Visits from Family

I am finally going to be in one place for more than a week or two this summer. And now, we have company!

Two days after we had a reunion with my dad’s side of the family in Florida, we are having a reunion with most of my mom’s side of the family at home. My aunt, twin cousins, and grandmother are with us. And, just so you know, this is the same grandmother that inspired the “Honesty Zone” story last November after she came to Millsaps with my mom for a day… oh yes…

We have been doing exactly what we love to do when the Montgomery side of the family is here: antiquing. We hit up two big antique malls yesterday and one today; all three were the types that have multiple dealers in one building. There were lots of pieces of distressed furniture, old doors and shutters made into new tables and headboards, and wire form mannequins, and I was in heaven. It made me want a place of my own to decorate. I loooove the country-side, “shabby-chic” look. I was ready to take a can of paint and a power sander to wood furniture I already had.

Even the cousins came with us, and they are 13 year old boys. But they instantly found old comic books and coins to pick through, and one even began haggling with the store clerk on some vintage comics. The other found a coin that was minted in German-occupied France that he bought for $5, only to find out when we got home that it was worth $50. We all had a great time.

Last night, however, our easy-going visit hit a rough patch when the power went out around 4:30 in the afternoon and did not come back on until 9:45 at night. We are in the middle of a heat wave and it is getting above 100 degrees every day. Put those two circumstances together and you get a very uncomfortable evening. We had to leave the house and go play around World Market and get dinner out, hoping we would return to an air-conditioned house, but we were not so lucky. So we lit candles, got flashlights and headlamps, and played charades in the dark. With the exception of the black-out making us, our dogs, and the house very warm, it fell just short of making us very frustrated and bored. Had it been a little longer, or had we not had guests to take our minds off it, we might have ended up in a hotel for the night.

Tomorrow morning, we are taking out the boat. I’m really not sure what I’m going to do when everyone leaves and it is back to the normal day-to-day for the first time since May for me. I’ll have to think up some projects to keep me occupied until it is time to start packing up my things again in August.


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