Today is the day before the day we have to light some candles under our butts and get to work on this house.
On this day before the day, my mother-in-law gave me a very special gift – a family heirloom.
How cool is this ring?! My father-in-law gave it to her 34 years ago on the night of their wedding. I feel honored that she would pass it along to me to cherish and take care of … until it’s ready to be passed on to the next generation. For now, I think the safest place for it is on the ring finger of my right hand where it fits perfectly. Don’t you? I haven’t taken it off since this morning.
If you haven’t gathered already, it was a wonderful visit with Daniel’s parents and a welcomed excuse to procrastinate on our moving prep. The army actually does most of the work, but we still a laundry list of things to check off the list like … making trips to the water company, post office, cleaning the oven (which Reny showed me how to do), scrubbing tiles, taking the internet and tv dishes down, UN-decorating the walls, and separating anything and everything we might need until the movers arrive with our stuff on the other end. You know what I am dreading the most? Confronting that cluttered drawer in the kitchen (I know you have one too) of magazine clippings, receipts to God knows what, magnets, unopened mail, stamps, change, batteries, etc, etc, etc. I wish it would just disappear.
It’s all a tad overwhelming since the movers are coming in 36 hours. On the other hand, since we have no choice but to get it all done tomorrow, we won’t be lolly-gagging (spell check?) We work better under a little pressure anyway.
Naturally, instead of working on the house tonight, I made a BBQ chicken pizza from Daniel’s birthday dinner leftovers and whatever else I could use up in the fridge. We have loads of food to get through in the next five days. I might even make the movers eat leftovers.
I used the sauce that the chicken cooked in as the base, added sautéed onions and yellow squash, layered on sliced of BBQ chicken, pepperoncinis, mozzarella, fat-free feta, chopped parsley, and pepper. Ten minutes later, dinner was served in front of an old episode of Law and Order SVU.
I’m going to need my energy for The Day. Goodnight!