Ok.............it's not perfect..........Yet. I have some odds and ends to do today if my body will at some point let me move again. But it is CLEAN! Every. Single. Room. Except Travis' room.........but he's half done and I swear you can literally see where the boy stopped. lol (and he did it by himself, very hard for him, proud of him I am) The yard sale is the first weekend of Oct. Priced to SELL. easy child better bring her additions that morning. The family room is FULL of stuff going. There is no more hoard in my house. It is GONE. All of it. (I'm thinking maybe I should bake cookies for the trash guys, I feel for them) I worked like a crazed mad woman cleaning all week long even with the boys here (that was very brave of me). Every joint in my body today is screaming at me. Oh, well. My house is CLEAN. As for those odds and ends.......... Carpets downstairs are nicely vacuumed but still look like crappola. They were cheapie deluxe carpets to begin with, they're 8 yrs old, and they are threadbare (literally) and now that somehow the grandkids manage to drop food and grind it in (probably stepping on it).....Maggie is eating, or trying to, the carpet to get at this *food* she smells but can't see. omg Then in the living room.......well, Fred loved his coke and the man chain smoked and let the ash grow and grow until it fell.....he had a nasty habit of spilling or dumping said coke onto the carpet....more ashes......had a tendency to knock over the ashtray once in a while.....so more ashes.......didn't watch Betsy who would knock over his coke....... I'd ask "did you clean it up" yes dear, he'd say.........obviously not more than some paper towels and the vacuum because I recognize these stains, dealt with them any a time over the years. argh! There is hardwood still under the dining room carpet. YAY! Well, near the front door is doubtful....someone put in an extra register there and we're not sure there is still hardwood in that spot. I'm hoping so but if not, I'll put some of that snap together tile there. No biggie. Since it's still under the dining room, odds are high it's under the living room carpet too. Both carpets are outta here next weekend. (will trash men pick these up??) The walls look like crud. (it doesn't take long around here) But this week, Nichole and I plan.....now that the house is done.....washing them all down to prep to paint next weekend. (anyone up for a BIG weekend? lol ) Be danged if I'm going to tackle that job alone when I have help to do it next week. I have to wash my bed linen (normal) and tidy up my room (just normal stuff), sweep down the steps, finish up the laundry.......and mop. That's IT. Then? I have to run to wallie world for curtain rods. Mine have come up missing. So I can hang my curtains in the kitchen again. geez Once the yard dries out, I need to mow. I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever get to this point, folks. But I have reclaimed my home. And omg does it feel good to say that. I might hurt all over.......but I can't get the smile off my face. lol My mom and sis from Texas are due to visit tomorrow. Last time sis from Texas visited.......my house was sort of clean (I was in school full time, gimme a break), not really bad at all, even by MY standards. Yet she proceeded to tell me that she was shocked at the state of the house because she knew I never ever had anything less than a spotless home. I found that interesting. Sis had never been in one of my homes until that very visit, yet she knew that about me. lol And yes, before school, I kept a spotless house....you could eat off my floors without worry. I could just see her face if she'd seen the house after Fred passed. omg She'd have stroked. lol Sis is ok........she's just a bit odd. Who actually says that to a person, even family? I mean, you might think it......and I have more than once, but actually say it to them?? Sis is a LOT like my mom, too much so. I have a feeling I'm going to get a call within a few months that she's sending mom to me. Because mom will point out every little spec of dirt in her home and nick pick until it's clean. She will pounce on every tense sentence sis and brother in law say to each other and nit pick it to death......and so on. This is without the paranoia stuff, this is just mom. Mom does not do this with me because I refuse to put up with it. Oh, well. Sis doesn't like my walls and carpets, she can get over herself. Won't bother me a bit. And now I can enjoy my visit.........in my nice clean house. Yes, I do have to keep saying it. When it takes a year to clear out a hoard and clean a house...........you need to say that a LOT once you're finally done. That said.......I'm dreading mopping. I discovered that evidently some of that tomato juice and seeds wound up on a corner of the floor back where it's hard to see........and this will be a hands and knees job this time. From here on out I can use the steam mop Fred bought me. But this time........well, while cleaning the hoard, much that needed to be drug through the kitchen to get to the laundry room......wasn't much inclination to mop and just have to mop again every time I did it, which was ongoing. Not to mention the clutter itself. Now.........I better attempt to move and finish up. Maybe my joints will loosen up some with movement.