything!
Adrenaline: You heard me! GO!
Self: Well, maybe I can get some paintbrushes and
caulk for the bathroom.
Adrenaline: And then find the paint and touch up
Self: I am sort of getting used to the
"distressed" look. Adrenaline: That's for furniture - not the
living room wall. Self: Oh.
Adrenaline: I thought I told you last week to
chip out all the cracked caulking in the bathroom.
Self: I did, but I was too tired to finish the
Adrenaline: So, its just sitting there half done
- when do plan to finish it? And what about the painting?
Self: Paint is messy and I really don't
want to get into something like that until I can finish the entire house
at one time.
Adrenaline: The outside of the house needs some
work too. Those shutters could use a new coat of paint.
Self: Yes, yes, I know. Couldn't I just hire that
Adrenaline: Pay? For something you can do
Self: But, everything in the living room
needs to be moved around for that stupid TV cabinet we bought. Pictures
will be in the wrong place. I'll have to touch all that up too. I don't
know why I ever got into this.
Adrenaline: The more you get done now, the less
to do later.
Self: I really would rather take a nap.
Adrenaline:: And what will you do when the house falls in from neglect?
Self: Okay, okay, but that stupid hutch is full
of dishes. I'll have to take those out before I can move it.
Self: I can see it now. My entire weekend shot. I
won't have time for my regular schedule due to all the extra stuff, and
next week I'll be further behind than ever.
Adrenaline: Excuses, excuses, excuses. Are you
taking your vitamins?
Self: NO! I don't have time to take
vitamins! I'm too busy painting and moving furniture!
Adrenaline: Calm down, it will all be done
eventually, and just think how nice it will look.
Self: I didn't think about all the work
Adrenaline: These living room curtains are a bit
drab. Don't you have some others upstairs? You've been meaning to bring
those down for years and never have.
Self: I'll have to buy different rods and put
those up first.
Adrenaline: Well, after you move stuff into the
living room, you will spend more time there. If you really want to look
at those stupid curtains for the rest of your life go ahead!
Self: I wonder what I did with the electric drill
the last time I used it.
Adrenaline: I was just thinking. Do you know how
to hang wallpaper? The bathroom is really getting bad.
Self: I swore I'd never try to hang wallpaper
again. The last time I tried, I was saying "sailor words"
before I got done.
Adrenaline: Pity, if you were not resistant you
could really fix things up around here. Did you notice the paint on the
patio table is chipped? You really need to do something about that
Self: You are killing me!
Adrenaline: Shut up! Women are supposed to spruce
up and fix up in the spring. It's traditional.
Self: If it wasn't for you maybe I could get some
Adrenaline: Don't blame me. I'm only doing my
job. If it wasn't for me, nothing would get done around here.
Adrenaline: No one has ever died from spring
Self: What about an adrenaline overdose?
Copyright 2006 Sheila Moss