We seem to have developed a tradition of laboring on Labor Day. Years ago, when we lived elsewhere, friends dropped by to see us on Labor Day, while they were out house-shopping. We had spent the day pulling muscadine vines out of trees, sawing overgrown limbs, trimming hedges, raking and mowing our 1/2-acre lot. They took one look at us and decided to narrow their search to houses with a postage-stamp sized yard.
Our last week was a bit disrupted by a flood in the laundry room.
I thought I'd have to buy a washer, the old one being maybe 10-12 years old, but Pluto Boy saved the day. He stayed home Friday so he could haul appliances if needed, but first he pulled the old one out to the driveway, hooked it to the hose, and tried to recreate the flood. As long as he was running water, I tossed in detergent and clothes (after all, who knew how long it would be before I'd have a working machine?), and we looked like the answer to, "You might be a redneck if...your laundry room floods, so you haul the warshin' machine out to the front yard, hook up the hose, and do your warsh as usual."
I have misplaced my camera (left it somewhere?), so I don't have a picture (Mama is probably relieved to hear that), though I'm sure it was an entertaining sight.
After 3 loads of laundry, we had no flood, so in went the machine, where it promptly flooded. PB, though, figured this one out - a hose had a split that only manifested itself when the hose was curved - YAY! Way less than $400 later, the floor is clean (6 moppings-worth of clean!) and dry, and so is all the laundry.
Well, as long as we had pulled both appliances away from the wall, it seemed like a good time to paint behind them. I have had paint for a while, just waiting for a good time. Since we were painting Earthgirl's room over the weekend, we even had brushes and rollers out.
So as long as I had already painted behind the appliances, we decided it was a good time to take the wire shelving down (and, of course, everything on the shelves) and paint the whole laundry room.
And as long as we were moving the little rolling cart out, it seemed like a good time to sweep it off and spray paint it - red!
And as long as we were painting the laundry room, it seemed like a good time to paint the base of the island in the kitchen the same color as the laundry room...
Now, mind you, the project of the Labor Day weekend was supposed to be ONLY Earthgirl's room.
Do you relax or labor on Labor Day?