We had originally planned to do some weatherstripping today but upon finding out how much all that crap really costs, we have decided to put it off until Thom gets back from Seattle in two weeks. We spent the day then doing some miscellaneous tasks around the Bangor Foursquare.
First, was flipping our mattress - it's a king size foam mattress so this was no easy task. Upon flipping, we found myriad vomit piles our cat had kindly left us. This disgusting mess prompted a deep cleaning of the entire house, including all rugs, comforters, pillows, and blankets, not to menton some major mopping. Yuck!
Second, was finally cleaning our hardwood floors downstairs. I know, I'm embarrassed to admit it, but we finally cleaned our newly refinished floors (that's right, almost 8 months later). Of course we had been sweeping and Swiffering this whole time but we had not taken the chance to buy the stuff our floor refinishers had recommended, Bonakemi. Once I bought it a few months ago I was loathe to do it with all the kitchen debris and crap that was all over. Now that we've hit a bit of lull, it seemed like the right time to do it. This stuff works wonders! Our floors now look like they did when they were first refinished. Beautiful!
Third, was the lawn. It was time to mow and so we decided to re-seed a bit too. That's also marked off the list.
Next, we have been complaining about the lack of places for towels accessible to our shower in the bathroom. We had bought some hooks on clearance from Target a million years ago but had never hung them up. That is now done and it will be quite nice to have a place to hang clothes and towels instead of putting them on the toilet.
(As an aside, it looks like the days of the upstairs toilet are dwindling. We have been waiting to do the tile floor up there until we were ready to do the toilet at the same time - well, that time may be any day now, unfortunately.)
Thom also worked on putting up a few pictures in what he lovingly calls his "man village" upstairs. He found some nice little pin-type hooks from a company called Ook (they're called Ook Shields) at HD a while ago that do minimal damage to plaster walls and these seem to work well.
Finally, in the spirit of autumn and inspired by our visit to the Common Ground Fair yesterday (a very cool all-organic fair in Maine), I decorated a bit of the house with some mums, gourds, and fake leaves. I love fall! Hooray! I think we're going to go to the pumpkin patch when Thom returns to find a few pumpkins and some apples. I'm ready to bake and maybe make some yummy applesauce. Can't wait!