Good afternoon, dear friends 😀
Arrgh! Finally, I ran out of battery today, I mean, I ran out of energy after a very hectic and full day of cleaning yesterday from morning until 10pm! 😆
But I did it! I managed to clean everything in my living room, dining room, kitchen cabinets, 2 large refrigerators, laundry room and all the tiled walls. I did 6 loads of laundry, washing curtains, blankets, cushion covers, etc and luckily, there was hot sun and my laundry was able to dry very nicely. Two of my children who were back from school helped me a lot with cleaning the large 15ft long sliding glass doors and grille iron gates to the patio. Then, we scrubbed the floors and mopped them dry. Now, my ground floor and middle floor areas are spotless and neat! Phew, now all that’s left to be done for today are just the children’s and my bedroom on the top floor but that will be the easiest part!
The strange thing was although I had crept into bed exhausted and with all my joints aching, I woke up 6 hours later feeling refreshed, vibrant and my aches were almost gone. I had thought I would wake up worse today! 🙄 When the house is being decluttered and cleaned, we are really moving the energies around, new ones replace the old energies and therefore, there is a crisp, vibrant feel around the house now. Occupants of a house can feel the chi or energies in their house, and therefore I surely feel very good today! 😆
So, the next step to do is to go shopping! Now that the fridges are clean and waiting to be stocked up with food – I had already gone marketing for seafoodm buying large prawns and white pomfret, because seafood prices will go up as the CNY comes nearer. I bought 4 pineapples and 1/2 kg of peanuts to have them ready for me to bake my Pineapple Tarts and Peanut Puffs/Kok Chai this Saturday. I had gone to the Chinese josstick shops and purchased all the incense and stuff for my altar, and to the Chinese Medicine Shop to stock up on some Chinese herbs and fruits to make an auspicious CNY dessert to welcome the first day of CNY! I will write about this auspicious dessert later.
Tomorrow, I wll go to the plasticware and houseware shop to buy new pails (my old ones broke), new brooms and new mops for the new year as the old ones will be thrown away. There is no cleaning, washing and sweeping or vacuuming of floors on the first day of CNY as that is the day when fresh, new auspicious chi are coming into our homes and we want it to stay in our home and not sweep it away.
In the afternoon, I will be going to the popular Chinatown in Petaling Street to buy my Chinese New Year decorations and I will be sure to take some pictures for you.
My next post here will be my Chinese New Year Family Reunion Dinner Menu, where I will describe what I will be cooking for my family.
I will stop here as now, it is time for some overdue pampering for myself – I am going to the hair salon to style and colour my hair! 😆
Gong Xi Fa Xai! (Wishing you a Prosperous New Year in Mandarin language) 😀