Today is a day for us to reset from a week of much activity. It is a day to fall back into our normal routine, get caught up on things, and prepare the mind for returning to work.
All last week we had guests in the house. My brother and sister from Pennsylvania, along with their spouses, arrived on Sunday. They were here to visit with our mother, who lives with me. I was able to get the entire week off of work this year, so I could spend more time with everyone.
Since Mom sleeps a lot during the day, we used that time to do some local site seeing and to check out the antique stores in town. It’s funny how little people site-see around the area in which they live. I guess we figure we are too busy to take the time.
My sister collects souvenir pennies that are pressed and embossed in a machine at some of the tourist attractions. Every year she comes with a current list of places to get new ones. You’d be surprised how many places have these penny presses. They are often tucked into the corner of the gift shop, and are easy to overlook unless you know they are there.
Her quest for these penny press machines has taken her to many interesting places along her travels (not just in Texas). It’s fun to go along and see the sites, plus it gives us things to talk about since most of the places are new to me, too.
Our evenings are spent with Mom. The seven of us squeeze around a table meant for six to eat supper; it is cozy to say the least. After supper, we play Scrabble until we are too tired to think. It is a fun evening that sometimes gets a little rowdy when someone places a word at the same place someone else was planning to use.
Mom used to always win the games because of all the words she knew from years of doing crosswords. She was pretty strict on the rules, too. But now, at 88, she prefers to play by her own rules. Sometimes we can reign her in, but other times it’s not worth her pouting about it. She still wins most of the games, by the way.
On Wednesday was the ribbon cutting ceremony for my health coaching business. The local chamber of commerce welcomes new members to the chamber by hosting a ribbon cutting event. It is a great way to introduce the new member to the community. I met some really nice people that I hope to get to know better, both personally as well as professionally.
Wednesday was also the day that our cat, Beau, had surgery on his hip. It was a pretty serious operation that will take him months to fully recover from. The next few weeks he will have to stay in confinement in the house to make sure he isn’t too active. He wants to go outside so badly that he tries to escape whenever I have him out of the cage.
Each day just seemed to zoom by, and before we knew it it was time for my family to go home. The week passed so quickly. They set out for the airport Saturday morning; the rest of the day my husband and I just lounged around the house. We even took a nap. The now empty house felt like I was in a vacuum.
This morning I woke with more energy and a determination to get some things done early so that I have time to relax this evening. So far so good. I am almost done with laundry, and I am getting the last of my business related stuff done in between loads.
I am also baby-sitting Beau while he enjoys some time out of his cage. He is napping on the rug in my office, so long as I am with him. When I leave the room, he starts meowing and doesn’t stop until I come back. He has always been a vocal cat so this is not surprising. I don’t trust him to be alone for very long lest he do things he is not supposed to according to the vet’s instructions; eventually, he will have to go back in his cage.
I hope the rest of your weekend is enjoyable and fulfilling. May your next week hold all that you wish for it to hold.
Ephesians 2:19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.