You turned up today without so much as a courtesy call. It didn't need to be far in advance. Five minutes would have been fine to give me enough time to throw everything in the bedroom and close the door.
In my fluster and embarrassment at the mess of my home I didn't get chance to share with you my
1. Lady F spends a lot of time cruising around the furniture / crawling on the floor. I left the socks / bits of food / shoes / toys etc there to make life more interesting for her / practise her squats / in case she gets hungry.
2. We've been up all night with teething so we got up late today and my cleaning is behind schedule.
3. I'm still breastfeeding. Cleaning in my book counts as exercise and therefore might diminish my milk supply.
4. I don't want to disturb the spiders. They were here first, we just built our homes on their natural habitat.
5. It's a social experiment to see how long it takes for the boy to get the vacuum cleaner out.
6. I can't be bothered. Only use this one if you don't particularly want a relationship with the visitor and hence don't care what they think i.e. a door to door knocker.
7. It's none of your business. Only use this one if you don't particularly like the person and want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
8. We're having a spring clean. This one also works as a car boot sale / clear out of the attic / garden sale.
9. Lady F is on a sensory tour of the house, learning and making memories.
10. I don't want Lady F to feel neglected. Children come before the housework. Every good mum knows that, right?
11. The cleaner has quit. Do you have the number of a good cleaner?
12. It is usually tidy. You just caught me on a bad day. Don't elaborate that every day is a 'bad' day.
13. I'm redecorating.
Otherwise, I enjoyed your company. Please do come again but next time do call first.
An untidy mother
This is my first blog posting as a list and it was inspired by http://www.truthfulmothering.com/
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