By the end of next week, we will have houseguests. We have two different groups coming. First the beloved husband’s daughter and her husband are coming in from Denver and the day they leave, a college chum is coming for a couple of days.
It will be fun but houseguests always make me nuts. Maybe I should say they make the cats nuts but I think I make the cats nuts and the cats make me nuts. (Hope you followed that!) You see my cats are shy. At least two of them are or maybe one for sure. That means that they don’t eat, pee or anything else when there are people around — except for me of course. They have no problem doing all kinds of gross things when I am around!
To work around this, I get up before everyone to get the cats fed and in the evening, I plan their last meal when either everyone goes out or to bed (depending on the age of the guests!).
The guests also sleep in the cats’ bedroom. There are no guest bedrooms. We have four bedrooms – one for me and the beloved husband and three for the cats. They move around depending on their inclination. That means that I have to check under the beds before people go to sleep so no cat gets locked in for the night. Nothing bad would happen except that the cat would wake them up around 4 a.m. Or perhaps there would be a hairball gift in their luggage.
We are going all out. I bought a new sink drainboard – nothing but the best for our guests. There are tickets to our local baseball team and a trip to Grumpy’s, our local biker barbeque joint is planned.
The kids (they are in their forties!) always have a few things planned on their own to keep the trip interesting. We will probably talk into the night about almost anything. Since my step-daughter is bringing her husband, my head will spin and I will be exhausted. He is quick-witted and funny and sometimes hard to keep up with mentally. Those are the best times.
This will be the first time I am meeting the college chum. The down time is limited as there are two baseball games and some sightseeing planned. Before you know it, everyone will be gone!
Just to kick up the excitement, the first floor of the house is torn apart. Only three people can sit in the living room and there are drop cloths, tools and boxes of stuff all over. We are hoping that it will be finished by next week so we can put the furniture back. In any case, we have a wonderful screened-in porch and there will be drinks so all is cool.
Here is something to get into the summertime mood!
Photo credits: Iron Pigs logo courtesy of Iron Pigs Baseball Team, biker courtesy of Dream Weaver Photography via Flickr