Oh, Paris…how do I begin to share what a glorious time we had? I’ve dreamed of visiting Paris since I was a little girl and David made my dream come true last week. I knew I’d love it but I wasn’t sure about David. He was doing this for me and I knew he’d do his best to make sure I had a good time. However, as an empath, I am keenly aware of his feelings and if he wasn’t enjoying the experience it would be harder for me to do so.
Fortunately he loved it! In fact, he’s already talking about our next trip and of buying the Rosetta Stone language learning program so we can really learn French. That was one of our biggest concerns but it needn’t have been. We started each conversation with a greeting in French and then everyone was more than happy to speak to us in English. And the people couldn’t have been more gracious. Forget everything you’ve heard about the rude French. We didn’t find that to be true in the slightest.
There is so much to tell that I’m going to do so in a series of posts…vignettes of sorts. But that will have to wait. Today I’m driving my mom to the city to pick up my aunt at the airport. I’m really looking forward to visiting with her over the next several days. So for now I’ll just say, à bientôt mes amis.
I’m sure some who live in the area would think we were crazy but I’m glad we were able to help get him off the road before he caused an accident. Besides, a good story is worth it, right?
Do you spring clean? For me it’s a hit-or-miss proposition. In recent years, mostly “miss”. I always have good intentions but then life gets in the way. I faced facts about a week ago and admitted that it isn’t going to happen this year. We will be in New Orleans this Friday through the 22nd or 23rd. I could try to convince myself that I’ll do it when we get home but I know that after I recover from our trip I’m going to have to get busy with gardening and chickens. We host our annual music festival on Memorial Day weekend and then some friends are getting married here a couple of weekends after that. That means my focus will need to be on outdoor tasks.
I could feel badly about this but I can’t honestly say that I do. I’ve lowered my standards quite a lot in recent years. I’m good about keeping things neat and keeping up with the usual cleaning so it’s not like I’m dealing with something like this:
Of course, many of our drawers, cupboards and closets could use some attention. In fact, my walk-in closet needs a major overhaul. The kitchen floors need a good waxing (David rents a machine and does it for me periodically). The windows could use polishing. There are any number of other cleaning or organizing tasks I can think of that could go on a spring cleaning list. And I will get to most of them at some point – probably as the result of some spur of the moment decision late at night when David is on a business trip and I can’t sleep.
For now, though, spring cleaning isn’t on my radar. I do like to leave my house in decent shape before a vacation so that is my focus this week before I leave Thursday afternoon to meet David in Houston. Today I did my usual Monday chores:
- wash sheets and remake the bed
- other laundry
- water houseplants (I have a LOT)
- refill the parakeet’s food and water
- tidy up after the weekend
I had a meeting this evening and have also spent a fair amount of time getting some guest posts ready for my Dee’s Kitchen blog. It’s 10 p.m. as I’m writing this sentence so I’m not likely to get a whole lot more done tonight other than putting the clean sheets back on the bed. I’ll have the ironing board out to iron the pillowcases so I’ll also iron the cloth napkins which I washed. And as I look at the state of my desk I do believe I ought to take 10 minutes and get it back in order and dusted. But that’s probably it.
I’ll check in tomorrow evening to let you know how it went. That is, if I haven’t worked myself into a state of exhaustion. In the meantime, leave me a comment and tell me whether or not you do an organized spring clean. I especially want to hear from those of you who don’t. I’d like to know I’m not the only one. Ha!
Hey, guess what? I didn’t drop off the face of the earth. We have been going ninety miles a minute lately but today we are leaving for our much-needed vacation to New Orleans. It’s either take a vacation or watch David lose his mind. Honestly, that man has been working himself to death lately. My workload doesn’t compare to his but it’s been exceptionally crazy for me lately, too. If I’m too busy to blog, I’m too busy. 😉
In preparation for our vacation, I spent all day Tuesday cleaning house. I even took before and after shots to share with my
nosy curious readers. I uploaded them on our very. slow. connection. But that’s as far as I got. I planned to point out all the messy stuff and the way that we still have the Christmas wreath hanging above the fireplace but I’m out of time. You’ll just have to look for all that yourself.
Here are the before shots:
And here are the pictures after I cleaned, vacuumed and mopped until I threw my neck out. Thank goodness for chiropractors!
Not perfect but good enough to leave. Especially since our son will be taking care of the place while we are gone and bless his heart, that guy leaves a trail.
I plan to try to blog some while we are in New Orleans but if that doesn’t work out and you are really curious, you can friend me on Facebook (if you haven’t already) and at least see pictures of all the delicious seafood I plan to consume while we are there.
If you send me a friend request be sure to mention that you read my Tea With Dee blog. I get some weird requests and if I don’t know who it is I usually ignore them. Unless I can see their wall and they look interesting. 😉
Okay, gotta finish packing!