I've tried getting this post up since last night and have been having trouble with getting thrown off the Net. Bother. In between...I managed to get 5 laundry loads done...folded and put away, changed beds, mopped my largest open area floor and the master bedroom. You say, why is she writing this? We all gotta clean our houses. Well, I hate housework with a passion and I confess I only do it when I know I'm going to have company that week. I still have to dust, clean 2 bathrms., and my stamp room needs serious tidying up. When I first moved into this house, I did so with the understanding that I'd have cleaning service 2x a month. That happened for about 2 yrs. I found a lovely Mexican woman (a citizen too...how 'bout that here in AZ?), who I now realize I didn't pay well. Wouldn't you know it, she got cancer and couldn't work anymore. At least that's what she told me! She calls me at Christmas and always asks if I have replaced her. My answer is always no and I ask after her health. Since she never volunteers to return, I never ask her to either. Now I can't afford to anyhow. UGH! I'm gonna vent a bit here. I didn't used to mind house-cleaning, even with a full-time job for many years, but now my husband is an invalid and I have the task of care-taking along with the house. I want out of here and bad. Back to my cleaning only for company. We are moving in with my youngest dd, just as soon as we can get a short-sale. So I'm cleaning for the realtor. I don't know that it matters. She won't be buying the house. It's so sad that our house isn't worth the price we paid for it, and of course, we have the ubiquitous 2nd mortgage, hence, no equity whatsoever. I praise God that my dd wants us and though we will have many changes facing us, I will have only 2 rms. + bath to take care of. And one of those rooms is a craft room larger than what I have now. There's also the bonus of being with 2 of my grands (and a step-grand who is a sweetheart) whom I adore and my dd and sil are great people. I also get to cook less as we will share the duties and in a marvelous kitchen. Their house is beautiful. So there you have it...way more than you asked for, huh? Well this is a diary of sorts, so put your big girl panties on and realize how blessed you are and me too.