Having been carefully warned not to take the balloons into the living room with the vaulted ceiling, Katie carefully ignored this warning and -- well, there were the balloons, bobbing around on the very high ceiling. I could almost reach the ribbons. At least, for certain values of almost, but none that wouldn't require a ladder of moderate height.
Or perhaps the extensible pole for changing light bulbs...
Extending the pole to maximum length, I proceeded to use my very long stick to bat the balloons over to the balcony where Gretchen could retrieve them.
The balloons are now in Katie's room. The ceiling's much lower there.
Gretchen is tying a weight to the end of the ribbons anyway. :)