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!

LillethTheCat Thu 28-Feb-13 22:03:10

Tada
- Make beds
- turn on washing machine
- Dry laundry
- Wash up after breakfast
- sort out petrol reciepts so I can claim some money back for AAT course travelling.
- put laundry away
- Wash up after lunch
- Shine sink if DH washes up after tea
- Fill washing machine for Fri
- go to AAT course
- Take DD2 to a new Music Bugs session starting today at the school, it will be with the Reception children so DD1 will also be joining in.

not doing
- 15 min DDs bedroom (have put on tomorrow's list on the March thread)
- Dye hair (will do Tues)

SilveryMoon Thu 28-Feb-13 20:13:56

Evening all.
March's thread here
Not in an original mood so borrowed the OP from this thread.

Done the standard routine here today. No mission, it's been a hard week so am letting myself off.
Off to catch up.

Afternoon all

Lilleth The competition was a 'share & like' on FB, via Naked bodycare. I don't normally do that type of thing on FB, but I really love elderflower cordial grin I keep trying on MN (would love some JL vouchers) but no luck yet.

Toffee yes Woodcraft was great, I really enjoyed it too, it was nice being included in the games. Been a LONG time since I ran up and down a church hall! And such a bargain £10 a term for subs.

Engels I think keeping on top of the washing after D&V is an achievement in itself. Fingers crossed that's the end of it.

Done
Beds
Windows
S&S
Dd to school
Washing up
Litter tray
Bins
Washing hung out
Mission
Post Office (again)
Collect Dd
Library
Drop Dd off with Dh
Back to school for parent's evening (better than expected -phew)
Practice spelling & times tables with Dd

Still to do
Washing up & SS
Ironing
Skype friend (forgot last night! shock)

Hope everyone has a lovely evening

Engelsemama Thu 28-Feb-13 18:52:48

It can't be the end of February!

<steps out of D&V haze> I think it's finally over! No poo or vomit today, though the house looks like a bomb has hit it.

But on the bright side the washing machine has been going none stop for the past week so we're up to date grin

I know I should catch up on thread, go and do washing up, empty bin, tidy toys....but I think I will wait for a shiny new month instead!

I fell asleep again. And woke to find that someone in the house had done the rest of the laundry bar 1 load shock. This never normally happens so was a bit of a surprise. And admittedly i now have a huge pile of laundry waiting to be folded and ironed waiting for me on the dining room table but it was a nice surprise. Still feeling crappy despite the sleep tbh. Trip to the docs time i think.

ToffeeWhirl Thu 28-Feb-13 13:24:11

Goth - glad your DD enjoyed the Woodcraft Folk. And congrats on winning something!

DS1 has just had his first guitar lesson. He was so nervous beforehand, but he really enjoyed it. The teacher seems really kind and patient and is just the right person to teach DS1. Am looking forward to hearing guitar music and singing in the house soon...

MIL dropped round for tea as well this morning and kindly did all my washing up, as well as paying for the guitar lesson. What a star.

Am way behind with the washing, but also need to catch up with home ed before the school run. Am not even going to check today's mission.

Hope you are all having a good day.

LillethTheCat Thu 28-Feb-13 12:09:56

Hi everyone. Let's see where I am today so far:

tada
- Make beds
- turn on washing machine
- Dry laundry
- Wash up after breakfast
- sort out petrol reciepts so I can claim some money back for AAT course travelling.

to do
- put laundry away
- Wash up after lunch
- Shine sink if DH washes up after tea
- Fill washing machine for Fri
- 15 min DDs bedroom
- go to AAT course
- Take DD2 to a new Music Bugs session starting today at the school, it will be with the Reception children so DD1 will also be joining in.

not doing
- Dying hair (going to do that Tues morning instead)

Well done Goth was that through Mumsnet?

Hope everyone is having a good day. Glad to see the sun is still shining, just hope winter doesn't come back again.

Jdub Thu 28-Feb-13 11:02:52

Good morning - nearly Friday!
Attempting to make progress (albeit slowly!) But I'm happy that today's mission looks like an easily do-able one!

Welldone on winning Going it's SO nice to win something- what a lovely prize!!!

And so tonight, apart from coats clearing, I will endeavour to bag up my charity shop stuff (mostly baby bits/toys, so am wracked with irrational sentimentality, but I know I've got to do it - soft lass!)

Hope you all have a productive and happy day x

Morning all

To do
All the stuff I didn't do yesterday. <sigh>

On a plus note, DD loved Woodcraft Folk, however was incredibly overexcited, so had a battle getting her to bed. Once she was in, she was asleep in 10 mins grin

AND just checked my emails and I've won a Belvoir Farms goodie bag. gringringrin

I have an 8yr like that Nicknacks. Boys are tricky creatures. When I get the washing machine back he will be losing the pull ups because his dad reports that he will be dry there but his dad limits drinks is very controlling

Need more sleep. didn't fall asleep as early as had hoped. CBA is kicking in again.

NickNacks Thu 28-Feb-13 04:41:33

Thank you got the lovely welcome back everyone!

Wide awake at this ridiculous hour due to dd wetting the bed...

She's 2 so I'm just impressed it wakes her up. I still have a 6 yr old in pull ups who, if he leaks, will not even stir!

Be back later! smile

Evening all.

Have spent far too long on the computer today and need to get to bed, so will just dump the links and run I'm afraid.

Babystep 28 is about taking good care of yourself.

Mission is to put away coats and shoes etc.

Waves to NickNacks.
Glad the meeting went well Toffee and good luck for the guitar lesson.
Hope you're not coming down with something Bitchy.

Night night... <snore>

First day back at work today, so I haven't done much today.

one load of washing done, 2 loads put away
made bed
packed nursery bag
swept and mopped living room
Washing up done and sink cleaned!

LillethTheCat Wed 27-Feb-13 21:09:12

Ooh Im knackered today. Had a good day though. Thank you Toffee for helping me decide Im ok not working as long as I am doing what I am (ie courses to improve my CV while still looking for work). I dont feel as guilty now.

Also had a good morning meeting up with two MNers.

Also went for a run this aft - well I say run, I walked quite a bit of it so I have decided perhaps I need to find time for a walk too during my week, that way I can concentrate my runs on actually running and not just enjoying the peace and quiet of the country while looking at the views. Plus its exercise without really exercising IYSWIM.

tada
- make beds
- turn on washing machine
- 2nd load
- Wash up after breakfast
- 15 mins crap cupboard (the cupboard under the stairs that is full of rubbish and old shoes etc)
- Dry laundry
- put laundry away
- Wash up 2X
- Shine sink
- Fill washing machine for Thurs
- 15 min kitchen (just cleaned down front of Washing machine, Fridge and Freezer - its looking a lot better)
- meet some MNers for the first time
- go for 4 mile run
- coursework (just done 90 mins)

tomorrow's list
- Make beds
- turn on washing machine
- Dye hair (this is just a possibility, it might not happen)
- Dry laundry
- put laundry away
- Wash up 3X
- Shine sink
- Fill washing machine for Fri
- 15 min DDs bedroom
- go to AAT course
- sort out petrol reciepts so I can claim some money back for AAT course travelling.

Anyway got to go, DH is waiting for me to watch Paranormal activity 4.

Hope you're not getting ill Bitchy

Yey on Silvery's DH for marking off things he's done grin

Welcome back NickNacks Im bound to leave the thread at some point as I dont know if I will keep this up. Though doing OK so far

<waves to everyone else>

SilveryMoon Wed 27-Feb-13 20:31:43

I'm ok. Had a tough week at work, so a bit knackered. Got up late today so no mission this morning. And haven't done much FLYing tonight.

Breakthrough in the Silvery house though. Dp has started ticking off on my lists/control journal what he's done (like feed cats, wash up etc) so pleased. Saves me time walking around checking if he;s done things.

NickNacks Wed 27-Feb-13 20:24:11

X posts!

It's going really well actually silvery. Work is so busy at the moment that I've had to grab it while I can. I love it and the money helps smile

So with my new wealth I've hired a cleaner. In theory this meant I was supposed to crack on with the decluttering but that is not quite the way it's gone...

How are you silvery? Thanks for taking over next month, and well done on the mission before work! smile

NickNacks Wed 27-Feb-13 20:18:16

Fill bag 1 of 5 for Phil the bag
Watch DS assembly
Put a wash on
Hang washing to dry
Go to toddlers
15 mins of shredding (paper not exercise!)
File new contract
Make beds
Clean front windows
15 mins sorting playroom
Sort the top of fridge

SilveryMoon Wed 27-Feb-13 20:17:54

Hi NickNacks Don't worry about it!
I've fallen off FLY threads numerous times because I got so embarrassed about not being able to keep up or come on everyday and didn't have time to read all posts and do personals, then inevitably, I stopped FLYing.
Just pop in and out as you can, no pressure.
How's it going?

NickNacks Wed 27-Feb-13 20:10:18

Blimey, I'm sorry I thought I'd only been absent from thread for a few days but I've just looked back and it's been well over a week.

So sorry I've been really crap and have no idea what's going on. My mission for March is to be on here everyday and reacquaint myself with you all.

SilveryMoon Wed 27-Feb-13 20:02:29

Not caught up yet.
I really don't like ds1's teacher. It's not because she says ds1 is a year behind, I can accept that, but she is so damn negative.
Nothing seems to be good enough for her.

So, I'll take over the thread for March, and will post links etc in the evenings. So I will start a newthread tomorrow.

ToffeeWhirl Wed 27-Feb-13 19:47:51

Bitchy - hmm, feeling cold all the time sounds horribly like you're getting sick, but I hope it doesn't turn into anything. Good luck with next meeting. Cannot believe you managed four loads of washing today, by the way shock.

DS1 is having his first guitar lesson tomorrow morning. Crossing my fingers it goes well.

Not much Flying done today. Haven't done any washing for two days, which means it's piling up now. Will try harder tomorrow.

Aiming for an early night. Goodnight all.

ta da
Have an argument with ds
Have a long chat with a friend
make my bed
strip ds' bed
gather and sort mount washmore
put first load of washing on
make more coffee
sort breakfast
emails/fb/mn
sort ds' world book thingy out in brain
consider new changes needed to cv
try to resist urge fall into a very large pile of chocolate
2hrs nap
sort out fall out from last night's meeting.
Fail on the chocolate resisting front
take migraine meds to prevent the dark chocolate induced migraine
Reheat coffee that got made but forgotten
2nd load of washing on
3rd load of washing done
4th load of washing done
speak to ex
make home made pizza for tea
deal with more meeting
deal with a very challenging ds

Been feeling cold all day and can't get warm. Not matter what i do. Hot water bottle etc not helping. Hoping this is not me getting sick. Got another meeting tonight. Can't be arsed with it but going to have to get ready go. Hope you have all had productive days. night

Glad to hear the meeting went well toffee

ta da
Have an argument with ds about 8yr being perfectly old enough to yourself dressed especially as he does this every day without fail until today
Have a long chat with a friend
make my bed
strip ds' bed
gather and sort mount washmore
put first load of washing on
make more coffee
sort breakfast that'd explain why feeling whoosey oops
emails/fb/mn
sort ds' world book thingy out in brain
consider new changes needed to cv damm thing is not effective atm
resist urge for now to fall into a very large pile of chocolate
2hrs nap
sort out fall out from last night's meeting. Communication on the behalf of the committee is not the best so ill feeling is being created because of it. What they want to do is not the problem Which gets really frustrating.
Fail on the chocolate resisting front and eat two small bars of green and blacks that have been in the cupboard far too long and thus need putting out of their misery
take migraine meds to prevent the dark chocolate induced migraine blush
Reheat coffee that got made but forgotten
2nd load of washing on

ToffeeWhirl Wed 27-Feb-13 12:17:44

Lilleth - if I were you, I would ignore anyone silly enough to say they are paying for those on benefits. Those very same people might need benefits one day - and if they don't, well lucky for them. Not everyone is so fortunate. As you say, you have paid lots of taxes already and I'm sure you will again.

Goth - yes, it's really annoying that the part can't be ordered first. I think the engineer has to check that he/she agrees with the 'diagnosis' first.

I hope your DD enjoys the Woodcraft Folk. I looked into it for DS1, but he hates groups so we never joined.

Bitchy - I'm really glad the meeting went well smile. You deserve a CBA day to celebrate.

SC - very impressed by all your sewing (I can't sew and hate doing it. I turn to Ebay when the DC need costumes blush).

Like, Bitchy, we have also had a good meeting this morning. The doctor said DS1 was the 'most relaxed' she had ever seen him. She is really pleased with his progress and said we just need to continue gradually drawing him out of his comfort zone. We also need to give him higher calorie foods, as he is a lot smaller than other boys his age. Not sure exactly how to go about this as I already give him high calorie foods, but he has a tiny appetite.

Kitchen is a mess, but am home educating DS1 now, so hoping DH might tackle it...

superfluouscurves Wed 27-Feb-13 11:03:02

Wish I had adopted your approach Bitchy!!!

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