How Do You Prepare For A Visit From… Royalty?

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.**

40 thoughts on “How Do You Prepare For A Visit From… Royalty?

  1. Duuuuuude must be cool to meet a fellow blogger in person. The only one I’ve met wasn’t royalty but she’s a pretty badass Wild Rider from Colorado and it was definitely cool.


    1. You met the infamous Susie!!! Love her! I am beyond excited because it turns out that another blogger is joining us and also staying with me! Woot! Woot! Blogger Party! Except I have MORE to clean now!


  2. How exciting this will be for you both, can’t wait to hear about it. I got to meet a blogging friend a few months’ ago, she lives in the same town as one of my sons and so we met for coffee. It was like meeting an old friend, we could have talked for hours 🙂 But then I’m all for online friendships – after all, I met Hubby on a dating site, but that’s another story! Have a fantastic time Maria, your beautiful home will be filled to the brim with great joy 🙂 xo


  3. The Queen walked the Trail and, by the way, didn’t you read about her for-real father along the way, Mrs. B? Andra will feel quite happy with your laminate, I feel certain, Mrs. B. I’m sure the B crib is pretty darn comfy.

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    1. It will be a short visit since Andra has got quite the schedule, but I plan to pack a lot of fun in when she’s with me. I am so sad to tell you that our trip your way in Oct is not happening, 😂😩😂. The business trip was cancelled!. Sniff, sniff, sob, sob! Someday we will make it happen. Mr Brick will survive ;). Enjoy the long weekend!


  4. Steve has his tool box ready to roll! I’m sure Andra will be taken aback by your inner and your outer beauty! I’m really looking forward to meeting you, Andra! And remind me to tell you the story of the ONE time that Maria did not look gorgeous and it was that ONE time and ONE time only that someone thought
    we were sisters!!


    1. Oh, I plan on having fun, Jackie! How can I not with such a wonderful and funny talented woman. I am still going to make Mr. B fix some things. It’s always good when you are having company because it makes you finish projects your started and never completed. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you are feeling better. 🙂


  5. You get to meet Andra a few days before I take over Charleston on Sept 12th 🙂 Do me a favour? Get her good and tired so she’s too out of it to realize how weird I am, k? 🙂

    p.s. my master bath project just got bigger. We ripped all the tile off the Jacuzzi tub surround. Jesus, this will never end. GAH!

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    1. Ha,ha! Nancy! We are all super weird! Why do you think we blog?? I remember that you “won” a trip to Charlestown with one of Andra’s contests so that’s great that you are going soon. I don’t think I have to try to tire her out, have you seen her schedule of events. That Queen is running around the whole state of MA speaking from one event to the other. I don’t know where she gets her energy.

      You said you were meant to be a “ripper” of things, maybe you have gone too far this time? I am sure when it is all done, you will be pleased with the results. I could use you here, though.


      1. I may be homeless soon if I do a great job with these renos and sell this fast. Haven’t bought anything to replace it with. So, I may show up and rip your shit out in exchange for room and board. 🙂


  6. Thank you for agreeing to show me around Amherst. I’m so excited to meet you and Mr Brickhouse and your friends. Please don’t worry about the house. I lived in an old house project for more than a decade. 🙂 Nothing much phases me. I’m sure your place is perfect, and I can’t wait to see it and to meet you. xo

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    1. Ha! All in good fun, right? Although, I am making Mr. B fix a couple of things. I realized how we haven’t had time to even fix up the place, we were busy being parents to toddlers then teenagers. It’s about time we have a “grown-up” house. 🙂


  7. You need John and Sherry over at Young House Love to come fix you up. I read them religiously even though I will never ever ever take on anything like one of their projects. It’s my DIY porn.

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