Good morning everyone and welcome to Thursday’s Morning Open Thread.
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So, good news. My landlords got their pressure washer fixed and I had a chance to run by their house yesterday after work and pick it up—finally, I’ll be able to wash this house, which is suffering from being beat the hell up by the last hurricane that battered its way through this area. With any luck, I can get most of it done this weekend and an hour or so after work during the next week. The house is small, but every square inch will need attention and than means moving the extension ladder around each peak and along the eaves on all four sides.
There is something about power washers, though, that give me real satisfaction. The small patio, for example, looks pretty good to me—weathered with an appealing patina here and there—but once you put blasting water to stone and wash away the layers of settled dirt the difference becomes immediately apparent. Seductive even. You want to make every stone look like that square you just polished. Same with the back driveway. It looks fine until you concentrate on a couple square feet at the edge and the potential of having a completely new drive is revealed in microcosm. Satisfying is how it feels.
If you haven’t experienced this feeling, you might be doubting me. But I’m just warning you that pressure washing can be addictive, so be aware if you plan on testing my premise. I’m not good at getting photographs from my phone to a post (though, after a decade on this site, you would think I would have mastered that simple function) but I’ll try to get some before and after shots. Well, I hope each of you has such exciting days planned out for the next week. Cheers and let’s all get through this day in one piece.
Be well, be kind, and appreciate the love you have in your life.
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