Monday, November 2, 2015
Choosing the Lesser of Two Evils
(This post is being written on the installment plan.)
Two more lowers done inside; two to go. Onions and carrots added to the roast in the oven. That is one thing I won't have to do - worry about "what's for lunch?" Once I add the potatoes after I do those last two inside lowers, lunch will take care of itself. Nothing like a one-pan, slow-cooked, pot roast meal.
You know the problems of cleaning windows, don't you? First off, with all the curtains and blinds open to clean them, all the dusting one needs to do shows up. There is no end to housekeeping (which is probably why I have always more or less ignored it).
Secondly, washing windows is like washing your car - it almost guarantees that it will rain. Yep, there's a 100% chance of rain in our forecast for Thursday. Oh, well, they'll look clean for a couple days at least.
When I clean windows I can't help but think of the two times I was involved in the business of new construction cleaning. The first when a fellow-employee at Graham Group in the early 90's decided she needed some extra income and wanted to know if I was interested in working with her. I was. She got a contract to do houses in a new development on the SE side of Des Moines. When it came to doing the windows one of us would take the inside the other the outside of the same window. I always thought I was particular about how well I did windows until I worked with JoAnn. I would believe I had done a good job and she'd be tapping the window pointing out a tiny smudge I'd missed on my side. That partnership only lasted a couple of months.
The second time I was the boss of my own cleaning company with the contract on a new apartment complex in Newton. There are a lot of things I remember about that experience, but the one involving window cleaning was how high up some of the second story windows were and no way to clean them from the inside. Climbing twenty feet on an aluminum ladder is something I'll never do again! (B-T-W, the cute name of my company was RILClean. A play on my initials and Real Clean.)
Getting close to time for that pot roast to come out of the oven. One more thought about clean windows: When a long-time neighbor died and his grand-daughter and family moved into his house I used to marvel at how clean the windows were. She must have cleaned them every few days. They were so clean you could see the sparkle from the highway as you went past at 55 mph.
It's almost three. The windows are done, the ladder is put away. I'm pooped. As Grandma Lynam used to say when she completed a task, "That's did and done." I'm just very very grateful I can still do the windows myself. I hate to think about the day when I will have to have someone else clean them for me.
I plan to go to the Y tomorrow - right now I feel like that would be the lesser of two evils!