29 March 2015

Sunday's New Testament Reading

Courtesy of Microsoft


We are heading into the last few days of the journey through the New Testament with Sunday's reading of 2 Timothy.  What reawakening have you experienced as you read through, or parts of, the Christian scriptures?  I have found the reading enlightening and extremely comforting.  If you've not been following along, why not join the reading right now and continue through next Saturday.

Agape always,
Cynthia

28 March 2015

Quadragesima Cleaning and Reading: Day Thirty-Four

Courtesy of Microsoft


We are blessed with three upper cupboards, and those are the focus today.  Since today is a Saturday, I have help.  The process isn't all that exciting.  My helper and I will remove all the items from the cupboards, wipe down the cupboards inside and out, and wash the replaceable liners (I don't use adhesive liners).  Then we reassemble the cupboards.   One of the cupboards forms part of my pantry, so I will inspect the packaged foods for patency and expiration dates.  

Today's reading takes us through 2 Peter.  

Agape always,
Cynthia

27 March 2015

Quadragesima Cleaning and Reading: Day Thirty-Three

Gas Stoves, 1851, Courtesy of Wikimedia


I wonder which appliance helps women more: the washing machine or the cooker.  Both save time and relieve women from overly difficult work.  

As you probably have already guessed, today I cleaned the microwave, range hood, cook top, sides, and oven. Like the dishwasher, the microwave goes unused.  I clean the microwave twice a year the way I clean the fireplace, simply to remove dust.  The range hood needed a thorough wiping, and I removed and cleaned the filter (always a grungy job no matter how often it is done--or so it seems!).  The cook top is cleaned daily and deep cleaned monthly; the range is on rollers so one of the youngsters and I are able to move it out easily in order to clean the inevitable drips on the side of the range and on the cupboards on each side of the range.  The oven did not have any spills, so I wiped out the inside and cleaned the racks.  We are blessed to have a little drawer at the bottom for bakeware storage, so I washed everything in the drawer, wiped out the drawer, and returned the items.

The journey through the New Testament continues with today's reading:  1 Peter.

Agape always,
Cynthia

26 March 2015

Quadragesima Cleaning and Reading: Day Thirty-Two

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One of today's tasks calls for outside help, so I have made a treat for the helpers:  homemade lemonade. 
 
Today I will tackle the cleaning of two major appliances--the dishwasher and the refrigerator--as well as cleaning and culling the under-sink area. 

Just last week I wrote to a student, sharing her happiness at doing dishes by hand and saving the water as well as the water heating expense and electricity involved with the dishwasher.  I would much rather have the additional cupboard space!  Since I rent my home, I have no say in the matter of having a dishwasher and consider keeping the dishwasher clean part of my stewardship of this home.  Thus, I run the dishwasher once a month and keep the outside clean.  I usually don't add anything to the cycle, but since I have lemons, I will use the juice of a lemon to give the dishwasher a particularly nice scent.

Cleaning the refrigerator requires help because even two of us cannot move it out of the little alcove.  We need the maintenance men!  They move the refrigerator out; I clean the back and sides of the refrigerator (including vacuuming the coils) and the walls and cupboard side around the refrigerator as well as the floor under the refrigerator (the dust that gathers in a half-year surprises one); finally, they reposition the refrigerator. While I dust and vacuum, they enjoy a treat.  I give the treat 1) to be hospitable and 2) to make sure they don't leave.  After cleaning the outside of the refrigerator, I clean the inside, but since I do that weekly, my work is easy.  

My third task consists of taking everything out from the under-sink area, checking that all the containers are patent, "spray and wipe" the surfaces, and returning items to the under-sink area, organizing as I go.  

After all that, I intend to pour myself a glass of lemonade and read the remainder of the Epistle to the Hebrews.  

Agape always,
Cynthia

25 March 2015

Quadragesima Cleaning and Reading: Day Thirty-One (Happy Lady Day!)

Phillippe de Champaigne - The Annunciation


I move into the kitchen now and have given myself an easy pair of tasks for today:  Clean and refill the canisters and cull the spice basket for spices and herbs over a year old.  I will add any discarded spices and herbs to the grocery list and pick up new the next time I shop.

Today's journey through the New Testament returns me to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Chapters Seven through Ten.

In commemoration of Mary's acceptance of God's will for her life, I am spending the day meditating on God's will for my life in addition to enjoying a visit to a church and lunch out with a pair of friends.

Agape always,
Cynthia

24 March 2015

Quadragesima Cleaning and Reading: Day Thirty

 
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Only ten days remain until the end of Quadragesima (Sundays excluded).  The Great Room looks a lot better, with the polished wood surfaces gleaming in the afternoon sunshine.  Now, I am swinging back around to the area near the patio door that contains our little keyboard and the bookcase with our television and DVD player.  We don't have cable television services, but we do enjoy watching a DVD now and then.

Today's Tasks:  Remove books, DVDs, television, DVD player, and decorative items from the bookcases near the patio door.  Move the bookshelves and the keyboard stand, vacuum the carpet underneath, and clean the floorboards and walls behind them.  Reposition.  Polish the outside of the bookcases, then dust the shelves and the books, etc.  Replace the items on the shelves. Dust the keyboard and stand.  Reposition. 





Now, I'm on to the biggest job of all--the kitchen, the heart of the home.

Today's reading from the New Testament runs from Chapter One through Chapter Six in the Epistle to the Hebrews. 

I want to remind everyone that tomorrow is Lady Day, also known as the Feast of the Annunciation, marking just nine months until Christmas.  I hope that in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus, you do something nice for yourself and the other ladies in your family.

Agape always,
Cynthia 

23 March 2015

Quadragesima Cleaning and Reading: Day Twenty-Nine

Courtesy Microsoft


Today, I clean my desk chair and reorganize my bins and my filing cabinet.  The desk chair is where I work for several hours a day, six days a week.  I am grateful for a reasonably comfortable seat that allows me to work without undue fatigue. The bins were a gift from a friend, and they have helped me to organize all my little projects.  The bins need neatening, and I need to check to make sure that no extraneous materials have ended up in a bin.  The filing cabinet will likely become obsolete soon, for I don't keep much in it anymore.  I keep important documents that I might need page protectors gathered in binders; documents that I need to store but probably won't need to produce are kept on my computer, which is "backed up" regularly. 

Today's Tasks:  Clean the desk chair.  Reorganize the bins and filing cabinet.  Use the hand vacuum to vacuum the outside of the bins.  Feather dust the filing cabinet.

Today's reading from the Christian scriptures is 1 Timothy and Titus.

Agape always,
Cynthia  

 
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