Open Windows

I made it, the windows are open in April! Yes, it is the last day of April, and yes I am wearing a sweater indoors to keep warm, but all of the windows on the main floor of the house are wide open and the breeze is blowing through. It is the last day April and the universe sent sunny, relatively mild weather so that I could open these windows. Somebody up there likes me.

Other than enjoying sitting in the living room, watching the wandering breeze flutter the curtains, I’ve had a busy day.

I had washed Iris the trailer during the last brief series of days when the sun shone, and so I was keen to get back to the task today. After removing the lichen, black spots remained all over the roof, and required a lot of elbow grease to remove. I opted to use 30 Seconds solution, which I purchased at Canadian Tire. I added it to the sprayer and up the ladder I went, soaking the entire roof with the solution. And work it did, the black spots dissolved, and what little remained came off easily with a small brush. To rinse the roof I had to carry bucket after bucket of cold water up the ladder, to dump it on the roof. This was very tedious, as the outdoor taps has not been turned on for the summer, so a trip up and down the stairs to the kitchen sink was required for each bucketful. I got my exercise for today.

I found it interesting that the 30 Seconds solution splashed onto my pants and my shirt, and where it landed the fabric has corroded into brown spots that are almost transparent. I believe that 30 Seconds is a very strong bleaching agent. Luckily I was wearing my work clothes, which I removed immediately after finishing the job, and soaked in a sink full of cold clear water. Then I hung the wet clothes on the clothesline across the back porch. That is another first today, the first time I’ve hung laundry to dry outside in 2018, and managed it in April to boot.

Before I sprayed the 30 Seconds on the roof I had to temporarily protect the failing patch on the roof. This I did with aluminum duct tape, placing a round piece of paper against the sticky side, so that the paper would protect the patch from the adhesive, and would not be damaged when the tape is removed.

I shared the driveway with a parade of wasps. They would land on the trailer, on my ladder, on the front door, on the door to the garage. I killed every single one I ran into. I hate wasps around the doors and outdoor activity areas. Attila is allergic to their sting, and although I am not allergic, I know what a wasp sting feels like and I am not keen on the experience.

The robins are hopping all over the back yard, and are so much fun to watch. They stare me down if they see me looking at them out of the window, or today as I stood on the back porch. Early mornings I see two to three rabbits nibbling on our lawn (which is really a well manicured weed field). They are very cute, with red fur on their legs and ears, and a patch of red fur on their backs. Their tales are fluffy white, and they look as if they have been sitting on balls of cotton.

There is nothing like a sunny day to bring cheer into a day.

Well, I am off to make dinner, cauliflower, sweet potato, and Coconut Lime Fish. The windows are still open!

Worldly Distractions

Weather

19°C
Date: 4:00 PM EDT Monday 30 April 2018
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 18.6°C
Dew point: -2.0°C
Humidity: 24%
Wind: NNW 20 gust 41 km/h
Visibility: 24 km

Quote

“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
Walt Whitman
1819 – 1892

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10 Responses to Open Windows

  1. Eileen says:

    I love to have windows open, too! Sounds like you had a really nice day.

  2. Eileen, it has been a real gem of day. Hope it is nice where you are too!

  3. We could’ve had open windows yesterday — for a while. It was so warm when I left for a meeting of the Likeminded Ladies that when I got out of my car, I had to take off the windbreaker I was wearing. But after an hour or so the sun disappeared and the blue sky turned white-grey and the air turned snow-cold. It didn’t snow, but it rained. It’s cold!! Gives me time to hunt up the window screens, I guess, before the day comes for opening the windows. The frogs are still going crazy out there in spite of the chill! -Kate

  4. Kate, when you get chilly weather, I know it i heading this way! The temperature here was a little above normal today, but that is to end by the end of the week, and it will be back down to below normal temperatures. It is interesting that you take your screens out for the winter, our new windows have screens included, and they will stay on the windows year round. Frogs, what a chorus, enjoy!

  5. Sandy says:

    Spring has arrived here too. All the windows and the patio door are open. I can hear the wind and my wind chimes. My cat is watching the squirrels play in the trees. We made it through winter!

  6. Sandy, it sounds lovely at your place! Spring has arrived, thank goodness. I bet your cat is loving those open windows, and that the squirrels are putting on quite a show just for him/her. Winter is gone.

  7. I’m glad you enjoyed your day, Maggie!

  8. Joan, I did enjoy the day! It was worth waiting for.

  9. By accident (as usual) I found your blog, and entered a totally different world, one that made me feel healthy, surprised, fresh and alive.

  10. Glad to meet you Rachel, and welcome. A different world, sounds refreshing, since a change is as good as a rest, I’ll pop over to your blog for a little rest and relaxation!