I am fortunate to live in a comfortable, modest and adorable (if I may say so myself) home. It is the home where both my children were born and the only one we have owned. Perfect for our little family of four. As the kids got older and their height and shoe size surpassed their ages, it did feel a bit too small as their long legs and arms took over the couches and chairs.
Now that the kids are away in college and it is just the two of us, I have had time to look around the house room by room to determine what needs some TLC and updating. AY! I better get Bob Vila over here as soon as possible. Wait, is he still alive?
Well, at my urging, one of my favorite blogging friends is coming to visit me in September. This is not just any blogging friend, mind you, I am talking about the infamous author, Queen – Andra Watkins! Yes, that queen! The one who is also known as, The Accidental Cootchie Mama. The same one who wrote, To Live Forever: An afterlife journey of Meriwether Lewis and who is coming to my state (Massachusetts) on her book tour. The bad-ass “first living person to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did prior to the rise of steam power in the 1820’s.” I know!
How excited am I?
Except, how do I re-do my entire house before September 9th? I mean, I can’t very well serve the Queen(as I like to refer to her) using my 1990 Pier-1 dishes, can I? How do I let her use our very well-loved laminate floor/laminate counter-top bathroom? Our front steps’ chipped railing is NOT fit for such royalty, right? I don’t even have a red carpet!
Seeing that this is not The Bachelorette and therefore no “crew” is going to re-do my house for free, I need to call my reinforcements. Nancy from myyear[s]ofsweat, you are an expert in bathroom re-dos, can you get your butt over here, ASAP? Pam at year ’round thanksgiving project, can you get Warren to come over after he fixes your car? Gina, Steve built me a ramp after my surgery, what’s he doing for the next 10 days?
Mr. B is looking forward to meeting Queen Andra since I have talked so much about her, but if he hears, “we need to fix that before Andra comes”, one more time…
So, your… oh so kind, highness, I am beyond excited to meet you and to have you stay in my modest home. The only thing I ask is, can you conveniently forget to pack your glasses before arriving? Or at least promise not to look too carefully?
**Order, To Live Forever here.**