Monday, January 28, 2013
Spiffing up the Abode
One third of the house was spiffed up with the visit of two painters this past week. They knocked out the family room, hallway and laundry room in no time, leaving us the weekend to polish the furniture and put the room back together again. Criminy...that is a job. Just washing all those knick-knacks and pictures is crazy--who saves all this crap anyway? Now I understand minimalism.
I'm sure we are a hoot to watch, but Joe and I work like a team--a dysfunctional Laurel & Hardy team. He's moving the couch one way, I'm turning it the other. He's carting off boxes and I'm bringing them back in to sort through them. We're carrying the tubs of water plants into the kitchen and he's got his end higher than mine, dumping cold water into my shoes and socks. We are entertaining, if not productive.
We have replaced all of the faceplates on the electrical sockets and cable outlets and still, we have 2 screws left over. Neither of us can figure where they belong, and we take turns holding them, looking around the room perplexed as to where they go. They sit on the mantel, still, and I think we are both secretly hoping they'll roll off and disappear under the couch--with the help of the cats.
They found all of this disruption heavenly. I have never seen those two so joyfully sneak-attacking and beating the crap out of each other since the day we brought Hobbes home.
I'm going back to work to rest. sigh.