Monday, July 4, 2011
Neat as a pin
Don't let anyone ever tell you that city people are cold or rude. They do get annoyed when you stop in the middle of a busy sidewalk to check your tourist map and clog up traffic. But people who live in close quarters have had plenty of practice in getting along with and helping others. Unless, of course, they live in the rich sections of town. But that's another story.
With Snuggler and Dancer both gone it occurred to me that I could clean their room and it would stay clean for at least two weeks! That was such an awesome thought that I took a stack of trash bags in there right away and got to work. Five grocery bags full of paper and two bags of junk later, I started vacuuming.
Last December in a fit of maternal kindness I bought a $9.99 ornament-making kit at Michael's. (Yes, we do have a small Michael's here; it opened about a year ago.) The kit had styrofoam balls and sequins and little pins to use to put the sequins in. And the girls had a good time making glittery ornaments with friends. But one day, some months later, the box containing the sequins and pins spilled in their room.
Eventually Little Guy got tired of involuntary acupuncture treatments and invented a pin vacuum consisting of the metal head of a broken lamp, with strong magnets around the inner edge. He glided his apparatus over the floor and was surprisingly successful at removing many dozens of pins.
My preference for solving the problem would have been to rip out the 15-year old wall-to-wall, which is in dire need of replacement, anyway. But our budget didn't permit that, so yesterday I spent an hour crawling around, manually extracting embedded pins.
I did not count how many I removed. It was a lot. And now that room glitters, not with the glint of steel, but with plain old cleanliness.