Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday is family fun day

Go out if it's nice weather, play a game, do some crafts... have some fun!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday jobs

Gather up bottles for recycling
Buy fruit and veg
Buy toilet paper and kitchen rolls
Spot-Scrub the floors
Clean out handbag (tissues, gum wrappers, trash)
Clean out wallet (receipts, used tickets etc)
Clean out babywagon
Clean out baby bag
Wipe bin lid / sides / tray underneath

Todays lunch: Minced beef, 1 chopped onion, some eggs. Fry the chopped onion, add the minced beef and stir it round til cooked and then add some eggs and stir it round. it is soooo delicious.

Today's Zone, Mission and Habit on

Thursday is errand day

Just did my grocery shopping for errand day.

Today's Zone, Mission and Habit is on

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesday is anti-procrastination day

Anti Procrastination Day (Wednesday)
(only spend 1 minute on each job, go as quick as you can! – Don’t be a perfectionist!!) Housework done incorrectly still blesses your family!

Bathroom “one minute jobs”
Check supplies of hand soap and shower gel, replenish or write on shopping list
Use bottle brush on radiators
Change hand towels
Use toothbrush and anti-calc on taps and plug hole
Wash hair brush
Wash bath mat
Bleach bath

Kitchen “one minute jobs”
Wipe fridge a bit
Wipe crumbs out of cutlery drawer
Wipe kitchen tiles at back of cooker
Wipe kettle
Fill Sugar
Wipe microwave
Spend 1 min only wiping the hob
Fill washing powder

These take a bit longer at first
Plan menu for the week
Make shopping list

From The FLYlady WebSite

Today we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch, and Dining Room The FLY Zones

Wednesday's Mission:source "Today take a look at the walls and the windows in your dining room. Grab some cleaner and a cloth and go after the finger prints and smudges that those mysterious little elves seem to leave behind as they run through your house when no one is looking! LOL" Today's mission

This month's habit is: Drink Your Water This month's habit

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


My Husband requires a Visa to be able to come to the UK to meet the rest of my family. I am a British Citizen so it should be a simple case of issuing the Family Visit Visa and then we can book our flights, so we can visit my family in UK for 2 weeks.

2 weeks.

That is not a lot to ask is it?

We applied (AND PAID GOOD MONEY) for the Visa at the end of March 2009. It is now June and still no sign of the Visa.

Our 2 sons also are British Citizens. It is not practical for me to travel to England to visit my family with 2 kids under 2 years old on my own. I need my husband to come with me. I WANT him to come with me. I want him to try English Fish and Chips and mushy peas. I want us to go to the English Coast (Skegvegas!) and play on the beaches with buckets and spades. I want him to see how funny it is how the cars drive on the "wrong side". I want him to see my home town, where I grew up. I want him to meet my grandmother who is 97 years old, before it is too late. I want him to sit and drink cups of PG Tips in the garden at my parents house. I want my brother and his fiancee to see our baby for the first time before he is not a baby anymore. I want my husband to meet my other Nannan and my aunties and uncles for the first time. I want to get some clothes from Primark for my kids.

We will have been together 3 years at the end of August. Since then we have been trying / waiting for him to be allowed to come to the UK. The British Consulate would not accept his application until he had a "valid" passport. The one he had was "not acceptable" so after waiting nearly 18 months for the new "acceptable" passport, we have finally been able to apply for the Visa but now we are not getting anywhere.

We were hoping to be able to go to England either in May 2009 or July 2009. May has been and gone. Apparently the Visa Application place is having technical problems now, which is causing delays too, but usually family visit visas are supposedly processed within 15 working days, and their technical problems came well after our application was submitted.

When I wanted to book the flights back in March/April, the flights for July were reasonably priced. Now the prices have tripled.

But the main focus is getting the visa.

My husband had to send off his Passport along with his visa application. He has been without it now since 26th March.

This is an email I sent to the British consulate nearly 2 weeks ago: "Please could you check to see if it would be at all possible for my husband to receive his original documents back without it affecting his Visa Application? There are so many things here in Germany that he cannot do without his ID. He wants to apply for a driving licence and is required to produce his passport and Aufenthalt for the registration. Also he is required (by law I believe) to carry ID at all times in case of Random Police Control. His Travel Card for work is also not valid without the correct ID. OR if it is not possible for you to send back the original documents, may we have a "Beglaubigung" of a copy of his original ID documents with a stamp. It is really important."

But I have still not had an answer back about this.

#LetMyHusbandIn is a hashtag for people to use on Twitter to gather support for my cause, to hopefully to make people aware of this unfairness and ultimately to just get the visa for him, bless his heart.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday is Weekly Home Blessing Hour

Do 10 mins (use the timer) for each task. Some do not take that long.

Change Sheets
Get rid of old magazines / newspapers
Dust (Use FLYLady's dusters)
Polish Mirrors (Use FLYlady's Rags in a bag)
Empty all trash
Vacuum (Just the middle bits you see)
Mop (Click here for the FLYLady Mop)

Simple as that.

From The FLYlady WebSite

Today we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch, and Dining Room

Monday's Mission: Today you are to sweep your front porch area around your front door. Shake out your welcome mats and wipe down your front door. This makes a huge difference in how your home looks. We have a tendency to neglect this area and yet it is the first thing that people see when they come to your home.

Spend 15 minutes taking care of this, you will be pleased with the results!

This month's habit is: Drink Your Water

Here are some useful links on the FLYlady Site
Morning Routine
Before Bed Routine
Basic Weekly Plan

I have put my Morning Routine, Before Bed Routine and Weekly Basic Plan into so I can tick off the jobs as they are done. It feels so good to tick off those tasks!

Special FLYLady tricks:
2 Min Hot Spot Fire Drill
5 Min Room Rescue
27 Fling Boogie