Preparations

Cleaning the gutters

Cleaning the gutters

No,  I am not meditating on the roof really, but cleaning out our copper gutters and copper down spounts in anticipation of our first significant rainfall of the season. I usualy sort of sneak up on our roof so none of my children follow me. I do however make it a point to say hello to the folks down below just to see their reaction. They always look to the left, right and behind them first before looking up to see where the sound is emanating. While I am on the subject of sounds and being up on roofs- I also check out our windchimes to see if it needs any maintenance or adjusting. We have the Chimes of Apollo made by Woodstock Windchimes. It has a beautiful resonating sound. We used to have it on the windward side of our rooftop but a neighbor complained that the sound  was keeping him up at night- he said it sounded like he was out at sea. I told him I liked the sea but ended up moving the chimes to the leeward side. Anyways, back to the gutters (did I mention they were copper?) My tools are gloves, plastic bags, small broom, shop vac and garden hose. My process is simple, sweep debris from gutters into small piles- sit down in a comfortable seated position (I’ve chosen a simplecross- legged one)  in front of each pile and with gloved hands take debris and place in plastic bag. I sit because it is more relaxing and I feel well balanced with the slant of the roof. If you want to throw a childs’ pose in for good measure now would be the time.  Have you ever sat down on the ground when those around you are standing (probably from lack of chair)? Try it it feels good. Next comes the shop vac (inhale) which gets all the dirt and debris left by our asphalt roof shingles. Finally the garden hose (exhale)  on jet mode to get our gutters super clean and then give the down spouts a test run. Now meditate… gee it’s fun to be on the roof with a garden hose.

The weatherman was right

The weatherman was right

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