Fall cleaning - Washing the walls and curtains.

I washed the windows from the inside - took the curtains down and washed them. 

Dried them and hung them back up - they shrank about 2 inches! I washed and dried them on delicate. Oh well. I really don't care anymore like I used to when I was younger. 

I'm not the perfectionist like I used to be. 

I have been doing some heavy-duty cleaning and I'm on a roll. It takes me longer these days to complete this mission. Today I washed down the walls in the hallway, office, our bedroom.  My goal is by Monday I can start putting up my Fall decorations. 

I've been having some issues with all the smoke and dust that gets into the house. Next year I want my air ducts cleaned out. I can smell DUST. No one else does but when I can smell it, it's bad. Every wall in this house will get cleaned this weekend. 

I used to love the way a freshly painted room would smell. I'm not going to paint my walls just to get them to smell better, so I wash them down. Although, I do need to paint my master bathroom. 

I noticed the AC didn't kick on - so I checked the thermostat and it was blank. Needed new batteries. 99.8% of me knew it was the batteries but that other small part was thinking, 

"oh no, it's the complete AC Unit." 

No, the HVAC should last another 15 years. It will go out when I am 81. Wonderful!

They say they last about 20 years.  Maybe we'll hit the lottery and I'll hold back some of that money to pay for the new HVAC. Or maybe I will be dead by then. 

The husband has been working on the yards. He says next week he will start in on the finishing of our patio. He's cutting it awfully close if that storm door should open up.   (wishful thinking) 

As the weather cools and the smoke from the fires is not as bad, I feel more alive. It's 95 today but isn't like a summer 95. The sun is at a different angle - we have more shade and it gets dark earlier. We're having wind so keeping the patio and all swept is a never-ending impossible job. It stirs up my allergies, so I stay inside and wash walls. 


  1. Wow. You are ambitious. I was looking at my walls the other day and realized that in the 48 years I have been here, I have never washed them. When I was growing up we lived on a dirt road with a coal furnace and my Dad was a smoker. Mom was always cleaning up dust and stains. With my allergies I keep my house closed up. HVAC is 25 years old so in a few weeks they will come out and check it again. I am thinking I should just replace it this year and get it done with.

    1. Yeah don't put it off. Ours was about 22 years old and finally on a day we really needed it, it passed on.

      I've never seen as much gritty dust as in this house. I don't understand it. I pretty much keep the windows closed - that's why I am thinking I need my air ducts cleaned out. When I lived in the silicon valley, besides our individual lawn areas, everything was cement. Here we have ranches a mile away andand the dirt stirs up when we have those wind events.

  2. WOW. I admire your ambition (Your coming here, rightttttttttt? grin). It was 34* here this morning and now its 51*, fall is upon us here in Western NY. I hope you have a great weekend.

    1. That really sounds nice. It's a hot day today - 97 as a high. It does get cool at night - in the 60's and the mornings are cooler than in the summer. Fall is coming...


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