But more on that anon.
I was going along, accomplishing a thing or two, but nothing ambitious or blog-worthy. Tied up the quince bush in the back garden so it wouldn't impale me on its thorns. Rigged up an arrangement with a bungee cord and a rock to keep the dog out of the Kitten Room while letting them come and go. Plodded along and finally, last Sunday, finished my file cataloguing and paperwork filing. Got the study dusted and vacuumed and put in order, hooray.
You see, yesterday morning I got a call from an appraiser. He's coming to look at the house this coming Thursday afternoon.
Panic in the streets!! The appraiser is coming in six days and my house is a falling-apart, torn-up mess!!
OK, Kate, think sensibly.There's no way the woodwork is getting stripped and refinished by Thursday afternoon. No way there will be new wallpaper up or decent tile or something down to replace the shabby vinyl on the kitchen and hallway floor. But there's a lot that can be and should be and must be done by then.
Like vacuum the blankets of pet hair and dust off the ceiling fans.
Check, did it last night.
And scrape the little tags of half-dissolved paint off the living room window and get the dirty drop cloth, etc,. cleared away.
Today's task was edging the lawn, front and back. And yes, it was a lot faster and easier to do it this time, having undertaken the eight-hour marathon in June or whenever. And the Neutron edger attachment worked fine: once I'd put in a new string reel, I didn't have to stop and rethread broken edger string even once.
The Herbacious Border of the Future edged and semi-weeded:
Why the sudden advent of an Appraiser? Not because I'm planning to put the house on the market; at least, not any time soon.
No, it's because my bank was eaten up by another bank, effective this past Monday. And Ididn't like some of the new bank's terms and conditions.
So my checking account and I jumped ship to another financial institution. I also investigated transferring my home equity line of credit to said institution, since their ordinary interest rate is a good deal lower than what I'm paying now.