My in-laws are coming to visit.
I want things to be nice for them when they arrive. So I’ve been doing a little cleaning. I’ve been doing a little fixing up. I’ve expanded the honey do list. And I’ve planted a few pots with seeds and a few spring flowers—a bit early perhaps—but I really wanted things to be nice when my in-laws arrived.
And then it rained, much to my dismay. And then it hailed. And then it snowed.
And then… it froze.
So then I brought my pots inside to my dining room.
I didn’t want to put them directly on the carpet. So I quickly grabbed some thick poster board the boy had brought home. The boy is on the student council for his grade school. He is responsible for making posters for special events and spirit days at the school. When the event has passed, the boy gets to bring his posters home. And so he did. That is when I grabbed a few from the recent “Wacky Hair Day” event at his school. I put them on top of my carpet and under my pots. I decided I would house my pots indoors until the nasty weather had passed.
I laid down the boy’s used poster board on my carpet, right next to the backyard sliding glass door. I left the pots there for quite a few days. Despite a few cat paw prints in the pots, they seemed to take their indoor vacation in stride. When I finally moved them back outside to the patio I was surprised to find a few beautiful sprouts of life. The pots had thrived.
My carpet had not.
I went back inside the house and started to clean up. I picked up the boy’s used poster board. It was wet. Apparently, when I had brought the pots inside, a few still had a little moisture in them that drained out their bottoms and on to the poster board. The ink on the other side of the poster board had then bled onto my carpet.
The carpet right next to the patio doors and my dining room table, where my in-laws would eat, now advertised, in bright red ink, “Go Wild! Be Wacky! Don’t Be Normal!!”
In mirror image, of course.
Did I mention that my in-laws are coming to visit? Did I mention that I want things to be nice when they arrive?
Did I mention that I just added cleaning the carpet to the honey do list?
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