Sunday, June 26, 2011

NOBODY NOTICES

So much of what we do in life--preparation, maintenance, clean up--isn't realized or appreciated as long as it is done and everything rolls along as it should.  Nobody notices, but you get a warm feeling.

When we remodeled and expanded our kitchen, the vinyl flooring we could afford was labeled "no wax."  But with all the coming and going from a busy family and all their friends the floor soon was exhibiting traffic lanes and plenty of scuff marks.   So I bought some floor finish from our local grocery store and put down a couple of protective coats.  After a year or so of this kind of treatment the floor sort of had a shine but was turning some shade of grayish yellow.  Time to strip off the “finish” and start over.  I’ve tried several different methods to remove the gunk and nothing works like ammonia and elbow grease.

So the other day when the guys announced they were heading to Montana to bring home some trout I decided it was once again time to deal with the yucky colored kitchen floor.  While the guys enjoyed a day on the lake in the sun I was up to my knees in floor slime, working up a sweat with that scrub brush.

Eeewww.  It looks like I put it off a little too long.

I scrubbed for hours.  The kitchen is big enough to accommodate a crew of teenagers making pizza from scratch, or a whole family and grandkids working on Thanksgiving, so there were a few yards to cover. 

I had the kitchen done and two coats of new finish down and dried before the guys came back with their fish.  They saw me on my knees scouring the floor in the dining room and were kind enough to keep their fish mess in the kitchen.  Not a word about how great the floor looked.  I think they wanted me to come in and gaze in awe at their big fish.  But, if you’ve seen big trout once you’ve seen them all and these fish looked pretty much like all the fish they’ve been bringing home for years.  (Yes, and maybe the floor looked the same as every spotless floor they’ve seen for years.)

I had the dining room cleaned and coated shortly after that and advised them to stay out if they valued their hide.

Then while the dining room dried I fixed dinner and life went on. 

I smiled that evening when I walked across the floor in my bare feet. 


To all of you who pay bills, clean toilets, clear tables, take out the trash, 
enforce laws and all of those other unappreciated jobs...THANK YOU.

14 comments:

Linda Sue said...

OH WOW I would have a picnic on that floor- I roll around on it nikid-slide across in socks. That is one gorgeous floor! Well done, you- ammonia is my friend when I want to tackle a really dirty job but GAG, it is nasty! One time I nearly killed myself with a combo of ammonia and bleach and no ventilation. - so that's what made me this way...Probably the same sort of damage that huffing glue causes without the high...

Debbie said...

it's just glorious, what a difference a "lot" of elbow grease makes!!!!

CeeCee said...

Uh, WOW!! You worked hard! Any chance one of those fishermen is giving you a massage today? I can't imagine how much you must ache after such a big job.

Terry and Linda said...

Cleaning the floor is always a HUGE job!

Well, done!

Linda
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Gayle said...

You are SOOOOO right, lotsa hard work in this every day life and most do not notice. I had to chuckle, it is all too true. Your floor is absolutely GAWJUS and I know how hard you worked! GG, Girl.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Ah - a woman's work is never done!

Krazycara said...

Nothing feels better than a job well done. especially if it's cleaning of somekind. :)

ladyfi said...

That floor looks gorgeous! Wow - what a lot of hard work.

frayedattheedge said...

I have a coaster that says 'nobody notices what I do, until I don't do it'! Still think of all the calories you must have burned off - and all that exercise for the dreaded 'bingo wings' (flabby upper arms)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Wow.. it looks fantastic! It is a sight to behold! :)

Mama Zen said...

Do you need directions to my house?

susan m hinckley said...

Sore, Leenie?! Because I am, just thinking of the work it took to create that one photo-worthy kitchen floor moment. Well done, and plenty of time to think while you work ... your family benefits from the floor, of course, but we benefited from the thoughts. Thank you! (Note: Cooper would have that thing slimy faster than you can say "cleaning dead fish on it"!)

lizziviggi said...

Leenie, your floor is BEAUTIFUL!!! I bet you get a lot of pleasure out of it now that it's done, regardless of the cluelessness in your household!

Buttons said...

Nice I like the shine I am running to get my sunglasses now. I can't believe they did not notice. Men oh yes now I remember why.
Great job go have a rest now you earned it. B