The Woman in Purple (rainbow_goddess) wrote,
The Woman in Purple

I'm not tall enough!

When I moved into my house, there was a small stepladder in the coat closet. It has two stairs, and it's suitable for getting stuff off high shelves (though I don't really need it; my cupboards aren't that high) or for turning off the smoke alarm when I burn my supper. It's not quite high enough for me to reach the bird feeder that I use to feed finches, so Monster fills that bird feeder because he's tall enough when he stands on it. I got frustrated by having to ask Monster to do things that I can't do because I'm not tall enough (and I'm not short; I'm about 170 cm tall) so I finally went and bought a taller stepladder, one with three stairs instead of two. I can now reach the bird feeder, and I can reach the motion-sensor lights outside my house.

I also happened to buy some Christmas lights that I wanted to string up along the gutters on the roof of the house. (The lights are made with gutter clips on them.) Then I realized that the exact part of the house I want to put them on doesn't have gutters! Oh well, I thought, I'd just have to put them somewhere else.

Then I discovered that even with the new ladder, I can't quite reach the gutters on that side of the house. I can reach the edges of the roof on the part of the house that doesn't have a gutter, but the part with the gutter is just a little bit too high. So now what do I do? I don't want to go out and buy yet another ladder just for the purpose of hanging Christmas lights once a year, but I don't want to waste the money I spent on the lights, either. I can ask Monster to hang them, but knowing him, he won't get around to doing it until next Christmas.

If I could figure out some way to hang them on the side of the house where I wanted to put them in the first place, I can actually reach that part, but with no gutter, there's nothing for the clips on the lights to clip on to. So what do I do?

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