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No, I’m not going to make a chicken dinner from Her Royal Fowlness. I am thrilled to report that the chicken has left the building! After 3 days in the guest bathroom getting warm tub soaks, eating oatmeal, enjoying celery leaves, having bowls of chicken food and water all to herself and a warm cozy bed of fresh hay thrice daily, she had still not produced an egg. She was happy, she was perky at both ends and was deemed healthy enough to go back to the rest of the flock. I have no idea what was wrong with her. Maybe she just wanted a spa weekend. I do not know whether to be more disturbed by the fact that my finger had been applying Vasoline and Perparation H to a chicken’s egg plumbing or the fact that my finger had been applying said goo to a chicken’s egg plumbing for apparently no reason.

Today’s assignment was to go room to room and make a list of 3 to 5 items in each room that need cleaning, repair, de-cluttering and/or re-organizing. I’m happy to say that last year’s Cure really worked well in most places. As a result, there are only a few spots that need major work. My bedroom is still working well, as are my linen closet, cabinets, laundry room (yay! that was the biggie last year) and kitchen. A little de-cluttering will do in most spots. Mainly what I’m dealing with this year is stuff I need to take to Goodwill and too much furniture I don’t need, where I least need it, and not the right kind of furniture where I do need it. We have power tools, we can deal with this.

My Project List

Master Bedroom

de-clutter nightstands
sort clothes for donating
fold and put away lump of laundry on bed
declutter master bath counter


declutter buffet
organize baking cabinet
clean window sill
clean pot shelf

Dining area

stow Mom’s china
empty 2nd china cabinet
sell or donate china cabinets

Den area

Clean window sill
dust books
organize shelving for CDs, DvDs and games
Sell or donate piano


Yes the whole thing lol. That will be my big project as it just needs to be completely emptied of everything. I will keep one shelving unit and we will try to re-purpose wood and shelves for use building a bed and 10 to 15 feet of wall mounted counter space to serve as craft and computer desk. Last year I griped about THE OFFICE while my son and I fought the laundry room into submission. This year THE OFFICE gets it’s due.

Laundry room

Still working great just needs a quick sweep and wipe down

Guest Bath

Now that the freeloading chicken is no longer in residence there, a quick sweep and tidy will do.

(Note: My finger has received hundreds of deep cleanings and sterilizations since Friday so I have removed that from my list although I am still slightly afraid of it.)