JM and I were able to get to the house together, gotta love that day off in the middle of the week lark J. By the time we picked out paint and headed up there it was lunchtime so we only had a small window of time to work with. We gave the living room ceiling a coat of paint and it looks much better. JM tackled a twelve foot shrub outside the laundry room window, afterwards of course we discovered the plant had caused damage to the bricks L Why do people insist on planting things so close to the house? Without the right tools it was a bit of a challenge but he managed with a hand saw and reciprocating saw (whose blade was too short and broke before we were finished). I imagine there will be a bit more light in the laundry room now.