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calendar   Wednesday - September 16, 2009

still at it

On the job site from 7:15am to 5:15pm. I was going to stay later but I ran out of clean dry rags.

Things I don’t want to here:

So, Mrs. Rich Lady, how long have you lived here?

“Oh, almost 5 years now.”

When was the last time you had the windows done?

“Oh, we’ve never had them done before. We had so many other projects going, we figured we’d just wait. But I just couldn’t stand them anymore.”

So, you’ve been cleaning them yourselves?

“No, we never bothered. We’ve just been so busy!”

No wonder this job is going slow. 5 plus years of dirt, spider webs, dead bugs, sawdust from the cedar shake roof, paint overspray, barbeque smoke, pollution, etc. But I’ve said it before, nobody is going to pay me for a regularly done job. They only call me in when it’s time for desperate measures.

So I got 30 out of 48 windows on the downstairs done today on the outside. I had to break down and go to a 3 bucket system, prewash, wash, and rinse. It’s going slow, but the results are great. And I am learning to hate privet hedge. People grow these things, and keep them trimmed so they stay below the windows. But they don’t think past that, and let the bush grow within a couple inches of the house, and let it grow 4-7 feet thick at the same time. So it’s a tough obstacle to work around. Or over. Or something. Yeah, sure, get out the poles, which I did. But it doesn’t do as good a job. So I fought my way behind the bushes and did things right, and now I’m all scratched up. And I gashed the back of my thumb too. I reached into a bucket to grab a tool, and ran up against the window scraper. That’s a squeegee-like tool that holds a 6” long double sided Sheffield razor blade. Sharp. Mucho sharp. And “waterproof” Band-Aids aren’t. But they are when they get an overwrap of duct tape! I think I’ll just leave that on for a while.

Ok, running laundry now. An entire washload of no lint huck rags and microfiber cloths. I tried the bargain ones this time around. They are the same kind you’d get in the dollar store. Not bad, but no where near as good as the imported ones from Germany.

Must remember to take the 8 foot stepladder tomorrow. Which means I’ll have to get up even earlier, so I defrost breakfast now, have another glass of glug, put stuff in the dryer, and be off to bed. By 8:30. Gak. This crack of dawn stuff sucks!


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