Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Little Things

One of the upsides of having the bigger exterior jobs out of the way means that you have time to focus on some of the little things. Some of the things that need to be done regularly -- like mowing the lawn -- or something occasional like cleaning and painting the cupola and vent.

I did the annual cleaning of the cupola (the metal flashing part) and then painting the base that I had caulked yesterday. Same with the wood vent on the eave of the house over the carport. I mowed the yard. I condensed things in the shed to allow the mower back inside. I carted all the yard waste to the dump and I generally cleaned up or put things away. Oh, and I finally put the finials on the front porch railings. Funny how just a little touch can make such a difference.

Basically, I was busy doing a whole bunch of little things yesterday, so the blog went neglected. I also was busy trying to keep an eye on the mother. When I got home Friday night, she’d been bitten or stung by something on her neck while working outside. While it was red, it wasn’t all that noticeable. That wasn’t the case Saturdaya night when I got home from my day of scrapbooking and trivia. Her neck was swollen and bright red.

It was better last night but still enough to make her miserable.

I also topped off the brake fluid in the car, checked its other fluids while the hood was up, and cleared the interior out so I can hopefully take it across the street to have it detailed. Poor car. It's pretty dirty. Cross your fingers. They may take one look and decide it's too much effort!

Amazing how many of those "little things" can pile up when you're working past dusk on a big project. All you want to do while you're doing that is just get it all inside so you can lock it up!

I spent a chunk of the evening on a project for work which I resumed at 4 a.m. (Yeah. I know. But I was awake anyway so I might as well accomplish something.) So I have this feeling that 's it's going to be a veeeeeeeeeeery loooooooong day.

7 comments:

CD said...

4am eeek! How do you function all day? I also had a bite over the weekend and Mickie saved the day. I think it might have been a bee, but same symptoms as your Mother. Mickie made a paste from Adolph's Meat Tenderizer (no joke) for the bite and voila, I was cured. Good thing as I had 35 fourteen year olds en route to my house. House projects are much easier than teenagers.

iloveupstate.com said...

you would make for an awesome husband. My Fiance tells me I make a good husband too. Someday, I'm gonna get a wife! LOL

NV said...

CD -- I dunno. Sometimes, not well. But I'm a lifelong insomniac. Glad you're better and it's funny you mention the meat tenderizer. My godmother said to try thata and the mother did last night. Doesn't seem to have cured it, but it seems much improved.

upstate -- That made me laugh. By definition, I've always thought it would be great to have a wife! (Except I'd hope it would be a man.) Everybody should have one!:-) In critiquing my projects, someone told me it was no wonder that I'm still single. I would intimidate any man worth having. My response: If he were worth having, he wouldn't be intimidated, would he? :-)

Ann said...

Blergh...hate when I wake at 4am...so lonely....

Vicki said...

I wiped a nose and a butt, and barely got food on the table. I wish I could find my productivity. I think I lost it in the move...

NV said...

Ann -- Yeah, 4 a.m. pretty much sucks unless you're just ending a night on the town. It's not lonely though. Not when there's a Yorkie to smash into your hip and rest his head on your knee. :-)

Vicki -- Sometimes I think there was a really good reason I wasn't given children (without fur). I would think keeping up with your 2 would be productive enough.

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