I am feeling better, a lot better actually. It’s still slow going and I have to pace myself, but each week I feel like I’m getting a little closer to something that might resemble normal.
My husband and I recently made a trip to Las Vegas. It was my first time back there in almost three years. A lot had changed and a lot hadn’t…like the number of people who smoke! Oh Lord! Unfortunately I think the extreme exposure to cigarette and cigar smoke may have triggered another lovely upper respiratory infection my body is currently trying to kick. It’s not nearly as bad as the last one but it’s still uncomfortable being a walking, talking, mucus factory. We had a lot of fun though, and I was able to do a lot more walking than I anticipated.
Regardless of my current respiratory issue, I’ve tried to stay productive since we have a lot going on around here.
Our youngest son is graduating from high school and we are hosting a graduation party at our home which means I need to purge, clean, re-organize, etc. We hired an electrician to do some random work around our home but primarily to install a 94 year old antique light fixture that use to hang in my maternal grandparent’s home in Northern California. It’s made of brass and milk glass, and believe it or not, still has the original price still printed on it from 1923…$12.56. It’s a beautiful addition to our dining room which previously had no fixture in it at all, so it will be nice to be able to see what we’re eating when use the dining room.
I’ve painted a few walls in the house. I had a dark green wall in my office, formerly one of our son’s rooms, and it just wasn’t a shade of green I cared for. I also repainted the sewing room, soon to be the new guest room, again a dark blue not exactly to my liking. Both rooms look nice and fresh now with newly patched walls, and fresh paint.
We finally took the leap and replaced our eight year old “kid” couch and bought a new black leather modular sectional for our living room. Of course we needed a new couch because we bought a new high definition TV and that old broken down couch just wasn’t going to work for us any more…LOL
So I’ve moved some things out, moved some around, made some additions and the house is starting to feel like it belongs to me again.
Being sick for so long and not having the strength to clean my own home became a little demoralizing after awhile. Over the course of four years my home stopped feeling like it belonged to me because I had no control over anything, like when the bathrooms got cleaned. For a long time I didn’t even have the strength to use the vacuum. Now that I can do the dishes, dust, vacuum, and paint a wall or two makes the house feel more like my home again. Crazy, I’d actually be glad I can do chores again, but if you know me you know I’m a tiny bit of a neat freak!
Next on our list of adventures is a trip to Ikea in Denver this coming weekend. We’ll get an opportunity to see my mom and sister as well as take in a Rockies game while we’re there. I can’t wait to leisurely cruise through Ikea on Saturday and of course spend a small fortune because how can you not in that store!