When the colchicums bloom, can fall be far behind?
Things proceed apace. this year, the Invernal Equinox and Jim’s 60th birthday coincide, so preparations for a party this Saturday are ongoing. Mostly this consists of cleaning house, but there has been a certain amount of mowing going on as well.
The sauna shower had to be repaired again. It seems that when we drain the water tank the pipes do not always drain perfectly. Then they freeze, and this does not help the faucets and shower in the least. This installation has been repaired at least two times previously. This iteration included the installation of heat tape on the pipes, which hopefully will solve the problem more or less permanently.
That task turned out to be more complex than one really wished, since it involved taking the hot water tank out of the sauna completely, and removing panelling to get to the pipes. Of course, when it was all put back together there was a leak in the solder joint of one of the pipes, but this was dealt with and after three (or four — I really can’t remember) days it is all ready to go. While he was at it, all the wood supply was removed and the sauna thoroughly cleaned so hopefully there will not be any spiders in there when we fire it up. Not that this would be much of an issue once the sauna gets to its 180º F operating temperature, any spider so unlucky as to be living in it pretty much dies.
So while I have been cleaning house, a few truths have occurred to me. If you want your stove to stay clean and white, don’t cook. No matter how careful you are, a drop of spaghetti sauce will wind up on the ceiling. (This has always been a mystery to me.) Mother was right. You should wipe the counters and cabinets down every evening when you are done doing dishes. This will keep them clean and then you won’t have to spend two hours scrubbing them every two months. (Good luck with that one) Something will always have “stuff” on the bottom of it when you put it into the refrigerator.
Gravity is the law. Compost happens.
Into every life a little dust must fall. If you don’t clean it up, it will turn into a lot of dust.
I need to dust my house, but evidently I don’t “need” to do it as badly as I “need” to plant my fall cover crops…