As I write, Nicholas is giving my arms and feet a rub down so I am typing with one finger. Today we finished the kitchen by scrubbing the floor with castile soap and scrub brushes. Our priest came by to bring me some razor blades to scrape hard to get dirt off with. His presence inspired a little healthy competition between Alexandra and I as we divided the kitchen floor in half. Not sure who won but it was probably not the authoress.
I have recently discovered that the origin or “Spring Cleaning”is Catholic. Well, I could not resist. What a great way to get ready for Easter. Here is an article from the Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs by Francis X. Weiser, S.J. (1958)
EASTER CLEANING — According to an ancient tradition, the three days after Palm Sunday are devoted in many countries to a thorough cleaning of the house, the most vigorous of the whole year. Carpets, couches, armchairs, and mattresses are carried into the open and every speck of dust beaten out of them. Women scrub and wax floors and furniture, change curtains, wash windows; the home is buzzing with activity. No time is wasted on the usual kitchen work; the meals are very casual and light. On Wednesday night everything has to be back in place, glossy and shining, ready for the great feast. In Poland and other Slavic countries people also decorate their homes with green plants and artificial flowers made of colored paper carrying out ancient designs.
This traditional spring cleaning is, of course, to make the home as neat as possible for the greatest holidays of the year, a custom taken over from the ancient Jewish practice of a ritual cleansing and sweeping of the whole house as prescribed in preparation for the Feast of Passover.
Clean out refrigerator and freezer
Organize, declutter and wipe out all cabinets and drawers
Organize kitchen island
Wipe down all cabinets
Scrub and clean sink
Polish stainless steel appliances
Clean glass stove top
Clean light fixtures
Clean windows and blinds
Sweep, scrub and mop floors
Throw myself in bed and do again tomorrow. Thank you Poppa for bringing home Taco Bell so I do not need to do one more thing. Tomorrow we work on the living room and dining room. Stay tuned….