We continue unpacking boxes and sorting our possessions, working out sensible places to keep them. I have become a blue and white china lover over the last few years, and decided that rather than have my favourite things stuffed into a cupboard, that it would be much nicer to put them where I can see them.
I spent a few hours in my sewing room yesterday. It's been sitting there full of unpacked boxes. I wanted to wait for the right time to start unpacking and sorting, didn't want to spoil it by rushing through it. So yesterday I had the pleasure of finding all my stuff again and working out where to put it. I think I now know where most of the bits and pieces are, the only big job left is to deal with the huge pile of wall art - my darling husband needs to get busy with his drill and picture/quilt hanging doodads.
Off on a slight tangent, I found this in amongst some crochet patterns. It's rather timely as our dear daughter has just celebrated her birthday, and this recollection is from a couple of years ago when she has a significant birthday. Maybe you just had to have been there, but I giggled and giggled when I read it and remembered...
1. Decide to surprise daughter by having flowers and chocs delivered to her place of work for her birthday
2. Email back and forth with florist to ensure they will do lunch time delivery rather than late afternoon delivery as daughter works 7am - 3pm - ok, they will make an exception.
3. Find out by chance at 10.15am that daughter has decided to have half-day flexi and finish at 11 am instead of 3pm. Panic
4. Ring daughter's work colleague to confirm this, see if he can think of way to keep her at work ("this is Michelle we are talking about" says work colleague.... "stubborn" LOL), threaten to strangle daughter...
work colleague thinks this is a good idea
5. Ring daughter and try to maintain sensible conversation whilst subtly trying to determine daughter's movements.
6. Ring florist and frantically get delivery redirected to daughter's home, with worry in back of mind that apartment block is confusing and awkward for any sort of delivery. Florist will ring deliverer on mobile
to intercept delivery, which is enroute already.
7. Ring daughter again with another subterfuge conversation to determine movements.... daughter says she is going shopping if boyfriend wants to go with her. I suggest I might visit her in my lunch break (to try and
keep her at home)... daughter is incredulous over sudden need for mother to visit.
8. Ring and text daughter's boyfriend frantically to get him in on the act to try and keep daughter in one place for more than a few hours, and to tell him he does not want to go shopping.
9. Run around like a lunatic to make time to drive to daughter's house in lunchbreak. Decide that if visiting should take birthday present which is currently not wrapped as was going to give to daughter on Saturday at family gathering. Race home and wrap present.
10. Stress about florist delivery instructions and email them with more info to identify apartment building.
11. Text daughter's boyfriend repeatedly to hear of delivery... nothing yet. Think grateful thoughts of boyfriend who is trying to help situation
12. Spend pleasant hour at daughter's house and wonder where delivery is
13. Go back to work and decide that if delivery has failed then will pay redelivery fee the next day and try again. Think more thoughts of strangling daughter
14. Get text message from daughter's boyfriend to say daughter has had phonecall from a lady up the street who has found a delivery on her doorstep, with daughter's mobile number on docket. Think kind thoughts
of lady who rang daughter to let her know. Daughter enroute to retrieve mystery delivery.
15. Daughter rings her mother to say thank you and then has to listen to entire saga of mother's day. Lots of laughter and penny dropping as to mother's weird phone calls.
16. Mention to daughter that florist deliverer was going to phone daughter's mobile if problem delivering, so it could be sorted. Daughter says oh yes, I did have a call from a number I didn't recognise.... didn't answer it. Smile sweetly and think more thoughts of strangling of child.
17. Remember never to order flowers for daughter again, unless trapped in hospital bed with broken leg.
18. Arrive home - drink wine