So, the task I set myself was to clean the outside windows of the house – I hadn’t done it for months and the hot dry summer we had with many a Saharan plume hitting the UK left lots of fine dust to get rid of and not to mention the couple of windows that the birds singled out for bombing practice!
I told my wife about the task, and she promptly cleaned all the inside of the windows without breaking sweat which took her a couple of hours.
Of course, my task was much bigger and I needed the right tools for the job but I thought I would knock it out in a couple of hours too!
I read the task every day and checked the weather – it was going to be fine on Saturday, so I put that down as the day for it. Saturday afternoon came and after I had finished my tutoring I got straight out with the ladder, bucket of soapy water, kitchen roll, and Karcher window cleaner.
I was only just smart enough to work out that I needed to do the upper windows before the lower ones but not before I had done one lower side of the house first.
I was really pleased that my beautiful wife was out for the day as I was left to my own devices to just get on with the task – first hurdle, the Karcher ran out of charge and I couldn’t find the charger. I rang Kate but she didn’t know either she usually knows where everything is but not today!
Oh well quick trip into town for a squeegee blade and I couldn’t make my mind up which one would be best – the shop assistant was very good why don’t you get them all, try them out and laughed!
I chose 2 they were only a couple of quid each, but I was happy I had because one of them wasn’t good, however the little pink one was fabulous! I learnt later we already had one of those under the sink – under the sink, that’s not somewhere I go often!
I battled on with the windows – I had been given clear instructions to clean all the frames and remove the spider nests. Kate has a thing about spiders which only got worse when I told her that the indoor ones if they are thirsty at night, will suck saliva from the corner of your mouth! Science is my thing, but I still can’t seem to keep some of it to myself.
The windows were becoming my Nemesis – The red circle of the sun was setting, and I was only about halfway round and I couldn’t really see anymore if the glass was clean or not. I hadn’t banked on the difficulty of removing dried on bird love or the clingy spider nests.
Never mind I still had all day Sunday and Kate would be home soon anyway – best pack up for the day.
Sunday morning was lovely and sunny, so I got straight to work again on the task only 30 of the 47 windows left to do and the wonderful thing was I now had a professional on hand to give me suggestions – she was happy with the clean glass.
Not so happy with the cloths that I was using to dry off the frames – four of the soft black hand towels from the bathroom which worked so well.
I was told that my choice in the cloth department could have been better as well as enquiring how I made it through a day – well I think those were the words she said, something like that anyway.
6 hours later when I thought I had finished it was also pointed out that I had missed the Velux windows on the roof – I was very happy she pointed them out because they had been neglected and I wanted to do a complete task – dried on lichen meant the last 2 windows took another hour!
There were a few wonderful things that came out of this monster task as I had plenty of time to think about the MKE and my DMP.
Firstly, when I was running round the garden celebrating my success, I realised it wasn’t about the task it was about the fact that I had read it every day, had completed it, and set up connections that would help me get things done in the future and boy did that celebration feel good.
I hadn’t realised the significance of the task in the previous MKEs that I have been a part of. Its not about the task.
I can still feel the elation of completing the job.
Secondly, I now must change my DMP to include the money that means I can afford a window cleaner every time they need doing.
Finally, I could be happy that “I” was controlling my body and mind and that I could tap into that to achieve anything I wanted. It was a freeing moment, and I was starting to let go.
Roll on Sunday