Okey-dokey! Things are almost back to normal. Isn't it just nuts how it takes several days to resume something close to your usual routine after taking a trip? Why is that?
Wednesday was a quiet day for the most part. I did some laundry, a little house cleaning, and tried to get caught up on my internet addiction. Boy, I was so far behind that I honestly gave up on trying to scan over it all. Between email, blogs and F*cebook, I had so much reading it was ridiculous! And no, of course not, you silly goose. I'm not giving any of it up! Oh yeah, and there was that time spent posting all the pictures and stories about the trip to my own blog.
My house needed some serious cleaning. It amazed me how it looked when I returned, but then I remembered that my sitter is (1) a teenager and (2) a boy! Yeah, well. It wasn't really bad, just not how I left it. And I'm not complaining. I'm happy to have someone who loves the dogs and whom they love back. Vacuuming and straightening is worth it. I found out from his stepmom that he learned a real lesson about leaving his clothes on the floor. He lost a pair of boxers and two socks to the greedy jaws of the furries while he was here! She laughed because he was grossed out that they chewed out the crotch of his shorts, and she said "Honey, that's what dogs do. Don't you remember yourself thinking it was funny when our dogs chewed up my underwear?" That was different, of course! HA!!!
Boy Wonder did a bit of furniture arranging while he was here. Nothing serious, but his favorite chair wasn't where he could see TV. He forgot to put it back, but he called to apologize when he realized it. And it's only a wicker rocker, so not a problem to put back. I'm glad he even thought of it and made the call. Not bad for a 16 year old.
Yesterday I finished most of the vacuuming and cleaning, then I went into Capitan to give my friends the goodies I brought back from Trader Joe's. Oh, yeah, you know me. If there is a TJ's near when I am, I'm goin' there! I've had blueberry scones two mornings now. I'm in heaven! I also returned the audio books to the library. Well, wait .... I returned one of the two. The other was misplaced. I couldn't find the sucker. I looked through the car, rifled through the few remaining items of luggage, but I simply couldn't find it. So I returned one to avoid a fine and renewed the lost one. They had a good chuckle at me when I explained why I was renewing it.
When I got home, I decided to look around the car again. I felt it had to be there. Under the seats, alongside the console, any nook or cranny I could find. Nothing. When I turned to close the passenger door, there it was in the pocket in the door! Obviously it slid off the seat at some point, and I hadn't even thought of that. Now I get to (have to?) drive in again to return it and check out a couple more.
So my life is back in the regular track again. It's all good. I miss Jim. It was fun having someone to spend time with, to talk to. But last night I stepped out on the deck for a few minutes and listened to the wind in the pines and smelled their fresh scent, and I felt the peace of being home. I guess one of the joys of life is appreciating the best of two worlds, isn't it?