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Story Time: Gypsy the wanderer

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 5:03 pm

By Lorry Myers

I was more than a little pleased when I opened the big box on Christmas morning and inside was a flooring mopping robot. Yahoo! My ranch house is full of hardwood and tile and since I have no stairs, it is perfect for something like this. It was a thoughtful gift from my oldest daughter who hates to mop.

She gets that from me.

I read the directions and downloaded the app and thought, “How hard can it be?” It has to better than the backache I have whenever I mop the floor and with all the traffic in my house, I feel like I am a frequent mopper.

Something I strongly dislike.

I do it though, because it needs to be done but now, I have a robot I named Gypsy, to do it for me. First, I decided to start with my small laundry room. This room is a pass through to the outside so this little space has a lot of traffic. I organized first, shifting and moving things so Gypsy, who likes to roam, could do so unhindered. Satisfied, I filled the water cylinders per the instructions, secured the micro-fiber mopping heads, set my little robot in the middle of the room, hit start and shut the door.

After all, little Gypsy is a wanderer.

I sat a timer for thirty minutes so I wouldn’t forget to check on Gypsy’s progress. After the laundry room, I could see Gypsy taking on the bathrooms, then the tile in the kitchen, and finally the hardwood in the living room. It was liberating to think my mopping days were almost over.

It was time. Time to set Gypsy, and me, free.

When I opened the laundry room, Gypsy was right by the door so I let her out into the house. The laundry floor looked pretty good but appeared wetter, or slicker, than I thought it would. When I stepped onto floor, I instantly knew that something wasn’t quite right. The floor was gummy and pulled at my feet when I walked. I stopped and bent down to get a closer a look and could see a heavy sheen of some sort of thick gel all over the floor.

For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard