Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

23 May

I told you about my spring cleaning project; it was inspired by dirty hands. 

The long, dark winter that masqueraded as spring had its uses – no sun to shine through my grubby windows, exposing this:




I looked around to see if it was a lone intruder but sadly, I discovered that we are mucky pups in this house.  Fingerprints abound; dust raises the skirting boards two inches; clutter, clutter and more clutter (or, to give them their real names, the husband and sons).  Something had to be done.  I made a list.

So far, my fair hands have tidied out the upstairs double cupboard; re-arranged and cleaned a bookcase; washed a picture, a mirror, an ugly wooden mask that reminds me of the Hub (what?  He bought it, that’s all.  Stop inserting your own jokes); scrubbed the upstairs hall’s bannisters, skirting boards, plugs, light switches, long mirror and all seven doors, frames and the top bits that I can’t reach without ladders so they get cleaned only before painting, i.e. once in fifteen years (it’s not that I’m lazy; it’s just that I can’t afford to pay anyone to do it for me).

I’ll be honest – as well as the tops of the frames, I never the wash doors, either, unless it’s (again) before painting (bitter experience of watching unwashed, newly-painted doors flake like the Hub’s dandruff) or after vomiting children.  No, I don’t vomit the children; the children vomit on my doors.  Stop writing my post for me; I don’t do cleaning but I do do this.

I realised I set a dreadful example to my children when Spud and I had the following conversation:

Spud:  What are you doing?

Me:  Washing your door.

Spud [utterly baffled]:  Why?

I have to hand it to him – he has a point.


The Hub

‘s ugly mask.


42 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands”

  1. montanasouthernbelle May 23, 2012 at 17:02 #

    I feel for you and I don’t even have children. I have two dogs, a husband and a mother in law. A baby on the way due in any time now so..LOL I will soon learn.


    • Tilly Bud May 25, 2012 at 10:19 #

      Get your housework done now because you won’t have time later!


      • montanasouthernbelle May 25, 2012 at 18:27 #

        lol to late. I’m suppose to be resting due to the baby trying to come before 37weeks which I”ll be Wednesday.


  2. Patti May 23, 2012 at 17:03 #

    That’s the second interesting take on “hands” that I’ve seen this morning – now I’m feeling inspired to think up one of my own!


  3. adinparadise May 23, 2012 at 17:08 #

    Well done. I’m proud of you, Tilly. Hands come in very useful, don’t they? 😉


  4. grannymar May 23, 2012 at 17:11 #

    I’ll have to hand it to you, you did well girl! Now take a rest.


  5. vivinfrance May 23, 2012 at 17:13 #

    I think housework has turned you crotchety: we do not write your jokes or interfere with your blogging. Now, please can I have some Maltesers?


  6. viveka May 23, 2012 at 17:23 #

    Have seen those switches somewhere else … earlier today. *smile .. have cleaned them now.


  7. Janie Jones May 23, 2012 at 17:23 #

    Wow! The spring cleaning bug has really bitten you! I never dust the tops of photo frames. Although, dusting is my all time least favorite household chore.


    • Tilly Bud May 25, 2012 at 10:28 #

      Mine too! It’s because it was my Saturday chore and kept me home when I wanted to meet my friends.


  8. creatingreciprocity May 23, 2012 at 18:05 #

    I am impressed. I hate housework, it’s too depressing and gets undone and has to be done again. It is simultaneously boring and hard. I need a wife.


  9. sarsm May 23, 2012 at 18:52 #

    Well done!!

    When I’m cleaning the children ask, “Who’s coming to visit?”


    • siggiofmaine May 24, 2012 at 01:05 #

      sarsm…had to smile at the kids comment ! thanks … I needed that !☺.


  10. SchmidleysScribbling May 23, 2012 at 19:41 #

    Given David does not know what finger prints are, guess who stews about them? You poor thing, living with 3 males. Dianne


    • Tilly Bud May 25, 2012 at 10:30 #

      These things are sent to try us. But at least I…nope; can’t think of a silver lining.


  11. laurieanichols May 23, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Excellent post Tilly. I actually like the mask, it has character. My kids say to me “Maman why do it? It’s just going to get messed up again and it makes you too tired” I have to confess that it is tempting, but no must do housework, or else where would we be?


  12. Gobetween May 23, 2012 at 20:27 #

    Housework is hard and unrewarding.


  13. Helen Cherry May 23, 2012 at 20:54 #

    Housework is sooooo uncreative !


  14. kateshrewsday May 23, 2012 at 22:13 #

    I got the Spring cleaning bug today, Tilly, too: the weather helped. But my house is inundated with the kind of marks you spotted in just one place. Erk. Beginning to think about buying a steam cleaner!!


    • Tilly Bud May 25, 2012 at 10:32 #

      Or hiring a cleaner while you steam in the bath?


  15. eof737 May 23, 2012 at 22:24 #

    You do the best you can and leave the rest Tilly!


  16. jmgoyder May 24, 2012 at 00:15 #

    Housework sucks.


  17. siggiofmaine May 24, 2012 at 01:08 #

    I have to admit one of the downsides of being able to see so well after cataract surgery is that every smudge, finger print and glow of dust is too easily seen ! Tilly you can come to my house any day and clean.☺♥.


  18. Perfecting Motherhood May 24, 2012 at 05:27 #

    Spring cleaning, well done. You seem pretty handy.


  19. Gabrielle Bryden May 24, 2012 at 07:16 #

    hahahaha – not fun at all that cleaning lark 🙂 Your post reminds me of one Christmas when my boy was Santa Claus in the school play and I had to shorten his pants and bought out the sewing box and proceeded to sew up the hem – he said to me ‘what is that thing you are doing Mummy’ – never before having seen me sew – hehe


  20. bluebee May 24, 2012 at 12:00 #

    I’m intrigued by that mask – where is it from?


    • Tilly Bud May 25, 2012 at 11:01 #

      Hub bought it at auction. I really shouldn’t let him out on his own.


  21. robincoyle May 24, 2012 at 23:17 #

    You have been one busy lady!


  22. benzeknees May 27, 2012 at 00:09 #

    I would never pass the white glove test either!


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