My Precious Merlin

I had this ridiculous notion that when I became a home-owner,  my house would be clean and comfortable…..a place to feel secure and at ease.  I also had visions of having a dog….or 2.  I had considered many things that dog ownership meant, such as feeding them, walking them, snuggling with them, but I was clueless about the impact they would have on my comfortable abode, the physical cleanliness that I dreamed of.   For a few years, I scrambled to keep the floors and furniture clean.  My husband would tell me to take it easy, stop worrying about a little dirt.  I finally realized that I was wasting precious life minutes, hours, days and months doing something that the benefit of, only lasted about 5 minutes.  So, now, I live in a slightly, less than perfectly clean house.  The only other thing I have to say is to our guests:  Please, DO NOT remove your shoes if you want to keep your feet clean!     Welcome to all who dare.

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13 Responses to My Precious Merlin

  1. maria wulf says:

    I’m with you and your husband Diane, I’d rather have a not so clean house and enjoy my life!

  2. jackie bivona says:

    Love it!

  3. Deborah Davis says:

    This is great love it.I’m a fan !

  4. Dog says:

    That is a great photo. I think your philosophy is the same as mine when it comes to the dogs. It applies to the yard as well. It’s not beautiful anymore, but the dogs like it, and they are allowed to dig holes wherever they want as long as they aren’t trying to dig under the fence.

  5. Raining Iguanas says:

    I see a plaque with that quote on it hanging on someones front door. Keep them coming!

  6. Joan Fiore Flanagan says:

    I was a borderline clean freak when we bought this house in ’95. It has gotten old, however, as I age, so now I’m mostly concerned with the outside appearance. No dogs, but my bluebirds and hummers fill the void. Planning on 4 bb babies soon.

  7. Michele Linehan, and Marie and Tina:) says:

    Love you Blogging, Diane. Congratulations!!!!! I will be a loyal fan!

  8. Ann says:

    Living beings are ALWAYS more important than material things! I have two Rough Collies and ten Rehomed feral cats. What do you think MY home looks like?!

  9. This is a good post! I’ve always had circumstances surrounding my life that created chaos and disorganization — i.e. raising four kids by myself and always having a few dogs around. Now that my kids are on their own I still live in chaos and disorganization somewhat. It’s the dogs — yeah its the dogs. But I just don’t care anymore about my household look — people and pets are more important. I read a sign in a friends kitchen many years ago, It said — if you are coming to see my house give me a week’s notice, if you are coming to see me you are welcome anytime. — barbara

  10. Joan Fiore Flanagan says:

    Barbara, I just love that saying and feel it fits me to a T, whatever that means. So true! Thanks.

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