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Monday, November 11, 2013

Off to Work Even Harder

This will be my last post for a couple of weeks. Later this week I'll be heading south. Sadly, it's not for sun and fun, but to my house in east Texas where Greg lives. It's time to start prepping the house to sell next year.

There's a lot to do to get it ready. Cleaning, painting, brush-clearing, house-leveling (it's on piers). I plan to be busy from the moment I arrive to the moment I leave.

My biggest concern are all the animals here at Casa North. Fortunately, a friend of mine has graciously offered to homestead-sit while I'm away. She'll be feeding critters and unhooking stuck goat-heads from the fence as necessary.

I'm trying to set it up so she has very little to do while she's here. It can be a full time job taking care of this place, but I just need her to do only the most necessary chores to keep everyone fed and safe.

Her most important job will be looking after two of my four dogs. I'm taking the two trouble-makers with me. It eases my mind to no end that my friend is one of the most conscientious people I know.

To prove the point, Greg and I once went on vacation to DC. We left Tank and Chelly at a pet hotel. I had every assurance that my kids would be safe there. Three days into our trip I got a call from the pet hotel people telling me that Chelly absolutely refuses to eat. They'd tried every food on their shelves.

I was upset but not too surprised. Chelly was elderly by that time and even though she was sharing a room with Tank, she didn't like the change in her routine. 

I contacted my friend and had her make Chelly her favorite dish--liver and rice. The hotel people offered to take the meal and feed Chelly, but my friend steadfastly refused. No, she said. I see her eat or I won't leave. 

She was so adamant they had to submit to her demands. It broke all their rules, but they led her to a private room where she could spend time with my baby and feed her by hand.

Now that's a true friend!

Do you have a friend like that?

Will you miss me? :grin:

28 comments:

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Good luck on your trip. I do have a friend like that. She's priceless.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Hope you get everything accomplished without any problems! Will I miss you? I will this week. Next week I'll be on vacation (cruising) and won't have the internet for a whole week, so I won't be missing ANYONE! Haha! :)

Mike Keyton said...

Take care, Maria. The spirit can be stronger than the body

Angela Brown said...

YES!!! You will be missed :-)

You have a lot of work ahead of you but it sounds like your place will be in safe hands. Sending a special prayer you can accomplish your best, surpassing your own desires and goals :-)

Sarah Ahiers said...

How...how do you level a house??

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: A friend like that is priceless. They are few and far in between.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: Vacation? What's that? It's been more than five years since I've had a vacation. :le sigh:

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: I know. But if I can just get these next two weeks behind me, I'll feel better.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: From your lips to God's ear. It is such a feat of orchestration just to make one little trip.

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: LOL.
The last time we did it we used a heavy car jack and then added more bricks until it was level.

This happens regularly in that part of the country because the water table is so high. Things sink.

I don't like Greg to do it alone because he has to be under the house to do it. I'm his backup.

Anne Gallagher said...

Best wishes for a safe journey. You will be missed. And yes, I had a friend like that back home. She's one in a million.

Darke Conteur said...

It's sad, but I don't really have any good friends like that, but then we don't really go anywhere so...

Good luck with selling the house!

Jenny Schwartz said...

Awesome friend!

Happy working holiday :)

Maria Zannini said...

Anne: It's reciprocal too. We've mutually agreed to bail each other out of jail if necessary. ;)

Maria Zannini said...

Darke: I hope you find a friend like that someday. It's not for what they can do for you, but what they mean to you. My friend is as close to me as blood.

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: Someday I want to have a holiday--sans the working part. :)

raelynbarclay said...

I always miss you :)

Have a safe trip. Friends are golden!

LD Masterson said...

Yes, I have a friend like that.

Be safe down there. Don't overdo and hurt yourself. (You know how you are.)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I'll miss you. And I always worry about my kids when I'm away. Luckily, they love people and will do almost anything the vet tells them to do as long as they get petting...and a cookie.

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: Thanks! I'm praying for a safe trip and enough stamina to last me until I get back.

Maria Zannini said...

Linda: Too late. I think I pulled my back dragging some potted plants around.

Oy!

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: I know you understand!

I've had a couple of dogs that could not be bought. But I've had others who could be rented for the right cookie. :)

Rula Sinara said...

Friends like that are priceless. I'm so glad you have a friend who can give you peace of mind.

Good luck with the house prepping and yes you'll be missed!

Maria Zannini said...

Thanks, Rula. I know my babies are in the best of hands.

Gwen Gardner said...

Now that is a true friend, Maria. Makes me want liver and rice, too.

raelynbarclay said...

I hope you and Greg take a break in your hard work to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend :)

Maria Zannini said...

Gwen: I like liver. I don't know why. LOL.

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: My only condolence is that next year we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving in one house. :)