Cleaning The House Nurtured Me


A month ago (really?  a month already?) I posted about how much I hate chores.  However, after a certain point, a dirty / messy house drives me nuts too.

So today, to nurture my creativity, I used my time to wash bedding for us and the dogs, vacuum, clean the kitchen, pay bills, and do paperwork.  It wasn’t fun or glamorous, but my energy was really good.  That helped a lot and I resented it far less than usual.

I did have some playtime. . . sort of.  My favorite boy toy has extra camera equipment he either doesn’t use or doesn’t like anymore.  So he’s been digging things out for me to try and patiently answering questions despite some snippy attitudes on my part.

I tried out a different tripod as my cheap one doesn’t ever sit quite level and is easily knocked over, say if a dog were to run into it.  I tried two different heads on it – a regular ball head and a pan tilt, which has handles on it.  I thought I’d like the pan tilt better for its handles as the ball head is only adjusted by moving the camera itself and is pretty stiff (my boy toy never used this one).  But no, I think the ball head was actually easier to use.

I also tried out his macro lenses in these pictures.  The basil and fly were taken with a 100mm macro lens, the beagle with the 180mm macro.  Both lenses bring up an incredible amount of detail.  Since my boy toy isn’t using either one much anymore, I’m adding them to my camera bag until he wants to use them again.

So that’s how I nurtured my creativity today!  I tried some new equipment, got some lessons in using it, and cleaned the house so I can relax and work on my stuff without all the dog hair distracting me.

Did you ever notice when there’s too much dog hair around, it starts to swirl and clump like it’s trying to make another dog?  And how much hair can three dogs shed without being hairless?  Better yet, is there any limit to how much dirt they can track in?  The answer to that of course is NO.

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