Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Rome II




Average people hardly take as much photos of floors as I do. I don't know if I've returned from any trip without at least a few photos of what's beneath my feet. The above photos are from the Borgia apartment in the Vatican Museums. As I stepped in I instantly thought of my mother and her quilting hobby.

Here at home I'm trying to declutter as much as I can (and cleaning whatever surfaces I unearth) in the hopes of decluttering my brain. I spend my days at home and it's pretty impossible to relax and focus when there's too many interesting or annoying things around me all the time, so at least I can try to get rid of the annoyances (like the nagging voice inside my head reminding me of windows that probably haven't been washed in at least a year or more, and the little daylight we've got this time of the year is far from bright even without the dirt on the windows). So yeah, I washed my windows in November, without freezing the water on the windows or myself. I'm pretty proud of myself now, but it's not like the chores end there. Time management is not one of my strengths and my brain seems to be wired in a way that makes it extremely difficult to start anything (queen of procrastination here) and stopping isn't much easier. So now that I'm in the mood for massive clean up spree, that's what you get - a crazy woman with squeegees and rags and five sorts of sponges. I have to say, I'd rather be a bit messy than like this all the time. Not that I like to have sediment on top of my floors.

7 comments:

MyLittleBlueDog said...

I understand exactly about tidying up and cleaning. I think I might actually do it to prevent myself settling down to do something! However I can't work in a messy space. My friends ask what I do in my garden studio, I reply vacuum, of course I do other things but I also tidy up. Love your blog and I think the floor looks amazing, you simply have to take a photo!

Penny said...

If you still have the 'cleaning bug' after you've done yours, feel free to dash over here to the States and take on some of mine. Hate to admit it but I don't think the windows have been washed in two years! *smile*

Kaija said...

Penny, I wouldn't be too worried about it :) And actually I really don't care how often windows are washed, as long as you can see through them without feeling like all colour has been drained out of your life. Our windows happen to be right next to a road and some very pollen-y trees, so it was pretty gross here. I skipped washing the small window we have in our "kitchen" (it's a pathetic little thing where there's barely room for us both to stand). I say it's because I need to be able compare windows before and after for a longer time than just an hour or something, so I won't forget why I thought it would be necessary to wash windows in freezing cold weather. Admittedly it just got dark before I got to the kitchen and I was feeling too spagetti-armed to lift the microwave out of the way.

k said...

Veering away from cleaning for a moment; do you have a date on when that floor was set? Hand-painted tiles are an Islamic artistic convention that spread through Europe during and after the Crusades, I think, and I'm curious.
And I'm thinking I haven't commented here before? Hi!

Kaija said...

Hi & welcome k :) Unfortunately I wasn't paying too much attention to the info plates when we visited the Vatican Museums, so I really don't have a clue. Maybe do a google search on Borgia apartment Vatican? There must be something in English somewhere.

k said...

Spanish floor tiles, so they are a step away from the Islamic. 15th Century. http://www.revealedrome.com/2011/07/the-borgias-history-books-about-rome.html

Kaija said...

yay! I must say these weren't the only beautiful floor tiles we saw on our trip, but they were the only ones I managed to get good photos of.