Tackle It Tuesday: Cleaning My Basement

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

My Tackle IT Tuesday project for this week was to get the storage tubs off of my basement floor and put back onto the great shelves that DH built me last year.

I dragged every last tub off of the shelves looking for the elusive electric candles that I usually put in my front windows. I finally found them, but had negelcted to put them back because they're in the basement adn no one sees them but the kids, and the kids I babysit and the occasional parent going to retrieve the babysitting kids to take them home. :o)

I thought I'd better get those tubs back up there and rearrange the um... furnishings in the basement so it's a functional space when my house is full of jolly, happy people this weekend. Now that the tubs are put away, I'll have to get to the rearranging. That's the plan for today, anyways.

I'm sorry to report that I have no pictures as it seems I either left my camera at my sister's house on Sunday or it slipped into the void that now holds my energy and every other sock we own. *Tee hee*

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Dear Santa,
I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple,which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year, I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes,Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back.

Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold.Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always, MOM...!

P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.


Gattina said...

Ketchup IS vegetables it's made out of tomatoes, lol ! and chips too (potatoes) so very healthy. Our Santa prefered a glas of Cognac (which he emptied) and his donkey ate the carrot. This way we never had crumps.

Stephanie said...

Great tackle! Nothing like having company to motivate you~!

eve said...

great one! And I love the dear Santa. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Great tackle.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Great tackle!! I have tubs that are taking over my basement. Love your Dear Santa poem!

Jennifer Sprague, All Natural Mommies said...

Good for you momma - those seamingly small things really add up!

Samantha said...

AMEN to the Dear Santa letter!!! I am also guilty of having a basement overflowing with tubs, although my hubby seems to be all "duh" when it comes to building shelves! *hugs*

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

good for you!! I love that poem too. (hope you find your camera!!!!!)