Friday, May 27, 2011

It all started because...

I want to buy a small freezer for my kitchen,

But first I need to decide whether or not to replace the kitchen floor

Which had become extra dingy over time.

Even though the floor gets mopped regularly,

It has continued to look worse and worse,

So I decided to try something new.

Baking soda removes dark stains on my stainless steel sink,

So why wouldn't it work on a linoleum floor?

It took a little extra elbow grease,

(Actually quite a lot of elbow grease),

But it worked.

When my cleaning girl came to do her chores,

All she had to do was rinse my kitchen floor with clear water

To remove the rest of the baking soda grit.

She was fine (because she's in great shape).

My floor looks spotless.

But I can hardly move my arms and shoulders.

I apparently used muscles that haven't been used in months,

Many months.

I can't cut veggies or cook supper (heh, heh).

I can barely lift my hands to the computer keyboard.

I'm developing a wonderful new relationship with my heating pad.

All because I want to buy a little freezer for the kitchen,

And I cleaned the floor instead of working on my novel.

Have a great weekend.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I am so sorry to hear you're in pain! But thanks for the baking soda tip. Rest up and I hope your muscles ease up enough to enjoy the weekend.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Oh no! Just like a domino effect, isn't it? Hope you're feeling better soon.

Laura M. Campbell said...

It's funny what writers will do sometimes to avoid writing. I'm glad you were able to get the floor cleaned instead of paying for a replacement. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Karen Walker said...

Oh, Patricia. Hope your shoulders feel better quickly and you get back to your writing. Have a great weekend.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks for all the sympathy! A bunch of stretching exercises, a dose of Aleve, and a little more heating pad has helped a lot. There was a strong message here, I think. I definitely need to hit the gym.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

One distraction leads to another...

Anonymous said...

gaaaah - I've tried this about ten times - I think that I now know if it won't take I have to blog as anonymous. So what was I going to say that was so darn important? Beats me. Oh yeah, epsom salts work a treat in the bath for muscle pain...
Jan Morrison who is hardly annonymous.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Alex -- and no one can find more distractions than I can.

Jan -- Apparently one of us has gremlins. I hate that.


oh, gee, that sounds just like something out of one of my own days! thanks so much for great kitchen floor cleaning! glad you're feeling all better - have a great weekend!

Dean K Miller said...
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Dean K Miller said...

Mulling over the freezer and floor with a glass of wine would've been so much easier. If it had taken long enough to have another glass or two, nothing wouldn't have gotten done, but you wouldn't have cared.

Here's to a speedy recovery. *Tips glass to lips, swallows, and says, Ahhhhhh*

(fighting posting gremlins, too.)

Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

Cleaning frenzy! I have those moments. I've recently started training, karate, again to keep fit and active. I know what you're going through. Quick recovery!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm totally over the cleaning frenzy. Totally.