Sunday, April 1, 2012


Welcome dear guests to Time Warp Wives! We are delighted to have you over.

We hope that you are having a delightful day. It is again that time of the year where we take out our scrubbers, feather dusters, baking soda, and vinegar and turn our homes into a "Contaminated Hazard Environment. Specialist. At Work. Please Stay Away!" Don't you just love Spring cleaning?

Just the other day as my hubby and I where driving back home after buying a $10 filing cabinet from a garage sale we saw people everywhere cleaning their yards and organizing their garages. They all had a smile on their faces and waved at us. It was so nice to see folks happy and enjoying great weather while doing their Spring cleaning. It was like we have step into the movie Pleasantville. It was certainly a perfect day!

We have been wanting to get a filing cabinet for years. But we never got around to it. I have to confess I haven't been organized with our paperwork for quite so time now. Years ago I knew where every single bill and important paper was. Everything was neat and clean. But then when I acquired several health problems which made me mentally and physically tired I pretty much stopped filing papers. I just didn't have the energy for it.

Instead of the filing folder that I had used for years. I had a drawer where I would stick the bills into and hoped that they would somehow file themselves.Well that system never worked. And we were left with a big scary paper mess.

I am sorry to disappoint you all. Here I am, me a Time Warp Wife have big flaws too. Trust me I have been more than disappointed of myself. I have been super frustrated because I couldn't take care of those papers like I use to.

There were times that I tried tackling the paper mess. You see after the drawer would get full I would get several hardy plastic garbage bags. One I would use for filling papers and another I would use for garbage. After I was finished I would throw the one with unwanted papers inside the garbage can and the other bag I would drag it to the garage and would toss it there. And that was that.

No wonder one day when my mother in- law saw our garage she called us hoarders. I admit I was quite offended by what she said. Especially when she knew that I have a bad back, a herniated disc, and a painful case of sciatica. Although I didn't agree with being called a hoarder, I could see why she would call us that.

Yes, our garage is one of those places that can't seem to stay organized. And at this moment our garage is pretty messy. Good thing my mother in-law is not visiting us any time soon. Besides the big plastic garbage bags filled with papers, we have boxes filled with books, old clothes, stuff animals. kitchen dishes. We have several dressers that the previous owners left behind. We have patio furniture that we haven't been able to use because we no longer have a patio like we use to. We have lawn stuff, we have car stuff, we have a lot of stuff. Stuff is everywhere. Stuff  is coming out of old boxes that I am even scared to venture to stick my hand into.

Trust me I have also tried to tackle that garage on my own the best that I can. But I just don't have the stamina to finish the job. And after a week later it is back to square one again. Yikes!!! I even been wanting to pay someone to help me organized it. But hubby keeps saying that it is his responsibility that he will take care of it, "one of these days." Help!

You see hubby and I have our own house chores to take care of. I take care of everything inside the home. That would include our Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom. Hubby's men cave/office. My Paris Room. Guest Bathroom. Living Room. Dinning Room. Kitchen. Besides cleaning, sweeping, dusting I do laundry, iron clothes, cook meals, feed doggie. I also take care of the financial things of the house and make sure that bills are paid.

Hubby on the other is and has always been the bread winner. So far I have been fortunate that I haven't had the need to work. Of course there were times when hubby had lost his job that I had to step in. As far as hubby's chores, he takes care of the front lawn and the backyard. He cleans the car. Takes out the garbage and recycling bin. And lately because of my back problems he has been bathing doggie. And yes, he is in charge of the garage.

I am happy and proud to say that hubby and I look after one another. And we enjoy taking care of our chores. But we like any other family out there have plenty room for improvement. And that is where the cabinet purchase comes in.

You see my main Spring cleaning goal for this year would be to start organizing those scary frightening papers. I don't know how long it's going to take me. I am just looking straight to the finish line.

Now hubby was sneaking that day that we brought in the new cabinet into the house. He wanted for the cabinet to stay in our kitchen nook. As an interior decorator I had to put my foot down, "No sorry babe, this cabinet is going into the garage." "But the cabinet won't fit into the garage", said hubby while looking at me with those cute baby blue eyes."  Then I asked, "is it because you don't want to clean the garage that you want to keep this cabinet here?" Hubby looked at me. He knows that he married a smart wife.

And just the other night as I was getting my evening dress ready for a special event my clothes rod broke and all my clothes fell down to the ground. So right now my Paris Room is filled with clothes everywhere. Hubby promised to make me a closet with some metal rods that we have stashed away, you know where, in the garage.

Oh Boy. I have a feeling that this is going to be a long, very long month of April!

We hope that you will have a great exciting month of April with far less chores to do!

Don't forget to drop a line once in a while. We would love to hear from you!

See ya later toots!

Your Hostess,

Carmen Johnson


  1. Good luck with your spring cleaning! When I am faced with a daunting task, I find it best to keep telling myself that the longest journey begins with the first step. I am not a perfect homemaker either, but I certainly feel accomplished when I can cross off a big item on my to-do list. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Thanks Trixie! I love your tips! I also appreciate your warm wishes on my Spring cleaning journey!

    I like to break down the task in smaller pieces so it wouldn't feel so overwhelming.
    So far I got the filing cabinet. Today I am going to dust and clean down the cabinet with a damp cloth with my homemade cleaning solution. Then it's time for what I mostly dread! Sort out those papers! Before I start this or any other task I follow these important steps:

    * Turn on my old jazz music with reasonable amount of volume. Load enough so that I could listen from any room of the house without disturbing my lovely neighbors.
    * Change to comfortable cool clothes
    * Pull hair away on a bun
    * Apply several layers of deodorant
    * Drink plenty of Smart water before and during task. (Great hydrating water by the way!)
    * Vitamin B12 1000mc. I take the sub-lingual for which helps for fast energy.

    Then I am good to go!

    Have a swell week!



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