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Post by oncesubtle Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:55 am

So how many of you ladies clean up before the maid arrives? This morning Candace was in a bustle, the clock was ticking, she didn't want to be late for her pottery class and I hear dishes being rattled in the kitchen. "Whatcha doin' hun?" I ask and she replies, "Just cleaning up before the maid arrives." Whaaaaa? Why? "Oh I don't want the maid to see a messy house."

There must be some underlying lady logic to this but I am baffled as to what it might be. The maid gets paid by the hour, the maid wants more work, more mess equals more work. I think Candace might have made it to class on time, not that anyone would care but what's the deal? scratch
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Post by hockables Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:35 am

lol! My wife is exactly the same way...
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Post by lunateak Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:29 am

It's not so much cleaning the house so that the maid doesn't think you're such a slob as much as it's knowing where things are!
The maid does a great job... except for putting things away. They don't always go where you logically thought they belonged. There are times when days will go by before I find what/where the maid put away.

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Post by hockables Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:46 am

sooo.. get a safe for all the un-maidable stuff... put that stuff away....

there.... now the maid can clean up?

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Connie would still be cleaning....

When we have company... Connie rarely stays in one place long... always puttering around... moving coasters, cleaning ashtrays ( we don't smoke ) etc...

It used ta be funny... I just shrug my shoulders Rolling Eyes
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Post by gringal Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:14 pm

Venus calling Mars:

The only thing I do before the maids show up (I deal with Spring Clean and that's bi-weekly) is to put the dishes in the dishwasher. You may ask. My previous maid (elsewhere) assiduously made sure the dishes were washed. Always. One time the water was off, so she was out there at the bird bath/ fountain, washing them. The current group conserves D/W soap, so there's no indication in the sponge that soap touched the dishes.

Otherwise, I'm damned if I'll clean up anything I don't have to. I don't care if they think I'm a slob. cheers

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Post by bobnliz Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:51 pm

Gringal, I'm sure they love you for it. Lizzy
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Post by Carry Bean Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:29 pm

I don't clean up either other than to make sure the sheets & towels are laundered.

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Post by ferret Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:50 pm

We don't clean up either. On the other hand, we're tidy anyway and the kitchen and the laundry are mine and mine alone.
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Post by oncesubtle Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:24 am

Thanks for your responses and since we're on the subject, and it's a slow 'news' day; Candace will not eat in front of the maid or our maintenance/gardener/everything guy. What say ye Venusians? I'm sure mi Martian ermanos don't give a rip and would be happy to eat pizza and drink beer while mother Theresa washed the dishes. Twisted Evil
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Post by ferret Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:48 am

It used to make us uncomfortable until we realized that WE eat lunch at noon and they want to eat with their families between two and four p.m.
BUT, the coffee (la medicina) is on when the housekeeper arrives and her snack
is laid out. If she didn't have time for breakfast, she will eat then...or later...or take it home with her.
The gardener doesn't want his tea and snack until he's leaving for his next job...para llevar (to go)
We do our thing...they do theirs. It's a comfort level that is usually only achieved after several years together.
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Post by espíritu del lago Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:51 am

I'll feed anybody and everybody. you know damn well you can afford it as cheap as the labor is, shame...shame and double shame Mars calling Venus 661816
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Post by oncesubtle Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:18 am

espíritu del lago wrote:I'll feed anybody and everybody. you know damn well you can afford it as cheap as the labor is, shame...shame and double shame Mars calling Venus 661816

Good for you espiritu. And yes I know damn well we can afford it and did I say we couldn't or that we didn't offer our employees coffee and snacks or whatever is available?
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Post by bobnliz Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:52 am

Why the protestations, Espiritu? Nobody said they didn't provide. Forcing food on somebody is rude, ya know? Lizzy Rolling Eyes
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Post by CanuckBob Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:59 am

oncesubtle wrote: I'm sure mi Martian ermanos don't give a rip and would be happy to eat pizza and drink beer while mother Theresa washed the dishes. Twisted Evil

Now if I only had 1 beer and two pieces of pizza I might go into the other room so I didn't have to share......... lol!
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Post by ferret Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:15 am

Whoa! Espiritu! Get up on the wrong side of the bed?
Each case is different and our staff here arrive at 7:30 a.m. and are gone by 9:30 a.m.
In San Miguel, Lucha arrived at 9:30 and left at 2:30...three times a week...and we all ate lunch together.
Have a coffee and stop with the hissy fit.
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Post by bobnliz Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:28 am

Dunno whether I'd recommend coffee. Espiritu seems a mite testy this morning.
How about a smoothie to mellow thing out? And perhaps one of those wonderful bagels from the shop up on the carretera in Ajijic? Yummy. Lizzy





lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!
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Post by Lehrer Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:54 am

lunateak wrote:It's not so much cleaning the house so that the maid
doesn't think you're such a slob as much as it's knowing where things
are!
The maid does a great job... except for putting things away.
They don't always go where you logically thought they belonged. There
are times when days will go by before I find what/where the maid put
away.

My wife & learned about this when, for example, the maid left the cat-bed on top of the television! Mars calling Venus Lol

Also, it is advisable to "hide" breakable items; our maid dropped a candle snuffer and broke the bell off!!! I didn't even know that was possible!

In that connection, we also learned that broken items are simply placed back where they were -- and not a word said about it (unless it shatters and you happen to hear).

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Post by espíritu del lago Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:23 am

personally I am not saying they didn't/wouldn't provide food. yea, I did get up on the wrong side of the bed. Sorry... I always offer food and water to all worker's but that is just me.

You are right Ferret I do need more coffee, A flaming tequila laced one and a double at that. Then I'll have some beer. It has been a suck ass week and keeps getting better. Just give me strength before I choke the living sh*t out of someone who deserves it.
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Post by bobnliz Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:34 pm

Wow! I do not envy you that week. Getting this out of your system is good as too many days like that can poison your soul. Got any garbage cans you can kick? It's very therapeutic. Lizzy
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Post by espíritu del lago Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:40 pm

I kicked some ass...next! and they deserved it.
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Post by oncesubtle Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:23 am

espíritu del lago wrote:I kicked some ass...next! and they deserved it.

I'm curious espiritu, who's ass did you kick and why did they deserve it? scratch
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Post by ferret Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:50 am

oncesubtle wrote:
espíritu del lago wrote:I kicked some ass...next! and they deserved it.

I'm curious espiritu, who's ass did you kick and why did they deserve it? scratch

I think it's part of living in Mexico...Some Days are Diamonds...Some Days are Rocks.
Thankfully the diamonds outweigh the rocks...usually!
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