Fourth floor shenanigans at our new home

The window washer poses on our balcony at the new retirement community


We haven’t been here a year, so everything is still new.

Today it has been beeping since 7 am, which is almost three hours, and the beeping is associated with not only the cherry-picker backing up, but with the arm being lowered and raised to bring today’s newest – our window washers.

The cherry-picker brought this nice man up to the fourth floor balcony, and then he clambered over the edge, and was left here cleaning the balcony window and the door

Door to our fourth floor balcony - window being cleaned

to the balcony – from the outside.

I don’t know if housekeeping cleans the windows from the inside – must find out.

Meanwhile, his partner cleaned the other big windows (they believe in lots of light here) in the living room and the other bedroom.

Of such is my day – and I’ve even started blocking out the beeping.

Another reason to get to bed on time – stuff happens that wakes me much earlier than I’d like otherwise. Especially since I couldn’t get to sleep until after 3 am.

My thanks to the working people of our nation – we so often take them for granted.

What wakes you up too early?

13 thoughts on “Fourth floor shenanigans at our new home

  1. joey

    Rarely, a child. Even rarer, a pet. Otherwise, nothin but the alarm. I think my best sleep is right before the alarm 😉 I sleep through trash trucks and trains and birds and anything else my brain considers the norm.
    I’m glad they are all buckled up safe and all that, but 7am is earlier than I’d care to rise.
    When we lived on post, the noise was nearly constant. The mowers, the whackers, the pressure washers, street sweepers, bug sprayers, mulchers, painters, trash, recycling, blowers…. and then some artillery and ordnance for variety. Not good for a young family with a nervous, sleep-deprived mother.


    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      And, as a young mother in charge of children by herself much of the time, you couldn’t afford my solution – eyemask and earplugs and industrial-strength noise protection ear muffs. You had to be able to hear the kids, the alarm for school…

      I’m glad you survived, but it must have been very tough.

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  2. clairechase51

    I must say, your title captivated me, so, no matter that is is all ready 11:30 PM, I took the time to read it. 🙂
    I get woken up by my husband, Pat, who gets up at 4:30 AM to go play basketball three days a week. Tomorrow is one of those days, so I should be in bed. The guys he plays with, play before they go to work. He is quiet, but many times, I wake up and then can’t go back to sleep. Sigh!!!! Good night, dear friend.


  3. David Davis

    I get up between 4 and 5 because the cats wouldn’t have it any other way. It started out 5:00 but now it’s between 4 and 5. But that’s where I draw the line.



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