I’ve totally got this – 09.06.2017

Hello dear friends,

Did you miss me? Maybe a little? Nothing? Okay.

I’ve been quite absent as you may or may not have noticed. I’m just trying to take the pressure off a little bit. I’m taking this time to get the house in order, catch up on your blogs and tonnes of comments and to get organized in general, so I can focus on studying.

If you suddenly come across about 20 comments from me, on your blog, please know that I’m not stalking you (or am I?), I’m just catching up on your posts, because I refuse to let my friends posts go without me paying attention to them and reading them. So, bear with me. I am also answering comments from 10 posts ago, so you might get an answer for a comment you made about a million years ago. Thank you for being so kind and patient.

I’m trying to write smaller paragraphs, since a good friend of mine told me she doesn’t like long paragraphs at all.

I’m happy about my new dishwasher and I love the idea of having her (it’s a she) and my washing machine working for me at the same time. I’ve decided to name them Betty (the dishwasher) and Martha (the washing machine). I think they’re great names for my little helpers.

I must say I had a different idea of how… hmm.. potent a dishwasher is. Being kind of poor all my life, I must tell you this is the first time I have a dishwasher at home. Same for Rui. I’m learning that it is not as efficient as washing and scrubbing dishes by hand. It does the work, though. We just need to pay attention and not make it too full, put things in the right place and such. If something is not as well washed as I would like to, I just leave it there to be washed again on the next cycle. Our favorite part is that we can just finish a meal and stuff everything in there, leaving the counters and table clean and free of dirty dishes. It is good for saving me time as well, as I can be doing something else while she is washing, instead of spending countless hours every week just taking care of dishes.

Do I talk about housework too much? Probably. I’m sorry but being a current housewife and being pretty isolated here in my little cottage, cute garden and in the countryside, I don’t have much of anything else to talk about. Which I don’t mind at all. I love my calm, secluded, currently stress-free life. I mean, anyone would, after endless years of working crazy hours, studying, taking care of the house, going through everything you can possibly imagine and having so much to do at all times. This is paradise for me.

What else can I tell you? I was relieved of cooking yesterday because we grilled some meat that we had left from when Rui’s parents where here (we bought way too much and then put it in the freezer), and Rui always takes care of the grilling outside job. All I had to do was some brown rice and a salad. I then made some brownies and I didn’t burn them this time, although they were too thin. I might not have to cook today either, as we have leftover grilled meat (pork) and some rice. I might just make a little salad and we’re good to go.

All of my seeds are growing and I can’t wait to see them turn into big plants and eventually flowers. I hope they do well.

The wind is back but it’s quite hot and the perfect weather to dry our laundry outside (talking about chores again, have I become my grandmother?) and the plants like it too. We’re very lucky because we sort of have a micro climate, which means it’s always less hot than in the city (Lisbon, we’re about 45 minutes away, into the countryside), which is good in the Summer but not so nice in the Winter. Our house is quite cool too, because the walls are thick. My mother’s house, for example, feels like you’re in the oven. It’s actually 27ΒΊC in Lisbon and 21ΒΊC here in Mafra. We always have a difference of about 5/6 degrees, all year round.

My moms new kitten is getting along so great with her big cat, Gatsby. He’s not the most sociable cat so we think that having a little friend is going to be so good for him. They play a lot and he’s really protective of her. He keeps looking at her, all they long. He licks her and even goes to her litter box to cover her poop. Big brother tasks. She adores him and spends her day provoking him and chasing his tail. My parents’ house is all fun and games now. Pets bring so much joy and make a home a happier one.

I must confess I’m also writing this post so I don’t have to get up and vacuum. You know it’s my most hated task. No idea why. Maybe because it hurts my back?

We have no plans for the weekend. I might blog and just chill. Catch up on a few things and study. We might get into some of the movies I need to watch for my American cinema exams. Lord Of The Rings, how I hate you! You are the only movie that makes me fall asleep. You’re long and boring and weird and I just can’t.

So, I’m off to vacuum and empty the dishwasher (wow, first time I said that) and fold endless laundry while I watch some trashy TV.

Talk to me, I miss you.

Thank you for reading and being awesome and sweet.





83 thoughts on “I’ve totally got this – 09.06.2017

  1. Oh…I was missing your this type of candid post…they are your USP…so never stop…regarding paragraph I also prefer small one…and say hello Gatsby and his new mate…

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  2. If the paragraph thing was in regards to me DO NOT STOP FOR ME! I always read your posts no matter the length. You are always the exception and you shouldn’t change your style for anybody!

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  3. I’m glad you are liking your dishwasher! They are definitely less potent than washing by hand so I always do a quick rinse before popping them in the dishwasher!!! I hope you are having a great day, Cheila! xoxo

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  4. Hi Cheila, so nice to see you back even though you have lots to do. I liked the part where you said, “I must confess I’m also writing this post so I don’t have to get up and vacuum.” I thought that was too funny. Enjoy the rest of your day and whatever you end up doing this weekend – enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m sorry it makes you back hurt but this had me laughing so hard when I read, “I must confess I’m also writing this post so I don’t have to get up and vacuum” I find all kinds of stuff to do, so I don’t have to do something else πŸ˜‰

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  6. Loved reading this, you’re definitely not boring me! I hate doing dishes, so it’s a blessing that my boyfriend enjoys the task- although I’m not sure whether we’ll use the dishwasher in our new place or if he’ll just clean it all by hand lol anyways, I hope your plants do well (: so cute to here more about the kitties. I have two gray cats (brothers) myself that I’ll be very sad to leave at home when we move, but my dad will keep them safe and taken care of and I’ll go back to visit of course. I hate vacuuming too! I think it’s cause I somehow always sweat when I vacuum, even though it isn’t like a difficult chore. Laundry is the easiest to me- almost relaxing cause you can get other stuff done while clothes/towels are washing and drying and then you get that down time to watch TV or something while you fold. I’m already dreading having to use on-site laundry facilities when we move to our apartment, but I’m excited to be living on my own! Looking forward to hearing more from you xoxo

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  7. I’m glad you named your dishwasher. After I commented on your first post about it, I thought “I should have told her to name it!” Sometimes life gets in the way of what we want to be doing, never be ashamed of that. Some days we have lots of time for blogging, sometimes we don’t. At 11 pm on a Friday, I’m finally getting to read blog posts from earlier this week. And I really wanted and tried to like Lord of the Rings, but I’m not sure if I ever succeeded.

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    • Hahaha great minds think alike. Betty and Martha suits them. I understand how brilliant the author is but it’s just too dense and slow for me. I have tried to watch the movie several times and nope, I fall asleep. I could never get through the book. Thank you for being so kind and reading. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚


  8. You do totally got this. Dishwashers are weird, we have one (it has since died), and before we used it, we would rinse everything first, and yeah placement is important. They’re finnicky things, but useful and it means you don’t have to do the whole process yourself. I like reading about you doing housework, usually while I ignore what housework I should be doing. Also, I once marathon watched all three LOTR (geek alert!!). Took half my life, but worth it. The Hobbit trilogy are the most boring movie of all mankind though.

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    • OMG you’re brave. When we first started dating Rui tried to show me the extended version of the first which is about 4 hours. No way, 15 minutes and I was down. Housework is not called work for nothing, it takes work and everything that takes work we have to force ourselves to do. That’s how I get it done, I force myself to do it πŸ˜‰

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  9. Nice! Glad the new dishwasher is making things easier for ya! πŸ™‚ I love dishwashers. My boyfriend is old school and prefers to wash everything by hand since he says it gets cleaner and doesn’t wind up with “spots”. I think dishwashers are great though. Just give everything a good rinse before you pop it in and look at all the time it saves you. πŸ˜€
    Your relax and chill weekend sounds good. I’m pretty much doing the same this weekend, but only because I’m hoping to fully recover from the cold I caught at work. Lots of rest should do it.
    Enjoy your weekend, luv! ❀

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    • Oh dear, I hope you’re feeling better today. Yes, someone had told me the machine can sensor how dirty and soiled the dishes are so no need to rinse first. Nope, definitely need to rinse and be very careful with placement! Have a nice weekend and I hope you feel better soon. ❀

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      • Aw, thank you! I’m getting better. Mostly just have a slight cough at this point. πŸ™‚
        Yeah, you’re right, placement is really important too with dish washers. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! ❀


  10. Imagine having a dishwasher, getting used to it and then having it taken away! That’s where I am right now. My place now has no dishwasher (although I’ll eventually hook one up) and I can’t imagine in these 3 years how many hours of my life have gone down the drain with the dishwater. You enjoy yourselves with it. You are already addicted πŸ™‚

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    • Oh girl, I can feel your pain. And you have children so it’s even worse. I have spent so many hours of my precious life washing dishes. That’s why we can’t have nice nails


  11. Oh Chey
    It maketh mine heart glad to hear from thee again.
    I’ve missed you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. Welcome back, Reindeer. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ And yeah, I hate vacuuming too!

    P.S. whether or not your paragraphs are short or long dont matter to me. As long as it means I’ll have something to read from you. πŸ˜€

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  12. Don’t lie to me, I know you’re my stalker! πŸ˜‚ haha we never use our dishwasher because we are so used to washing everything by hand and usually have to do it again anyway. When I get my own place I’m taking out any dishwasher and putting in a wine fridge! πŸ˜‚

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  13. I did laundry yesterday. The downside of running everyday is that I have a full additional outfit for each day to wash. The struggle is real. Things were so much simpler when I was home all the time and only wore pajamas πŸ™‚

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    • Oh yes, it was even worse when we both went to the gym. Two new gym outfits to wash every single day. Plus I used to swim and you have to immediately take everything out of the bad and wash otherwise because everything is wet. But we go through so much laundry and I have no idea why. My current mission is trying to do less laundry πŸ™‚

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  14. It’s 10:52 PM and I’m so sleepyyy but I’m currently doing the same. I’ve been behind on reading and commenting so I’m trying to catch up best I can. Luckily I should be able to more Saturday and Sunday. Betty and Martha are the perfect namesπŸ˜† can’t wait to see the pictures and lovely views if you share them when all the flowers are grownπŸŒΈπŸ’—

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  15. Oh hello Betty and Martha, I hope Rosa is a big sister to you. I mean Gatsby cannot be hogging all the limelight with Rosa in the picture. No way. Okay, I do not know why I did not ask this before, but I have been meaning to. Are you actually studying American cinema, my precious?

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  16. Hello Cheila. I love how you write about everyday life with such honesty. Keep doing what you do, exactly how you do it – everyone has their own style πŸ™‚ Great you have a dishwasher now! Enjoy and good luck with the studying x

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    • You’re so sweet, my dear!! I’m glad you like my writing πŸ™‚ I sometimes think I’m just too honest and might be perceived as vulgar or impolite, which is not the case. I’m just informal and easy-going, I guess. Happy with my dishwasher πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for coming by, please keep coming, I love your comments!! ❀

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  17. Oh you live in Mafra? Such a beautiful spot! I visited once to see the palace, it was super hot but absolutely worth it :)And thanks for leaving so many comments, I was so happy to hear from you ❀

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    • I do!! We (now he) commute to Lisbon every day. It’s 45 minutes away but it’s so worth it. Countryside, nice neighbors, no other houses around, a garden, supermarkets are never as full as in Lisbon and everything is cheaper. Best decision we’ve ever made πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to the palace since I’ve lived here (since April 2016), shame on me. I love to read your comments as well, I’m so happy when you come by ❀

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