SOL Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I am a big fan of Summer. It is not that I dislike the other seasons, it is just that in summer you can do things that you can’t do during other seasons. Well, maybe you can, but it is not the same.
A backyard cook out during any other season isn’t the same as it is during summer. Sitting on the patio in the early morning with a cup a coffee is something to be relished.
Summer brings about church bazaars and firehouse block parties. I associate these with some of the best bean soup I have eaten as well as bleenies and pierogies smothered in onions and butter.
Then there are those little jobs I like to do only in the summer. Last week I did what I consider to be my favorite way to spend a summer’s day. Before I get to that I need to set a bit of ground work.
Our back yard has several trees growing there. These trees were there when we bought the house 26 years ago and they are still growing strong.
We own a ranch house.
Because the trees are so tall the the house isn’t. every year leaves and things are blown from the trees during storms and land in the rain gutters. As a result, the gutters need to be cleaned at least once a year.
There is nothing I enjoy more than getting out a ladder, extending it to its full height, and leaning it against the house so that I could climb it. That is what I did last week. As you can see, the roof has to be at least 75 to 100 feet off of the ground. (I am a big fan of heights.)
Anyway, with gloves on an several plastic bags in hand I climbed and climbed, and climbed until I reached the top of the ladder. I looked down at the matchbox cars sitting in the driveway and then got to work.
There is noting more exciting than putting your hand, even though it is gloved, into the wet gunk or is it goop, I do forget the technical name, and scooping ti out to put into a bag. Because I could only reach as far as I could extend my hand I had to descend the ladder, move it over a few feet, climb again, and do more scooping.
I was really fortunate because the leaves and things didn’t just settle in the gutters on one side of the house. Oh, no. All for sides had to be cleaned. I didn’t know how I would be able to take that much excitement all in one day, but I managed.
Now the gutters are clean and rainwater freely flows once again, until I need to to this again next summer.