Thursday, May 11, 2006

Into the Abyss

I was tired of looking out of our extemely dirty basement windows into a mess of cobwebs, leaves, and sticks. So I went where no man has gone before, at least not for the last 25 years, or so. I braved the dark recesses of our basement window wells. Why I chose to do it during the hottest part of the day, on the first 100 degree day of the year, I don't know. But do it, I did. And now our windows are a tiny bit cleaner than they were before.

The window wells are pretty deep, and very scary.
They have years and years of accumulated dust, leaves, and spiders (eek!).

Here is my trusty steam cleaner (actually on loan from chem dry). It worked pretty well. I think it would have been better if the windows had been cleaned more regularly. Now that I am back in the basement, I can see that the windows still look dirty. But at least the spider webs are gone. I can't wait for my shutters to get here so it all gets covered up.

Here are my little helpers.
I don't know if you can tell, but Mabel's cheeks are bright pink.
It was really hot, even in the shade.


  1. you are one brave girl-
    Steph you are so much like me. Something needs doing we just do it! I remember painting the kitchen when Dan was 4 month old and Bob and David were 2 and 3. Just wanted it done so did it!

  2. window sills are seriously some of the scariest places on earth - yucky things, dirt, SPIDERS and their webs all contained in a high walled and small area meaning this -- if there happens to be a creepy crawly down there with you as you attempt to clean, it can pretty much be right there on you or close to it before you even know it. icky icky icky. Way to go, girl!

  3. that is mighty brave, sis. i bet it feels so good to have that done!

  4. Want to come do ours now? I am not looking forward to it.

  5. I don't think ours has been done in at least 25 years either. Occasionally I think about doing it . . . then I close the curtains. You're amazing. I should really clean ours.

  6. way to go! I just started cleaning the windows inside my house... although it feels like summer... it's still spring cleaning! Here in south Texas we aren't fortunate enough to have basements... but I like that they've started making them, up north, or west, so at least 1/2 the windows are above the ground now! I love the smell of clean.


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