I'm deep in the spring cleaning mode, at least insofar as the outdoor space is concerned. It was a race yesterday to see who'd finish first...me scrubbing the screened enclosure or the sun disappearing over the horizon. I won but just barely.
And speaking of the screened enclosure, it left me shaking my head. I tackled the inside first. It takes longer because the support beams all face inside so there are two sides to wash on each one. You can wash eight or nine sections before you have to stop and replace the soapy water; it just gets too dirty. So after you've washed them and rinsed them, you'd think doing the outside would be a piece of cake. Screen is, after all, a lot of holes; how much dirt can the second side have? The answer is still quite a lot. I don't know how it happens but I saw the dirty water to prove it.
Today's chore was all the patio furniture and, as the picture says, it was yucky. We can thank all the pine trees in the area for that...if you can be thankful for the greenish-yellowish pollen it leaves all over everything. You just have to endure until the pollen subsides and then wash everything.
It would be nice if washing were as simple as turning the hose on it but it's not. That pollen has magical powers because even though it appears to be the consistency of talcum powder, it's deceptively clingy. I tried writing on the table with just my finger first and only part of it came off so I had to resort to a wet paper towel to get down to the white table underneath.
But all the tables are white now...along with the arms of the patio chairs and the background of the cushions that go on them. And everything else that was out there with them. I'm looking forward to meals on the patio again, enjoying fresh breezes and the new leaves on all the trees. I won't even think ugly thoughts about those pine trees with their six-inch sprigs of new growth that were responsible for all that pollen.
There are only two more rub-a-dub projects on my list to make the space ready for outdoor living. I'm looking forward to the weekend already.