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Saturday's efforts - Elf M. Sternberg
Saturday's efforts
So, after the Democratic Caucus, Omaha and I settled into an afternoon of housework. It was gorgeous, but a bit chilly, as I went outside and proceeded to clean up roadway in front of the garage. The roadway slopes down to the garage, in front of which are four drainage grills to prevent the rain from flowing straight into the building. Over the winter, leaf and other debris had flowed down that hillside and collected where the ground gets flat and dips down to the drainage grills. It took three hours to muck out what was effectively leaf compost, break up the grass that was growing out of it, and discard all of the neighborhood children's toys that had dropped there. I cleaned out the trashcans, washed the front walls, and sorted out all the rocks.

After a shower, the kids, Omaha and I all trooped over to shemayazi's house to celebrate her housewarming and her beloved's birthday. We gave them our usual housewarming gift and enjoyed their company. It's a lovely house; they've painted the rooms in thematic colors that work wery well for their sensibilities and have occupied every corner as theirs. The neighbors are scary; they hang "Turn or Burn!" signs from their fences for everyone to see who drives by on the minor arterial. And I have to admit they do some very interesting friends, many of whom qualify as out-and-out eye candy as well.

We filled the house with balloons, on which Yamaarashi-chan and Kouryou-chan proceeded to draw faces, mostly scary. Shemayazi had the right idea by allocating a space for kids and providing them with a large pad of paper and some markers.

By the time we got home, the girls were completely exhausted, and so were Omaha and I.

Current Mood: awake awake
Current Music: NPR News

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lucky_otter From: lucky_otter Date: February 8th, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious. What is your usual housewarming gift?
elfs From: elfs Date: February 15th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House.

It's one of those rare books that tells you everything you should know but are ashamed to ask because, well, you should know it. It has wonderful details like how to clean absolutely anything, how to maintain the ventilation system, and what your liabilities really are if people are injured on your property.
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