I cleaned some stuff that Flar dug out of the bar, cleaned the ornery corner (moving the orneriest bit onto the table -- I'm not done with it), and put away the clean dishes from last night. I've got the counter all clean including the bit in the bay window.
The jacuzzi is empty and ready to clean -- Flar's job, as there are dead ants. The dining room floor is clean and the room is ready for me to set up for the party. Flar's been working in other areas of the house, like the library and the porch upstairs.
Tigger's cleaned his floor and has been running the Roomba while he's been putting away his laundry, tackling a box and helping Flar with whatever.
And oops, I just realized I hadn't turned on my phone yet. Yep, message from the groomer.
Now to tackle the table...
This is the recipe for the impromptu dish that I made a weekend or two ago, that the whole family liked:
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 pound Chicken Thighs, sliced
3 tsp chopped Garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cups Hash Browns
3 Cups sliced Carrots
1 Can Black Beans
Grated Pepper Jack and Cheddar Jack cheeses
Measurements are somewhat approximate -- by the time I was done, this filled an electric skillet to overflowing.
Warm Oil over medium heat, add onions and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Add chicken; season with garlic, salt & pepper and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Add Broth, Hash Browns, Carrots, Beans and cheeses. Cover and cook for 30 - 45 minutes.
It's nothing to look add, but it's quite yummy and made no leftovers.
I took a nice break from cleaning the house to clean Flood at the dogwash. While I was munching on some lunch after I got home, I talked with Flar a bit about what was taking up space on the kitchen table. He actually okayed my ditsy cleaning style of skipping about the house this time.
I asked him where he thought I should put stuff we'd be using at the party, and he suggested the white table, since it's on my list to clean it off. So I asked him about breaking from the kitchen table to clean the white table. When he agreed, I pointed out that this is how I end up cleaning all over the house at once -- there are so many dependencies. :)
I'm particularly good at cleaning when it means I'm avoiding something. Today I was avoiding the kitchen table, so I've got the white table cleaned off, which involved packing up my knitting machine for now. I cleaned off the washer and dryer, and prepped the screen for silk-screening. That is, as much as I could do before I go out and buy more masking tape. My part of cleaning the jacuzzi room is done; the floor is ready for Tigger to mop and the jacuzzi is ready for Flar to clean and fill tomorrow.
I thought all this would mean not finishing the kitchen table tonight, but I just finished breaking the ornery pile down into rational piles to deliver to various spots around the house. After I finish my break, I'll run things around the house, fix some dinner and then work on folding laundry while I watch more SG-1.
I'll be doing laundry as I go along. Right now I've got two baskets of my own clothes to fold and put away, then two baskets of clean to sort by person, before I can move more laundry along in the system. There's a huge pile of work towels to wash right now, but regular clothes are back to a manageable roar.
First LJ for more rest, then back to work...