Today is the first day of my vacation. The family is arriving tomorrow morning, so today is CLEAN ALL THE THINGS! day. I’ve been putting things away all morning in preparation of the professional cleaners arriving at 12:30. I spent last weekend getting rid of as much as I could (FIVE BAGS OF YARN!), and after getting rid of an entire bookcase, the place has a nice less-cluttered look. I am reminded that even though my apartment is small, I still love it. The walls are painted bright colors, and the white walls are hung with my own photography and paintings. The balcony door lets plenty of light in, as well as a wide view of the sky, and the couch is a comfy throne of hominess that fits me and both cats with plenty of personal space to spare.
My balcony is a woefully neglected place. I love it, but I live three blocks from the construction nightmare that is the 405 freeway, so keeping up with the dirt and dust is a full-time job that is usually too much for me to deal with.
However, this past Saturday was a gorgeous day that demanded to be enjoyed, so I pulled out the vacuum cleaner (after a failed attempt at sweeping) and tackled the thick layers of ick. Of course, the job was still pretty big, so I skimped a bit in the corners, but I took care of the area around the bistro table set, including the bistro table set, and even wiped down the poor gas grill that used to have a cover until it blew away in a windstorm about a year ago. As much as I hate cleaning, there’s something really satisfying when you see a black area turn light gray with just a swipe of the vacuum brush. It’s a shame it’s such a bitch on the back muscles.
But I got the important stuff done, and I rewarded myself with lunch on the balcony, and kitties on the balcony, and web surfing on the balcony, and even just staring at the clouds from the balcony. It was a great afternoon appreciating the glorious day, and I didn’t even care that the kitties of course crawled around the dirty corners that I couldn’t be bothered with.
I look forward to more spring days spent thusly, but the balcony could definitely use some beautifying, and not just in the more-cleaning kind of way. My wishlist includes sparkly lights, and pvc pipes for curtains, and maybe even something on the floor more comfy than cement. I’d love to add plants, but I know I’d just kill them. I wish there was room for a comfy chaise. And the extra microwave cart in the corner definitely has to go.
Just more things on the to do list that will never get done.