Ok, cleaning is not my favorite thing to do, but every so often instead of just sweeping and shaking out the rugs I get the vacuum out and vacuum not only the cracks in the floor, (I have an old house with maple plank floors, of which have cracks big enough for small toys to fall through to the basement) but all the other nooks and crannies in my old house....and there are many.
Why you ask?
Because ..… it is the day after Valentines day, because it is cold, because the gardening catalogs are sitting on my desk taunting me to the fact that spring is not here yet, and because I’m going stir crazy.
I did do this before I set up the tree for the Holidays.... a while back.
For those of you who are clean freaks and do this once a week… talk to the hand. I don’t want to hear about your clean houses.
*one hand on hip… other hand has palm in your face gesture*
Where was I?
…. Oh, yeah … so, when I do this I usually clean the under the couch. Otherwise known as the toy eater Black Hole.
Now most of my furniture will get the occasion crayon or piece of paper in the small tiny crack between it and the floor. I mean that’s normal, right?
However the hole under the couch is, well, Huge!
Because I have also broken far too many Eurekas, I have long since learned to bypass those fancy upright things and just use a shop vac. I mean, if you have a kid, or a farm… you need a shop vac.
If you have a kid and a farm...…then you need a BIG shop vac!
Still, I have learned that because a shop vac is indeed awesome, it is in my best interest to swipe under said couch with a broom first. Lest I have to explain to a crying child why half of his legos for his special precious “it” character disappeared into the sucking monster…. Never to be seen again.
Now keep in mind I just did this before Christmas (again, no comments from the clean freaks!)
So, I have decided that one of two very strange things are happening at my house-
1. Every single time I turn my back my child decides to stuff as many toys under the couch as humanly possible. (Very possible)
2. The toys themselves have decided they want to have a Toy Story like adventure and figure if they cram themselves under the couch, I will eventually get them with the sucking monster and set them free in the garbage. Where they will ban together, rip out of the bag, and go on a great many adventure. (Far more likely!)
Today’s finds- 5 super balls, 3 marbles, 1 plastic golf ball, 1 large plastic jet plane, 1 transformer, 1 calculator, 1 block of post its, 7 writing utensils, 1 slinky, 1 telescope (small,) 12 paper airplanes, 3 pieces of train track, part of a science experiment, a lost sheet of homework, too many dust bunnies, oodles of crumbs… enough to feed a starving family somewhere I’m sure, and so many fruit snack wrappers I lost count.
So now, I am sitting down to rest my aching back and knees…. After having to take to advil for them, and nursing a cup of coffee while said kiddo is having a ball at the Valentine‘s day party at school.