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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

MY BASIC MONTHLY CLEANING SCHEDULE


I have a monthly cleaning schedule which I try to adhere to. Generally, I manage to keep up with it, but there are days when fibromyalgia or angina kick in and I can't follow it.

I have included it here for easy access to it for myself, and in the hopes that it may help someone else who is trying to keep up with their own home. Due to problems with my heart and back, I have a lady, Lee come to clean my floors and bathrooms once a month.  I simply don't have enough spoons or energy to do it all myself anymore...

Over the years, I have tried to keep up, but cannot, so the local council have got me some help. I am over feeling guilty for being ill. Sometimes we have to accept that we can't be the same as a healthier woman. Thank God, He knows my frame.



  MONTHLY CLEANING SCHEDULE

WEEK 1–KITCHEN /DINING ROOM-LEE

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Church
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Pantry and Refrigerator
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sort pills
Change sheets
Bins/litter
Wipe Out Micro/oven
Check scripts
Aldi and Chemist
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes


WEEK 2–ENTRYWAY /LIVING AREAS 

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Church
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sweep Front Porch
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sort pills
Change sheets
Bins/litter
Linen press
Check scripts
Aldi and Chemist
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes

WEEK 3–BEDROOM/OFFICES

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Church
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Clean Offices
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sort pills
Change Sheets/doona
Bins/litter
Declutter in Master
Check scripts
Aldi and Chemist
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes

WEEK 4–BATHROOMS /LAUNDRY ROOM Lee

SUNDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Church
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Clean cupboards
Laundry
Fold/Put Up
Sort pills
Change Sheets
Bins/litter
Wash mat/lint from dryer
Check scripts
Aldi and Chemist
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes
Dishes



© Glenys Robyn Hicks


Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,  Psalm 103:2-3

Sunday, 18 October 2015

I'M UP FOR IT TODAY



All Sacrificial Home Keepers know the joy of being in control of our home and little steps for the  healthy  woman are big  strides for us.  Only we know that  exhilarating feeling of a bed made up freshly or a pantry that's  finally had even one  item of out of date  food thrown out. We  thrill at  the  little things,  for with us,  we have  done the  equivalent of  climbing  Mount Everest. And we should indeed, give ourselves a pat on the back. We do, indeed, rock.

In order to prevent another fibromyalgia/PMR flare, I have to pace myself, and this limits how much I can do... we all know that borrowing spoons from tomorrow will result in a clattering of cutlery as it hits the floor the next day, with the result that all our energy for the next few days will be in very short supply. It's just not worth pushing ourselves. It's a learning experience, and a painful one at that.

I have just finished my first month of my cleaning schedule. I have kept to the list and at the moment, I would not want to hide under my bed if we had visitors... our home would be ready for hospitality and company in about half an hour. An hour on bad days. 

My menu lists are very effective and are a wonderful tool for when I have brain fog.  I have curtailed long shopping expeditions and we just do a grocery shop once every two weeks. It's working well.

All in all, with pain-killers every 6 hours- just Panadol Osteo, and a nanna nap thrown in, I am milking this respite for all it's worth. At the end of the month, I will be weaned off the Prednisolone, and I dread the pain coming back. But for today, I am cooking up a storm, both physically and literally.

I will be making a stew in my crock pot/slow cooker. I am going to make a strawberry/apple/pear/cinnamon and honey smoothie for when Chris comes home from work. And, God willing, I plan to bake some choc chip cookies. 

I know this isn't really cooking up a storm, but is one days' meals, but for me, it's a marathon. Praise God, I'm up for it today.

Warm, gentle hugs, Glenys


My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Psalm 5:3

Friday, 16 October 2015

PUAH: BRAVE WOMAN OF GOD!


This painting depicts the heroic midwife, Puah, following her interview with Pharaoh as described in Exodus 1:15-16.  Pharaoh commanded Puah and Shiphrah to play a key part in his plan to destroy the children of Israel, by instructing them to kill all Hebrew male children at birth.  Puah and Shiphrah were, therefore, forced to choose between fear of God and fear of man.  Their decision would affect the entire Israelite nation for good or ill, and also affect their own lives.  Nonetheless, these two valiant women, "feared God, and did not as the King commanded them, but saved the men children alive" (Exodus 1:17).

The viewer sees Puah, here, as she makes this vital decision between good and evil.  Her countenance evidences her concern, but her resolute choice to do what is right despite her fears is mirrored in her confident posture.  Despite peril, she is quietly courageous, looking forward with faith and trust in the Lord.  She and Shiphrah nobly choose to serve the Lord, just as the prophet Joshua firmly declared almost 150 years later, that, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).  Puah's choice saved countless lives and enabled the children of Israel to "wax very mighty" (Exodus 1:20).

Shiphrah and Puah were not left to face evil alone, however.  The Biblical account tells us that because the women feared God, He "dealt well with the midwives" and "made them houses" (Exodus 1:20-21).  Shiphrah and Puah were also blessed with an inspired answer for Pharaoh regarding their inability to carry out his commands (see Exodus 1:19).  Consequently, Pharaoh spared their lives.

Biblical scholars have endeavored to interpret what kind of blessing from Heaven's hand the word "houses" might indicate.  The Hebrew word used in verse 21 is bayith, possibly derived from the root banah (see Strong 20, 22).  Both words embody a variety of meanings which could combine to connote the repair or building up of a house, family, palace, or temple.  Whatever the precise blessing conferred by the Lord upon these faithful women, the words described above remind us of the blessings of eternal families, available in Holy Temples, where covenants "build up" and "repair" family ties so that they may last throughout eternity.  These blessings are available to those who, like Shiphrah and Puah, ignore evil's insidious invitations.  
A simplified semi-circular gold "pectoral" adorns Puah's throat and a white linen wrap falls in pleats at her shoulder.  Colorful rust and royal blue fabrics are also part of her costume.  All these elements combine the artist's interpretation of the Egyptian and Canaanite costuming depicted in a 14th century tomb painting from Thebes.  The sharp visual contrast created by the white wrap intentionally draws the viewer's eye immediately, to remind the viewer of Puah's purity and faith.

The Egyptian pillars behind the figure are incised with Egyptian hieroglyphics and echo ancient Egyptian architectural detailing.  They are, however, crumbling visibly.  Not only does this symbolize Pharaoh's fear of the loss of his political power due to the impending rise of the Israelite nation (see Exodus 1:7-10), it also represents the way in which our lives and futures crumble when we choose to serve man, rather than God.  The palm tree beyond the pillars, on the other hand, symbolizes the renewal of life and continuance afforded those who choose to serve the Lord.

BIBLIOGRAPHY Strong, James. The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. New York: Abingdon Press, 1890.  Choose you this day painting by Elspeth Young
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