Sometimes I see homes on TV... (like the Golden Girls which come on the Hallmark channel) or sometimes I've been to friends or acquaintances homes that are 'so pretty and perfect' that I wonder how they do it (or why?). Not that my home isn't clean or well-kept, but mine actually looks lived in. I mean if you look around, you will find pieces of fabric sorted together for quilting, clay in the process of being worked, books, knitting, as well as grandkids' toys... not to mention cat toys and paraphernalia scattered here and there. But I don't consider it messy... just lived in.
|My mom on left having tea with dear friend (both have passed now)|
I know it's clean. When you have 5 cats, it's a constant battle to contain the cat hair and make sure that the litter boxes stay odorless. And DH and I work hard at it. I vacuum for cat hair daily. We have 2 clean air filter systems and he mops the entire downstairs with pine sol twice a week.
|3 of our 5 cats sharing a sun spot on bed|
And we have nice furniture. We both love heavy well-made brand name furniture. But of course since we've been married for 47 years, our furniture is not new.... but it has survived through 3 kids and an abundance of pets. It is sturdy. Having been in this house for 30 years, it does require a bit of maintenance. We remodeled the kitchen in 1995. That's when we installed the Aga and tile countertops. And not long after that, we removed the carpeting and installed slate and wood floors. It made cleaning up with kids and pets easier.
|our kitchen (yes, I know... cats on counter...but I do lysol it daily)|
|only pic I could find of our slate floors (which have been a god-send)|
There's another sign that I saw that I thought expressed very well my idea of retirement. I posted it here on my Mulberry days site.
Check it out if you have the time...