Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cleaning Off My Own Porch-Stoop

Someone mentioned to me the other day that there hadn't been many "Powder Rooms" coming out lately.  He hadn't told me anything of which I was not aware.  Being short-staffed at work meant some of us are working extra shifts, giving me less time off, therefore, less time to write.  But there is more to the story.

You may remember in previous posts my discussion about our plumbing issues and the wonderful plumbers Tony & Brendan and what a great job they did on our house.  What they did not do was repair the holes in the walls where they had to make access to install those new blue and red pipes.  

That's my job.

So for the last few weeks, on my day off, I have been putting up sheet-rock, painting and replacing baseboards.  In my bathroom, this also meant repairing the Venetian plaster finish I had previously done in that room.  Not a difficult job, but definitely a time-consuming one.

Of course, painting one place shows the need to repaint another area, so one thing leads to another, which leads to another. . .  You know how that goes.

I have felt a strong need to "get my house in order," and I have used almost every spare minute to either work on our website, or to work on our home-site, one of the two.  The blogs, alas, have sat by the wayside.

It reminds me of the old adage that one should clean off their own porch-stoop before they go pointing out the dirt on someone else's.  Now I don't intend to go pointing out someone else's dirt, I'm just glad "Mr. Tony" (as he has come to be affectionately called in our house) as given me incentive to tackle some projects that have been on my to-do list for years.

Now that the bigger chunks are finished (and I might add you can't even tell there were ever holes in the living room wall) I plan to have more balance between the blogs and the house.  My shoulders, neck and back will thank me, too.

"Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye."

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