"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Trim Trees & Rearrange Pantry

By Jen on the road. This week: Brigham City, Utah
The project:

Do a little tree trimming, then rearrange the pantry for aunt and uncle.

Tree trimming - 15 minutes.
Pantry - couple hours.

Why bother?
There's something about doing chores at someone else's house, particularly at the home of someone you love. It's rewarding to do a chore that makes a visual difference, and saves work for someone else. Plus, everyone has chores they don't want to do. What a treat, then, to have someone volunteer to do it.

Today I found tree trimming equipment hanging in a tree, where my uncle had tuckered out on the overhead trimming job. I worked on it until my shoulders gave out, then moved inside to the pantry job.

Worth it?
Absolutely, though I must confess the pantry job was almost overwhelming. There's any number of ways to organize a pantry. With my aunt on hand to help direct me, we cleaned it out, reorganized it and made it more user friendly for her household.

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