A Cleaning Frenzy

Laundry, mopping, dusting, vacuuming...this has been my Saturday. I couldn't sleep and finally dozed off at 3:00 a.m. I decided to sleep in the living room, because J needed to get up at 4:30 a.m. and I knew that if I came to bed at 3:00 a.m. he would wake up. So I slept on the chaise and at 4:30 a.m. he woke me and I stumbled into our bed. I swear I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.

At 8:30 a.m. the pugs woke me up barking and jumping on me. The neighbor had visitors in his side yard and that set the pugs off! They barked and barked and barked some more, for about 2 hours! UGH! Annoyed with them, I decided to run the vacuum to drown out the noise of the neighbor's visitors. I dusted and vacuumed, vacuumed and dusted. Then I noticed that the bathroom was looking grungy so I cleaned it from top to bottom. And then the kitchen. 4 hours later I had a sparkling clean home and tired out puppies.

As much as they begged, I didn't let them out in the yard because I knew that whatever it was they went nuts over last night was still out there. J came home at 3:00 p.m. and scoped it out...it was a squirrel. Dead. Poor thing. He cleaned it up and we let the dogs out...finally! Thank goodness for J. He always cleans up the dead things. I cannot handle it.

The pugs raced into the yard, running and sniffing, sniffing and running. Returning again and again to the spot that offered them lots of excitment last night. They finall gave up the search and pottied. Regina will hold it all day until she can go out (or use the rug if I am not looking!) whereas Luigi will use the pee pee pads we set out for them on the tiled floor. She's weird. She used to use the disposable pads but in our efforts to go green, we got reusable/washable ones and she's been finicky about them. Luigi loves them and we do too. Imagine a big, flat cloth diaper with a vinyl backing. We just wash them in hot bleachy water and air dry them. Awesome! I actually made them from one of those dining table protective covers that are vinyl with felt backs. I got one for $16 at Target and cut it into 12"x24" rectangles. They're perfect. And we've been using them for about two months. Big savings. We were spending about $30/mo. on the disposable ones. And saving the landfill from 80+ disposable pee pee pads each month.

Anyway, I digress. I have a clean house, a dead-squirrel free yard, 2 pooped puppies (literally and figuratively) and one hubby who's finally home from a long day a work. I hope we just chill, maybe watch a movie on TV and get to bed early tonight.