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A Little Work Outside Makes Us Feel Great Inside


We Noticed A Slight Problem

After the rain the other day

Not much water coming down our back gutter

Where is the water going?

We just purchased a Little Giant Ladder

Over three years and waiting

We bought it on sale

About fifty dollars off

Before we couldn't get up high enough

To see in our back gutter

With this mighty ladder

It is compact and versatile

It worked just perfectly

Not that heavy and moving it place to place

I got to see deep inside the gutter

Where there was mud and pine needles

Mostly blocking both ends

So after clearing it out first with my hands

Then with a garden hose

Spraying the water down the length of the drain

My wife helping me in every way

Together we doing a job that has to be done

I had put a spiral metal filter that keeps things from blocking up the gutter at each end

Maybe next time gutter guards

That's all for now

One project done safely

I like it when a job goes well and no bumps in the road

Now we are ready for the winter snow


DREAM ON (author) on December 11, 2020:

Brenda Arledge I thought the ladder was a lot lighter than the old wooden ones I have used in the past. I love that they fold down and easy storage. We got snow so I will finish the gutters next Spring. My wife is more of the brains behind the operation. I do climbing and cleaning. She will make sure I don't fall. There is always something to do. One project is done and I am off on another. How about you? I would love to hear about any projects you have started? It is always good to share different ups and downs of life. Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment. Wishing you and your whole family a beautiful and awesome Christmas!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 09, 2020:

Those are quite nice ladders, but they are a bit heavy and awkward to handle.

Glad to hear you got this done. I always wondered how good gutter guards work..you can let us know if you get them.

At least you work as a team..that is great.

Sit back and relax now. Take a breather.

Merry Christmas!

DREAM ON (author) on December 09, 2020:

Peggy Woods That is so important to practice safety first. They have screens to go over the gutters so they are maintenance free. Maybe next year I will install ours. I ran out of time. We got three inches of snow yesterday. That snow might be here for the rest of the winter. Have a great night. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It is never too early to wish good cheer.

DREAM ON (author) on December 09, 2020:

Umesh Chandra Bhatt Another day that I try to put in a poem. It is so important to me and yet I try to find ways to relate to other things in life. Hoping that we can all learn to connect on many different levels. A hit or a miss. You always give me a pat on the back when I need it the most. It doesn't get any better than that. Here it is six days and I just haven't found the time to comment. I get mad at myself and try to do better. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas and may you have a wonderful night.

DREAM ON (author) on December 09, 2020:

John Hansen I appreciate all the help. The littlest thing can look so much harder to someone who doesn't use computers a lot. I reread your message a number of times and it looks easy enough. Recently busy with work and all the funny stuff that comes with it. Playing catch up is never easy but it will all work out in the end. i enjoy slowing down a little bit then it is hard to rev it up again. Thank you for all that you do. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas that is coming up soon.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2020:

We are fortunate that we have someone willing to clean our gutters. My husband and I are getting too old to do it safely ourselves.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 03, 2020:

Very interesting. I enjoyed the poem.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2020:

Dream On, to get to your feed all you have to do is click on the big HibPages at the top of the page, if it the hub is still on HubPages, or the ”log in” button at the top right on the niche site articles. Another alternative is to sign out and then sign in again and it will bring you to your feed. Whether any of that makes sense I don’t know lol.

DREAM ON (author) on December 03, 2020:

John Hansen I have heard too many horror stories of people who fall off ladders. So to have one that is safe and secure is well worth it. I tried to go without checking the gutters but then I would have to hire someone else and they could charge a few hundred dollars every time I need them. I like your idea to cut the tree and be done with it. I appreciate the shade in the summer. I am willing to do the work to keep it clean. Thank you for reading and following me on my simple life journey.

DREAM ON (author) on December 03, 2020:

John Hansen Thank you so much. I really didn't know how to get to my own HubPages home feed. I would just go to the end of the question and answer that way. Have a very nice night. May every writing be a little more interesting and uncovering something else we do not know. Stay safe.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2020:

I am glad the new ladder worked well and you and your wife managed to clean the gutter without any incident. It isn’t the most fun job in the world but it needs to be done.

The neighbour had a large pecan tree which kept dropping leaves and branches and clogging the gutters on our shed.

Fortunately, this year he had the tree cut right back so there are no longer any overhanging branches, so no more cleaning gutters.

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