Friday, July 18, 2008

Troubled Friday, Again

Well, crap, it's Friday again!(and there was a problem yet again with this post...hope it's working now....sigh)

The Bag Lady keeps hitting the wrong keys with her damaged pinky; the end of which is alternating between being numb and tingling with that pins and needles sensation that means there must be a little nerve damage. She has resorted to keeping it wrapped with a bandaid because the fingernail feels loose on one side. She's afraid she'll catch it on something and rip it off, which, in her mind, would be far, far worse than the pain she felt when she whacked it with the hammer! Gives her the heebie-jeebies - far worse than physical pain anyday.

She decided this week that she was going to do some serious house-cleaning. She woke up on Wednesday morning with the best of intentions; then got distracted by a couple of phone calls and a visitor and before she knew it, half the day was gone. But she dragged out her cleaning supplies and tackled one of her storage areas. She was doing okay for a few minutes, until her OCD kicked in when she opened a box of 500 plastic forks to discover it was in disarray! There were some missing and the ones that were left were all in a jumble, so she started to tidy them up and before she knew it, she had dumped the entire box out and was freakin' counting them as she put them back! (For the rest of you Obsessive/Compulsive types out there, there were 100 forks in a layer, and there were 371 forks left in the box.) It's no wonder she never gets anything done!

Thursday was a little better. She managed to get her entire house vacuumed. She hates her vacuum cleaner. It's an upright, and it's bagless. She will never buy an upright again. Oh, there are probably some folks who swear by them, but sheesh, they're like pushing a car around the living room! And the myth about bags being a pain in the ass? Pshaw. Where is the benefit in vacuuming all the dirt up, then having it fly all over the house again when you empty the damned vacuum cleaner into the garbage? The Bag Lady finally got smart enough to take it to the garbage can outside, but that's a pain in the ass, too, when it's freezing cold outside and you're fishing around, trying to get at the cat and dog hair that's clogged the damned thing so it won't empty! Consequently, she doesn't vacuum as often as she used to. (oh, don't get your knickers knotted - she uses a Swiffer and/or a broom in between!). This time around she vacuumed up enough cat and dog hair to build another mid-sized critter. What would it be called? A cog or a dat, or perhaps a cogdat.....

She also reduced the mountain of laundry to a molehill, changed the bedding, and tidied up a bunch of paperwork. She is feeling a little more in control now, so probably won't have to count any plastic cutlery for awhile.

Here are a few more photos from this week. This double rainbow was visible yesterday morning at 6 am when the Bag Lady stumbled outside:

This young blue jay has recently left the nest. He hasn't finished growing the crest on the back of his head yet, so looks a little strange:

These are the flowers on her honeysuckle clematis that have gone to seed. Don't they look like a girl-group from the 1970's? Can't you just hear Ed Sullivan, "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a reeelly big shoooeew tonight;.....preeeezzzenting......... the Clematis Sisters!"

And finally (I know, I'm relieved, too), here are some cayenne peppers:

Have a great weekend!!


Leah J. Utas said...

Ah, the Clematis Sisters. Such memories!

How is the cogdat coming along?

Sorry to hear about the nerve damage. Hope everything's okay.

the Bag Lady said...

dfLeah - Good ol' Ed Sullivan!

The cogdat will certainly give those scientists working with DNA pause, doncha think?
Thanks for letting me know about the trouble with this post!

Hilary said...

Clematis Knight and the Pips!

I know who was on the other end of one of those distracting phone calls!

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - and you'd be right, too! :)

Love that - Clematis Knight and the Pips! (Damn, why didn't I think of it?!!)

Missicat said...

I always swear I can knit another Bad Cat from the fur he leaves laying around. He follows me around when I am vacuuming and sheds behind me. Brat

the Bag Lady said...

Missicat - my critters are the same! You'd scarcely know today that I vacuumed yesterday! Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the smile today reading your post! Hope the finger is better. I think I could create a cog or two of my own! Have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

Blue jays and rainbows, that just makes for a happy day!

I'll never understand how its possible for animals to shed SO MUCH fur. But at least the cleaning of it is good exercise:)

Are you going to see someone about your pinky?

the Bag Lady said...

dadiva - thanks for stopping by! Glad I could make you smile.
The finger is slowly improving.

Sagan - Those poor blue jays look so darned funny without their crests! Wish I had gotten better photos, but I couldn't go outside 'cause I knew it would spook them.
I had my doctor check my pinkie on Tuesday - he said it'll be okay. Eventually. :)

the Bag Lady said...

**Had to bring these comments over from the post that hardly anyone could see:

Anonymous MizFit said...

*looks around domicile and realizes she needs a smidge more OCD*

happy weekend!!

Im off to play the day away with the Toddler.

July 18, 2008 4:11 AM
Blogger Crabby McSlacker said...

Great round up!

And, um, you really reorganized a BOX OF PLASTIC FORKS????!!!!

That's too funny.

And I'm with you on the bagless vaccuums-we bought a couple of portable rechargeable things without bags and they pick up about a half a cup of stuff before their tiny little compartments need changing again. We thought the small lightweight thing would be more convenient (lots of stairs in our place) but we're beginning to think there is no such thing as a convenient vacuum. They all suck, so to speak.

July 18, 2008 4:28 AM

the Bag Lady said...

Miz - perhaps we could share my OCD, then we'd both get more done...or not.

Crabby - I know - do you think it's a sickness, or just avoidance tactics?
And vacuums? Aaaargh!

July 18, 2008 5:57 AM

Anonymous said...

Cayenne peppers! Have a great weekend!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Mark - you, too!

Emily said...

That honeysuckle looks really funny!

I'm glad to hear you got some housework done. I hate doing it too but I feel so much better once it's done. I totally understand the OCD thing...I find myself spending way too much time on meticulous items while neglecting the bigger, more important things.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Reb said...

Avoidance OCD! So, how many of the forks have been used? Is that the box from my kiosk? I finally used the last of the plastic wrap.

The Clematis Sisters were singing about Bluebirds were they? Lovely shots sis and yes, the birds do look funny without the crests.

the Bag Lady said...

Emily - I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!

Reb - I'm not sure where this box came from - I think the last family reunion...maybe.
I still have beans from that time, though...

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

The only thing I don't miss about Tid is all the fur. It was everywhere and I still find clumps of it under and behind things. She was a regular shed-monster!

I make Dan do the vacuuming. It's one of the few things that sets off my asthma every time. After my last attempt at vacuuming ended with me in the emergency room on a nebulizer, I told Dan I wasn't doing it ever again!

the Bag Lady said...

Well, darn! My sister is the one with asthma, so I can't use that as an excuse! Although hubby has vacuumed on occasion, he isn't likely to make a habit of it.

Penny said...

Hooray, your posts are working again! Loving the blue jay - I got SO over-excited first time I saw one in Canada and then I realised that they're not exactly rare... Still very pretty though. I still have my Toronto Bluejays shirt somewhere...

TA x

the Bag Lady said...

tokaiangel - Nope, blue jays are not rare, and they are terribly noisy, but they are so pretty!!
(Need to remember not to try to write my posts in my word processor - for some reason, that gives Blogger indigestion!)