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February Fledglings FLYing High

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BlueEyeshadow Wed 30-Jan-13 22:49:12

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!

ToffeeWhirl Wed 13-Feb-13 08:17:04

And good morning smile.

Managed a less broken night with DS2 in my bed, but he was wide awake by 5. I am on coffee to keep awake <props eyelids open with matches>.

House is in a state, so have lots to do this morning before DM arrives. DS1 will have to do some independent work <hopeful>.

Think I will employ the power of 15 minutes.

Hope you all have a good day.

ToffeeWhirl Wed 13-Feb-13 09:37:23

<looks for missing fledglings in naughty corner>

BitchyDragons Wed 13-Feb-13 10:14:09

just good luck with sludgefest, You are a bit of an inspiration really.

Goth ds can't have calpol at all. It isn't the paracetamol that he reacts to it is the other ingredients of the syrup. He has been on prescribed soluble paracetamol since he was little but now it is much easier as he is big enough just to have half a tablet of over-counter paracetamol.

House has some heat. But it is intermittent. Grateful for any heat. Did too much yesterday and suffering today. Still don't know my own limits so need to work on this.

BitchyDragons Wed 13-Feb-13 10:14:29

toffee hope ds2 starts to feel better soon so you can get some sleep.

LillethTheCat Wed 13-Feb-13 11:11:56


- Turn on Washing machine
- Dry Laundry
- Man come to put a new window in
- make beds
- ring up A at adult learning about part 2 of a course (was not there today, to ring tomorrow)

to do
- take laundry upstairs
- wash up 2 X
- Shine sink
- Tidy up front room after DCs in bed
- hour on exercise bike (7 till 8 I think if not before)

<waves to everyone, apologises for lack of personals and wishes speedy recovery to everyone whose ill, whether its people on this thread or those they care about>

elliepac Wed 13-Feb-13 17:19:39

Quiet on here today! We have heavy snow here atm and for once I am glad to see it because it means i can make a valid excuse for not going to swimming lessonsgrin.

Ta da:-
Feck allgrin
Work (does that count? grin)

To do:-
Fecking everything grin

I was going to go shopping for dd's birthday presents tonight but weather has put paid to that. Just taken DS to the shop to buy his first ever Valentine's baby boy is growing upsad.

toffee I hope DS2 is feeling a bit better now.

bitchy glad you have some warmth at least.

Better get on and do fecking everythinggrin.

ToffeeWhirl Wed 13-Feb-13 18:40:20

Yes, very quiet here today, Ellie confused. Aww at your DS buying his first ever Valentine card.

Lilleth - am impressed at your hour on the bike.

Bitchy - glad you are getting a bit of heat at least, but hope heating is back on fully soon.

DS2 seems much better, so I'm planning to take him back to school tomorrow <crosses fingers>.

DM cancelled her visit after hearing about all the illness (DH off sick today as well). Her partner is having chemo and she can't risk carrying germs back to him. Am sorry she's not here, but also relieved that I was able to go to bed and catch up on sleep rather than tidying up the house.

Am hoping to get back to normal tomorrow, with DS1 and I able to concentrate properly on home ed whilst DS2 is at school.

Cooking beef hotpot now. Meringues for pudding (DM's favourite). wine is open.

<leaves opened bottle in the naughty corner>

GoingGoingGoth Wed 13-Feb-13 19:30:22

Afternoon all,

Bitchy So pleased you've some heating, fingers crossed it's working properly ASAP.

DD's allergy is much better today, thanks for all the good wishes, she's still full of cold, but I'm not giving her anything but Priton for the foreseeable future. Luckily she so pleased her face has calmed down that she isn't complaining about the cold. Poor little soul, I wouldn't normally give her a full dosage of calpol, but she had such a sore throat, and was absolutely miserable unless drugged up.

She's back to her normal self, so as I had to fill some forms in for my job, she came out with me and we had the afternoon at the People's Palace & Winter Gardens. Was lovely, had so much fun. So hopefully this half term break hasn't been a complete wipe out for her. Can't believe she's back at school tomorrow.

Litter tray
Recycling out
Washing in

To do
Wash up & SS

Looking forward to tomorrow and not because DD is at school, or some misguided hopes that DH is going to romantically surprise me, but that I'm meeting up with another MNer for coffee. Follow up from the knitting circle the other week. Yay me, making new friend! (vote now- sad or needy grin) MN has been a lifesaver since moving away from home.

Engelsemama Wed 13-Feb-13 19:31:01

Evening all. Have been lurking today rather than posting and was expecting not to post any ta da's today but managed a few things...

decluttered pile of stuff from under my bed for an hour - a lot of important paperwork and stuff to chuck
decluttered my shelf of cards/writing paper/staionary and misc rubbish (more stuff for the bin and all arranged a bit neater now)
decluttered hot spot (lounge table)
emptied bin

As I was decluttering I was thinking to myself, 'The fledglings will be proud!' blush

No washing as there is something blocking the machine and it's leaking everywhere ('something' will probably be a duplo dog - we found the decapitated feet in the filter yesterday but no idea where rest of it is. Requires further investigation tomorrow from DH).

Apart from that have done very little today. DS was well enough to go to nursery and apart from my decluttering burst this afternoon, I have spent most of the day on the sofa surrounded by tissues and watching some trashy films.

To do list for tomorrow
Take my car for service
Go to our friendly travel agent with DH and DS and get quotes for flights/car hire for our summer holiday
Dismantle and pack away playpen (we never use it now)
Try and get a bit more decluttering done (should go through wardrobe and underwear draws)
(if DH solves washing machine riddle) washing

Am hoping to be feeling a bit physically better tomorrow so we can enjoy the day as a family (it's DH's day off), given that we didn't really get a fun weekend away together with DH and DS ill when we were in the UK.

I am pushing work to the back of my mind right now. I have a hundred and one things to do, whihc I was planning on getting a start on these last 2 days. But being ill has put paid to that. Bloody typical. If it was a school week this week there is no way I would have been in. I'll start thinking about it all when I feel better - weekend at the earliest. I might ask MIL if she can babysit for me on Monday so I can spend some time catching up on marking/planning. But I'll think about that later.

Right now I just want a little peace and for us all to be feeling fit and healthy.

wine will help, right?

NickNacks Wed 13-Feb-13 19:35:46

Are we all looking forward to Valentine's day?

What do you have planned?

Evening all,

Just scanned through, sorry so many people are poorly in various families.

Glad you've got heat Bitchy

Glad DD is better today Goth

smile at DS and his Valentine Ellie. DS was given one by a girl in his class in Yr R, she had a major crush on him (it didn't last, he hadn't got the faintest idea how to deal with it). Neither of my two have mentioned it this week.

NickNacks - we don't really do much for Valentines, we've just had both DCs birthdays and mine is next week, so we are a bit celebrated out at this time of year and neither DH or I are particularly romantic. We do cards and token gifts, maybe something nice for dinner (if DH isn't working late). I might pop into M&S in the morning for the dinner for two thing.

House looks quite tidy. DD had a friend round after school, friend is very nice but has a habit of saying "isn't your house untidy DD?, isn't your car dirty DD?, we only have homemade pesto, not Waitrose Finest DD" and generally making me feel inadequate, so I had a good tidy up this afternoon and as a result there are two Ikea blue bags of random toys on my bed.

ToffeeWhirl Wed 13-Feb-13 19:52:55

Looking forward to Valentine's Day? <laughs bitterly>

25 years together and Dh wasn't too good at the Valentine's Day stuff to start with. He thinks it's commercialised.

Are you doing anything, NickNacks?

grin at you thinking of us as you decluttered, Engels.

Glad your DD is feeling better today, Goth.

Have drunk too much fizzy wine and am in danger of spouting nonsense, so will bow out swiftly...

Engelsemama Wed 13-Feb-13 19:54:02

DH and I have decided that for Valentine's Day this year we will try not to wake each other up by snoring or coughing in each other's face. (easier said than done right now)

His gifts to me are to come with me for my car service so I can get a discount (dealer is a friend of ILs), book our trip to NZ so I can visit my best friend and Dsis this summer (fx we'll make a decision tomorrow) and fix the washing machine so I can (joy of joys) continue to lovingly wash our mostly mine clothes.

My gift to him tomorrow is not sneezing on him and being my lovely charming self. I have also been a thoughtful food shopper this week and bought him things that he likes (even though I am ill and could have stayed at home in bed until the cupboards were completely bare).


BitchyDragons Wed 13-Feb-13 20:06:55

Engels - i like your valentine's day plan! grin

I am ignoring valentines day. tomo is just thursday.

SilveryMoon Wed 13-Feb-13 20:11:00

Eveining. Haven't caught up yet.
Who's watching Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners on C4?
This guy hoovers twice a day! Twice a day! Put's my once a week to shame blush

LillethTheCat Wed 13-Feb-13 20:37:58

Evening. Didn't quite manage an hour on the bike, my bum got too sore. They dont make them comfy do they? Oh well did half an hour and some weights for my arms too so its better than nothing. Need a cross trainer now so I can do that for 20 mins. Thing is Im scared of buying one incase it ends up to be a waste of money. That's what they say, that any exercise equipment you use just turns into another place to hang clothes. Good thing it looks like the weather's going to be ok so I can get to Parkrun on Sat morning. Might consider going out Sun afternoon too.

Anyway today's tasks

- Turn on Washing machine
- Dry Laundry
- Man come to put a new window in
- make beds
- ring up A at adult learning about part 2 of a course (was not there today, to ring tomorrow, she was there apparently and rang me back so one less thing to do tomorrow now grin)
- take laundry upstairs
- fill washing machine for tomorrow
- wash up 2 X
- Shine sink
- Tidy up front room after DCs in bed
- hour on exercise bike (OK so it was only half an hour, but better than nothing)
- put contents of kitchen draw in a box (well most of it, some things I know we use so they have stayed in. Have told DH that Im chucking the box on 1st June which I'll probably forget )

tomorrow's list
- turn on washing machine
- Dry laundry
- put laundry away
- wash up 2X
- Shine sink (if DH has washed up after tea)
- Fill washing machine ready for Fri
- Make beds
- Go to AAT course

Just a short one tomorrow for me I think.

Now sat in my pjs infront of the heater feeling all clean and snuggly. Happy days grin

Valentines day????? Never done it, never will. I personally dont want a bunch of flowers just because its Feb 14th, but because I am loved if that makes sense. Dont do mothers day either, or fathers day. Infact dont really do birthdays (only for the DCs) Plus Im not into all that mushy stuff. Though DS has made me a card apparently.

Hope you're all having a lovely evening.

Lilleth that's exactly how I feel about Valentines, Mother's Day, grownups birthdays etc. We do go through the motions with cards etc though.

SilveryMoon Wed 13-Feb-13 20:54:29

Same here re valentine's day etc.
Although, lately, I've been a bit annoyed with dp lately and have seen a bottle of wine, and stuff for dinner tomorrow in the fridge, so looks like he's making an effort to have a nice evening

Crikeyblimey Wed 13-Feb-13 22:13:32

Tomorrow is NOT Valentine's day in our house as it is DH's birthday, so if we do ever get round to exchanging cards, we always do that on 15th instead. I genuinely don't think it is fair to ask dh to give me a card or gift on his birthday. I have never been fussed as he is lovely every (well, most) days and on Saturday he bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers "just because" smile. (he had just come back from a very indulgent, week long, child free week climbing in Scotland!, so that might have had something to do with it).

Today has been busy:
Work from 8am to 5
Ds in school by 7.45 for tennis club
Came home to dh having made dinner smile
Ds to cubs
Wash up
One load of washing washed and in dryer
Hot spot (dining table) extinguished mostly
Picked up ds and friend from cubs
Cheese and biscuits for supper (cos I have a cold and needed the extra strong pickled onions).

To do:
Too much to care about at this time of night.

Happy DH's birthday to one and all smile

BlueEyeshadow Wed 13-Feb-13 22:37:02

Evening all.

Finally got DS1 back to school, so it’s been lovely and quiet here today… Got plenty of work done, and the ironing. Plumber’s been round this evening to discuss fitting the new bathroom, which all sounds good except we can’t settle on any tiles.

What else has been going on?

Crikey has been running to keep up while her DH was away. Shiny sink and laundry under control is good going in my book, so don’t be down about it. Happy birthday to your DH for tomorrow, too.

Toffee had a better night and was missing seeing her DM while being glad of the chance to catch up on sleep. Hope everyone feels better soon.

Bitchy has some heat but has been overdoing it. Take it easy! [stern]

Ellie was glad of snow to prevent her from having to face swimming lessons. Given how often work appears in my ta-da lists, it better count! Hope you managed fecking everything.

Going had a lovely afternoon out with her DD. Glad the allergy’s gone down.

Engelse has done some decluttering – yay! – and is wanting some peace and good health. I’ll drink to that. wine She is also planning a Valentines day without snoring or coughing.

NickNacks wondered if we were looking forward to Valentines.

WhoKnows was tidying up for a disconcerting friend of her DD’s.

Silvery was watching other people clean and also musing on Valentines.

Lilleth has been exercising, getting through a good list and feeling cosy.

Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment and a story time event at DS2’s nursery to go to. Hoping for a chance to do a bit of shopping before and after, and a lunch at DS2’s favourite café to cheer us up a bit. I know DH hasn’t got me a card because he’s been too ill, and he told me so. I did get him a card though, and we’ll have a nice, lazy dinner.

Thursday is errand day.

The Babystep is to read an essay on using a calendar hmm – anyone read this? I feel quite insulted by it so never have…

The mission is to do a bathroom inventory and clear your desk top.

Night all.

Jdub Thu 14-Feb-13 09:46:35

Good morning lovely people, and hurray, the sun is out smile

I cannot believe it's Thursday already, and yesterday was quite a productive day off (cake made and made 2 Valentine Cards for my ds's!!)

Tonight is Waitrose £20 meal deal night - WOOOHOOOOO!!! Looking forward to a fab feast!! And therefore, no chores for me tonight!

Have a lovely day x

ToffeeWhirl Thu 14-Feb-13 10:00:11

I like the sound of that meal deal night, Jdub. What a good idea.

I was going to send DS2 back to school today, but he still has a dreadful cough and sore throat, so I relented, and he is now tucked up on the sofa watching children's telly.

DH has gone back to work today. Am hoping he will bring food and wine home with him later.

Hope you all have a good day.

BlueEyeshadow Thu 14-Feb-13 13:47:44

Quiet on here today!

M&S have a £20 meal deal on too, so I got one but we'll eat it tomorrow in the hope that we'll both be feeling better by then.

My DH has also gone back to work today, and I have done the dentist, shopping and been to the story café at DS2's nursery. We have also been to a real café for lunch. smile

BitchyDragons Thu 14-Feb-13 14:26:36

I have had 2 days flat on my back asleep. it is a bit rediculous really. I have also in the last hour managed to drink 2ltrs of coke so i suspect I shall be finding it difficult to sleep later. hmm but I do have a whole heap of projects that have a deadline completion of tomo morning so that should keep me out of trouble. Stuff for my nephew that i need to get in the post cos it is needed now and won't wait til i go visit in a few weeks. grin

Ta Da
drink too much caffine
sort out plans for wkend and beginning of week next wk
Hand wash my handwash only training kit
hand wash ds' kit (cos machine is broke)
shower in peace!

LillethTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 14:40:23

just a quick one while the dryer finishes and I can finish my list before going out.

- turn on washing machine
- Dry laundry
- wash up 2X
- Fill washing machine ready for Fri
- Make beds

to do
- put laundry away
- Shine sink (if DH has washed up after tea)
- Go to AAT course

See you all tomorrow.

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