Almost there

Almost there

Tomorrow is Dani’s shower, which will be held at my house.

We’ve got a lot done so far, but we have a lot more to do. Cait made the centerpiece and the pumpkin yumpkin muffins. I made the cheesecakes and did some cleaning.

The carpets need shampooing again, since the dogs decided to puke and drag in mud (of course). The wood floors still need to be vacuumed and washed. The decorations need to be put up, the bride’s throne embellished. We need to make the chicken salad and put up streamers and balloons. The bathrooms must be checked and cleaned lightly. Buns need to be sliced. Pumpkins and gourds need to be arranged on the front stoop. The present needs to be wrapped and the card signed.

The painters came out today and caulked, then taped up plastic on my beautiful wall of windows that looks out on my willow and the yard. Luckily, they were considerate enough only to do the top rows of windows, so we can still see out the lower ones. All the other windows on the house are covered. And there are white caulk spots all over the outside of the house. Not a good look for any building, but what could I do? If I put them off, I might get pushed back a couple of weeks. So we’ll just live with it.

Dad, Bill and Decky will be at Decky’s football game most of the morning, then Dad is going to Cabela’s while Decky and Bill play tennis and have a picnic. They will be as happy to out of the house as I will be to have them out of my hair. Cait is coming over in the morning to help me finish up, and the maid of honor will be arriving early to help set up.

The moment I love the best is the instant the first guest rings the doorbell. That signals to me the finality of preparations. I can’t do anything more, whatever is done is done, and whatever isn’t won’t be. It’s time to just enjoy myself and have fun with my guests.

I’m almost there.

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