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I am a 29-ish yr old married mother of 8. My family is my life and I wouldn't have it any other way. My darling husband is my very best friend and together we are raising 8 of the best kids in the world! They are Rose(12) Sarah(12) Ammon(10) Malachi(8) Gabriel(7) Hannah(5) Maggie(4) and Abbie(3) We currently own 2 dogs, 1 bird, 5 chinchillas, 1,000,000 rabbits, 1 cat, 4.5 horses, and one ferret. We just purchased a home that is definately a "fixer-upper", with land and room for the kids to roam. Our goal is to run a mostly self sustaining farm and live in peace as we grow as a strong family unit. We have seen our fair share of hardships, but we are thankful for the many blessings the Lord gives us on a regular basis!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Microwave Obsession

hoSeveral years ago I had a conversation about house keeping with my cousin. She told me that you can always tell how clean a house is by looking at the microwave!

She explained it like this..

  • There are some people who have immaculately clean microwaves. These are the kind of people that wipe up every spill or overflowed mess as soon as it happens. These people keep the window streak free and the turn style spotless.
  • There are the people that may have a spill or two on the inside but keep the outside reasonably respectable. They may let it get a little trashed every now and then but they will get to it when they can.
  • Then there are those that allow their microwaves to become so repulsive that you don't want to use it! They are the ones that have instant oatmeal spilled several times over, the red or brown splatters that you can't quite decipher, and the black cracks and crevices.
It seamed very sound at the time. Though I am sure my cousin never expected me to take it to the extreme. Being a young inexperienced mom at the time, I took that metaphor as law. I have rarely had a spot in or on my microwave that has lasted more than a day. In fact when my nephew live with us for a year he would ofter get in trouble for NOT using the provided tooth brush on the crevices inside.
Here's the thing... I was cleaning my microwave this morning (This time with a tooth pick because I just couldn't quite get the corner the way I wanted it.) and I just started laughing at my self. Because when I turned around and looked at the rest of my kitchen I found it quite ridiculous that I would be wasting my time on this chore when there were so many other obvious flaws with my house keeping!
The stack of pans that I haven't gotten to, the various items on the island that have yet to find a proper place, the sticky spots on the floor from the various spills by "Not-me" (a subject for an entirely different post), these are all reminders of my inadequacies. And here I am cleaning my microwave! As if by some miracle, a stranger would walk into my house and be so blinded by the cleanliness of my microwave that they would be unable to see the rest of the mess!
Make no mistake. I have No plans to stop cleaning my microwave. I figure having one perfectly clean area in my house is better than none. Although I'm sure my husband would prefer it to be our bedroom or a bathroom! Still it is a little silly.


Darryl and Cindy said...

The kitchen space I am a fanatic about is my stove top. I love a beautiful sparkling clean stove top. But maybe that is because that is what I notice when I walk into other peoples' kitchens.

Cathy Shields said...

The kitchen counters are my biggie. You can ask Nicole (dil), she knows I like to have them wiped down with clorox wipes. This usually includes my stovetop too but the counters are my "silliness". Hey I feel a post coming on...

Leisha said...

That is funny! I keep my microwave clean, but the rest of my house isn't always spotless! In fact, I'm trying to find some neighborhood kid I can pay to scrub my windows clean for me, they are a mess!