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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A hugely productive day

For quite some time I've had a few dreary household projects that seemed to be beyond any do-it-yourself abilities I might possess. There was a poorly ventilated storage room in the basement that needed to be dismantled, including disposing of the moldy old sheetrock, shelving and 2x4's. There was a problem with the garage roof. Was it a roof problem? A flashing issue? A gutter problem? A paint thing? All of the above? And there was the matter of the railings on the deck that needed to be repaired and replaced. Not to mention a leader that needed to be reattached, and some other minor paint touch-ups.

Astonishingly, these things are all suddenly DONE! A handyman I'd used in the past happened to be working next door yesterday, and happened to be available, along with two helpers, today, and PRESTO! Well, it's mostly done. He'll come back tomorrow to finish the painting, and there's still a mountain of debris piled in the driveway waiting for the "removal guy".

And don't think I was just idly twiddling my thumbs while this was all going on. I got the lawn mowed, front and back, using the "green" push mower which I so much prefer to its gas-eating cousin. Isn't walking, after all, the most recommended exercise for all ages? And isn't walking back and forth in my own garden infinitely preferable to walking around the neighborhood, or on a treadmill?

3 Comments:

Anonymous beecher said...

These are VERY exciting developments! Great news.

8:31 AM  
Blogger sukipoet said...

That sure was fast handyman service. It always feels good to get those nagging chores tidied up. PUSH mower. I hope yr grass wasn't too long and your yard too big. Zikes. Not sure I could do it.

8:44 AM  
Blogger joco said...

Can't tell you how much I am enjoying reading through your blog.

So much of it echoes my own ideas. Walking round your own garden for exercise instead of on a treadmill in a room full of sweaty people and a noisy tv: you are so right.
I walk round our garden 24 times a day, in 4 sessions throughout the day. This adds up to five miles. Have been doing this for three years now, religiously in all weathers. No traffic fumes, no one stopping you and breaking your rhythm and always interesting. Never quite make 4 MPH though, because of all the ups and downs and ducking under overhanging branches. But still, 10.000 steps a day can't be bad.

4:32 AM  

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