Almost every day (or every other day) I find myself sweeping the floors, inside and out. Living in a rural town near the beach can bring in a lot of sand and dirt, not to mention the mud brought in by the dog and six cats along with their hair that sheds constantly especially in this warm climate. I personally am not fond of housework and there is a lot of floor space inside as well as outside on our veranda. Since I have had no housekeeper (although I only had her one day a week before) for several weeks, I get the not-so-wanted priviledge of dusting furniture, sweeping and mopping floors, along with washing dishes and clothes, making beds, raking leaves, watering plants, weeding, cleaning the bathroom & shower, scrubbing toilets. I have done this for years in my homes in the states. But I got spoiled when I moved into my home and the housekeeper was part of the package. Since she quit, I have had difficulty finding someone reliable. I have tried to be content with doing it myself, but someone convinced me that after all these years of housework, I owe it to myself a little luxury of having someone do the heavy cleaning. I do like a clean but comfortable home. It does not have to be spotless; just look like it for the many guests we continue to have. And yes, I love entertaining guests. So I guess I am stuck with it even if I don’t like it.
So now I am trying to look at things more positively by realizing what I can be thankful for in the midst of what I don’t find pleasurable. Looking at the pile of dirt accumulated in one day, I see the tiled floors. I think about where I used to live with wall-to-wall carpeted floors and realize that the pile of dirt could be in the carpet instead, mostly invisible. And although I would vacuum, it probably would not get it all. By sweeping up the dirt, you see it and know you got most of it. In this warm climate, tiled floors is so much cooler to walk on with bare feet. We no longer wear shoes or sandals in the house or on the patio. It may be a little thing, but I am grateful for tiled floors.
I am also grateful for my husband who has helped with the mopping and occasionally washes dishes. And today I am grateful that a new housekeeper came and did a marvelous job of cleaning my house. Hopefully she will return next week. So I thank God I can relax for a couple of days before the sweeping up starts all over again.