I was beginning to get the hang of being "retired" from employment, until our househelp of more than 5 years, left due to health reasons. And since then, we haven't found a reliable replacement, even after trying to contact several agencies and relatives for referrals. Nada. People say it's hard to find househelps at this time of the year when they all make an exodus to their hometowns for the holidays.
Because of the absence of a reliable help, my routine changed drastically. I used to get up early to go with Jerry as he drives Matt & Kyle to school, then attend the daily mass at 7 and be back home for Jake by 830 (or 930 if I have to drop by the supermarket). Now I wake up early to have breakfast with my boys, kiss them goodbye, clear out the table and wash the dishes. After which, I fix the beds, wipe the thingies, sweep & mop the floors, clean the toilets and sort the laundry.
Aside from my nurse who extends extra helping hands when Jake is asleep, I have to thank my (new) friends for making things a lot easier around the house...Mr. Clean dishwashing liquid, Mighty toilet bowl cleaner, Band Aid alcohol (for the toilet seats & telephone mouthpiece), the "walis tambo" and dustpan, and numerous disposable rags (P1/each).
Blame it on my OC (obsessive-compulsive) mentality, but I have never seen our house this antiseptic. :-D