- Cleaned out all of the drawers and cupboards in my kitchen. Thanks to our recurring mouse problem, I ended up washing everything in several of the drawers. I also threw out a ridiculous amount of stale pantry items with "use by" dates ranging from 2008 forward.
- Did a full refrigerator and freezer cleanout. Oh, the expired condiments!
- Purchased a tulip poplar tree and planted it where the old locust tree had been. After I bought the tree, I had to go back with my husband's vehicle to pick it up later in the day because it was far too tall to fit in my tiny hybrid. Even in the SUV, I was pretty cozy with the branches as I drove home.
- Clipped all our cats' claws.
- Stopped by a veterinary office to pick up meds for my animal rescue group. Then I went and gave pills to three kittens at the store where I volunteer. I only lost a little bit of blood in the process.
- Laundry, of course.
- Brunch or lunch with different friends every day, just to have something to look forward to.
While I had the extra time, I scheduled Toby for a dental and ear cleaning yesterday morning. I cannot begin to tell you how much I like this new veterinary office. When I dropped off the dog, the doctor who would be handling the procedure checked him over thoroughly and took a good amount of time explaining exactly what would be done.
After the surgery, which involved removing one of his upper canines (the poor dog only has six teeth left now), the vet called and talked through every step of what he'd done to clear out Toby's ear, take care of his abcessed tooth and the complications that arose from it, and remove the two skin tags on his back that I'd asked them to take care of. Then he went through all of the post-care instructions in great detail despite the fact that they were written down for me to take home as well.
Toby's ears had been so clogged way deep inside that it's highly probable that his hearing is now much improved. The doctor must have been impressed with how much gunk he removed because he saved it for me to see. I took a picture to show my husband but I'll forego posting it online. You're welcome!
I brought Toby home yesterday in the late afternoon and gave him a pain pill around supper time. Today he's supposed to be about 90% recovered but still on pain meds and antibiotics for a while. Right now he's asleep, poor little guy.
So now I have three days left, which doesn't sound like very much considering my continuing to-do list, which includes:
- Take everything out of the pantry closet and put it all back so that more stuff will fit. I'm going to see if the hardware store has one of those racks for hanging brooms and other long-handled implements on the wall. That would go a long way toward uncluttering in there.
- Clean out the closet, drawers and shelves in my dressing room. The closet is jammed with my husband's stuff from last year's bedroom remodel. He needs to go through it and decide what he wants to keep. I have gotten to the point where I can't put away all my clean laundry, so it's time to cull my clothing collection. Then there are all of the lurching stacks of books to be dealt with...
- Go through my home office, clear off the surfaces, file things as needed, and throw away the rest. I still have a big tub of junk that never got sorted out when I moved into my current office space in the house. I was trying to look back on my blog to see exactly when that was and ran across a post from 2007 that also mentioned my need to deal with my "Big Tubs O' Stuff." The good news is that I'm down to one now.
- Scrub and seal the slate floor in the kitchen. (This is another item that I'm constantly declaring that I need to do. Apparently blogging about it is not enough to get me to follow through.)
- Clean and mop the basement floor in the cats' area. Ick.
- Hang up a fluorescent light fixture above my laundry table in the basement.
I'm pretty sure a few of these aren't going to make the cut before I run out of weekend, especially since I also have two cat shifts at the pet store to squeeze in there, but I think the majority will get done if I can physically do it. My back is starting to bug me a bit, so I need to do a little pre-housework yoga and foam rollering to make sure I'm up for it.
Wish me luck!