Why put them away - in other words, what went through your mind when you decided to do so? (And no, this isn't meant to be accusatory or sarcastic, just a real question).
Also, I find that using the pre-moistened dust cloths helps with making actual inroads on the amount of dust in my house (and as I'm allergic to dust, this is a good thing). I also use a HEPA filter, and I'm always amazed at how much dust particles it picks up - it helps a LOT.
I was thinking "I want to be friends with this person- and I don't want to frighten them off."
Those are helpful tips. I'd never heard of the HEPA filter, but good old Wikipedia put me straight.
We live next door to an unpaved alley, and Colorado is notoriously dusty and dry as it is, so I've come to love my two HEPA filters (one for the bedroom, one for the living room).
We only have house dust to contend with. This is a notoriously damp part of the world. We're just across the water from Ireland- and you know how much rain they get!
I think it's courteous. Besides, even naked people have to go inside houses once in a while and rest.
Courteous, yes. I believe in courtesy.
2009-03-11 01:14 pm (UTC)
Regarding the hiding of the figures: I don't think people need to see every aspect of your personality, at least not in the first place. If one automatically knew everything about someone before becoming friends then I imagine this would prevent many great friendships :)
That's very true.
There's no need to let it all hang out on a first visit.
Was that an intended pun or a freudian slip??
That one was a Freudian slip.
But I do love a double entendre
No, you're not a hypocrite. You're just cautious and courteous, even.
There are dusting wands that I find don't send the dust flying. They gather it up in the disposable lemon-
scented dusters you attach to the wand. They may be wasteful but they work so nicely.
I'm happy to go on using a big yellow duster of the kind I grew up with. Apart from anything else, it's reusable.
Do you have Swiffers over there? I love them. They actually collect the dust without the *into the air* thing.
I don't recognise the brand name (which could simply be because I haven't been paying attention) but I have used products of this type.
Ah yes, the judicious use of Pledge, Mr Sheen, or swiffers will collect the grime on your duster rather than disperse it back around the room.
My family was made up of those poorer people who were paid to do someone else's cleaning, but they were still demons for shifting dirt in their Northumbrian pit village homes. When you have no money, they way you buy respectability in the community is to send your husband to work with clean collars (if frayed) and to scrub and whiten your front doorstep. I guess there was stuff you whitened it with but I can't remember what.
Ailz talks about having to whiten the front step with something called a "donkey stone" when she was a kid. Apparently rag and bone men used to hand out donkey stones in return for scrap.
I've never seen a donkey stone- and I've no idea how they worked.
No, you're not a hypocrite.
Besides, I think that the naked people are probably okay with going indoors for a little while. Especially since you tickled them with a little brush first!
besides, if they're happy doing the thinks naked people do out in plain sight, just think of what they might get up to out of sight!
Whatever they're doing they're being very quiet about it....
Does this make me a hypocrite?
No, it's part of being a host, to keep things simple and not too startling.
Your guests will be interested enough in your juxtapositions of goddesses and crucifixes! That should make for good conversations!
We took them into the front room- which is comparatively sober. They didn't see the more startling parts of the house.
the more startling parts of the house
I am smiling! :)
Oh, the rabbits! Did your guests meet them?