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Well, here we are on the eve of May (and I won't say I can't believe it). The May to-do's are lengthy but, as always, you never need to feel like you have to get all of them done and some may not even apply to all of us. But here is my list:
*Change the furnace filter
*Keep decluttering every single shelf, cabinet, drawer, and closet in your home in every room - I'm amazed that I try to keep on top of this and I still come up with things to let go of!
*If you have a flip-able mattress, it's time to do that and then wash every piece of bedding.
*Begin to get out and really clean up your yard and old garden beds and start to think of what you are going to plant this year. Or, if you can only do pots, plan for those as well - I encourage you to do something in this area. It's really good for our health when we can grow something and take care of it.
*Check your vehicle's tires, fluid levels, and belts before the summer begins.
*Clean the outdoor furniture if applicable.
*Check your gutters and clean them out for the upcoming rains (which is happening today).
*Ventilate your basement - old and icky air down there from winter - open up the windows!
*Make any window boxes and put them up - research plants that do well in containers and for whatever sun/shade they will receive.
*Buy or make insect repellants - so much nicer to get outdoors if you're not getting bit!
*Clean your upholstery and shampoo the carpet(s).
*Install outdoor lighting if applicable.
*Organize and clean out the garage - another good area to get rid of stuff!
*Fertilize the lawn - try to go organic and also there are some homemade fertilizers you can make.
*Wash/repaint walls in every room - nice to freshen things up. : )
Quite a bit! But do what you can, delegate help if you need it, and don't expect perfection. Remember to always enjoy the work you are doing - if you don't enjoy it, you're doing too much. Step back, regroup, and take bite-size pieces.
Next Saturday, our church is giving a "High Tea" for the women of the church (the men will serve) which I'm looking forward to. My daughter-in-law is going to join me so a little time together will be nice. If you're the kind of person who loves to give tea parties, here is the one for May:
*Decorate with different kinds of teacups - I built mine up over the years just by going to thrift stores and then when my sister found out that I collected teacups, she's added to them as well. : ) Add some beautiful napkins and spoons.
*Also decorate with different colored balloon bouquets (in pretty colors, not the vivid kiddy colors) - tie them with pretty ribbon that will stream down. Have everyone take one home.
*Serve ladyfingers, chocolate cake, and lemon cookies (try to serve homemade) with a good assortment of teas.
*Play classical music in the background - Mozart, Bach, and Strauss.
For May, here in the northland, it can still be a little chilly, but if you are already enjoying warm weather, having this outdoors would be lovely. : )
There you have it! A little work, a little play. The perfect balance. Enjoy this day and thank you SO much for dropping in again for a visit - I really do appreciate it. : ) God bless.