On a whim, before I'd even eaten breakfast, I started washing windows on Monday morning. I'm not sure what possessed me except I've been looking askance at them for a while, thinking it was high time they were cleaned. This is no easy task, because our flat has about a million windows, and to be honest I only did the ones in the front. But they're the hardest to reach -- I had to stand in the middle of that jungle of landscaping in the front garden, with leaves falling down my shirt and sticks stabbing me in the back.
It's also a multi-step process -- I squeegeed the outside, then cleaned them inside with paper towels, then went over the outside again to get the edges and touch up streaks.
The end result is very satisfying, though. They look terrific. Olga seems happy with them too.
I've also been out in the garden a lot. The seedlings are coming along well. (That's an honesty, aka lunaria or money plant, seedling above.) I'm a little bit crazy about these seedlings -- I've potted many of them up individually and I'm trying to put them outside more so they'll acclimate, but I'm also scared to death that squirrels will demolish them. So I wind up shuffling the pots in and out, which is making me crazy. I suppose I need to just relinquish them to nature and not be so controlling. Some of them are going to die and that's just the way it is.
I found this penny on the street near our flat. Have you ever seen a more battered coin? The Queen has been virtually erased! I'm not sure I'll even be able to spend it -- and once the financial authorities get ahold of it, I'm sure it will be pulled from circulation. There's a fine line between a coin and a useless hunk of metal.
Finally, as I walked Olga yesterday morning, I saw the French flag suspended in the window of a flat on Sumatra Road. It was nice to see an expression of solidarity with France after the tragedy at Notre Dame, although this flag might have been hanging there even before that occurred -- I'm not sure.
It now looks like the damage at Notre Dame may not be as bad as we'd all feared. Despite those huge flames pouring out of the roof, the interior seems fairly intact and even the windows reportedly survived, though their strength hasn't yet been assessed. Fingers crossed that complete disaster has been averted.