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    #16
    Zill, your type of situation just drives me crazy!

    I moved back into my home after my injury, 9 months later and it was a mess. I am always the one who takes charge when similar circumstances befell my neighbors. Just went in did their laundry, prepared meals put meatloafs in freezer for later, straightened and dusted/got the sweeper out hitting the high spots. And would tend to their needs or just visit.

    My son had stayed here off and on purportedly to look after my cat while I was recovering. After I got off of my morphine/oxy high, I made him take my cat to my Mother's since I would be staying with her and going to rehab. Sometimes people don't have the brains God gave a goose to make common sense decisions on their own. Arrrgh!!!

    I have about 3 neighbors who still just come over and do without asking or having to tell them (like a 5 year old) what to do and for that I am grateful.

    They all came immediately upon my return to see if there was anything they could do. Some were like me, they just started in, throwing stuff out of the frig. throwing old mail away, doing the dishes and putting them away, gathering trash, etc. Some just seem to know what to do and did it.

    Then I had Betty and Wilma (names changed to protect the innocent) who had to be given specific instructions ....repeatedly, for each task.. gather towels from each bathroom and put with clothes in hamper and place in washing machine...add soap and turn on. Then they would run back in ...
    "now what can I do...". drove me nuts.

    They're loveable and mean well and still come over from time to time to see if I need anything done. God Bless Them!!

    I'd ask one of your female neighbors if they have a daughter interested in doing some light cleaning once a week and make a list for her and work out a fair payment...if she's a "mover" and not a slug, alot can be done in 3 hrs at $5 an hour to take a load off of you.

    Sorry there was alittle venting on my part here too!

    Queen a former type "A" person
    Your life is what you make it, and only you have that choice!

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      #17
      Ami,
      Well actually...and Bob. Hey, even all of the other people out there who have a perfect filing system.

      YOU ARE NOT ALONE

      I cannot tell a lie, so I was motivated to make my son take this picture for all of you to enjoy.

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        #18
        Most people don't get that all the REALLLY important stuff is right on the memory stick hanging from the handle on the glass door.

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          #19
          LOL!!!!!!!!! thenose, yes, this is indeed what my ENTIRE house looks like! And although I am not taking pleasure in anyone's problems, it sure helps to know that I am not the only one who has these problems.

          The certain relative left yesterday so I am slowing cooling down from my slow burn. And obie, I'm not an ice cream eater so I'll take you up on the first offer.

          The good part is that I finished my horrifically HUGE work project and I was able to bill them for it - and it's a substantial amount of money, so soon I can perhaps at least hire a person to come in and help me organize. My town has alot of those organizing services, so I think that's what would help me most as I actually can keep it clean with my mom's help usually.

          THANK YOU ALL, you are the best. And daisy, you head on over and we can have dinner - that would be so great!

          Ami
          Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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            #20
            p.s. Bob - the flying pizza saucer story is absolutely hilarious! This actually sounds like something I would do with my own things. That ancedote will have me laughing all day.
            Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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              #21
              Hi TheNose and Ami,

              I live alone (with my greyhound) and just kinda get used to things being a mess. I don't even see it. I really only notice it when I come back from my Mom's house (been there twice in 5 years) because everything in her house is so spotless, organized and white. Or my brother's house because it too is immaculate. He's gay and kinda likes to clean and flower arrange. Just kidding about the flower arrangement. I'm a smoker so everything in my house has a tinge of "tan" to it but I don't really see that either. I just attribute it to the eggshell white paint color that I chose 5 long years ago. Even though I know it wasn't that "off-white" way back then. Hey, I'm a bachelor. As long as everything works in my house, I can reach what I need and I can wheel around with ease the aesthetics can wait.

              I have a landscaping service so the outside of my house fits right in with the neighborhood.... wouldn't wanna bring down my neighbor's property value or be an eyesore to them.

              But once my computer desk and kitchen got so bad that I took a couple pictures of them. I could really see the mess when it was on film. Overflowing ashtrays, beer cans, whiskey bottles laying on their sides, reefer paraphernalia etc all over the place. I've since changed my ways (yeah right.... somewhat) and it isn't that bad anymore.... for the most part I quit drinking and the reefer paraphernalia was from irresponsible friends. Out of plain view for that stuff. But I sure do appreciate the Fourth Amendment to our Constitution (Bill of Rights) or the authorities might gain unreasonable entrance and deem my house unfit for human habitation!

              If it isn't smelling or rotting it can stay right where it's at. That way I know where everything is. I already have a box farm in my garage and am now starting to germinate a box garden in my living room. Amazon loves me.
              "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria

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                #22
                Ami
                Since you wanted a laugh.....I gotta tell this one.

                I came home from work one day to find the house spotless. Now one always has to wonder what has happened to make a 14 year old clean up a house and I am talking even the toilets. She had never before done the toilets. Candles were burning and Im thinking wow someone is really going to surprise me.......NOT

                I open the door to the microwave, pop in a bag of popcorn and the awfulest smell I have ever smelled starts filling up the house. I started yelling.......here she comes. "Mom I burned some pumpernickel bread in the microwave". She had cleaned and cleaned and cleaned but the microwave told on her. It stunk so bad we couldnt stay in the house. I had to open the doors and windows. It was winter time. We had to put it out on the porch. Thankfully I could plug it up and we could still use it without dying from the stench until the next week when I could afford to replace it.

                Well fast forward a year later and we are moving. I come across a plate placed strategically between the back wall and the porch. I pull it out and on the plate is a black mass. It was a corelle plate. You know how tough corelle is???? LOL She had tried to chisel that piece of Pumpernickel bread off the plate and couldnt. I have never seen anything so burnt before. So naturally I called her out to the back porch and asked her what it was........She starts explaining. She had put that piece of bread in the microwave for what she thought was 5 seconds and really was five minutes.

                The moral of this story.......My daughter can't cook and if my house is clean then you better start asking serious questions.....LOL

                Hope yall got a good laugh because she has never been able to live that down.
                T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

                My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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                  #23


                  Coal or bread??
                  Last edited by thenose; 12 Aug 2006, 9:01 AM.

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                    #24
                    A clean house is like a museum.

                    I dont want to live in a museum.
                    Last edited by thenose; 12 Aug 2006, 9:02 AM.

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                      #25
                      Well Nose if a person has kids......the house certainly doesnt resemble a museum. LOL

                      I just quietly shut my daughters door when the sight or the smell gets too much. It is bad when you cant stand the smell of your own room. She eventually cleans it up when I start shutting the door.
                      T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

                      My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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