When I asked my husband what he thought of my plan for the get-together, he said it was a great idea. Then he uttered those fateful words, ‘but the house will have to be cleaned up if we’re having people over.’ My initial smile quickly turned to a frown as I realized that I had totally forgotten that aspect of getting together. You see, we’re pack rats. My sister and her husband are the opposite. When I go there, I wonder where all the mail they get has been put, where all the books are that should be lying around, where’s the clutter. Our house is 104 years old and doesn’t have much storage space. Too bad we didn’t notice that until after we bought it. Then I went to Toronto for three days and came back Thursday evening, leaving everything to be done the day of the dinner.
So now there's all this cleaning to be done and I hate cleaning. Fortunately, two things made it easier. Number One: I knew that when I was done, the house would be tidy and I could enjoy the time with my friends without worrying about dust bunnies crawling out from under the couch and devouring any guests.
Number Two: I may have been the one doing the cleaning, but I was imagining something totally different. Don't read any further if you don't think you can handle this because I'm going to let you see what was going on inside my head. Here's my vision of the perfect clean-up crew.
Someone to supervise. Woodstove's going, could be a fire hazard, better keep some firefighters on hand.
Get that laundry up to date.
How about some vacuuming?
Now we're off to the kitchen- dishes first.
Then the counter needs cleaning.
You know how you hate doing the bathroom, climbing in the tub and cleaning the walls. Let someone else do the work. You'll be glad you did.
Don't tackle the cooking by yourself. Many hands make light work, unless they're on your body.
Remember: it's important not to work the crew too hard. Things like this may happen and you'll be the one having to step in and offer assistance. He looks like he could use a massage. You can handle that, can't you?
This is me, all relaxed and ready for the Christmas get-together. Thanks boys.
Unfortunately, look below to see what really happened. It snowed and snowed and snowed and the dinner party was cancelled. (The bottom picture is our picnic table covered in snow!) We're going to get together soon though.
Make sure you check out my newest release coming January 5th. My story, Indulge Me, will be appearing in Naughty Nooners, an anthology of male/ male stories from Total-e-Bound. I just got my author copy and the stories are hot, hot, hot. After you look at the pictures below, you'll need a copy to warm you up. Here's the first chapter for you.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Kaenar
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