Monday, June 20, 2011

Home again, home again

So, after two weeks off, I'm back at Grandma's tonight.

I got here in time to chat on the phone for a bit with a friend, and then watch The Bachelorette while I ate dinner and worked on unpacking and sorting belongings after being away for two weeks.

And now, now I'm cleaning, sorting and resting.

I put the closets that my grandma emptied a few weeks ago when the basement flooded back together, taking the time to sort through some of the items in them, and purge a few things.

I have candles lit all over the room, and I sprayed a good chunk of the carpet with a natural deodorizer and antibacterial spray that I picked up a while back.  I'm hoping the spray will help ease the smell that results when decades old carpet suddenly get flooded by nasty ground water.  The candles also help with the coldness inherent to basement living, especially in the summer.

Basements are colder in the summer.  In the winter, the whole house is cold, so the furnace kicks on regularly and makes the basement liveable.  In the summer, the upstairs, where the furnace sensors are located, is warm, so the furnace doesn't kick on to the same degree.  Basement living is definitely cold in the summer.

I'm puttering online, while trying to back up my laptop to a new external hard drive, and then waiting to do a few software upgrades as well.

I'm home again, whatever it is that means when one lives in a place where one only stays four days a week.

And, despite all the baggage that comes with it, I'm mostly glad to be here.