Iris The Clean

Iris The Clean

The first day of May has arrived. The sun is struggling to penetrate the clouds, I watch helplessly. Yesterday there was false promise, the weather people predicted a high of 20C, and here it is, the afternoon is passing and the temperature has reached, and is holding at, 10C. How wrong can they be!

Finished cleaning the fiberglass shell on my vintage trailer today. Got wet.

The neighbour had a stroke last week. Her husband came across the lawn this morning, I turned to talk to him, garden hose in hand. Turning off the water, I could listen respectfully. She isn’t coming home, although the only affect he reports is movement in her right arm. They are keeping her in the hospital, waiting for a room at a rehab centre. There must be more to this than I understand, when only her arm is affected, why can’t she come home until an opening for rehab comes up?

After talking to the neighbour, I turned the water back on, and finished the job. Then I came into the house, took off my soaking wet jacket, found the box of greeting cards, addressed and signed a Get Well Soon card, and walked over the neighbour’s house to hand deliver the card. He will give it to his wife when he visits her in the hospital today.

The exterior of Iris the trailer is now as clean as it is going to get. My next project, in a week or so, is to apply marine wax to the exterior of the fiberglass shell. This will mean more ladder work. I spread ladder work over a series of days, as standing for a length of time, on the rungs of the ladder, causes strain on my arthritic knee. Slow and steady gets the job done.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 3:00 PM EDT Tuesday 1 May 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 9.6°C
Dew point: 2.0°C
Humidity: 59%
Wind: S 22 gust 33 km/h
Visibility: 19 km


“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
1929 – 1968


  1. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    I hope you get the nice weather in! It’s gorgeous here, today. I’ve had the windows open since 10AM and the current outside temp is 26.4/80F!

    Sorry to hear about your neighbor. The card was a nice gesture.

  2. Teri, the weather report says it is 10C, but the thermometer outside the kitchen window says 19C, I like it better. It is nice, but I am still wearing a sweater over my t-shirt. It sounds lovely at your place! I think you are further from the great lakes than we are, I notice that the further north we go from the lakes, the warmer the temperature.

    Our neighbour is a warrior. She has had bowel cancer three times, and survived all of that, a miserable health issue to be sure. Now this. I expect she will be home at some point.

  3. Diane, it is frustrating, to have failed expectations, lol! It did warm up as the day progressed though, and although it was not bright and sunshiny, it was not really overcast either. Projects keep me going, I do enjoy myself, particularly because I am on my own schedule. Yes, the ladder demands respect. I take my time, climb slowly, check my footing carefully, and my balance, before reaching onto the trailer roof to clean. Attila even called me from work yesterday, to make sure I finished my time on the ladder safely. At least I am living with someone, so that if I fall I will be discovered within eight hours, and at this time of year, it isn’t so cold that I couldn’t survive eight hours on the ground. But it did not come to that. I think I will apply the marine wax on a sunny weekend day, while Attila is about, just for peace of mind. I still think I can do everything I’ve always done, and it just ain’t so! Not that I mind, but as you point out, caution is required. 🙂

  4. Hello Maggie
    Dianne’s comment about the ladder reminded me of something a friend said many years ago. ‘Now Cathy as you get older you must be careful not to die from doing something stupid. Don’t give them anything to laugh at’.
    Poor Bea fell off a ladder and never recovered from her broken hip. I’m so glad she wasn’t around to hear the (loving) titters at her funeral
    So be warned – ladders and oldies don’t mix

  5. Yuma weather is crazy these days. It is 55F (13C) this morning, the house is cold by desert standards, but this weekend, it is due to reach 105F (41C)! I hope your neighbor gets well soon!

    (It is good you’re being careful with the ladder!)

  6. Hello Cathy! Love the story, 🙂 The thing is, I don’t really know that I am getting old. I think it of course, my mind knows it is true. I look in the mirror and I know it is true. But give me a project and all of that slips away and off I go! I am giving thought now on how to clean high surfaces without using ladders… there must be a way!

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