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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune
  • Kathy’s Conundrums

  • I have a ‘to do list’ every summer. My ‘to do’ list consists of chores and activities that can only be accomplished when the weather is cooperative and now I need some assistance. Up to last year I would wade into the chores by myself. Not anymore. Age has stopped creeping up o...
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  •     I have a ‘to do list’ every summer.
        My ‘to do’ list consists of chores and activities that can only be accomplished when the weather is cooperative and now I need some assistance.   Up to last year I would wade into the chores by myself.
        Not anymore.
        Age has stopped creeping up on me; it has sprung from the depth of my soul like a giant black monster who pushes out of my cells to feed on my ability to focus my mind on completing physical tasks.
        I need help to complete my ‘to do’ list.
        Not the husband-type help.  Ladies, you know what I mean.  For the men reading this, I will explain.  Women like to plan and organize any large scale, clean–sort- and reorganization chores.  Chores like cleaning the garage or the basement storage areas.  We all have those places where we tend to put things away that we just can’t bear to throw away.  Not yet anyway.
        Husbands…well they like to ‘get ‘r done' - move this, stack that box, sweep the floor and then say to all, “It’s done!”  I would look at the boxes that had been moved from this side of the garage to the other side, and say to myself, “I know he never looked into those boxes to see if we can finally get rid of some stuff.”  I would say out loud, “We need to wash the garage floor.”  His response, “No we don’t, it’s fine.”
        I need an assistant that can do the heavy lifting, get fed up with my method of cleaning and still have to work alongside of me without that ‘husband’ look on his face.
        Well, like the Doctor told me the other day, “You already know what I’m going to say.”
        David and I have run out of the strong young bodies who can work with me in the summer.  Over the years, his daughters came back from college during the summer to help, his son was with us for the summers, than my grandchildren came into the mix.  But alas, they have all grown up and moved on to full time work, or working two summer jobs.
        My body may be getting a little weaker, but my mind is still pretty sharp.  Last week having supper with my grandchildren, both who have grown out of the ‘help grandma’ stage, there was another young man dining with us.  As we were visiting, I realized that this young man wanted to find some employment, but had obstacles preventing him from doing so: he was young; he lived in South Dakota; stayed occasionally in Granite Falls with his grandparents.  
    Page 2 of 2 -     The light bulb went on.
        Bottom line: he has agreed to work with me this summer to help me complete my ‘to do’ list.  With his help I hope to work through the hardest part of my ‘to do’ list by mid July.  I hope by mid July that the two garages and the basement storage area with be spick-and- span.  Well, if not spick-  and-span I will accomplish my goals – for the garage – to be able to park cars in them and walk around; for the basement – to be able to walk through the storage room and replace all paper boxes with plastic totes.
        Wish me luck!

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