My dear mother always said, “It’s never to early for spring cleaning.” She was a cleaning machine; you stood still, you got dusted and more. The Utility Shed was in need of a bit of spring cleaning. The weather has been beautiful for the last couple of weeks, and I called out the boys to come and help “clean.” My son Chuckles and his cousin Wally started from the top and, well they haven’t quite made it to the ground yet, but we’re coming along fine.
The Utility Shed, as we call it, was originally the hired man’s dwelling back in the day. The house was built around 1878, and I think the shed was put up in the early ’20s. They farmed 160 acres here and it was common to have the hired man stay on the property.
When we bought the place, the shed was a bit of a wreck. Rats, termites and rot. I don’t think anybody had done anything with it for 50 years. The shed was attached to the cave they made when the house was built. A bed frame was still in the cave, we assume the hired guy slept there in the summer. Nice and cool.
Our cleaning consisted of ripping the shingles off, last week, and this week removing the roof. My plan is to “clean” it right down to the ground. The boys did a good job getting most of the roof off. Now, if it don’t snow too much, I should be able to get the rest of it down, and I can invite the boys back for the jack hammering party to get the floor out. And then, I imagine we will have to do some dusting. Mom would approve.