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Proud of Myself


Too cute!!! πŸ™‚

Wow, I am proud of myself today! I finally cleaned up a spot in my dining room that had become unsightly and in need of cleaning. My parents both keep stuff in inappropriate places but since my mom’s dead it’s just my dad to deal with, thus it’s not as bad. So my dad had been keeping five snow shovels in the corner of our dining room year round for the past who knows how long (years). Anyway, I got sick of seeing that corner with the unsightly snow shovels and fishing rods there not being attended to. Ultimately I managed to negotiate with my dad to only keep two inside and have the other three in our garden shed. It’s progress. Now there’s the fishing rods and two snow shovels and a few other things I’d rather throw out but it’s an improvement. I swept up the dust and mopped before putting the aforementioned objects back in a tidier manner.

Then I saw that in my living room in an area I usually neglect there were dead ant bodies on the carpet in a layer of dust! I have no idea how they ended up in that area because there’s nothing attractive for them there as far as I can tell. It kind of dismayed me too because my dad and I don’t kill the ants we just let them roam freely (they’re small black ants-possibly carpenter but unsure- there aren’t many of them). So seeing dead ants lying in dust was just unsettling. Normally the ants stay in the kitchen but will go to other rooms too. The majority stay in the kitchen though. I don’t kill them because they aren’t really hurting anyone (there are not very many) and my dad doesn’t kill them because he just sees them as God‘s creatures. We both have religious reasons for leaving them be but different religions, LOL! The funny thing is my dad won’t kill bugs but eats animals. I don’t.

I am feeling much better since cleaning that spot I mentioned in our dining area and the coat closet yesterday. Honestly, I’ve cleaned and tidied/decluttered more in the past month or so than the past couple of years! This is a very good Spring Cleaning year for me. I have really ‘stepped up to the plate’. Yay me! lol

The weather is really nice out today. I might go outside and try to enjoy it before the day is over and I realize I spent it inside cleaning.

Β©Natalya, 2013.


Author: Natalya

Blogging my thoughts and feelings about mostly mental health, meditation and spirituality(non religious). Hoping to connect with other interesting people in the blogosphere. *The name is Russian and is my pseudonym.

10 thoughts on “Proud of Myself

  1. Well done you! I love the elephant (of course!) πŸ™‚ xx

  2. I know what a big deal this is and I’m really happy for you!! Try not to worry about the little ants. Perhaps it was a small retirement community for old ants!? *hugs* πŸ˜‰

  3. I tend not to want to kill either. But I got ant problems for several years when I lived in mobile home and finally figured out something online that worked good for me. You take about a fourth of a pound of coffee beans, unground, and put them in a bowl and sit the bowl on the kitchen counter. Ants hate the smell of coffee and will avoid it. The smell seems to work good for about six months and then you need to change it for fresher beans.

    Carpenter ants are big and need to be gotten rid of because they go into the walls and eat the wood, hence the name, and can be dangerous to a building. If you have small ants they are not carpenter ants.

    Good and healing thoughts to you.


    • Hi Kate,

      Thanks for the coffee beans tip. The ants are what I consider small but I am not too sure of the correct classification system regarding ants! They’re a cm or so long and mm or so wide. I thought they might be carpenter ants because we have them in the winter. We have a window with a rotten spot in the sill next to the outside. I thought we should put some steel wool in the hole so they would not have such easy access. But the most we have at a time is 6-8, normally there are maybe 3-5 crawling around. To me they look small so I figure they are harmless.

  4. Well done! πŸ™‚

    I know the feeling. Tomorrow is a public holiday here in Australia & it’s a day for doing stuff, I can already see…. It does feel good to ‘get it done’ πŸ™‚

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