Me and my vacuum

11 Jan

Once upon a time, when I had a herd of small children, my mom visited my house.  Upon seeing my vacuum standing alert in a corner, she asked “So where do you put your vacuum away?”

I looked at her oddly.  “Away?”

“Yes, when you’re not using it, where does it go?”

“Um, no where.  Because I’m always using it.”

I like to walk barefoot in my house, and any little thing under my foot bothers me.  Coupled with living with five other people and two dogs, and my floors always need a good vacuuming, even if I just vacuumed the day before.  Or an hour before.  Or fifteen minutes before.

Today, I got into a “Clean ALL the things!” mood.  I had Mims sweep the kitchen and entry way, then I tackled the rooms with the vacuum.  Let me tell you, pine needs are a b***h to get out of textured carpeting – which of course, is what’s in the main living area.

I finish, and run down to the lower level to help the boys fix the towel bar in the bathroom.  Five minutes later, I come upstairs, ready to sit down and have lunch.

But I noticed the dogs are vastly interested in something on the living room floor by Maura… and the bigger dog is slinking away with her trademark guilty look… and I turn the corner…


Maura decided to pour herself a big bowl of cereal.

On the carpet.


And it’s the “bottom of the Life cereal box” bit, so there is sugary bits all over.


I didn’t even get to unplug the vacuum.

It will never be put away.  Just resting until the next challenge.

Actual vacuum, about to be used again

Actual vacuum, about to be used again


Seriously, no joke, just after writing this, I hear Maura go “Sky – catch!” as she launches cereal across the room.

At that point, all I could do was laugh.

FYI – Sky does not catch.

And I have now clogged up my vacuum with cereal, so I have to go take it apart.

It never ends…


8 Responses to “Me and my vacuum”

  1. mamabro January 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    I wish I had carpet, our house is all tile and it can be a huge pain and extremely slippery. Also really cold in the winter. I miss carpet sooooo bad. We have a vacuum but sadly it gets used once in a blue moon when we have to vacuum the rug by the door 🙂 Your post makes me miss the vacuum. 🙂

  2. Jessica January 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Life is never boring at your house 😉

    • phoebz4 January 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

      Never ever ever.

      • Jessica January 12, 2014 at 11:06 am #

        We have hardwood flooring. We are a two person (adult only) household, and my partner works away from home for a few weeks at a time. Yet, I vacuum daily (asthma, habit picked up, ,decided not to stop).Hence, I never put the thing away either.

  3. saracvt January 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    We don’t have carpet in our house–it was one of the first things I changed upon moving in ten years back. It looks pretty, but who the heck came up with the idea that fabric you can’t pull up and wash will be a good idea ON THE FLOOR? With small children and pets and muddy feet?!? Trust me, area rugs are far better.

  4. franhunne4u January 12, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    I only have wooden or plastic (PVC) floor – no rugs, no carpet – still I use my vacuum – not as much as I should, but enough to terrify the sh.. out of my cats, thankfully only figuratively.

  5. Kerith Stull January 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    Two words….SHOP VAC. lol

    • phoebz4 January 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

      LOL! A wet vac would probably be a better idea!

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