Monday, January 15, 2007

The Flylady Cometh

After a few long, meandering posts recently, my Inner Nazi barked one morning, as I passed him in the living room "Genug! Kein blogging mehr! Wir mussen das Haus sauber machen! Wir mussen auch die Weihnachten Ornamenten to put away....Gott in Himmel! Still with the Christmas ornaments?"

"Ja, ja," I mumbled as I shuffled onwards. I hadn't yet had a cup of tea, and if it's co-operation you're looking for mister, don't get between me and the tea kettle at eight a.m..... He drew himself up to his full six foot two and curled his lip at my comfy, ratty robe. He himself looked very smart in his uniform, brass buttons winking in the early morning light. He was dressed to the shiny, laced up military boots. I was wearing my slippers. Handsome he was, in that Germanic, blond, blue-eyed way, but what a hatchet face! Come on, I thought. Could you manage a smile? Or at least allow me eine Tasse Tee zu haben?

He gave an involuntary shudder and I smiled with satisfaction. "Yes," I said. "I am perfectly capable of inflicting even worse damage on your language, if you don't move aside and let me make some tea."

The Inner Nazi was activated by the Flylady. Interest in the Flylady came with the usual New Year determination to finally, this year, get it all in one sock.

So now...........

My sink is so shiny I've taken to wearing sunglasses in the kitchen. [They look especially fetching with the ratty robe and slippers.]

My laundry basket is empty.

My kitchen drawers are organised. The YS came home for the weekend and couldn't find a blessed thing.

I've been boogie flinging all over the place.

One 'hotspot' in the bedroom was a neat pile of notebooks from pre-blogging days. Another was a collection of newspaper clippings. Articles of interest and inspiration, interspersed with recipes to try....someday. Referred to by the OC as my "history notes." One sample from the pile was titled "Fresh Year, Fresh Start", a detailed list, room by room, of what one needed to do to get one's home and one's life in order. The date? December 27 th. 2003. It got flung.

Die Ornamenten sind weg.

Between the three of us, we got a lot accomplished. When the IN started moving towards my sewing room, I cut in front of him, but the FL got there first. My cheeks burned with shame as I stuttered about my plans for a clean sweep in there, and some big-time flinging, and the merciless turning of hoses on hot spots......I just wasn't sure where to start was all...."Baby Steps," she chirped enthusiastically.

The IN has gone to the mess hall now for some chow. I hope he stays there. The FL has fluttered off to pester some other poor soul. She'll be back tomorrow. [Just please, have mercy and don't bring him with you!] So here I am, at twilight, limping at last to the computer. I come to you from a shiny sink, an empty laundry basket and toilets you could drink from. Now may I blog?

16 comments:

daysgoby said...

You
are braver than I am.

Lukey Barlow said...

Did you know you can get free translations on the Internet? Yes! And according to the one I consulted, your Nazi told you, "Enough! No more! We leisure the house cleanly make! We leisure also the wine respect ornament to put away... God in sky!" So of course, I am in complete sympathy.

My inner(indoor)cat curls her lip too, as she lounges on the topmost box of my pile of wine respect ornaments to put away. But God in sky, I'm only one woman!

Flylady IS a wonder. Do you get the email reminders? I had twelve of them today of which 5 were for tasks such as go to bed on time, put on my shoes and lay out my wardrobe for tomorrow. What makes them even more fun is that there seems to be about a 12 hour delay in their delivery. I have just this minute received one instructing me to go shine my sink and then put on a load of laundry. Fortunately, my sink is extremely shiny already, and there is no laundry to do. I want to go to bed, but I may have to wait until noon tomorrow for the reminder.

Still, I love Flylady. I'm glad she's entertaining you, too.

Molly said...

Mein Gott! I knew my German was imperfect, but not as diabolical as you make it sound.....What kind of trolls do those translations?? Send them back to school....I have enough to be embarrassed about!

aunty evil said...

sure Molly, come and blog.

But as for drinking from the toilet, can you try not to do that around me?

I have an aversion to blue mouths...

joyce said...

A shining and interesting blog is more important than a shining (i don't think many toilets are interesting, but wait there was one in China...) toilet. Keep those blogs coming. THey make my mornings worthwhile!

joyce said...

A shining and interesting blog is more important than a shining (i don't think many toilets are interesting, but wait there was one in China...) toilet. Keep those blogs coming. THey make my mornings worthwhile!

Liz said...

As FlyLady would say, "I'm so proud of you!" As for the other guy, well he would probably just say, "Hmmmph!"

velcro said...

Ahh Sehr gut meine gnaedige Frau. Es freut mich dass Sie das Haus aufgeraeumt haben.

Flylady is very good though I too get the email reminders at weird times.

meggie said...

I think I will stick to my flea-minded ways!
GOM can sort the shining sink!!

Still, love your posts.

Molly said...

Ich glaube das velcro viel besser Deutsch als molly sprecht....more fun for lukey barlow though!

Lukey Barlow said...

According to freetranslation.com, Velcro said:

"Gracious woman means Ahh very well. It pleases me that you cleaned up the house."

And Molly's reply was:

"I believe speaks the velcro much better German than a molly."

See? I understand perfectly!

Molly said...

Velcro, we have created a monster...

Zanna said...

Here in Australia we have this magical stuff called Mortein which eliminates fly ladies!
Instead I have this fairy called Faye who visits every Friday (Fayeday)
Seriously, hadn't heard of Flylady so will have a good browse.

Stomper Girl said...

Danke Gott (?!?!) for Lukey Barlow and her wonderful translations.

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

What a double delight. You de-lurk over my way AND I get to find your fabulous Chronicles in the middle of some bizarre bilingual blitzkrieg (blitzkreig? it looks wrong both ways!).

I can see I need a nice relaxed trawl through your archives, Molly Bawn...

rdppl said...

FlyLady? and i thought i was wild in highschool! what the hell are the doc's giving you ma?