Bloom Where You’re Planted

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It’s funny who gets to teach you life lessons and inspire you at the same time. Yesterday I had a guy here working on the phone line all day, and today I’ve been banished from my computer by a force of nature. I have two ladies who work part time for me – one in the house and the other in the garden – sort of overlapping as they decide. If you think that women don’t make the best gardeners I can promise you that this one is a dynamo. Elisa in the house, who is the ultimate ruler of the world in disguise I think, is like a whirlwind, and reckons my fancy vacuum cleaner with water filtration to get all the dust away is for sissies. No. She reckons that if you want clean floors you have at them on your hands and knees and can’t be forced to use it. I think she’s absolutely amazing. I’ve never seen her sit down – ever. In fact she eats her lunch while on the move cleaning. She’s perfected the art of zooming to a pinnacle which makes me envious.
Today she issued instructions that my office was to be “properly” cleaned and kicked me out. I tried to take as much as I could with me, being a bit funny with anyone other than me fiddling with all my files and bits, but didn’t get to a lot because – well – Elisa. To be honest I’m seriously OCD about my workspace, and so far I’ve never allowed anyone else to touch it. Today I failed. So I took my Kindle and carried on reading my current book, which is brilliant by the way, so it wasn’t really too much of a hardship.

Jelly Siesta

The feathered horde were also banished from their daily hangout, so they messed up the lounge again instead. It’s amazing how much mess such little guys can make in a few hours.

Button Glare

Now I’m back here feeling like I could totally get used to this. Everything’s gleaming and shining and perfectly placed. And I’m buggered if my files aren’t all exactly where they should be. With everyone else who’s worked for me I’ve always insisted on cleaning certain areas myself, including the kitchen and my workspace. I have a strong feeling that those days are over now. This lady isn’t a bully – she’s actually a sweetie. She just out-dodges you and gets things done at hyper speed. She told me that she loves clean houses, and that she loves the process cleaning of them even more. I found this really hard to believe considering my own not so rosy view of housework. But I’m pretty sure that she means exactly what she says. You can see in everything that she does that this is true too. I’ve never asked her to do a thing – she just motors on and does what she thinks needs to be done. The feathered horde are very wary of anyone in the house for at least the first few months. When she arrived she greeted them all and immediately got on with things. They all followed her around a bit, staring – I mean really staring, and then instantly decided that they liked her.
It’s funny the places you meet inspiring people – or rather the places that inspiring people end up according to where and to whom they’re born. I reckon she’d make a fabulous president of a country, or at the very least leave everyone in her dust sprinting in the Olympics, but instead she cleans houses. She doesn’t care though. She’s a genuinely happy and confident woman, happy with her lot and her life, happy with her work, and she does it to the very best of her abilities. I don’t think that she’s capable of whining. I really look forward to the days she comes in, not only because I’m fond of the zoomers of life and like a clean-ish house, but also because she puts everything into perspective for me every time I see her. She inspires me to do my best and to have a blast while doing it no matter what it is. Maybe it’s not so much the lot we’re given in life, as what we do with that lot, and having at it right now rather than waiting for some magical future moment. She’s also taught me – rather abruptly – that I don’t have to do everything myself, and most certainly that I don’t do any particular thing any better than anyone else. It can be quite cool to sit back now and then and let someone who really wants to take the reins for a bit – ahem – sometimes by choice or not.

27 thoughts on “Bloom Where You’re Planted

    danniehill said:
    April 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Isn’t so great to meet people who are happy with what they do? I would enjoy meeting her, but would probably be pushed aside in her pursuit of perfection.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      She’s a real gem Dannie – I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like her. She’d probably polish you in her zooming. Seriously though, she has great things to say too, and happy to chat while on the move.

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    Pamela Beckford said:
    April 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Too bad it would be a horribly long commute because I haven’t found a new cleaning lady and have been forced to do it myself. I could use an Elisa

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      I feel your pain Pamela! What with you out to work as well as trying to clean, and cook, I’d be under the bed. I wish you your very own Elisa. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have her. When I was doing it all myself it sucked massively and I thought I’d never find someone. I hope the right lady comes your way chop chop. 🙂

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    olganm said:
    April 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Treasure Elisa. She’s worth her weight on gold and more. And it’s good to let go every so often…:)

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      It’s amazing how easy it is after being a control freak for so long too. XX

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    April 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Jo Robinson introduces us to a force of nature.. and not its not one of her delightful feathered muses… but I suspet there is a feather duster involved…..

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    C.E.Robinson said:
    April 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Thoughtful post, Jo! I know from life experiences & study (psychiatry) that at times control can overshadow situations & make people feel uncomfortable. They back off, the connection & building relationships is lost. People, to me, have unique talents, no matter what they do to make a living. I’m happy to let others take the lead & shine while I enjoy the follow. Must be that I’m firmly set in the “grandma” years! Christine

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      You’re so right Christine. I’m definitely going to make sure to let go much more – all this holding on to doing everything myself is kind of tiring as well. Thank you for your lovely wisdom. XX

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        C.E.Robinson said:
        April 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        Jo, good thinking! When you do let go of control in some instances the outcome isn’t what you’d like it to be. Along with control sometimes there’s perfectionism. I wouln’t have done it that way. I could have done it better. It’s not quite right. However, it was just another way, and it worked! I’ve been repeating that last sentence for years now. Christine

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    Bette A. Stevens said:
    April 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    KUDOS to Elida and to you for inspiring me too!

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    ramonawray said:
    April 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I’ve got a husband who takes roots wherever you drop him, without any conscious effort as far as I can tell. It can be irritating😀

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    Suzanne Joshi said:
    April 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Does she sign life contracts? I’d try and get her to do it if so.😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      I wish! 😀 I’ll be on my best behavior so she never wants to leave.

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    April 16, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I wouldn’t mind an Elisa to help me catch up on all the housework and small finicky chores I’ve let slide. So much nicer she’s confident and tackles what need it.

    Lovely bird, by the way. I love yellow an what else sets of off as the contrast of black. Cute fellow, but yes, I understood, messy. 🙂 ❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      It’s just about impossible to keep up with housework and still get anything creative done isn’t it? I generally choose writing over scrubbing, but it’s distracting when things start building up. Thank you! The one on the top is Jelly and the second one is little Button. They reckon they have to be busy all day – love shredding newspaper and carting chillies around – try and weave it into my hair too. ❤😀 XX

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        Let's CUT the Crap! said:
        April 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm

        Jelly and Button are adorable.
        I finally moved a stack of books off my work table. They’d been bugging me for ages. What took me so long. Ugh. 😮

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          April 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm

          Those stacks😀 They disappear, and then suddenly one day there’s ten of them. 😀😀

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            Let's CUT the Crap! said:
            April 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm

            I know but after whining yesterday how behind I am on housework, something moved me to cart them off the table. I felt I finally accomplished something that needed doing. 😀 😀 Already, I have added four books on grammar and punctuation and can’t seem to find another one I used to have.

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    D. Wallace Peach said:
    April 16, 2015 at 1:20 am

    I love these warm and positive posts. My “teachers” have come from all walks of life. Some I’ve known for moments, others for most of my life. It’s the best thing about slowing down, paying attention, and being open- the gifts along the way.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      You are so right about slowing down and paying attention. I’ve had to concentrate on putting the brakes on lately, and it’s been amazingly liberating. When you’re ready the teachers really do come – I love that. XX

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    marjma2014 said:
    April 18, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Gosh, it sounds like we all need someone like her in our lives, what a treasure!

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    ihidemychocolate said:
    April 25, 2015 at 3:44 am

    I wish Elisa were running a country! She sounds wonderfully capable. And I love the pics of the birdies. xo

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