Whenever my husband and I try to take a day off of work at some point in the future things start happening. It’s like someone put a billboard up for everyone to see that we are trying to take a day off. A few years ago we decided to take a Tuesday off to get some things ready around home for our oldest daughter’s graduation party.
At 8:30 am a truck drove in our yard and a man came to the front door and asked if my husband was home. I went in the livingroom and got him from his recliner. He had decided to enjoy his cup of coffee in his pajamas before getting busy on our projects. I was still in my pj’s as well. My husband talked to the gentleman about the kind of truck he would like to purchase and sent him on his way.
Back to the recliner and coffee for him and I headed to the shower. Next our next door neighbor saw our car still in the driveway and came over to ask my husband some automotive repair questions as long as he was home. He didn’t want to bother him at work. They sat at the kitchen table drinking coffee and talking cars. Soon he had his answers and left.
Back to recliner once again and then the phone rang and asked for my husband. It was one of the guys from the shop and asked if we couldn’t take our air tank over to our other neighbors and air up her flat tire so she could drive it the four miles into town and have it repaired. It made sense to them that we were closer to her and it would be easier for us to do it. So I headed over to the neighbors with the tank and sent her on her way after airing up her tire and my husband headed to the shower.
We managed to get the things accomplished we had intended to after our not so great start. It got to the point it was getting comical for the amount of interruptions before 9:30 in the morning.
This past week we have been trying to get ready to be gone for a few days next week so we each have our list of things we need and want to have done before we leave. It has been a never-ending series of phone calls and chuckles from my husband as he announces “You’ll never guess who just called and wants an appointment for this week.” You would think that somewhere out there they think that if we leave town for a few days we might like it better somewhere else and may decide not to return so they better get their stuff taken care of now.
On the same note however I am amazed at the list I have come up with of things I feel I need to have done before we leave. There is the closet that has been a mess for the past year really should be cleaned out, the refrigerator needs to be cleaned . The bathrooms all need to be cleaned just in case someone stops by to use them while we are gone. Of course, I should get all the windows washed and all the laundry done. I’ve been driving myself crazy and the rest of the family as I try to tackle my ever-increasing list.
I would love to leave home with a picture perfect clean home but who am I trying to kid. It didn’t take a week to get in the condition it is in and it certainly will take more than a week to get everything clean especially with working full-time. I found myself washing winter coats today that were in that closet mentioned above. Why?? I don’t know. They have been just fine in the closet and would have been until this fall when it would be time to dig them out again. I guess I will be a little ahead of the usual game by having them clean this early but at what price. At the pace I have been keeping this past week, it will take my entire time off to wind down to relax and then it will be back to work.
I’m looking forward to a few days off. At least this year when we leave we finally have our will in place just in case something would happen to us on vacation. It was one of those things on my ever-increasing list to do before vacations. Up til now we never got our wills done because we couldn’t decide who to put in charge of our four kids if something happened to us. They are all grown now and can fend for themselves. It’s nice to have at least one thing off that list.