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June 15, 2022


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Unreal--we are in the 90s here in Pittsburgh! Margaret, I have to say 2 things:
1) You have a lovely neighborhood and a beautiful home
2) You can never, ever let John go. This fellow is worth his weight in gold!

Anyway, nice job with the pressure wash and that chocolatey drink sure sounds tasty! :^)~

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

I'll take your weather, the power washer machine, and John. I didn't know concrete could get so discolored over time. (Under your initials on the pavement, you should have put a heart and John's initials! You could do that on his driveway, eh?) You must not march in a straight line if you can mangle edging the lawn. Not your top talent, eh? I'll check on plane flights from there to K.C. since John needs to remove some spattered paint on my bricks. Have you tried just melting any of the varieties of dark chocolate bars? Some of the ritzy ones have a variety of fat percentage in them. I can handle the taste of 70% all chocolate, but not 80%. Cheers, Linda in Kansas (103 degrees.)


Remind me not to go to Kansas in June! I think we crept up to 68 here today, which was getting slightly toasty in the sun for a weedy Scot. Glad to hear about the good news - intriguing...

Joanne Noragon

I love an edged sidewalk, drive way, etc. I once was gifted an edger, a foot to step on with a blade under it. I showed Laura how to use it. Uncle Tom was real curious about it, and Laura "Tom Sawyered" him into doing the entire sidewalk.

Arkansas Patti

Your initials really made the point. Really looking good now and he is an awesome edger. Real curb appeal going there.


Your driveway looks great newly power washed and the neatly edged lawn looks beautifully groomed. John did a very nice power wash on A's walkway too. Power washers have lots of force and I do not like using them either. I tried once and then left that job for someone else. If I were you, I'd happily let John do heavy duty jobs while you prepare a nice coffee and desert or a light meal for both of you. This seems like a good balance of skill and jobs. It will probably take a day or two for your sore arms to feel better. I'm glad to hear you have something nice in the works to look forward to. It is in the high 70's in MA and no humidity. A lovely day.

Tonya Watkins

Oh! It all looks beautiful! There is LOTS of "stuff" that needs to happen around here, but it ain't happening. Grrr. I'm a bit envious. ;o)

I love good news!!


I have never power washed my driveway nor do I have plans to ever do so. To me it is every bit as vain as dying my hair. I would however continue to buy Monin chocolate sauce it that tripped my trigger.


Moanin’ over Monins?


Go for the Monin Chocolate Sauce! Small pleasures are important. It is still cheaper than a trip to Starbs!!! You deserve the homemade treat!

Donna W

Since you have the money, you should get what you want.

Matt Shifley

This spring has been so crazy weather-wise. We are getting another nice few days but then another yo-yo where we will go from 90 today and the 60s on Sunday. Ugghhh. Trying to be positive but my mental health is taking a beating. Anyway, you definitely need to treat yourself to the chocolate sauce. You definitely earned it, especially after all of that pressure washing. Take care and glad you got some good news.


Well, I've been waffling about buying a pressure washer, and your post sent me over the edge. Really, I just have been painting trim and noticed how much paint came off with the regular hose. With my brick walks and stone wall, it just makes sense to have one since renting one is such a pain. Your place looks beautiful and hopefully mine will too!


My daughter is visiting with her family right now from Chicago which is why I'm out of commission as far as checking on my blog family.

Chicago weather right now is SUPER HOT! They're very glad they're here.

Your John is amazing! He is such a homecare genius!

Ally Bean

Get the Monin syrup. You deserve it. Z-D recently power-washed our front stoop, but not the sidewalk which is to be replace later this summer. Anyhoo, he made a smiley face on the old stuff instead of cleaning it. It's goofy fun... for a while.

Jenni Elyse

Wow! That pressure wash is like night and day. Your driveway and sidewalks looks great! :D I can only understand how sore your muscles are.


You are worth the good chocolate. Power washing seems kind of fun. At least it has lovely results! Gratz on the good news! I love good news!

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