Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fall Is Coming!

In the past, summer was my favorite season. School was out and that was the time of fun. Now that I'm no longer the student, but the parent, it is Fall. Fall is the time of sweaters, candles, soup, pumpkin patches, and a regular schedule. I love that my electric bill goes down (ALOT!). I love that the clothing is better at figure hiding! I also love that activities that cease for the summer start back up again in the Fall. Fall is also the countdown (see right) to Holidays spent with family and friends. I feel like its going to be a good season this year. My Dad is coming to visit in October (yeah Dad!) and we are anxiously awaiting his arrival.

I have so many things I want to get accomplished right now I don't know where to start! I have heard that perfectionistic people can be messy, and this is why: because if they cannot tackle a project to the degree they would like to, then they don't try at all. This is me. I tend to be detail oriented. I would love my house to look like a page in a magazine (not like a museum but well-decorated, cozy, uncluttered, and clean!) I would find that tremendously satisfying, yet I cannot get a grip on what the other five people do in this house! I find that tremendously frustrating! I feel constantly overwhelmed by their lack of attention to detail. For example, I organized our Wii games and controllers in very cute and stylish boxes. Do you think they can manage to get the stuff back in there on their own....nope! They don't care, only I do. I know what you are thinking....If I took the time to train them to do it, they would. I'm telling you we've gone over it time and time again and they don't care. It is as if they are thinking, "Why would we put it away when we could just reach to the floor and pick it up, duh!"

So, therefore, on this Saturday I have an inner angst. I am, yet again, attempting to put everything back in it's place with 4 unwilling tortured captives (the fifth is being tortured at work!) and one dog chewing up what they drop! Maybe after we're done I'll turn down the air conditioner to chilly, put on a sweater, do some baking and keep looking forward to Fall.

Love to you all,
Janice

7 comments:

Maryann said...

Here is a suggestion about the game stuff, next time it isn't put away, warn the whomever it is using it, if it isn't put away they will not be allowed to use it again for a day. I know it is torture for you to hear the complaining but it is really the only way. Then if they do it again the next time will be for 2 days and etc.

Do you remember when you were little and I would get tired of cleaning up the kids mess, I would give you a chance to clean up and I would say either you clean it up or I will come in with a trash bag and clean it up and throw it out. I didn't have to do that too much, you guys either got better at hiding it or you really cleaned it up.

The good part is that when they are grown up you really will not dwell on the difficult times your having now, you'll remember the good times and the fun you had.

Love you all,
Mom

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Maryann said...

Sorry about all the removed comments, I posted the article and then tried to go back and it added another, some thing is goofy, probably me, but I apologize for the mess.
GET OUT THE TRASH BAG FOR ME.

I am looking forward to your visit in December, have you heard from anyone in Anacortes?
Love,
Mom

Teri said...

Some of us would greatly appreciate if you wouldn't talk about your baking that much... because we get very sad we don't live close enough to benefit from the baking! :)

heather said...

I am sitting here laughing to myself reading your blog. I can totally relate to the perfectionist mess! I JUST bought a cute basket for all the Wii stuff and it KILLS me that it is not being utilized as I had hoped! I followed your link from Teri's blog. Thanks for the laugh!