Bit by bit is our playbook these days. Do what you can, when you can, and call it a day.
I have for some time now kept the picnic basket on the top of the fridge. When I removed it for a photo op (see Saturday's final photo), I liked it ever so much better without it. (I think it has something to do with the fact that my inspiration photo had very high ceilings; mine are very low.) Today, I'll have to come up with something for the top of the fridge. My mother decorated hers with potato chip bags or bread loaves. My sister keeps extra bowls on hers. (I might do that.) What's on the top of your fridge?
John is all mine for the day. The list lengthens. I've added pruning lilac bushes and the spruce tree to the list and it was already long. He has his own ideas, of course.
This reminded me of a story my boss once told me about hiring a cleaning crew to tidy the small campus where I worked every evening after my regular job. The husband and wife team had to do the usual things...bathrooms, vacuuming, mopping. In addition, they used toothbrushes to clean the beautiful moldings in the main library. My boss caught them at it late one night when she returned to her office. When asked, they said that they never left the campus before their designated time and spent those last few minutes cleaning the molding. They showed her with some delight how they had been able to do nearly all of it bit by bit — it glowed. It was so much improved. The point my boss wished to make was that one has to allow a person to make a job his/her own. True. And the other point is that a lot can be done a little at a time.
Personally, I miss the days when I had a cleaning crew of my own. Hope that all you parents of children still in the home take advantage of training them to master chores. I loved the days when I assigned mine meal preparation (from about age 12 until they left home). My son really enjoyed it and remains an excellent cook and does much of the meal preparation even now.
These are the bars I made to send with John on Saturday. He was a most enthusiastic taste tester. He was so enthusiastic that I had to tone him down a bit... LOL!
Pinners, don't pin the bars from here, you'll find the recipe at Stephanie's right *here.*