Dust To Dust

21 Apr
Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust ...

Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr

I have a busy weekend ahead: a visitor today; two more either tomorrow or Saturday; and another couple on Easter Monday.  That’s wonderful; I love receiving visitors.

Here’s the downside…dust.  I have to dust.  I have to show them that the stuff I write in my blog is a fabrication and I am, in fact, a tireless and dedicated housewife. 

The truth, of course, is that I am a tired and intoxicated housewife.  You don’t get to be this funny* without a little dust, a little alcohol and a whole lot of stumbling around in the mind, wondering where you put the duster because you’re pretty sure you bought one once.

A mathematical diagram to explain my dilemma:





dust 😦


If I was any good at maths, the dust would be higher than the visitors in this diagram – or is that social sciences?  Social ineptitude?  Sorry* housework, probably.

Of course, if I was really good at maths, I’d be earning a living from it and paying someone else to dust.  Wish I’d paid attention in class now.  I knew something didn’t add up.


*My adjective of choice; the Hub might have a slightly different one.

27 Responses to “Dust To Dust”

  1. Cindy April 21, 2011 at 09:35 #

    I don’t see a diagram …


    • Tilly Bud April 21, 2011 at 11:55 #

      Clearly you are not as good at maths as I am…


  2. vivinfrance April 21, 2011 at 09:40 #

    If I WERE any good at maths I might understand your NON-diagram. As it is, I leave you with these words of comfort: unless the visitor is a) your mother-in-law or b) my sister, you will find that visitors don’t give a damn about dust – they don’t even see it beause they’re so busy enjoying your company and your …erm… cooking.
    Besides, remember all that cleaning you did last weekend? It can’t be dirty again already.


    • Tilly Bud April 21, 2011 at 11:55 #

      Cleaning? last weekend? I’ll have to go look that up. It doesn’t ring a bell.


  3. earlybird April 21, 2011 at 11:15 #

    Try putting the vacuum cleaner on ‘blow’ rather than ‘suck’ ?? 🙂 I’m about to attack my housework – not that the daughter would notice but I do! And I think Viv’s probably right other people don’t notice dust.


  4. flo April 21, 2011 at 13:57 #

    You could have made this into a simple Venn diagram, without the intersection! However I like your new style diagram, and I agree with it wholeheartedly. Tilly, in regards to your dust problem, I read that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, and having decided to become a tidy person for the first time in my life ( don’t faint) I have managed to have a tidy house (it’s Day 29 in the Big Tidy House). Could you turn this into a diagram please, then I can stick it on my tidy fridge? Then you could also use it yourself to help with the dust crisis. Or maybe just eat some maltesers!


  5. Slowvelder April 21, 2011 at 15:13 #

    hehe – sounds so familiar – i am trying very hard to make friends with the dust that lives with me


    • Tilly Bud April 22, 2011 at 22:37 #

      Don’t make friends with it – it will never leave! Ignore it. It still won’t leave but you’ll stop noticing it.


  6. Tammy McLeod April 21, 2011 at 15:34 #

    think of it as a meditation…


  7. kateshrewsday April 21, 2011 at 15:48 #

    Einstein would SO love you…


    • Tilly Bud April 22, 2011 at 22:40 #

      He so would, wouldn’t he? We share a hairstyle, you know.


  8. slpmartin April 21, 2011 at 17:19 #

    Couldn’t see the diagram either.


    • Tilly Bud April 22, 2011 at 22:43 #

      I think my lovely readers may have a misplaced faith in my diagram-drawing powers. I’ll describe it instead:

      Visitors at the top of the space, in capitals = good.

      Big empty space inbetween with nothing whatsoever drawn, written or scribbled there.

      Dust at the bottom of the space, in lower case = bad.

      I thought you all got me by now 🙂


  9. Pseu April 21, 2011 at 19:40 #

    ‘Amongst the cobwebs
    my attitude to housework
    may be discovered’


    • Tilly Bud April 22, 2011 at 22:44 #

      You write a haiku I can really get behind 🙂

      Love it.


  10. nrhatch April 21, 2011 at 20:26 #

    People like visiting with a bit of dust around . . . makes them feel “superior.” 😉


    • Tilly Bud April 22, 2011 at 22:49 #

      That’s a positive, I suppose; but I don’t want visitors who feel superior. It’s not nice to be looked down on 😦


  11. Pseu April 21, 2011 at 22:10 #

    Maybe your motto should be

    “Dust in case” ?


    • Tilly Bud April 22, 2011 at 22:50 #

      I like it!!

      Oh no, I don’t – I never dust ‘in case’. It’s easier to apologise for them interrupting me just as I was about to grab a duster.


  12. Pseu April 21, 2011 at 23:57 #

    or “Dust in time”?


  13. granny1947 April 22, 2011 at 10:22 #

    I love the way NR thinks….I will remember that…don’t think Mex will buy it.



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