Continuing with the surface clean -- it's nice, having Thanksgiving upcoming as a motivator. Finished living room, dining room, front parlor (aka playroom), hall, pantry, powder room (just the floor -- need to clean the rest later today). Also packed up half a box of stuffed animals to put in garage for spring garage sale, followed by donation of whatever's left. Feeling mighty and virtuous.
As a reward, taking a break and reading Samuel Pepys, "The Joys of Excess," (a series of food-related excerpts from his celebrated diary).
"Home to dinner; and there I took occasion, from the blackness of the meat as it came out of the pot, to fall out with my wife and the maids for their sluttery; and so left the table and went up to read in Mr. Selden till church time." (21)