February Fledglings FLYing High

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Welcome to the February Fledgling FLYers thread

... where we (loosely) follow the step-by-step Flylady housekeeping system (in our own, unique, relaxed style) with lots of wine and chatting along the way.

This little-and-often system is designed so that we can follow a series of steps and routines each day (which gradually become second nature) in weekly designated zones of the house; defining and minimising housework - which in theory should leave us with more time to do other, more interesting things instead!

At the same time it is intended to reduce that panicky "rabbit in headlights" feeling we get when we are overwhelmed and everything needs doing all at once.

To avoid being inundated with details, we advise not signing up to the Big Tent

We are in the process of following Flylady's steps and routines using a three-pronged approach (dependent on the stage everyone is at):

- start or repeat baby steps

- repeat baby steps + do 15 mins a day decluttering in the current zone

- reinforce babysteps and do daily missions if you have finished decluttering.

[And if you are really enthusiastic and have finished decluttering - you can go on to detailed deep cleaning in each zone.]

Flylady site here

Don't worry if you are behind; just jump right back in and it will all come around next month again anyway!

All the links for the babysteps and missions will be posted here every day and we'll all be here to cheer each other on.

thanks to SC for leading us through January and for the brilliant OP I've just cut and pasted grin.

So come along in and park your dusters ready for Feb!

Engelsemama Fri 01-Feb-13 08:54:48

Woke up rather late this morning - 8.40 blush Didn't hear DH leave for work and DS was very quiet!

To do list for today
washing x2 first lot on
washing up
water plants
Hoover
S&S
Change beds
Food shopping
Bottle bank
What's for dinner? - I have no idea right now
Town to get more shoe polish and change belt I bought yesterday (I bought a size to small blush )
If feeling really wonderful then go to open air museum I have been talking about for the last 2 months!
Lounge hotspot

Bloody hell SC did you actually sleep last night? I know you are an hour ahead but shock

Also what did i start wrt to feb and jan? blush

Taking the day gently. School run done. going to grab a hot shower and hopefully wake up a bit.

<swigs Honu's espresso gratefully>

Ta da!
Mt Washmore put away
More in dryer
Cakes defrosting
Called dentist

To do:
Work
Make dinosaur biscuits
Assemble and ice cake
Ice volcano cakes
Container for fossil dig
Wrap pass the parcel
Defrost bacon
Cook tea
Label and fill party bags
Check what else needs defrosting
Hotspots mission
S&S
water basil

Probably more, so better get cracking with the work!

ToffeeWhirl Fri 01-Feb-13 09:48:23

Good luck with the party preparations, Blue. Sounds like a great theme.

MrsPennyApple - I saw on the previous thread that you had a reassuring scan and also passed your driving test. Congratulations on both!

This house has descended into chaos again sad. I took my eye off the washing for a few days and now it's piled high on the ironing board and spilling onto chairs blush. Hotspots are raging in several places. So, today I am going to stop faffing and tackle it, even if I have to do it in 15-minute slots.

To do :

Home education with DS1
Crisis clean

Am planning to give DS1 some chores to help me as part of his 'life skills' lessons wink.

Jdub Fri 01-Feb-13 09:52:50

Morning all - hope you got some sleep in the end bitchy
Hurrah - it's Feb - I love a fresh start!

Not many ta da's here as I was out last night
All up, dressed, fed and out
BEds made, rooms aired

Weekend to do
cooking
filing
wash kitchen floor
swimming (dcs)
washing
sort out the 'dodgy stuffed with everything' cupboard

Have a happy and productive day, people!

Cuddledup Fri 01-Feb-13 10:54:07

Morning / afternoon all depending on which part of the globe that you're reading this in.

Many thanks to SC for getting us through January. Blue here's a little something to help you get us through the month wine

I'm v pleased to hear that Feb is the new January as DD said yesterday that she's finally thought of her New Year's Resolution and it will be "to conquer her fears". Thats sounds a bit heavy but she wants to stop being scared of the dark. On the back of that I've finally decided my NYR is to "go out more" - the question is what to do? Choir ? Evening classes ? All suggestions welcome! (The trouble is after a day at work I really like being at home!)

Ta da
Washing on X2
DD to school
Visited a newbie Flyer and loaded up my car with her clutter and took it to dump. Newbie Flyer is inspiring she's already got her control journal sussed - something I still haven't done after a year of Flying.

To do
Monthly shift at Foodbank
Beds
Mt Washmore
General tidy up / decilitre
School run
Take DD to swimming club
Supper
Bed time routine

More later.....

ta da
school run
discover ds' away bag is broken and find an alternative it will be wrong be meh
pack ds' bag for going away
30 mins decluttering in study/dumping room
build a bookcase
2 loads of laundry
5 mins in ds' room
take various pictures as required for various people.
shower and hair wash in peace bliss grin

NickNacks Fri 01-Feb-13 11:05:14

Good morning!

Congrats mrspennyapple smile

Two loads of washing
Book nail appt
Colour and maybe cut own hair
Colour mums hair
Beaver run
Cubs run
What's for dinner?
Declutter awful kitchen drawer
Check bank balance
Shower and bed smile

I have no hot spots in the current zones so will use the time to declutter elsewhere smile

Engelsemama Fri 01-Feb-13 11:06:08

Afternoon here now cuddled ! I did some tap dancing classes a few years ago and loved it. Stopped just before I got pregnant and haven't been back. Atm my "get out of the house" activity is running (i go twice with a friend and allegedly once on my own. Reckon I might start up tapping next school year - was great fun!

Just found out that my Dsis is in hospital with a chest infection sad This is when I hate being abroad, otherwise I'd pop and see her. Still, we will be heading to England next weekend for a visit.

List update
washing x2 first lot in td
washing up
water plants
Hoover
S&S
Change beds
Food shopping done
Bottle bank done
What's for dinner? - vegetable risotto
Town to get more shoe polish and change belt I bought yesterday heading out in a minute
go to open air museum it's raining so I don't think so!
Lounge hotspot
polish shoes/boots

poeia Fri 01-Feb-13 11:14:36

You are all very inspiring.. Going to shine my sink right now. Unfortunately the sink is not stainless steel, looks nice but won't be a lot of shine to it. Off to get the bleach....

LillethTheCat Fri 01-Feb-13 12:19:51

Hi again everyone.

tada
- Turn Washing Machine on
- Dry Laundry
- Shopping
- Make beds

to do
- Put Laundry away
- Wash up 2X
- Shine Sink
- Tidy up front room after DCs in bed
- get out clothes for tomorrow
- ring woman back re volunteering (very nervous though, but it will count towards my qualification)
- 5 min Cupboard room rescue

MrsPennyApple - Many congratulations on the pregnancy and the driving test. The world is your oyster now grin
Poeia - Welcome, happy flying
cuddled - What about joining a group of something which you are interested in? I go to a running club even though Ive not been there for ages or there's a thread getting people to become involved in their local sites.
Engels - Sorry to hear about your sister, hope she gets better soon

<waves to everyone else>

Happy new month

BBL

To do:
Work
Make dinosaur biscuits
Assemble and ice cake
Ice volcano cakes
Container for fossil dig
Wrap pass the parcel
Defrost bacon
Cook tea
Label and fill party bags
Check what else needs defrosting
Hotspots mission
S&S
water basil

ta da
school run
discover ds' away bag is broken and find an alternative it will be wrong be meh
pack ds' bag for going away
30 mins decluttering in study/dumping room
build a bookcase
2 loads of laundry
5 mins in ds' room
take various pictures as required for various people.
shower and hair wash in peace bliss grin
make 3 batches of different flavours of fairy cakes
make 1 large sponge - currently cooking
put bread ingrediants into bread machine
put car tax disk into car
start making biscuit dough and leave for butter to soften a bit more first
send pictures off to whether they need be.
Work out if have enough contacts to last until next delivery... - it's going to be a close thing.
5 mins in my room
Make a list of stuff that needs to be done before monday.

Right back to dealing with the study/dumping ground... hmm

MrsPennyapple Fri 01-Feb-13 13:53:27

Oops, just found new thread! Missed the link on the last one. This one is already getting long! I'll have a read back in a minute. (Hadn't actually realised it was February today!)

Just wanted to ask if anyone else is suddenly being bombarded with flylady emails? Nine yesterday and four or five so far this morning. This is despite my setting it to NO EMAILS, and not having received any before yesterday, apart from the welcome ones.

MrsP - yes, the Fat Fairy has changed her mailer system. There's a little unsubscribe link at the bottom. Click on that and they'll all go away again. smile

NickNacks Fri 01-Feb-13 16:01:23

Two loads of washing
Book nail appt
Colour and maybe cut own hair
Colour mums hair
Beaver run
Cubs run
What's for dinner?
Declutter awful kitchen drawer
Check bank balance
Shower and bed

MrsPennyapple Fri 01-Feb-13 16:02:49

Thanks Blue I clicked that and it had my email address but blocked out with *s and then asked for confirmation of my email address. I wasn't sure if it was suspect. It also said I hadn't been subscribed to any mailing lists.

MrsPennyapple Fri 01-Feb-13 16:07:31

Oh and thank you everyone for the congratulatory messages smile

To do
Work
Make dinosaur biscuits
Assemble and ice cake
Ice volcano cakes
Container for fossil dig
Wrap pass the parcel
Defrost bacon
Cook tea
Label and fill party bags
Check what else needs defrosting
Hotspots mission
S&S
water basil

GoingGoingGoth Fri 01-Feb-13 18:20:20

MrsP another set of congratulations here

Done
Beds
Dd ready for school
Windows
S&S
Dry laundry away
Laundry on
Mission
Small nap this afternoon blush
Applications
Ironing
Washing up
Dinner
Wash up & SS

To do
Dye hair

Engelsemama Fri 01-Feb-13 18:22:45

List update
washing x2 2nd lot in td
washing up done
water plants
Hoover done
S&S done
Change beds done
Food shopping done
Bottle bank done
What's for dinner? - vegetable risotto it was yummy!
Town to get more shoe polish and change belt I bought yesterday done
Lounge hotspot hmm
polish shoes/boots done

Also practiced a bit of "Finally Loving Myself" by buying a bunch of flowers (used voucher we got for our wedding ages ago ) and am going to go and pamper myself this evening.

And good news, my Dsis is out of hospital, armed wih antibiotics and has been signed off work Mon/Tues (she's a workaholic and has been dragging herself in).

superfluouscurves Fri 01-Feb-13 19:34:29

MrsPennyapple re: e-mails - that is why we warn eveyrone about entering "The Big Tent" because one gets indundated unfortunately.

I'm afraid I've just noticed a mistake in the op (totally my fault because I wrote it originally!). "To avoid being indundated with details" should read "to avoid being indundated with e-mails" (I'd obviously had too many wine when I wrote it!)

Have you tried this re: how to unsubscribe?

LillethTheCat Fri 01-Feb-13 19:42:02

Evening everyone

tada
- Turn Washing Machine on
- Dry Laundry
- Shopping
- Make beds
- Put Laundry away
- Wash up 2X
- Shine Sink
- Tidy up front room after DCs in bed
- ring woman back re volunteering (very nervous though, but it will count towards my qualification)
- 5 min Cupboard room rescue

to do
- get out clothes for tomorrow

So I rang up about volunteering and I have to go for a chat on Monday. She said on the phone it was just a chat to tell me about them and for me to have a look round. Also to discuss what positions they need. Im a bit nervous. The big question is what do I wear? I was thinking something that Id wear for work, but not so formal like a suit. What do you think? Its not an interview, but I should probably treat it as such. WWYD?

Engels - good news about your sister. Hope you have a good pamper session.

tomorrow's list
- Make beds
- Turn Washing Machine on
- Dry Laundry
- Put Laundry away
- Wash up 2X
- Shine Sink
- Tidy up front room after DCs in bed
- go to Parkrun
- Jigsaw with DD1
- help DS with homework
- Check homework for DD1

Hope you all have a good Friday evening.

Crikeyblimey Fri 01-Feb-13 19:55:17

More congrats here Mrs M!

Lilleth, I'd wear smartish casual. Something you'd wear for a shopping trip with a friend kind of thing - hope it works out for you.

So today I've
Up, showered, dressed
Ds up, washed, dressed
Chickens and guneas fed, watered and set free (chickens not guineas).
Washed up breakfast things
Off to school amd work.
Decent day at work
Finished at 4.45 and met dh in the pub for a sneaky glass of white.
Collected ds from his friend's house (where he goes after chess club on a Friday)
Made a lovely veg curry for tea.
Put away shopping delivery
Washed up and shined sink
One load of washing in
Kitchen floor swept
Having a glass of red now whilst updating this and pretending to be interested in whatever it is ds is playing with.

Happy weekend all.

superfluouscurves Fri 01-Feb-13 20:11:45

I'm afraid my early start petered out horribly... started decluttering and a rather heavy object managed to dislodge itself from a shelf, fly through the air, and land on the nail bed of my middle finger ...cue much leaping about and effing and blinding ... cue three hrs whimpering and avoiding going to A&E ... cue eventually going to A&E to have pressure relieved (eerrgghh) ...cue Flying day pretty much ruined ... but still managed to flip Chandeleur crepes with one hand!!

So, instead of trying to catch up tomorrow, I am going to try and do the sensible thing and move on and start again 'where we are at' etc. Fortunately had shined sink, fed and cleaned out rabbits, prepped supper and pancake batter and tidied up a bit prior to injury. Didn't do any decluttering though and it's the first day of the month which is a bit dispiriting [SC sticks out bottom lip and stamps foot]

So glad your sister is ok Engels and out of hospital and is going to rest up a bit. It is awful when one is far away and this sort of thing happens. Good for you re: flowers and pampering!

Cuddledup ooooh - I've never met a rl Flyer before!!! Were they wearing lace-up shoes?? wink

Your 'dodgy stuffed with everything cupboard' sounds all too familiar Jdub smile

Wow at no hot spots in current zone Nicknacks??? And shock at cutting own hair too!!

See you have had a very "domestic Goddessy" day *bitchy!!

Blue impressed by your organised party prep!

Hope the crisis clean and laundry taming went ok Toffee

Waves to Honu Poiea Goth Lilleth and everyone else

PS don't want to out us, but dh has also had problems today. Flew to an Asian business destination 6, 410 km away for the weekend (which was a bad enough strategy in itself) - owing to fog, plane couldn't land on arrival - circled for 3 hrs - so plane landed in different major city 1400 km away where he has been holed up in hotel for 10 hours without luggage or passport....

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