I’m still shocked it’s actually October. September was a transitionary month for our family. Abby started middle school. After 5 years of ongoing projects, major home renovations are complete. I survived my first stint of solo-parenting since February.
There were a lot of changes to routine; some moments felt euphoric and others felt…rather irksome. As we muddled through new experiences and routines, we managed to make some great memories and I used several items that really hit the mark in terms of being a Favourite.
Robovac – Eufy
So…I didn’t wait to add this to a Christmas wish list. When John read my post looking for feedback on robovacs, he launched into research mode. We agreed we wanted to start with a relatively basic vacuum and ended up going with one from the Eufy brand. We might get a second robovac for our basement level, so it made sense to start with an entry-level model (which he managed to snag on sale + a coupon).
Several people commented that having a robovac was life-changing. I’m not sure if I’m quite to that point yet (without laser guidance, chords are a bit of a nuisance), but it is definitely life-improving. I’ve loved setting it up to run in the hallway and kitchen while we’re watching a show together as a family on Friday nights. Or I’ll get the kids to pick things up off their bedroom floors and leave Eufy to vacuum while I make myself a cup of tea.
I think my favourite feature – which seems so obvious now, but never crossed my mind – is the fact it gets under chairs and beds!!! “Behind-the-scenes” areas of our living spaces have never been so clean.
We talk to our Eufy like it’s a pet and give it positive feedback constantly. The kids will follow it around like it’s a puppy and say things like “Good boy, Eufy” or “You can do it.” It’s hilarious, bordering on ridiculous.
vileda spin mop
Keeping on with a discussion of floors – I think I’ve mentioned before how much I loathed mopping. Mostly, I now realize, because I never had a good mop.
The laminate floors in the top level of our house (which you can see in the pictures of Eufy) are very hard to keep clean. They show every single drop of water and speck of dirt but would always look horribly streaked after mopping.
After multiple friends (and two professional cleaners) recommended the Vileda Spin Mop, I finally caved and ordered one. I have tried many mops, and this is definitely the best one I’ve ever owned. After almost a year of using this mop, it definitely deserves the title of Life Improving. It’s such an easy system and it DOESN’T LEAVE STREAKS on the laminate.
I will be the first to admit I should mop more frequently than I do. But at least now when I do mop, the floors look great. For five minutes…before a child comes inside with dirty shoes or sits down to eat a snack.
Speaking of food…these corn tortillas are delicious. I have never been a fan of wraps, but we’ve been using these regularly for about a year now and I love them. They do need to be warmed first to maximize flavour and texture (I use the microwave, but they heat up great in a frying pan, too). They’re hearty and flavourful. Yum.
AHA SPARKLING WATER
I’ve tried various brands of sparkling water, but AHA is my new favourite. I’ve had all the AHA flavours and every single one is a winner in my books. I only drink a few cans a week, and each one feels like a treat!
REACHING THE END OF RENOVATIONS
There are still lots of little things to pick away at inside and next year our focus will shift to landscaping (we had to excavate all the hardscaping that was in place at our house when we repaired drainage issues years ago; now that we’ve upgraded some of the interior, it’s time to do outside work…but that’s a job for 2023).
Which means, for the most part, we are now looking at weeks – months! – with nary a contractor on site. This is very, very exciting.
This is my favourite weather of the entire year. Crisp mornings. Warm afternoons. I take a coat everywhere, but often don’t need it. The leaves are changing and the colours are truly magnificent. It’s getting darker earlier at night, so I get to pull down the shades and turn on lamps after we finish supper. It’s cozy, but with so much diversity in the weather still. No winter boots or mittens, just invigorating air. How I wish I could bottle this weather and experience it 365 days a year!!
Your turn. Any particularly wonderful items or memories from September?