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Homeowner Power
Being a homeowner is fun! Right? That was the word, wasn't it? It doesn't sound quite accurate. Oh wait I remember: being a homeowner is sometimes cold, wet, and filthy.

Today I cleaned my gutters. I realize that this is supposed to be an autumn task, best taken care of when the leaves have all fallen off the trees and are packed neatly into the gutters. It's really best to not wait until the bottom layer has decomposed, and it has rained then snowed then frozen then started to melt. At that point, you are faced with a long gutter-shaped piece of ice that has leaves and sticks poking out of it on top, and sludge frozen into the bottom. Under that is the melted water and more sludge. It is necessary to use the trowel as an ice pick, stabbing at a chunk of ice until it breaks off, then prying it out with soaking wet leather-gloved hands.

When the stuff in the gutter is more stable than your ladder, it is a clear indication that you have waited too long. Let this be a lesson to me and any other budding homeowners out there -- don't put off the gutter-cleaning until winter!

On the plus side, at least the task is done. I picked a good day for it: sunny and above freezing, no wind or precipitation. Last year I forgot entirely, which eventually came to rain coming into the house. Very double-plus un-good. Thankfully my surrogate mom came over and helped me figure out what was wrong last year, in the cold rain no less! This year I'm sure she'll be relieved to know that I took care of it, although she might have some strong words about my having waited until December the eighth.

So there we go. I am homeowner, hear me roar -- sometimes whether I want to or not!

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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 8th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some people will do anything to avoid doing homework. (;
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: December 9th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
you rock!
eviljohn From: eviljohn Date: December 9th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Cleaning gutters is dangerous. Get some gutter covers, it'll be money well spent - cheaper than a hospital bill!

Or better yet get a Looj !
lala2 From: lala2 Date: December 9th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah...gutter cleaning is not a fun thing.

But you got it over with! GO YOU!
From: writerwench Date: December 9th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done, 'tis a scary and most necessary job. My gutters are all way too high for me to reach - at least 25 feet up. Gutter covers are indeed a good thing.
fachless From: fachless Date: December 10th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your surrogate mom would be very proud of you! And even though you waited until December 8, I can ASSURE you that Rita has done similar crazy things in her day...normaly cooercing me into joing her. :)
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