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Too Much Dust!!!

An unemployed friend has been staying in a place that has been getting, well, less and less comfortable. I don't know the people he's staying with, but I do know that sometimes perfectly nice, reasonable people are mutually much happier not trying to live in the same house, and this could be one of those situations.

On the other hand, I have chronic illnesses (including allergies that make house-upkeep problematic), a demanding full-time job, am trying to keep up with a writing career, and My Angel has not been well for some time. It has occurred to me that another person around to share some of chores (and, for that matter, another person in the house in case My Angel falls again and needs help when I'm not home) would not be a bad thing.

But maybe sometime suddenly became "as soon as possible", so I spent much of the weekend cleaning--first working on the TV room where Angel fell, and which has had too much dust and chaos for some time, and then once the friend showed up, working to clear and clean a room for him. I didn't get as much done as I wanted to and did end up stuffed up and headachy most of the weekend, but overall, I think we got at least the minimum needed so we can have a place for his bed and desk next weekend, including getting a much-needed layer of paint on a couple of walls.

We poured LOTS of dust down the toilet, trapped safely in soapy water. Of course, I also breathed in LOTS of allergens.

Writing time, though--not so much. I needed to pour water over myself and nap after he left.

Here's hoping that in the long run, this leads to more time for writing and less time immersed in dust and soapy water.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 7th, 2012 11:01 am (UTC)
Good job on the cleaning, and may having an extra person around the house work out well for everyone.
May. 7th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes!
May. 7th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
I hope this works out for you all. I'm sorry to hear Your Angel hasn't been feeling as well. It should be good for you to have some help. My Step Mom's sister moved in with my Dad & Step Mom. I don't know the circumstances, but know it's been helpful for my Dad & Step Mom because she can't stand up to cook, has constant migraines, isn't able to clean or do anything. I know it helps them out so I hope this situation works out well for you all.
May. 9th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope so too.
May. 7th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good idea all around. Hope it goes drama-free (well, I guess that's not realistic, so how about drama-lite?) And congratulations on the dust massacre. Any time the dust is gone and you're still standing, that's victory!
May. 9th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Low drama is certainly possible. Here's hoping.
May. 7th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Yay cleaning! If the dust bothers you a lot while dusting, though, maybe you could try wearing a particle mask while doing it. Might help.
May. 9th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
A hazmat suit might help; not sure I'd be able to work well in it though.
May. 9th, 2012 10:45 am (UTC)
Particle mask is less sweaty. Just sayin'... :P
May. 7th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hope that works out!

I can sympathize, re: the dust. I've been sorting a large amount of books onto my shelves and have been feeling rather, well, my sinuses don't seem to be completely happy. Maybe I should take up wearing a dust mask for this sort of thing.
May. 9th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
At least change clothes and wash up right after working.

Wiping the books with one of those microfiber cloths to collect the dust would probably help too.
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