Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Lull Before the Storm

We hit the ground running this morning -- company's coming and there was vacuuming and mopping and waxing and any amount of spiffification to accomplish before our cousins from Florida arrive. Of course, they don't care whether everything is just so but we'd put off cleaning for a while so it feels good to have the house shiny and nice-smelling for a moment.

Now John has taken the dogs for the walk they missed earlier and I'm just sitting in the lovely cool, quiet, briefly tidy living room. They'll all be here within the hour -- three adults, one child, and a dog. Belongings will clutter the waxed surfaces, seven dogs will replenish the dust and hair that just got removed, laughter and talk and music will replace the silence, and we'll settle into a holiday weekend of catching up, exploring, and generally enjoying each other's company.

But for one brief shining moment, what a pleasure to see cleanliness and order in every room! The downstairs guest room with its white bedspread (always a temptation to Bear) is ready, as is the upstairs bedroom. Dinner is already prepared -- the old standby chicken salad and I've got raspberries and white nectarines to make that buckle I've been promising myself. One small task remains -- make some mayonnaise.

Not yet, though. A few more minutes of dolce far niente. And maybe then a brief nap.

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Pat in east TN said...

Isn't it funny what we all go through just before company comes, but it does make us feel better, doesn't it. :o)

Hope that you have a great visit!

Vicki, remember the lamp that we both have that is the same ... in looking at the bed in your guest bedroom I'd say from what I can see that I had the same one in my older sons bedroom when he was at home!!! He has it now at his home. Go figure .....

Vicki Lane said...

I can only assume that we share the same marvelous good taste.

Pat in east TN said...

HAHAHA ... exactly what I was thinking!!!

Anonymous said...

Looking good! I love to spend the day cleaning, then go out for supper (can't mess up the kitchen, you know!) and come home to a clean, orderly, fresh-smelling house.

Enjoy your guests, and happy 4th!

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Hey, Vicki, is that an ear of corn I see in your living room--a painting or whatever on your wall? If so, we are Selu sisters. I've a silk screen corn on my wall. As for food prep, I've got blueberry -raspberry sorbet planned for later, if our ice-cream freezer still works. No company. Just us, the dogs, and the crows!

Tammy said...

I love that word spiffification! :-) I think I may be somewhat of a voyeur (I think thats the right word), of other peoples homes. I love to 'snoop' through pictures of homes and see all the details. When I visit other peoples homes for the first time, I like to take in all the details I can---and I don't worry about the dust bunnies. ha.. AND I have a trunk just like that one in your house.... okay, maybe not exactly like it, but I do have several trunks, and I didn't want to be left out of the good taste bunch. ;-) Have a great visit with your kinfolks.

Vicki Lane said...

Hey, Phyllis, Go out for supper -- what a great idea!

Kay -- nope, not an ear of corn but paintings of white Oriental lilies on either side of the fireplace. The sorbet sounds terrific!

Tammy -- I've had that trunk since '60 -- my first year of college. I bought it in a junk/antique shop i Atlanta and it's been with me ever since. Now it holds most of our Christmas decorations. And welcome to the good taste bunch! (I too love to look at pictures of other people's homes.)