Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Annual Pane In The Glass

Those mundane, repetitive, must-do chores are the worst.  Window washing is near the top of the list.  What has made life so much easier is new windows that flip inside, and allow one to clean them without a squeegee on a pole from the outside, or worse, having to climb a ladder.

Cleaning the months worth of dirt the winter has thrown onto the outside of your windows is a spring ritual for most of us.  We have 32 windows at our house, not including the 4 basement windows.  32 replacement windows only a few years old, that all fold in.  This ability makes the chore more than tolerable, almost pleasant.  What can make it almost painless, and pleasant is using the right tools as well.

Sprayway's World's Best Glass Cleaner
I think I have used every glass cleaner known.  From homemade concoctions with vinegar, to straight ammonia cleaner.  Windex to Glass Plus.  What I have found is that they all work similarly.  They remove grime, and dirt because they are wet, and wet removes stuff.  Wet also will streak.

The one product I have found to work the very best is the one on the left, Sprayway Worlds Best Glass Cleaner.  It is a spray foam, and stays where you put it instead of running down the window, and it is ammonia free.  It also is very easily removed with a paper towel taking with it all the dirt on the window without any streaking.

The other right tool is paper towels.  Lint, and fuzz free paper towels.  Stay away from the the dollar store brand.  Use a decent brand like Brawny.   Tote a little plastic bag like the ones you carry your groceries home in with you as you move from window to window to throw the used paper towels into.

You see, like most folks, I like doing a good job, but I like doing a good job in the most painless, and quickest way I can so I can move on to other things.  Napping is a something to reward ones self with.  Cleaning windows is a necessary evil; might as well make it quick, and not draw out the torture.  Yesterday I cleaned 30 of those windows in about an hour.  Now, I have more time to do other spring things.  Looking outside at the sky, it looks like a good day for a first mowing.

The nap will come later.

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