Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Gone are the Hazy, Lazy Days of Summer

The hazy, lazy days of summer are beginning to fade rather quickly.  We are already into November with major holidays fast approaching.  The garden with its fall crop is growing, the citrus are maturing, and the Nor'easter is whipping up the ocean.  The Daylight Savings Time is over:  fall is in full swing.

It is time to close the summer kitchen and bring the coffeepot inside to our screened in sun porch.  It has vinyl windows and a small air conditioner is tucked into one of the north windows and that made it a Florida Room according to the taxman.

During the early summer mornings, I often glanced out through those windows and noticed the haze rising from the pond and the scenic creek.  On occasion, there was a fine mist from the ocean.  Hmm!  It must be the humidity, I thought.  By the time I went outside to the garden on the Back Forty, the mist was gone.  It was usually so clear and crisp, especially after a rain shower.

Company is coming and we'll have lunch out on the sun porch where we can enjoy the greenery and the Cassia's yellow bloom outside.  If that is what we're going to do, I have better clean those vinyl windows.

I have looked for liquid cleaner specifically for vinyl windows but the helpful people couldn't help and the assistants at the home improvement centers had no idea what I was talking about.  Never mind!  I'll let Dawn help.  After all, she gets oil removed from ducks.

The windows are removable and I cleaned two at a time.  I used the liquid washing detergent and water.  I didn't bother to rinse.  I washed the windows using soft rags and dried them off with kitchen towels.  Even if I only removed two windows at a time, the trick was to put them back in order.

I used a soft brush to remove dust and dirt from the screens.  This time I decided to wash the screen with water and Dawn.  Wow!  I have never seen anything like it.  The fog has lifted and I can see clearly now.  (Isn't that a song?)  But the hazy, lazy days of summer are gone.

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