While I finish that stole…
Sunday November 22nd 2009, 9:32 pm
Filed under: Family

Don’t have a mattress pad yet for one of the new futons, need more blankets, no hurry, we’ve got till December 22 before the rooms have to be ready for the kids.

(Phone rings.)

I haven’t met my nephew Garrett’s new wife yet; they got married right around my second surgery, it involved a multi-hour drive from the airport, and the reception was held out in the sun. Strike three, I was out.

Michelle assures me the bride is a peach.

My little sister, on the phone an hour ago scouting ahead for the couple and her new daughter-in-law’s sisters, said that the young’uns’d like to come to San Francisco after spending Thanksgiving with the girls’ aunt in Reno, and what’s four more hours on the road, right? Would we like a visit?  Could they come? For a few nights?

Heck YEAH!!!

Oh.  (Shhhh…)  Suddenly that yarn and project sorting/clearing/putting away/blanket shopping/carpet cleaning/scrubbing/you name it/ is on the fast-forward list. Could we repaint the house and redo the driveway while we’re at it?  No?

The house, of course, is not what it’s all about.  We’ll do our best, they’ll be patient with the rest.

…I wonder where I put the pictures from a dozen years ago of Garrett and his brothers and our kids splashing together at Stinson Beach.  I had knitted an afghan that was a picture of a beach, for someone else, and when the film came back, I had accidentally double-exposed it.  I could not possibly have superimposed the knitted tide on the real one if I’d tried, but by not trying, there’s John, foot held high in glee, about to stomp on the incoming knitted (and the real) water…

I can’t wait!

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Have fun, enjoy the company, but keep your mantra “Keep it simple, don’t overdo”.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 11.23.09 @ 4:43 am

Ohhhh, can we see the picture? Any scanners? No? Dang.

Give us the menu! Some of us are still trying to plan what to feed people.

Comment by afton 11.23.09 @ 6:06 am

Sounds like you will have a wonderful few weeks ahead of you. Remember….don’t overdo. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

Comment by Joansie 11.23.09 @ 6:08 am

My husband and I have a motto I’ld love to share with you: forever forward, even if only in baby steps.

Please be kind to yourself so you can actually enjoy the company when they arrive!

Somehow, I feel you smiling through that post. And of course it makes me smile. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 11.23.09 @ 6:30 am

Exciting! Enjoy the anticipation, but do keep in mind they’re coming to see you, not the house.

Comment by Channon 11.23.09 @ 7:07 am

It’s all about the hugs :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.23.09 @ 7:09 am

Don’t worry about lemon oiling the driveway, Martha. Just make a batch of microwave fudge and they will not notice anything else..

Comment by sherry in idaho 11.23.09 @ 9:13 am

Just remind yourself that they will be there to visit you, not your house! What good is it to make the house magazine perfect if it sends you to bed for the duration of their visit?

Do what you can & knit the rest 😉

Comment by TripletMom 11.23.09 @ 9:48 am

The others have already said it, but it’s not about the house, have fun, don’t overdo, have fun …

And speaking of fun —


A group of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Holland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat’s milk was used. She showed the group a lively hillside where many goats were grazing. “These,” she explained, “are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce.” She then asked, “What do you do in America with your old goats?” A spry old gentleman answered, “They send us on bus tours.”

Comment by Don Meyer 11.23.09 @ 11:24 am

“Repaint the house and redo the driveway”? Are you nuts even thinking that’s necessary? You know what, people are more comfortable if they know they can welcome YOU into their less than perfect home one day. Channon and TripletMom are right.

Of course, about the only time I DO clean is when a visit is imminent so maybe this is the kick in the butt you need and then won’t clean until February. Whatever works for you (just don’t think any guests will be judgmental or offended if your home is obviously lived in. Mattress pads for futons are always a good idea, though.)

Comment by LynnM 11.23.09 @ 12:43 pm

I’ve found that the most amazing things happen when I’m not trying At All. Reminds me that if I just get out of my own way things will work out.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m always happy to have new readers and commenters. That yarn you asked about, the undyed baby alpaca laceweight from Plymouth… ‘soft’ doesn’t do it justice!

Comment by GeekKnitter 11.23.09 @ 12:51 pm

The big thing is to let people get their own breakfast and lunch (and dinner? well maybe not dinner). It’s not about the house or the food. It’s about your happiness to see them–and that’s all anyone remembers when they go to stay with you.

Comment by Karen 11.23.09 @ 5:18 pm

Reminds me of the time my daughter came home from school while I was cleaning the half-bath and she said, “Who’s coming?”

Comment by Abby 11.23.09 @ 5:44 pm

Hello, my dear friend… I have been out of the blogland loop for some time, but I’m trying to catch up a bit. Sorry I have missed so much – I have missed you!

Comment by Amanda 11.23.09 @ 8:31 pm

As everyone’s said, they’re coming to see you, and if you don’t get everything done, they’ll be politely oblivious to the dustbunnies waving from the corners. 🙂

Comment by Serena 11.23.09 @ 8:59 pm

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