Friday, April 25, 2014

Two Roads Project: Spring Cleaning

Sarah (left): It's that time again, and I think I've run out of excuses: spring cleaning time is here. Two years ago, the twins were just a few months old and still required round-the-clock attention, so not a lot of spring cleaning was accomplished. Last year, I was pregnant with Summer, and preparing to move. This year? We're in a new house, there are some cobwebs to dust out, and though we have a few (cute) distractions to deal with, we're on a spring cleaning mission. That mission looks like three typed pages of lists. Things like: oil door hinges, beat carpets, Shop Vac the garage floor, launder pillows and duvets, clean out the fridge. That sort of thing. It's not really fun, but it's rewarding. We are living in our dream house. It'll be ours to pay for over a great many years, but it is ours. So in taking care of it, daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, we are investing in its care, hoping that by treating it well, it will continue to do its part keeping us warm through long winters and shelters from the summer sun.

Johanna (right): Because our home is where we spend the majority of our time over the winter, it really does need a good deep clean and purge. 
Spring cleaning means: opening the windows and doors to let the fresh air in, windex on the windows (inside and out) to let the sun light in, sweeping and sweeping some more in our front mud room, making piles - one for the Sally Ann and one for a garage sale we plan to have, and an Earth Day neighbourhood clean up with the kids. 
After months of being cooped up inside, we are now spending half if not more, of our days outdoors. The daylight has returned and it is bright till at least 10pm at night. And now that we have the space to move around more, I am clearing and decluttering our space.

The well-known poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken ends, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
Two women, who became friends via the magic of the Internet, were both living life on roads less traveled by. Circumstance had them both live in Whitehorse for a short time, where they became best friends. Life's map has them currently in differing geographic locations, but their connection and camaraderie continue as they continue on paths of motherhood, friendship, creativity and discovery. The Two Roads Project is our effort to reconnect with each other and our inner artists on a weekly basis, each Friday. (Or thereabouts. We don't always know which day of the week it is).
Johanna writes here.

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