A while back I wrote this. I remembered it yesterday as I was doing more of those Silent Tasks. You know, the ones that no one will ever see. I dusted the window sills (isn’t that why we have cats? Apparently they didn’t get the memo) and we have this stair rail…sigh. I hate my stair rail. It says “1967 Las Vegas Bordello” and it’s painted creamy white so every bit of schmutz shows up on it. Mostly I can ignore it, but now that we have the white carpet and 1967 wood panelling and harvest gold appliances gone, the stair rail kind of stands out as “Vintage But Not The Good Kind”.
I want it replaced with something really simple and linear. All those swoops and curls are dust magnets and since it’s a 12 foot rise WITH 20 feet of upper level (dare I call it mezzanine? would that be too…pretentious?) railing, there’s a heckalotta metalwork to be cleaned. I suppose we could paint it black. That would require more effort that it’s worth because it’s one solid rail all the way around, welded into place. If it were black it would look like a 1967 Spanish Themed Las Vegas Bordello, which isn’t much of an improvement.
So yesterday, I dusted (no one ever noticed unless they’ve drawn in the dust on the piano then they complain that their artwork is gone), cleaned the stair rail, and dusted/cleaned the windowsills, which I usually forget to do because they’re all behind curtains and I never think of it. It was a day of Underappreciated Chores.