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Ranch Journal ~ January 3, 2018

Three posts in three's a fluke. 
Please don't get used to this level of regularity. 
I suppose I need to prove to myself that I'm not frittering away 
my newfound time. This shall pass.

I spent my first day of retirement Washing windows 
and loving every minute of it. Seriously, one of my 
retirement resolutions is to keep my windows clean. 
It was a bit cold to do the outsides, but all the insides are done. 
I feel so much better. Except they still look dirty and I won't know 
how awful a job I've done until I get to the outsides. 

See? I've bored you already. Continue at your own peril.

I've been sitting on the above Lamb Pelt since I purchased it in 2009,
at the farmer's market in Santa Fe. That would mean it hasn't been washed in...
I'm still counting...almost nine years.

The only time it looked this fluffy and white was the day I brought it home,
when Smooch was just 3 years old.

Smooch has aged better than the Pelt.
This picture does not do justice to its filthy, matted condition.

Amazingly, I still had – and found! – the laundering instructions given to me at the market.
Since it would require several washer cycles and significant shepharding,
I thought that washing the pelt would be a good thing to do whilst inside washing windows.
I suppose one might draw a corollary between retirement and this cleaning frenzy,
some deep metaphorical cleansing of workplace memories to make room for new ones.
But it's more like I could barely see out the windows,
and the dirty lamb pelt was an affront to the décor.

Besides, it didn't end well.
The darned thing spun itself in half during the rinse cycle.
Oh, well. It won't go to waste.

The feral beast is back there eyeing it for his room.

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Ranch Journal ~ January 3, 2018


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