It's strange not having some massive impending doom to be stressing about. Not really doom, but scary, stressful things. Like I previously said, I took care of some huge things in January and February and am quite proud of myself. I got a 14 year old Volvo to pass emissions and run well (with the help of Kyle the Great), taxes (which I've realized through Kathy the Great isn't that stressful, but I've gone without filing for a bit, had a kid, and have been working as an independent contractor, those things equal terror!), made it to St. Louis and back for my sister's wedding (which was stressful for me, as both Owen and I were in the wedding party, we took a long train ride for the first time and Owen is unpredictable), all among other things that weren't as stressful, but added up.
Now I'm left with really nothing to stress over. How novel!
Yesterday Filip was extracting a window to be fixed, which he broke playing soccer in the house, and the curtains were being annoying. It's been nagging me for a while anyway. I think I've snarked about cleaning them since before the holidays. So without thinking of the massive chore ahead, I yanked every curtain down and got to it. It ended up sucking up a whole Saturday. Because of course I couldn't just clean them all, I had to hem them as well. And then they needed to be pressed. And did I mention that four of those curtains had been tucked behind a radiator that the cats somehow squish themselves behind causing those four curtains to shift from their nice, luxurious chocolate color to a matted, dense, opaque grey? Yeah, no. Not an easy task and had I have thought about everything that would have went into it, I most certainly would not have elected to take that on yesterday.
I've had a bit of a cold through the week so beer has been off the table for me. But it was Saturday! And I was engrossed in a furry curtain mess and needed something! So while Filip was helping with the ironing and I was de-furring, I concocted a delicious little cocktail. We call it the Ironed Curtain.
A couple cubes of ice, roughly 2 ounces of gin. Fill the glass 3/4 with tonic. Splash of green Chartruese and grapefruit bitters. Seriously delicious. A perfect beverage for Spring Cleaning.
I must say, even though it's not a huge difference, the curtains do look much nicer, and they aren't going to be harboring fur and dust colonies any longer.
A typical Sunday. Owen's napping, soccer, Filip's napping. But look how much cleaner it looks with those short curtains!
Spring cleaning is super motivating for me this year. I've got a few more little projects around the house I'm excited about, and excited that I have the time for them! If I get my hands on a power sander this week, there will be more exciting posts and hopefully cocktails to accompany them!
In the spirit, I've also spruced up the old Etsy shop and am offering a 25% discount on all purchases this week. Get it! And help me move out winter stock and make way for amazing new finds!
Now I finally get to start working on my project for Erin's wedding. I'm excited to embroider again!
And excited to help out because I'm actually very, incredibly, super bummed out that we'll be traveling when Erin and Benny get married this May. This is one wedding I sincerely don't want to miss. So in the meantime, I'll help as much as I can in lieu of being there.
Sounds like the man-folk in this house are waking up from naps and seemingly on the wrong sides of the bed and couch...