Never Put Off Until Tomorrow…

Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today. Remember that saying? At least that’s how I learned the expression, I’m sure there are many variations. I’m also sure the voice in my head is not my mother’s voice. She would get mad at me for being too clean and too fussy. My favorite Mom saying: “Who do you think is coming to visit, the Queen of England?” Or my second favorite: “Okay Miss Hospital Corners.” That was because I’d been trained as a registered nurse. I could make a perfectly mitered corner on a bed. Your feet might end up with no circulation, but that bed, perfection.

Maybe the voice in my head, the one that urges me to keep working is from a past teacher. Not too sure, but all I know is I have lived by those words and often suffered. Take last Friday as an example. I knew I was driving up to Los Angeles on Saturday. It’s a two and a half hour drive in perfect conditions.

So why did I clean the entire house on Friday? (I’m hearing mutterings of OCD.) Ha ha.                             

House looks lovely and clean don’t you think?

Well, for one thing, once I started I couldn’t stop. For another, I love to come home to a clean house. I did the dusting, the vacuuming, washed all the tile floors, and cleaned the kitchen and the bathrooms, and it felt good doing the work. Somewhere around 3pm I stopped for lunch and found I could barely walk. My right knee was screaming at me. I think it was saying why couldn’t you have left some of this for another day? Why?

So I got out an ice wrap and wrapped the knee and went to the computer for a break. Then I rubbed the muscles around the knee with Aspercreme. Throughout the afternoon I continued to ice the leg, and alternated elevating it and sitting very upright, to stretching out on the couch and watching the telly. By evening I figured I might be able to do the drive in the morning. If the knee didn’t freeze up on me overnight.

Poor baby. She even has her pink slippers on.

Please ignore the chubby thighs. Oh, and I did make it to the meeting and heard the lovely Erin Reel, Literary Coach and Publishing Consultant, give an interesting talk about blogging. The knee pain was superseded by an allergy attack, hayfever and weeping right eye. I’m not sure why but at least I forgot about the painful knee. Erin Reel

I learned a lot from Ms. Reel. And I still had the audacity to publish this post. Now that’s chutzpah. Ha ha.

So tell me, do you have moments of temporary insanity like this? Where you take on more than you should, know you are doing so, but continue anyway? Are you ever happy enough to say it’s good enough and be joyous about whatever you’ve accomplished?

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18 Responses to Never Put Off Until Tomorrow…

  1. Marilyn Puett says:

    I had surgery the last week of June and my sister came to help me out. So for a week prior I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned even though my apartment is never very dirty. I cleaned baseboards, straightened books on the bookshelf, dusted, vacuumed, etc. I only do this when I have folks coming in, so I schedule a dinner or party or something a couple times a year to motivate me to deep clean the place. LOL! Hope the knee is better. And I laughed out loud about the sheets being so tight they would cut off circulation but the hospital corners are perfect!

  2. Robena Grant says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. I know the compulsion to clean before people visit. I have that one. : )
    Hope you’re healing well post surgery.

  3. LOL Robena! I still have laundry I did two days ago on the guest room bed because I need to iron some of the slacks. Even had to adjust what I wore to the writer’s meeting because I hadn’t ironed.

    I agree though, that it is always great to come home to a clean house. I like to change the sheets on my bed before we go on vacation, so our first night back will have fresh sheets. (though I don’t go as far as you do with the rest of the house.)

    Sorry about your knee!

    As for sayings – I think most Americans subscribe to “I’ll gladly pay your Tuesday for a hamburger today.” though that may be changing with our economic crunch as we all tighten our belts a bit.

  4. Robena Grant says:

    Oh, I am so with you on changing the bed linens before going on vacation. And ironing. I love ironing. I like the smell of it and the fact that I can take something so messy and make it pretty. Pity I can’t do that with my manuscripts. : 0

  5. Maria says:

    I love coming home to a clean house and I do occasionally over do it when cleaning, but very, very rarely. Housecleaning is a Sisphysian act. Push the rock up the hill; watch it roll back down at the top. Over and over and it is never finished. Still some days I want a pristine home… where are the house brownies when you need them?

  6. I do sometimes take on too much. It generally centers around my gkids somehow.

  7. Nan says:

    We all have days like that–I cleaned bathrooms and did the windows on the storm doors today when we got back from the lake, even though my intention was to write, write, write because I’m currently editing-gig-free. Instead, I worried over laundry from the lake and the bathrooms…why? I started writing at about 2 and then at 3, it was time to go swim, which I can’t miss because it is my exercise. So, three paragraphs…not great! I’m going to write tomorrow…after the pedicure and lunch with my cousin…uh oh… ;(

  8. Janie Emaus says:

    I always have laundry to fold sitting somewhere in my house and at the moment I have to go clean my bathtub. And write a blog before I go to bed. The bathtub may have to wait.

  9. Dee J. says:

    I’m trying to remember the last time I tackled something that really hurt me… but I can’t come up with what it was so it had to have been some time ago. Although I guarantee it was something with housecleaning. I think it was Irma Bombeck who said, “Housework, done properly, can kill you.” I so agree. And I’m too young to die.

  10. Robena Grant says:

    You’re so funny, Dee J. I love that Irma quote.

  11. Carol says:

    Ow…I feel your pain, it’s my left knee that screams at me. Gardened on Saturday and now it is protesting. I go both ways…clean to perfection and it’s good enough.

    It must have been a great workshop/presentation.

  12. I tend not to do it all at once as it would well and truly be overwhelming. I clean in waves as needed to keep the house healthy, but not so anal as to make it museum like and an unhappy place to be. It is the darn clutter that clutters my mind more so than the dust (though I am allergic to the latter and seem to be the only person who ever ‘sees’ it and dusts.

    So sad to have missed the blogging meeting and hope someone write up a bit about it for the newsletter (or on a blog *hint*) I was on too short holiday to Arizona and Nor Cal. Nice to get away more locally than usual. We do live in a gorgeous part of the world!