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Monday, July 08, 2013

Monday's Venting Fragments! Don't forget my {#1 Giveaway} A $50 Target Gift Card

And so has the weekend - for once I'm glad it's Monday! 

 So I know y'all Pinterest.  But did you know I have a titch (my own work I made up) of OCD?

Well I was going along and happily pinning when I started seeing all - well a lot - of the same photos - there was always a heavy girl and a thin girl and it was about weight loss.  This has gone on now for weeks.  (I play a little silly game with myself - I always try to go through all the pin before I go to bed.  Do you do that?)  My question was why all these pictures about the same exact thing?

I have not been able to get to the bottom of my pinterest pictures  now for weeks.  I finally see why.  I joined a couple people's Pinterest - and like an idiot I said Follow All their groups - now there is nothing wrong with their groups and they have some great photos.  What is wrong is they each have about 300K photos!  Growing by leaps and bounds every day.

I spend half a day trying to delete some of the boards they have - I mean I don't need a thousand boards nor 300,000 photos to go thru everyday - it becomes work not fun.

This probably doesn't even make sense to you - but it was driving me crazy!!!  It doesn't take all that much....anyway if I deleted some of yours by error - I am sorry.

Oy Vey! We have a Formica floor in the kitchen that looks like tile.  If you are ever in a need of a new kitchen floor BEWARE of this product and don't get it.  It's terrible and it's impossible to clean.  We have had it now for about five years.

My husband has been 'cleaning' it for me.  I say this because he is as much to blame as me about this floor (LOL).  He has been cleaning it inappropriately! LOL

So I decided when the kids were gone to really clean this floor.  I went out and bought a couple kinds of floor cleaner machines.  I have tried everything - there are tiny little grooves in the flooring that catch the dirt.

And if you don't clean it right from the beginning the little grooves get filthy and the floor looks horrible.  And yes it looked horrible.  My OCD comes out again.

I washed it with a Hoover hard floor vacuum.  I used Spic and Span and Mr. Clean.  I got desperate - I used vinegar.  I used 90% alcohol - which would have worked if I had soaked the entire floor in it, but I didn't - which was my fatal error.  So now I have a half clean floor and a half dirty floor.  It looks like a zebra and my husband said a few words to me - something like, "Blah blah blah, we may need a new floor because of this".

We went to Lowe's - bought some products for Formica.  We're going back to Lowe's to return them.

Monica one of my original blog friends - told me to use half bleach and half water.  My hubs did not want to do that - he's afraid of bleach.  Now hubs wants to try bleach.  If that doesn't work I want to call a cleaning service.    The saga continues.  

Now what is up with this rain?  It has been raining for months (okay so I feel it's been months) with no sun.  I need sun - where's the sun?

Well I insist on finding the positive here - so the positive side of rain and lower temps - the a/c bill will be lower  - it was $411 last month!!!!!!.

We got him 3 years ago on July 4th and they told us they guessed him to be  two.  I have to say we love this little guy - all his many flaws - make him perfect for this dysfunctional; family.  Happy Birthday Disco!

Now I have a question - does anyone have a facebook page?  If so do you know how to set it to allow others to post?  Mine is set up to let others post - BUT - isn't there always a but - they don't stay big like mine do - they go to a section listed see what Chatty's Friends have posted.  Which is good - but I wanted this to be a paper run by all of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

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See how I have to sleep with my raccoon (?)?

mime-attachment-17.gifLove, disco

THE LAUGH: (For my cat lovin friends!)

I think we have been trying to do this this weekend!



Jill said...

Oh you poor girl! I can feel your pain about that floor. I was pulling my hair out trying to get my white grout on my tiled floor clean. The only thing that worked for me were Magic Erasers. They were fantastic!

I do hope this week is smooooooooth sailing for you. You've sure earned it!

two birds said...

well i hope your week is better than your weekend! have you ever tried the magic erasers? i love those for cleaning "impossible" things.

Shelly said...

Oh, no! I hope you find the floor solution soon. That would drive me nutty!

And I'm glad cutie pie Disco had a great birthday, complete with doggy cake!

Melanie said...

Oh, Sandie, I'm so sorry you've had a rough time!
As for Pinterest, I had one and deleted it, and I haven't missed it one bit!
I hope you can get the floor thing figured out. Just last night I saw this on Facebook. It said it was to clean grout. 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar - throw in a spray bottle and spray your floor, let it sit for a minute or two... then scrub.
I think I entered the Target GC giveaway correctly. :-)
Hope you have a wonderful week, my sweet friend!♥

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I hope you and your hubs were using a mask when you used all those chemicals on your floor. My suggestion is to get a professional in to clean it or get a new floor. Also, get ear plugs and tune out the negative noise.

Sandra said...

I looked up Oy Vey and it means expression of dismay, or the same as woe is me... so it fits your week perfectly.. that disco pic is so adorable... i would like to cuddle him... i don't do pinterest and know nothing about FB except i scan it a few times a week...

Cheri said...

Happy Belated B-day Disco!

Get a new floor, you'll be happier and it might be cheaper than all you have went through. That was our problem too, those little pits in the flooring that capture all the dirt. HATE it and HAPPY with the new floor.

Sounds like you should have went to Mexico too. Hope this is a better week for you sweet friend.

val's alentejo said...

A great post Sandie, as always , I do enjoy reading them.
Happy birthday to Disco..
Bleach mixed with water should well do the trick..
I am on fb..but i dont have it on my blog.. just fb.. then i am on pinterest.. I thought it hilarious what you wrote.
I have a fetish for bedrooms.. ):- i sometimes go OCD.. ha ha..
see you the other side..
happy Mondy

linda eller said...

Just this morning we were talking about our kitchen, but it wasnt the floor, it is our stove and dishwasher....worn out! I guess it is always something. Hope you have a good Monday and week ahead. I look at Pinterest but dont 'like' anyone's pins. I have a FB page, but just go there occasionally.

Sandy said...

Disco is so darlinlg...Happy belated Birthday little guy.
Hope your floor situation turns out!

Rae said...

That is one of the reasons I am so selective on who I follow on Pinterest. I don't like getting so many things that I have little interest in.
Have you considered one of those floor steamers for your flooring? I have a similar type of flooring and my steamer really lifts the dirt out of the grooves and gets it clean.

Susan said...

Hi Sandie....

Oh, woe is me. That floor problem does NOT sound fun. I'd get rid of the Formica once and for all.

Happy Birthay to you, Disco! Tell your Gram you want LOTS of extra treats, not just a piece of cake.

Hope the sun shines on all of you soon! Susan

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I feel your pain in the cleaning dept! I am not good with floors. Hopefully you will get it clean!This rain has had me feeling nuts also, but I see sunshine this morning! Yay! Happy Birthday to Disco!!!


Lady Linda said...

I was laughing my head off reading through your blog post! I don't know why, it just hit me funny, esp the part about Pinterest! You silly goose. Thanks for the chuckle this morning.
Hope your rain goes's summer!
Linda Lou


My weekend [and more than one] frustrations finally came to a halt this morning. I posted about the uncanny 'luck' when I tried booting the computer...and just about 30 minutes after I posted about it on my blog, it went berserk again. I tore it all apart and took the nasty cable modem back and asked for a the computer is working again. Properly. Well, at least so far. The frustrations of it all.

Now YOUR post...I had a floor like that when we moved into this house 10 years ago. I couldn't stand it. You see the ground/soil in Texas actually 'moves'. If it's dry it shrinks, if it's wet and soggy it swells...making the entire houses' foundations MOVE. Of course eventually if you don't soak your foundation, you will need some pier foundation work done. And that runs into the $1000s. Anyway, to make a long story short, the tiles on the floor moves with the earth and creates gaps in the tiles. I've had to have the tiling torn up and removed twice in 10 years. It's the cost of living in Texas.

Hope your week will be better for you, I really do!

Say What? said...

In Navy Base Housing, we have the exact same floors throughout the entire downstairs. It has been driving me (and my own OCD) CRAZY. Just this weekend I purchased a steam mop. I moped the floor with it twice and I see a huge improvement. I need to go over it one more time, but I really think we are onto something. I can't stand how those little tiny groves catch all the dirt ... and hold onto it!

As far as your facebook page, No,it's not possible to get what others post to be large and easily view-able as what you post. On my business page I have to go through and copy and paste and "repost" anything I want to make sure others see. It's quite a pain in the booty!

Here's to a much better week.

Bev said...

Poor you and your floor... I use bleach all the time!!...Hubs has some great clothes because of it...forget the bleach on the floors...but we had hardwood and there were times I wanted to disinfect them and I washed hardwood with bleach and water....hahaha.... they are still good..... Have a great week...and hope the sun comes out... I can't live without sun either...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Happy 5th Disco!

I have not had that problem with Pinterest, but I'm not following very many people.

jack69 said...

You had me laughing and crying. LOve this scatteratic (my word) post. Simply oneof the best. Yep, I think I have a 'titch' too!
The power bill scared me. I been fussing about seeing $230.00 (back at mark's house, he rents from us, utilities included.)

Sweet as always. I have been missing this 'STUFF'.

jack69 said...

That floor sounds like a doozy, Never heard of a Formica floor!

Cranberry Morning said...

Sorry Sandie, but the minute I saw Chattahoochie, I lost track of the whole post and all I could think of was Billie Jo MacAlister. But that was the Tallahatchie Bridge, wasn't it. So sorry. Sounds like you could use a break. Sounds like I could use a brain transplant.

Love the 'ruff day' photo. :-)

Donna B. said...

WHOA! Its been awhile since I last visited and I can see lots has been happening over at your house! I am also addicted to Pinterest which did affect my blogging for the very reason you mentioned....My inbox is loaded with Pinterest notifications. I can never get to the bottom either!

I am also on Facebook...I know you have to go to settings and privacy and select who can see your posts and who can post to your Facebook. If that does not help, email me with your phone number and I will call you and walk you through it.

We have been going to CA every month since last December either together or myself alone for baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays, births (just had another grandson and a nephew born) and my youngest daughter gets married July 20th. This has been a crazy, hectic blogging has been pushed to the back burner...

Hugs to you girl!

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Sandie, dear friend,
You have posted another
wonderful message, my friend.
Thank you for replying to me!
You are a super friend.
I haven't seen my dear family
for awhile. I pray to see
them again soon...
Have a great week, Sandie
with your family and loved ones!
Warm Hugs,

Sharon said...

There's no other *venting* I'd rather listen to than yours!

Sorry about the floor, and the rain, and the A/C bill, and the OCD - (we have quite the titch of it in our family, too).

But, congrats and Happy Birthday to one of the happy highlights in your life - Disco! I can't believe it's already been 3 years that he's been part of the family. Time flies...


Betsy Adams said...

Bless your heart, Sandie... Sorry about your kitchen floor. Hope SOMETHING works for you finally.... That is frustrating.

Today is the first non-rainy day for us in a LONG time. We had 6.5 inches Sat. and Sun... Unbelievable!!!!!

Wow--your electric bill is unbelievable. We have a small house and seldom use AC... Our bill is usually no more than $100 a month...

Hope this will be a nice week for you.

barbara l. hale said...

Happy birthday to Disco! I decided early on that I would limit my Pinterest to one or two days a week. On the other days, I don't even open it. It can get to be all consuming and I don't need to spend my time that way. But I understand what you mean. And I can purely sympathize with you on the floor. I had one in our last house like that and it would take me hours to clean. Still it would be bad by the end of the day. I am so happy to have hardwood in my current kitchen. It hides everything but pug hair.

TexWisGirl said...

good luck on the floor! wish i could take some of your rain! better still, wish we could push it to colorado and california and places that really need it!

Theresa said...

I would really recommend getting a hard floor steam cleaning. I am OCD about cleaning and even thought I mopped my floors daily, they still had dirt in the groves. When I bought a steam mop, I was amazed at all the dirt it lifted out of the groves. Ah-Mazing!

Happy birthday to the puppy! He's adorable!

Terri said...

I have one of those terrible floors too- all the grooves catch dirt and cat hair and I get so frustrated. It's kinda like my fridge...I'm just waiting for something to go wrong so I can get new!

Elizabeth said...

For the first time in my life, I'm happy it's Monday. The fun holiday weekend was exhausting!
I've had two kitchen floors I could never get clean, I feel your pain. My current kitchen has engineered wood flooring - but that's not so great either. It doesn't like to be wet. I don't think there's any perfect kitchen floor solution. Sigh.

Munir said...

Awe Disco - - you are precious !
I know carpet cleaning is no picnic. Our carpet is getting a little bumpy now. I think the wood underneath is kind of warpt. Oh well, when winter comes it will be back to normal hope fully.
Take care of yourself Sandy. There will always be something to do. Catching up with R & R is equally important.

barbara woods said...

i saw that i couldn't pintrest and quilt so i quilt but still have pintrest that i check about once a week

Ginny said...

Happy Birthday, sweet little Disco! And guess what? Sunny's birthday s coming up in a few days and he will be 5, too!!! No to the bleach, hubs is right, FUMES...sick dog, sick boy, stay away from it, it has almost killed us! You have tried everything, now turn it to your advantage and get a new floor. A good friend who is a flooring expert told me only laminate for the kitchen, ask me later before you buy if that is what you will do.

Parsley said...

Happy birthday Disco! Melody came to us off the streets on July 5, 3 years ago. They are good pups, aren't they!

Ms. A said...

If you find ANYTHING that works miracles on your kitchen floor, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I'm in the same boat.

nancygrayce said...

I'm sorry you has a rough weekend! Hope the week goes better, but if its like here and it's RAINING again, I don't know what to say! I'm needing sun too.

I know someone who just put that kind of floor down! I'm not telling them......but my tile grout gets horrible and I bleach it, I even painted it with grout paint and that is already starting to look bad. I think our next floor will just be concrete. Now they can make it look like tile.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Thank you, you just confirmed my biggest fear about Pinterest and why I haven't done anything with it! I like just nosing around the "main" pages. Have a great week:@)

Terri D. said...

We have porcelain tile in all of our rooms, except the bedrooms. We have a company come to steam clean the tile and grout, twice a year. I use a steam mop most of the time, but it never gets as clean as when the company does it for us. You might want to give a steam cleaner a try.

Hope your area avoids the flooding. We finally got sunshine two days in a row! Disco is a doll!!

Renae Simple Sequins said...

Oh Chatty Oh Chatty Oh Chatty Oh.

I'm back, I'm tired and with your troubles I was pleasantly thankful to simply hear from you and be apart of your daily issues. Thank you Friend!

Did I tell you we yanked up our gawd awful slate floor this house came with and put down lovely laminate wood? It was a nightmare to walk on, uneven, dirty and dark. We now have a lovely, wonderful floor, that we love and it is easy to keep clean. I say Yank it, toss it, and get new flooring, but what do I know???? hahahahahaha (hug)

Awh you are so sweet in your comments to me about my outfit and my color scheme and all that. (hug) again!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I would hate to have a floor that will not come clean no matter how hard I tried so I feel your pain. Hope the rest of your week is a good one and happy birthday to Disco......

Grandma Bonnie said...

Sorry to hear about your floor. I had to give up and use bleach on my floor.
Rain, rain go away...
I am beginning to think we are going to float away. Does anyone have a spare row boat?

Jackie said...

I think it's raining all over the world. What do you think? :))
Regarding your floors....sounds like you've put enough time and energy and $$ in products that perhaps a new floor miiiiight be in your future? :)
Happy birthday to your furry friend..and I'm sure you consider him more than a friend...part of the family, I'm sure. Happy birthday, Disco!!
Hugs and love,

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Chatty - I had a floor with grooves and never could get it clean.

I'll have to check out that Target giveaway. $50 is very generous!

Mevely317 said...

Oh my gosh, Sandie ... could you please send me a dose of your energy? Sometimes I think the reason I chose our tile was to disguise the dirt! lol.

I've had to put Pinterest on the back-burner lately; it's soooo addicting, I know.

Please give sweet Disco a big, belated birthday hug from me?


SavannahGranny said...

Hi Sandi, I am still traveling but I had a few minutes of computer time. Hate it about the floor. hope you can find something that works soon. Otherwise I would be ripping that stuff and starting over.
I will check back in when I get a chance at the computer.
Hugs, Ginger

Cathy said...

Hope you get the floor taken care of soon.

It's been kind of a tough weekend around here too. But we shall persevere!

Take care my friend!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

we have a face book- but hardly use it- just sometimes- its all too much.
i hope your cleaning issue gets fixed. we have a beigh carpet and we cannot get the darkeness out from where traffic always walks,,, so it looks dirty but it was steam cleaned - still looks that way

Ida said...

Goodness you've been having a rough time (at least with the floor). Funny thing is I've always wanted that tile like look. Guess I'll reconsider now.
Disco sure is a cutie and I love your Cat post.

Dar said...

I agree with Jill. Magic Eraser works just about flawlessly on anything except my kitchen sink...go figure.
Disco looks lonely for his Buddy. Aww.
You sure know how to gather grins and giggles.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Hi Sandie! Oh, girl, I do hope you find something that will take care of your floor...soon! Otherwise, I'd be tempted to rip it our and put down something that is easy-care.

I don't do Facebook, I just don't have time! Pinterest caught my interest, so I signed up for that but haven't done much with it. It's time consuming, too. I have a hard enough time keep up with commenting on blogs! How do you do it all?

Hope you have a better week than the weekend! Take care.

Lynn said...

I think it's time to replace that floor. :) Having said that - I regret my wood laminate floor that is so darn finicky and haven't replaced it yet either. :)

Debbie said...

I have a touch of that OCD myself and a few pinterest irks. My problem is that I want my boards listed alphabetically and can't figure out how to do that or if I can do it.

I actually don't follow that many people and really don't care to have a boatload of followers either. I pin differently than most. I don't look at the pins that come up from my followers to get inspiration on a regular basis. Instead, I just look in the search engine for the topic in my head that day and go from there.

As for my own pinning, I use it to pin the stuff I see (mainly in blogs) that I want to save. I think it would make me bananas if I followed too many people. (Says the girl who is still trying to delete pictures from her over 17,000 saved pictures.)

I hope you get the floor resolved! By the time we put down our tile earlier this year, it was nearly impossible to get the old one clean. Hated it.

Denise said...

hope disco had a happy birthday. rain, rain go away. it rained Thursday-sunday here in Chattanooga. hope you have a nice week, love you.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

Oy sorry the weekend was 'ruff.' BTW love the pic of the pup. Hope the week is flying better. It's horribly hot here....too humid to even hike or be outside long. :( and now that rain you's here. With the humidity. My hair is a diaster. Hugs to you special bud. Stay cool...don't worry about the kitchen floor. You can only do what you can do

Catherine said...

I signed up for Pinterest but have never used it. I have a Facebook account but only have 39 friends. And mostly my hubby's relatives. LOL!

Happy Tuesday!
xo Catherine

Dee said...

You sure have a good reason to vent...the floor issue is frustrating and way to much work. :(
I was on Pinterest then cancelled it but am thinking about going back to it with limitations. I will make sure not to follow anyone. :( Happy Birthday to Disco...♥

Ann said...

You sure have had a rough time lately haven't you.
I made the same mistake of choosing follow all on some people in pinterest. Had to go delete boards that I have no interest in.
That sounds like too much work with that floor. Hope the bleach works.
Happy birthday Disco

Starry Dawn said...


SweetMarie said...

Happy Birthday to Disco!!! Please give him hugs for me. :)
I really feel for you trying to clean that floor! I would just google it.
I can't stand my tile because it catches all the dirt and I have to scrub it and I have it everywhere except the bedrooms.
Have a good week!

My Journey With Candida said...

Pinterest started out being the new kraze. I liked it in the beginning, but now find it all very hard to deal with. There are way to many things out there to see them all.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am a lot more selective with who I follow now and when I have a ton of things like you mentioned I just click on their board link and unfollow it! Sorry about all the floor issues. Hope you find something that works. Happy Birthday Disco.