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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Lawza Hep the Grizzly Mama

One of my sisters is visiting next week. We are very excited and also very worried. I never DID get that spring cleaning done this year and so it is now time for a fall cleaning. My left eye has been twitching for 3 days. I don't know why, though, because I'm not stressed. Really. I'm not. Well maybe just a TAD stressed.

We will be visiting Ground Zero next week and taking a day 'down the shore' to lovely Cape May. Probably do some of my favorite Philly things. The Reading Terminal Market, Italian Market - should I take her to South Street? Hmmmmmm.

The girls are in the stratosphere with excitement.

I have found my new all time favoritest cleaning tool. It's the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Dang! That thing does clean, though. Grizzly has always loved that brawny, bald cleaning man with the earring.

Oh! And Happy Birthday, Constitution!!


Blogger Dani said...

Hello Monica ~

I hope you have a great time visiting with your sister! How many sisters do you have? I have one brother, that's it. It is always good to be with close family though!

One of my favorite cleaning supplies is Oxy Clean. Just add a little hot water and it removes virtually any stains. I mainly use it on our clothes and carpets, which can be quite dreadful with three kids and a home daycare center.

Also – don’t forget to put those young ladies of your to work. Got to get them domesticated, ya know? I usually give my three girls a handful of paper towels and a spray bottle, and let them wash away – floors, walls and windows. Even if they don’t exactly clean very well, it’s good practice and a fun time together. Well, as “fun” as cleaning can be anyway.

Take Care and Happy Cleaning ~


17 September, 2005 20:45  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks Dani. I adore Oxy Clean - adore it!

The girls love to help. They especially love dusting and cleaning windows and mirrors - but they're pretty much happy to do anything. I had them pulling carpet staples out of the steps with plyers a few weeks ago. We had finally ripped that ugly carpeting up to reveal beautiful hardwood underneath. They were thrilled to be using a tool. LOL!

I have 3 sisters living and 3 brothers living. I am 7th out of 8 kids. The baby girl. My sisters were in the older batch of kids and were like little mothers to me. When my husband worked for an airline it was nice to fly back 'home' and see my family and I dragged the girls back quite often. I haven't been back there for over a year now - and you're right - it's going to be nice to spend some time with my sister.

18 September, 2005 00:06  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Oxyclean ROCKS!!
As for fall cleaning... When we finish our home improvement projects, we'll have 2 rooms cleaned!! The rest of the house is a WRECK!
We're tearing up our living room carpet for the first time and our son is pulling staples with the visegrips. He'll do ANYTHING if it involves a tool. We're giving him a penny/staple and I'm afraid we may go broke on the deal. Don't you HATE idiots with air staplers?!

18 September, 2005 09:07  
Blogger MonicaR said...

OMG tshsmom - I know - there are thousands of those little staples, it's ridiculous. We pretty much tore up the carpeting in the entire house. It was 30 ys/old. and looked horrible but underneath was beautiful hardwood. Perfect condition. (except for all the staple holes....)

Maybe I'll offer to pay the girls a penny a staple. That's a good idea.

18 September, 2005 22:14  
Blogger Dani said...

This is off the topic ~ But, just for fun...

If you get a chance check out: Pastor Qualifications on my other blog.

Make a note - my former pastor scored a 30, and that was being very generous. (We were asked to leave his church 2 weeks ago). Thank the good Lord!

19 September, 2005 23:13  
Blogger "Alice" said...

Sounds like you are going to have a great time with your sister. Honestly, she doesn't care about the house, now does she? Do what you can, and to hell with the rest...trust me, it'll be there when you get around to it.

20 September, 2005 11:37  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Ah the fun of house-work! Those Magic Eraser things are pretty cool. Our carpet doesn't have staples since it's on concrete, we have tack-strips. I have to screw into the concrete and fasten a clamping track to hold the new threshold between the carpet and the vanity/dressing area.

20 September, 2005 11:44  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I know Alice - and she probably doens't care. I guess it's my excuse for finally getting it done. It got bad with me working a lot this summer and Grizzly Papa being in charge. It's looking great and I feel better when my house isn't a mess - y'know?

Dirtcrashr - we had those, too. Those tack strips. Egad...what a nasty job to pull those up. They're along the edge, right? And when you pry them up they splinter. Ugghh. Nasty. Now that I'm thinking about it I guess it was the padding underneath that was stapled to kingdom come. BTW - the pic of your newly imagined bathroom is wonderful. That popcorn ceiling stuff is N*A*S*T*Y.

20 September, 2005 23:34  
Blogger sandy said...

It's amazing that this global warming debate is still going on.

May I be so bold to sugggest you declare a voting post and have everyone vote for whom they consider right? Let the loser forever remain silent.

21 September, 2005 14:07  
Blogger Steve Donohue said...

I've never liked OxyClean, but maybe that's just because the infomercial hyped it so much that it practicially promised to strip the green off the Statue of Liberty.

I don't think I've ever followed through with Spring or any other period of thorough cleaning in my life. You'll read about me someday trapped under a pile of my own pack-ratted nostalgia pieces, discovered 10 days later by the fire department after people realized I stopped leaving the house.

21 September, 2005 21:31  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I love the idea Sandy - how in hell do I do it?!

Steven - my greatest fear. That I will die and no one will notice for 10 days. I've always had pack-rat tendencies but I pack-ratted only in specific areas. The rest of my place was always clean and ordered. When I had two kids and a husband who has a serious pack-ratting problem it was blown completely out of control! Now I must have these cleaning frenzies at least once a year. I will go crazy if I don't.

22 September, 2005 00:10  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

Ahhh, I love the Magic Eraser. And I don't usually feel amorous about cleaning products. But anything that can get sharpie off the wall is worth a little affection.

Oh. And anything Swiffer. Gotta love the Swiffer.

23 September, 2005 15:20  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I am also in LOVE with my swiffer wet-jet! I am one who always did the floor on my hands and knees --- until I found the wondrous swiffer wet-jet! :-)

23 September, 2005 23:30  

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