And here it is, Monday night, the end of my long weekend that went by faster than I ever could have imagined. And did we ever do a lot. My sistah? She ROCKS. I do not know how she did so much in so little time, including motivating me to keep moving as well. And the thing is, amidst all the cleaning/organizing/rearranging/goodwill-taking madness, she kept thanking me for her mini-VACATION!!! Another clue that I have NO clue when it comes to raising babies... I merely suspect how hard it is, but can I imagine it? No. I can't, and really? I don't know that I want to.
So, Nicole. WOW. My dynamo sistah made my house sparkle. She did mountains of laundry, unearthing items of clothing I had long forgotten about. She cleaned the wretched CAT ROOM, that room of which I dare not speak, it is so wretched. Not anymore -- I went in there tonight? Didn't even need to wear shoes to avoid the nastiness -- for there is none. I'm pretty sure I saw the image of the Virgin Mary reflected on my drier, but I'm not 100% sure so i'm not calling the Vatican or CNN or anything. My closets? Clean. My kitchen? You can see the counters. My office? I can move around again. My spare room? It is now an efficient storage space where before it was a mess with the door closed, to shelter me from the shame. And Goodwill can now hire about 20 more folks to go through all my stuff ALONE, people. It is incredible. She got here early Saturday and left last night. And today I slept, drooling on my very clean pillowcase, images of Pine Sol dancing in my head.
There are still a few things I need to finish up, some sorting I started but didn't finish, but it is all manageable now, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Nicole even talked me into painting my living room, even helped me DECIDE on a COLOR!!! We didn't have time to do the actual painting, but we will. Oh, we will.
THAT was my weekend. I had a great time hanging out with my sister, and I adore my house again. I really needed that -- I was feeling trapped, you know? Nicole is safely back at her home in S.A., getting back into the groove of raising three little boys. This week they will hear if my BIL got the job in Denver and when they're moving, so it's going to be another big week for our family. But then, isn't every week, in some way?
As for me, this week I will probably book my trip for August with my friends Babs, Dipu, Matt and Michelle. So, yay!
Signing off, will check in tomorrow. Hope your holiday was productive and lovely as well ;)