Andy and I left Tuesday morning to go to Oxford, Maryland to clean the house that Jerry is building. This is what we do – he builds ‘em, and his wife and son clean ‘em! We usually allow three to four days to clean a house but this time we only had two, due to Andy’s work schedule. It was a very long two days and I’m writing this in a brain fog, but it was also fun. We play music and generally have a good time while we’re cleaning.
Tuesday was spent cleaning windows, and nothing but windows. Most windows we clean have the panes between the glass, but this house did not. The homebuyer chose grids outside of the glass, so each individual pane had to be washed.
Can you guess how many panes of glass we cleaned Tuesday? 843. Yes, we counted them. 843 panes to be washed, stickers removed where necessary, sticker adhesive removed where necessary, scraping errant paint spatters where necessary. I have a sizable bruise on the top of my right leg because as I folded the windows in to clean the outsides, I would rest them on my leg while cleaning them. After about seven hours of this I got smart and used a drywall bucket to prop the window frames on.
Andy accidentally dropped his razor blade into the commode while he was scraping paint! He subsequently had to go fishing.
Here is a picture of the front of the house. Do you see the window directly above Andy’s head? (Andy is standing in the doorway). Guess how you clean that one?
By taking down the two window pieces, of course.
And putting them back.
The garage is actually in front of the house. It is a long, narrow lot that the house is on. There are two sets of steps on the front of the house, one coming from the garage. There is an archway going from the garage to the house. Community ordinances dictated that the garage had to be attached to the house. Speaking of archways…
Jerry built this archway at the top of the steps to give the house a little more character instead of just a straight, square opening. I really like it.
This is the view from the side of the house, standing under the garage archway.
Gratuitous picture of my handsome, talented husband. Sorry, couldn’t resist. *Note my red Tahoe behind him? Note the water I walked through to get stuff out of the back of it?!
There is a deck off of the upstairs master bedroom. This is the view from there. It was pouring rain yesterday when I took this picture, so I didn’t go out on the deck, but you can see the view.
This is a picture of the garage and archway, taken from an upstairs window, through the screen.
I was planning to really pay attention to what I ate this week because we have a 5K coming up Saturday morning, but by night time, I really didn’t care! Tuesday night we stumbled into Denny’s at 10:00 to finally eat dinner, covered in drywall dust and smelling of Goo Gone. Last night we went to Golden Corral. Let’s just say I didn’t make the best choices at either place, but I’m totally okay with that!
Here is the kitchen before cleaning. We clean the kitchen last because it is our central area to keep cleaning supplies so they’re not scattered throughout the house. We clean top to bottom (literally – ceiling to floor, top floor to bottom floor). When the kitchen’s clean, we can collapse!
Here’s the living room. Andy did a nice job cleaning the wood floor.
And finally, the kitchen after.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to take a nap. *Yawn* Happy Thursday!