It is that time of year…clean some things out and straighten them up so your obsessive compulsive self can have a few weeks off before returning to work on May 1st.
I am slowly making headway on “the list.” I have lots of unfinished projects..too many. I should learn to say no. Some things will not get done… they will wait until Fall and go back on the “list.”
One of the projects in the works is super cleaning the grout in-between the tiles on the lower level of our home. Far Guy has been helping..you use a toothbrush…need I say more? It is tedious. The grout after it is dry is resealed for another 4 or 5 years. The next time it needs to be done I will be older..I hope I can still crawl around on the floor then. The grout is beige..originally it was supposed to be Hershey Bar Chocolate brown, but that color was backordered. So beige it is and it is beautiful when it is clean. We have about 800 square feet of tile and we are half done..and my arms are getting sore. I love my tile except when it comes to cleaning the grout. The house in Harwood North Dakota had beige tile with Hershey Bar Chocolate colored grout..sometimes I miss the floors in that house…and the lake when it isn’t flooding and the fenced in dog yard and doggie doors…and the neighbors..but I digress.
Betcha didn’t know that I laid all the tile here in the house. Far Guy and Chance were the tile layer’s assistants. I read a bunch of books..and figured I could do it..and so I did. The proper tools are essential, a couple of levels, a great trowel and a good mud maker/tile cutter (Far Guy). It took us the better part of a month from start to finish..because you have to wait for things to dry out before you can grout..and then that grout has to cure a bit before it is sealed. It was a huge project, but well worth the time invested versus hiring a professional.
A beautiful yellow Pansy will chase the winter doldrums away:)